Harvard Business Review
TelZip, a small mobile-network operator, has decided to shake up the European telecommunications market by offering “free forever” broadband service to customers who sign a long-term contract with the company. Meridicom, the dominant industry player, must decide how to respond. Joe Ulan, the incumbent’s new chief marketing officer, gets conflicting advice: The product division heads don’t like the idea of discounting their products or even of working together; the sales director wants to kill the competition with a price war. How can Joe turn this attack into an opportunity? With commentary by Georg Tacke, co-CEO of Simon-Kucher & Partners, and Anne Gro Gulla, Group Branding Director for Telenor Group.