MVNOs are waking up to the fact that changes in Europe's telecoms landscape presents them with both challenges and opportunities. They are anxious to ensure that their access rights are not affected by the arrival of cross-border services and the abolition of data roaming charges, for example. On the other hand, they appear to regard consolidation as a good thing.
It seems regulators and governments prefer impressive-looking obligation targets which are actually rather easy to achieve, while taking as much money as they possibly can out of the mobile sector in spectrum fees. Instead, it would be better to find ways of keeping more money in the sector by reducing auction transfers so that investments in infrastructure and service quality on a more widespread basis can be increased.
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