Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager held on 13 October landmark speeches, delivering on the Commission’s pro-competitive vision for the telecom sector.
As the merger in Denmark was halted, and as other consolidation moves loom, they confirmed the Commission’s consumer-centric, pan-European approach to telecom mergers – a healthy competition which “will attract investment”.
Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), as key innovators and first-movers in cross-border operations, support this approach and reiterate the positive role multiple MVNOs remedies can play to ensure long-term viability of mergers.
Indeed, if a fourth Mobile Network Operator (MNO) on a specific domestic market can trigger more competitive prices and more innovation, it is not always sufficient to ensure a dynamic market on the long-run. Facilitating multiple MVNO access and, at the same time, guaranteeing fair operating conditions ensures rapid deployment, constant innovation from various players with more possibilities of differentiation, and generates additional wholesale revenues for MNOs. Such remedies therefore benefit consumers and businesses through better prices and higher quality of service.
MVNO Europe works with DG Competition on all mergers in Europe involving mobile operators, sharing MVNOs’ vision for a dynamic and innovative market.