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Markets grow nervous about impact of price wars on US operators’ 5G profits

The USA has traditionally been one of the least price-competitive mobile markets in the world, but that may be set to change. In many markets, the signs of a 5G price war are already clear – Vodafone’s aggressive pricing in its UK launch, for instance, and the generous discounts provided by operators in South Korea to drive 5G uptake. Now, several factors will bring price wars to the USA too. So far, these have mainly raged in the lower end of the market, driven by T-Mobile’s Uncarrier propositions. In 5G, if TMO’s acquisition of Sprint is approved, it will have greater capacity and scale with which to extend its disruptive pricing to high end and 5G services, while prospective new…

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