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Netherlands down to 3 mobile players a year after Ziggo deal

The economic mess which is communications in the Netherlands continues to mount this week, with the deal for T-Mobile to buy out Tele2 going through without remedies attached by the European Commission. Essentially any regulator that has allowed UPC to buy Ziggo to create a “de facto” monopoly in both broadband and TV, and then let it merge with Vodafone to create a local telco challenger, can hardly get upset when the 3rd and 4th place mobile firms try to huddle together for warmth. Initially the Commission had expressed grave doubts, but seriously, it had a snowball’s chance in hell of preventing this. The Commission, however, went to all the trouble of running an in-depth investigation, which is why this…

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