Hutchison Three – No longer a challenger?
- The price of mobile internet went up notably in the UK during the 2H of 2014
- Hutchison has now raised prices across many of its European markets
- The European Commission’s controversial 4 to 3 mobile merger approvals and general
pro-consolidation political sentiment most likely accelerated Hutchison’s
transformation to an incumbent operator group
- The price of mobile internet went up notably in the UK during the 2H of 2014. The price of mobile internet also went up notably in Austria after the 4 to 3 mobile operator merger. VP Almunia on behalf of the European Commission has admitted that his team made a mistake when approving the merger of Hutchison and Orange. The Austrian competition authority has already opened an investigation
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