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[$$] Europe’s telecoms landscape warms to ‘maverick’ operators

Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent

Regulators in Germany and Belgium have in recent weeks opened the door to new entrants to the mobile sector. The advantages of encouraging a new generation of maverick telecoms groups has been kick-started by Iliad, the French company that proved to an enfant terrible in France after triggering a sustained price war in 2012 that caused mayhem for the established players. Iliad this year transplanted that model to Italy, having secured network infrastructure as part of the conditions to allow the merger of Three, a former European telecoms maverick itself during the 3G era, and rival Wind in 2016.