UK’s Antitrust Watchdog Probes Motorola Mobile Radio

The UK’s competition regulator has opened a probe into Motorola’ mobile radio communications service used by police and fire departments, reported Reuters.

Monday the regulator stated that an independent group would investigate the sector and suggest possible solutions. This is due to  concerns that the market “might not be working well” and leading to more expensive services.

UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in July began consultation on concerns around Motorola’s role as the owner of the network and as a key supplier in the roll out of the planned new emergency services network (ESN).

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“As the sole provider of critical mobile radio network services used by our emergency services, we’re concerned that Motorola could be cashing in on its position, leaving taxpayers to cover the cost,” CMA chief Andrea Coscelli said.

Motorola said that they are working with the UK regulator on this matter. “We reject the assertion that we have an incentive to delay the implementation of the ESN”, the representative said in an e-mailed statement, adding that Motorola strongly believed an investigation was “not warranted”.

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