U.K. Competition Authority Releases New Timeline for Airwave, ESN Investigation
Friday, July 22, 2022 | Comments

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) released a new timeline for the completion of its investigation into Motorola’s dual roles as owner of the Airwave network and a supplier on the Emergency Service Network (ESN).

The Airwave network currently provides critical communications for first responders around the U.K. The ESN is the next-generation communications network intended to take the place of the Airwave network but has been delayed many times.

In launching the investigation, the CMA expressed concern that Motorola’s roles in both projects would give it “an incentive to delay or shape the rollout of the ESN to its advantage” due to the profits from the Airwave network.

The CMA’s original timeline for the investigation expected to release a provisional decision in the investigation during the summer. However, the new timeline has that report coming out in September. After that, response hearings are expected to be held in October and November, and a final report is expected to be published in December.

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