A Matter of Spectrum in Austria

Michael Shields of Reuters reports on a debate over spectrum, only this time it’s not here in America:

T-Mobile Austria could slash investment or even withdraw from the country if it is not allowed to compete with rivals that get frequencies needed for fourth-generation LTE mobile products, CEO Andreas Bierwirth told a newspaper.

The Deutsche Telekom unit is Austria’s second-biggest mobile provider after Telekom Austria. Two smaller rivals – France Telecom SA’s Orange and Hutchison’s H3G – are trying to merge in a deal that is under regulatory review.

When asked if T-Mobile would bail on Austria altogether, Bierwirth went on to say “I wouldn’t want to rule out any options for this case.”

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