10/22/2009 4:15:00 PM
3 CEO raises concerns over T-Mobile and Orange merger
3 CEO Kevin Russell (pictured) has spoken out about the need for ‘a far greater light to be shone’ on competition issues as a result of the Orange and T-Mobile merger.
The CEO of the fifth UK operator by share was speaking at the Westminister eForum, ‘More than talk…the future of mobile’ – a forum aiming to provide a space for policy makers, telecoms and IT stakeholders to gather to discuss issues affecting the industries.
Russell was keynote speaker at the event, where he set out 3’s agenda for the future and the company’s perception of the current market.
Speaking about competition in the industry he said: ‘Competition is driving change through the mobile industry, but competition issues will be exacerbated significantly by Orange and T-Mobile. There are a number of different issues and a far greater light needs to be shone on them because of the merger.’
Russell explained that 3 is focusing on margins rather than revenue because ‘revenue is very misleading’.
He outlined the operator’s future plans to add smartphones to its portfolio in 2010 and said he would expect the iPhone to be on 3 during the course of 2010.
3 was one of the sponsors of the event alongside Arqiva, BT and law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.
Other speakers included Ofcom competition policy director, David Stewart and Orange head of government policy and regulation, Simon Grossman.