Three’s launch of its new ‘Go Binge’ offer brings zero-rated access to a selection of video and audio streaming websites to the UK. Similar to T-Mobile’s ‘Binge On’ service in the US, which has come under heavy fire from net … Continue reading
July 2017 : Go on, binge…
February 2017 : All’s well that ends well
As expected, Stage Four of the 600MHz US Incentive Auction, which drew to a close on, produced revenues from the forward auction that are sufficient to cover clearing costs. Compared with our initial extrapolation, clearing costs have fallen by a little … Continue reading
December 2016 : Next time lucky?
Extrapolation is fun! The third stage of the US incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum has not brought the process to an end – aggregate bids in the forward auction of around US$ 19.7 billion were substantially below the US$ 40.3 billion … Continue reading
November 2016 : Excessive pricing of pharmaceuticals – is competition law the best medicine?
At the recent Chillin’ Competition Conference, Commissioner Vestager spoke about direct intervention to correct excessively high prices. This is something that the Commission has not done as a matter of course – not least because it does not want to … Continue reading
November 2016 : Money for privacy
Admiral’s plan to use information about customers harvested from their Facebook posts in order to price car insurance seems to hit a road block almost immediately when Facebook announced that it would ban the insurer from using its data. Clearly, Facebook has not suddenly turned into a champion … Continue reading
March 2016 : Zeroing in on a problem?
Throughout 2015 the Internet was abuzz with news, articles, blog-posts, and opinions on the relative merits of policies on zero-rating. Defenders of zero-rating claimed lower prices, and lower cost of access to information, with the potential to reduce the digital … Continue reading
February 2016 : The Combinatorial Multi-Round Ascending Auction (CMRA): proposal for a new auction format
Combinatorial auctions have gained popularity in recent years for the award of radio spectrum licences. This is because combinatorial auction formats are particularly suitable for allocating spectrum in small blocks and across multiple bands, allowing bidders to assemble their desired … Continue reading
December 2015 : Insurance and big data: what’s the big deal?
On 24 November 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Call for Inputs on the use of ‘Big Data’ in the retail general insurance sector. Big Data refers to the use of new datasets covering, for example, social media activity, purchasing behaviour, or driving … Continue reading
November 2015 : Only a few bad apples?
Apple recently announced that it had started to remove hundreds of apps from its App Store because they were sending personal data without the users’ knowledge or permission. Research by SourceDNA, building on a previous study conducted by researchers at Purdue University, found … Continue reading
November 2015 : A taxing question
Taxi booking services such as Uber, Gett, GrabTaxi and Ola have been growing in popularity all over the world. These apps attract commuters – predominantly in major cities – by providing a third-party taxi booking service that connects them with … Continue reading