The perils of the Vodafone-Three merger

We have just issued a new report looking at the prospects of an apparently imminent merger announcement between Vodafone and 3/Three in the UK, which would reduce the number of mobile network operators (MNOs) from four to three.

Our report, prepared with Prof. Tommaso Valletti, head of economics at Imperial Business School (and a former Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission), draws on seven different international studies and estimates that this this merger will increase mobile prices in the UK considerably – by £5 – £25 a month on average for every user in the UK.

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