Uncertainty for UK spectrum auctions as refarming permitted

Ofcom permits 2G spectrum refarming Ofcom yesterday varied the spectrum licences of the UK’s three 2G spectrum licensees (EverythingEverywhere (JV between Orange and T-Mobile), Vodafone and O2) to permit them to use those frequencies for 3G services (mobile broadband) as well as 2G services (such as voice and SMS).  For more detail see the Olswang update (thanks to Telecommentator). Uncertainty about digital …

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Is BT’s wholesale content connect the end of the world?

There has been a lot of discussion this week of BT’s wholesale content connect product, so I thought it would be helpful to unpack the story and explore exactly what BT’s product is (and is not), and what the views are of those objecting. BT’s View Let’s start with BT’s side of the story. BT …

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Why network effects require ongoing interconnection rules (and other regulatory interventions)

I write today’s blog from sunny Switzerland. The news seems rather slow and I can’t bear to write a top ten lists of things that either happened in 2010 or to watch in 2011, so today’s post will try to explain what network effects (or externalities) are and why even in a minimalist government intervention …

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Broadband aid (do they know it’s Christmas)

Re-reading yesterday’s post, I hope it wasn’t too close to a law firm client update – that is not being the point of this blog. I thought I’d try to redress the balance today, and as I drove from London to Exmoor for Christmas, with the snow by the side of the road steadily increasing, …

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Net neutrality: religious or secular war?

Some years ago I was reading one of those very thought provoking articles in the end of year bumper edition of the Economist.  The gist of the article was that you could compare societies along different dimensions and depending on the dimension you chose could get very different groupings to those we are familiar with.  …

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Key telecoms regulatory issues for 2011 (do too many connectives watch star trek?)

With my first post done, I thought it best to try and provide a little substantive content.  Two years ago, I spent some time interviewing various CEOs, strategy and regulatory directors in various international communications companies to get their thoughts on the big issues that were coming up.  With the end of the year approaching …

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