Europe Changes Tone on Telecommunications Initiatives

Posted in: Government & Policy at 26/03/2012 15:00

By creating the world's dominant mobile phone technology standard in the 1980s, Europe and the companies that worked on the effort, like Ericsson and Nokia, played a major role in the birth of the global wireless industry. But three decades later, industrywide initiatives are no longer in vogue in Europe. Quite the contrary.

This month, the European Commission's powerful competition directorate, whose antitrust investigations can lead to hefty fines, said it was examining a series of meetings that had been held since late 2010 by the chief executives of the five largest mobile operators in Europe to see whether they had colluded on standards.

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