Monday June 1, 2020

When O2 became Three

Issues over bandwidth share, following the merger of Three and O2, have raised concerns that Ireland could become a two-tier mobile market, writes Barry J Whyte.

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

1st June, 2014
The European Commission has green-lit Three's acquisition of O2 in a deal worth €850 million Picture: Getty

Most Irish mobile phone users will likely never have heard of radio spectrum, much less realise that it is a tradable commodity among Ireland’s mobile phone operators.

But it is Ireland’s radio spectrum, rather than market share, that is the real bone of contention in the Irish mobile market after the European Commission finally ratified the proposal by Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Three Ireland, to buy O2 Ireland from its owner, Telefonica,...

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