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  • H3G
    H3G
    February 2, 2006

    H3G – WePay, but you pay more

    H3G's new UK prepay tariff ‘WePay', launched this week, offers the appealing gimmick of paying customers to receive phone calls. Less appealing is the 32% outbound calling price rise accompanying this change, and the estimated net impact of a 10-20% price rise. However, we do not share NTL management's optimism concerning the power of the ‘quadruple play' – to date triple play has proved attractive to less than one third of cable households
  • H3G
    H3G
    December 10, 2004

    Hutchison 3G – Predicting the Fall

    H3G has made great strides this year, but these have mainly been in terms of reported subscribers and market perception rather than in fundamental terms. In this report we examine in depth both its global business model and the all-important funding available in order to assess the likely future for the business, and its subsequent impact on the GSM operators.

  • H3G
    H3G
    August 26, 2003

    H3G UK Update

    On 21st August Hutchison Whampoa reported on the progress of its 3G investments as part of its interim report. This brief note examines this progress compared to our expectations, and reassesses the threat to the GSM operators.

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    Placeholder
    June 11, 2003

    3’s New Tariffs

    On June 9th '3' launched 2 new tariffs aggressively targeting the core of the GSM contract base. In this report we look at the potential impact of these on both H3G and the UK GSM operators.

  • Placeholder
    Placeholder
    April 15, 2003

    The Services from ‘3’

    Perhaps inevitably, ‘3' opened for business before it was really ready. As a result, its services are patchy and unreliable. Some of these problems will be overcome in the next few weeks. Others will be more intractable. Overall, we can see some potential in 3G style services, but ‘3' is far from being a competitor to existing 2G offerings.

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    Placeholder
    April 8, 2003

    ‘3’ and 3G

    With the handsets finally available and (to some extent) working, Hutchison 3G's '3' operation has finally launched in the UK. In this report we review the commercial prospects for '3' in particular and 3G in general.

  • H3G
    H3G
    May 1, 2002

    Hutchison 3G – The Last of the White Elephants?

    This note discusses the likely obstacles to a successful launch of H3G UK, the most aggressive 3G new entrant in Europe. Our main points: What does this mean for the media industry? Does the increasing power of media buyers mean further downward pressure on rate cards? We suspect that many of the effects have already been felt, particularly in the European and US TV businesses. In fact, we see a different issue emerging: the explosion in advertising inventory in the last few years, which has resulted in a worldwide glut. This has coincided with what we think may be a permanent reduction in the absolute number of advertisers. As a result, media buyers will continue to obtain better terms, whether in buying as part of a large group or not, but media price deflation may be a feature of the industry for many years to come.