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Vodafone’s deal to promote its pagers enterprise to skilled providers firm Capita may face an in-depth probe by the competitors regulator.

Vodafone – the one UK telecoms agency to nonetheless run a devoted paging community – first introduced the deal to promote the unit in February.

However the Competitors and Markets Authority (CMA) mentioned the sale may result in worth rises for patrons.

Capita has till 17 Might to deal with the CMA’s issues.

Pagers, a decades-old expertise, are nonetheless utilized by many individuals due to their reliability, protection and battery life.

As Vodafone and Capita are the one suppliers of wide-area paging providers within the UK, the CMA mentioned it believed the deal may result in greater costs in addition to diminished high quality of protection for patrons.

In a press release, the CMA says the 2 corporations should discover “acceptable methods of addressing competitors issues” to keep away from an investigation.

“Capita and Vodafone each provide wide-area paging providers to clients, together with emergency providers and hospitals,” the regulator says.