EC clears Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent deal

The European Commission gave the green-light to Nokia’s proposed multi-billion dollar acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, stating that the deal “would not raise competition concerns”. This is because “the parties are not close competitors and since a number of strong global competitors …

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EC opens Qualcomm antitrust probe

The European Commission opened two formal antitrust investigations into possible “abusive behaviour” by US chipmaker Qualcomm. The first case concerns EU rules which prohibit the abuse of a dominant position by offering financial incentives to customers on condition that they …

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Ofcom: 5G presenting challenges for spectrum planning

LIVE FROM LTE WORLD SUMMIT 2015: UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom admits it is having to build its future spectrum planning on an uncertain picture of how demand for frequencies will evolve. “Everyone wants maximum flexibility to do what they want to …

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AT&T exec calls for “future focused” regulation

LIVE FROM LTE WORLD SUMMIT 2015: The technology sector needs “future-focused policy frameworks” in order to support continued investment and innovation, according to Antonio Amendola, executive director for international external affairs at US operator AT&T. “I think today, more than …

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France set for 700MHz auction

France’s telecoms regulator announced plans to allocate 700MHz frequencies to mobile operators later this year, at the same time as a late rally in prices for this band in the now completed German spectrum auction. In a statement today, Arcep, …

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BT and EE proclaim competition benefits of “UK digital champion”

BT and EE ramped-up the charm offensive as the companies’ planned £12.5 billion deal goes through an assessment by the UK’s competition authorities, arguing that the merged company will create a “true UK digital champion”. Speaking at an event at BT …

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German auction sails past €1.5B reserve in two days; 900MHz more valued than 700MHz

Two days into Germany’s multi-band spectrum auction, total bids reached nearly €1.9 billion – so eclipsing the €1.5 billion floor set by BNA, the telecoms regulator – with operators apparently valuing 900MHz spectrum much more than frequencies in the 700MHz …

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Mexico trims value of mobile network tender – report

Mexico reportedly cut the cost of a proposed tender for a wholesale national mobile broadband network by around a third, from $10 billion to $7 billion, in recognition that competition has improved under reforms led by President Enrique Pena Nieto. …

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French economy minister says “time not right” for consolidation

Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, said the country’s operators should think less about consolidation and more about investment. “In France the sector has reached a point of equilibrium,” he said in an interview with French daily Les Echos. “Time is …

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