‘Country needs for innovation and competitiveness least four mobile providers




A country has at least four mobile providers with their own network in order to guarantee sufficient innovation and competition. That says a trade organization OECD in a report released Thursday morning.

If a country has three providers or less with its own network, occurs stabilization and providers have little incentive to offer innovative subscriptions or invest heavily in the networks, says the OECD in a Thursday morning published report , the OECD summarized in a blog post . In addition, a fourth provider to a mobile network fosters competition virtual providers.

In the report, the OECD Netherlands takes as an example: since T-Mobile in 2007 took over Orange Netherlands has three mobile networks, but Tele2 is currently building its own 4G network. “It is striking that, made prior to going live (the Tele2 network, ed.), Virtual providers have become more competitive and, in one case, roaming across Europe, part of the beam. Such a development leans on a competitive market for wholesale. ” Wholesale is taking the market with virtual providers services purchases from providers with their own network; more providers with their own network virtual providers have more choice and can therefore probably negotiate better prices and conditions.

Nevertheless, the OECD says governments should not just focus on expanding the number of providers. Sharing of network elements, such as T-Mobile and Tele2 can go according to the organization do in the Netherlands, offer great advantages because providers in other countries seem to pass the savings on to consumers and so lower prices to come.


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