Antitrust Chronicle – Telecommunications

Antitrust Chronicle – Telecommunications

Letter from the Editor Dear Readers, This month, the Antitrust Chronicle brings you a special edition on antitrust issues in the telecoms sector, focusing on the evolution of 5G technology. Across jurisdictions, many experts and practitioners agree that 5G differs from previous cellular generations and there are numerous antitrust issues that potentially come along with […]

CPI Talks: Interview with Commissioner Maria Elena Estavillo, Mexican Telecom Regulator

CPI Talks: Interview with Commissioner Maria Elena Estavillo, Mexican Telecom Regulator

In this interesting interview, Commissioner Estavillo addresses questions concerning the telecom reforms in Mexico, the asymmetric regulation applied to incumbents to introduce competition in different markets, the relationship between concentration and inequality and the role of the regulator among other topics.

Mobile Fixation? A Review of Recent EC Decisions in the Telecoms Sector

Mobile Fixation? A Review of Recent EC Decisions in the Telecoms Sector

By Sascha Schubert – The EU telecoms sector has gone through several years of intense M&A activity, characterized by horizontal 4:3 mobile consolidation on the one hand and fixed/mobile integration on the other. Whether and in which direction consolidation will continue over the coming years depends in part on the prospects of obtaining regulatory clearance. After […]

Telecoms Mergers under the EU Merger Regulation: A New Frame of Reference?

Telecoms Mergers under the EU Merger Regulation: A New Frame of Reference?

By Antonio Bavasso & Dominic Long – The Commission has developed a rich decisional practice in response to a wave of consolidation in the telecoms sector. This gives rise to a number of interesting points on competition law and economics. In particular, a claim frequently made at the industry level is that, in the absence of […]

Network Neutrality in an Increasingly Diverse World

Network Neutrality in an Increasingly Diverse World

By Christopher S. Yoo – Over the course of the last year, regulatory interest in network neutrality has intensified. This analysis suggests the need to understand the trade offs inherent in any decision to standardize around any particular design and to appreciate that any such standardization can have hidden costs. Only by framing standardization as a […]

Engineering Competition Through Spectrum Policy: Previous Approaches and Why 5G Needs Change

Engineering Competition Through Spectrum Policy: Previous Approaches and Why 5G Needs Change

By Martin Cave & William Webb – This paper reviews recent developments in “marketizing” spectrum, but it also addresses new approaches to spectrum management based upon sharing, either via so-called spectrum commons or by a more limited set of users. This method is particularly apposite to the next great challenge facing spectrum management, the development […]

The Advent of 5G: Should Technological Evolution Lead to Regulatory Revolution?

The Advent of 5G: Should Technological Evolution Lead to Regulatory Revolution?

By Peter Alexiadis & Tony Shortall – A question which the authors seek to address is whether the broad political commitment to fulfilling 5G objectives across the EU by 2025 can somehow be aligned with the technological changes that will be effected by this new technology and the regulatory changes that might be necessary to accommodate […]

OTT are Ubers and ECS are Taxis. Or Not?

OTT are Ubers and ECS are Taxis. Or Not?

By Raymundo Enriquez & Gerardo Calderon – In this article, the authors discuss the views of actors from the established Electronic Communication Services, who support regulating services, and views from new Over-The-Top services providers, who argue against being subject to such regulations. The article also focuses on the disruptive effect that OTT services have on the […]

Bundling Behavior in Telecoms: What Firms Do and How European Competition Authorities Have Included Bundling in Their Reasoning

Bundling Behavior in Telecoms: What Firms Do and How European Competition Authorities Have Included Bundling in Their Reasoning

By Agustín Díaz-Pinés & João Vareda – In this article, the authors discuss the reasons why firms in the telecoms sector bundle and the impact on welfare of these strategies. They then describe the most recent merger and antitrust decisions in Europe where telecoms bundles were assessed.