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The prospects for third generation new entrants in the European mobile telecommunications industry

Curwen, P.J. and Whalley, J.L. (2006) The prospects for third generation new entrants in the European mobile telecommunications industry. Telecommunications Policy, 30 (10-11). pp. 622-632. ISSN 0308-5961

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Abstract

This paper focuses on new entrants within the European mobile telecommunications industry. More particularly, the paper identifies those new entrants that emerged from the third-generation (3G) licensing process across Europe before examining how they have fared. Four operators seeking to become new entrants across a range of countries are identified, although only one of them-Hutchison Whampoa trading as '3'-is considered to be fully active as a 3G new entrant. It is argued that the success of Hutchison Whampoa to date has been patchy, and that a supportive parent company has significantly contributed to its ability to remain active.