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17 October 2023 - Three-Vodafone merger: implications for competition - Oral evidence

Committee Business and Trade Committee
Inquiry Three-Vodafone merger: implications for competition

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Start times: 9:45am (private) 10:00am (public)

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Could Three-Vodafone UK merger lead to higher mobile prices?

MPs will question senior figures from Three and Vodafone, as well as regulatory experts, on the possible consequences for consumers of the two companies’ proposed merger. The session will focus primarily on the competition and consumer implications of the merger. 

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Work Three-Vodafone merger: implications for competition (Non-inquiry session)
Chief Technical Officer at Three
General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs Director at Three
Network and Development Director at Vodafone UK
Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director at Vodafone UK
At 10:45am: Oral evidence
Work Three-Vodafone merger: implications for competition (Non-inquiry session)
Professor of Economics at Imperial College London and Former Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission
Head of Mobile at Enders Analysis
Senior Managing Director, Head of Compass Lexecon Europe, Member of the Global Executive Committee at Compass Lexecon
Bargaining and Investigative Researcher at Unite the Union

On 14 June 2023, Three and Vodafone’s UK businesses announced they intended to merge, to create a single 5G mobile network. The two companies say the deal could create economic benefits of up to £5 billion a year by 2030, but Unite the Union has raised concerns that the merger could lead to higher prices for consumers.

This evidence session will specifically explore the possible implications of the deal for competition in the sector, and hear evidence from competition experts on the main arguments for and against the merger. MPs are also likely to question Vodafone and Three on how the merged company would spend its proposed £11 billion investment over 10 years, and what measures they will take to prevent job losses.



Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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