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Ireland and Austria are latest European markets with disruptive new entrants

After years when consolidation was the main trend in Europe, now there are rising numbers of new entrants appearing to diversify the market. Some of these will be focused on specific enterprise or private network opportunities, and will increasingly be enabled by the opening up of shared, flexible or vertical-specific spectrum. But there are also new mainstream operators, which have acquired national spectrum in order to challenge the incumbents in the consumer mobile broadband space. The most famous example is Free Mobile of France, which was launched by its parent Iliad to massively disruptive effect in 2012. Iliad went on to acquire spectrum in Italy – divested as a result of the merger of Three Italia and Wind – and…

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