Call for MVNOS to bring takeover fears to Euro watchdog

 Call for MVNOS to bring takeover fears to Euro watchdog

The European Commission is encouraging MVNOs to come forward confidentially with their fears about the takeover of O2 by Three’s owners Hutchison Whampoa.

In order for comments to remain anonymous, the European competition watchdog is encouraging MVNOs to submit them through and with the International MVNO Association (iMXNOx).

The European body says that this is to provide a layer of confidentiality for virtual networks that may have network agreements with interested parties, which they do not want to jeopardise. The association is calling for any MVNO with a stake in the deal – even those that are not a part of the organisation.

The closing date for submissions regarding the O2 takeover to the European watchdog is 12 December, and the iMVNOx remains keen to encourage all those affected by the deal to make their voices known.

Frankie Spagnolo, founder and director of iMVNOx, said: ‘MVNOs, big and small alike, need to speak up now regarding the consolidations in the UK operator market. We urge any MVNO to reach out immediately. The iMVNOx and our partners FCS and Preiskel & Co, can ensure that their concerns are represented fully to the relevant governing bodies, while protecting MVNOs from any fallout with their hosts. I can imagine what 2016 will look like if they don’t act now, and the outlook is grim.’

The association has been deeply involved with the regulators in both of the major cases progressing in the UK. Recently, Frankie Spagnolo wrote to Minister Ed Vaizey calling for government intervention in the BT takeover of EE.


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