What’s to become of H3G? Commercial turnaround versus consolidation

25 January 2022

H3G’s change of tack over the past couple of years appears to be paying off in terms of customer momentum, but the revenue impact is more questionable and it has undoubtedly proven expensive.

Renewed network investment and a reinvigorated brand will help it to gain traction in new market segments but, even with strong execution, the scale gap looks unlikely to be bridged in a timescale acceptable to its backers.

Regulatory appetite for consolidation appears to be low, with policymakers prioritising number of players over network quality. It may be time for network quality to move up the policy agenda.

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