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Hutchison and Telefónica confirm O2 acquisition

Consolidation is the new black in the UK mobile market, as Telefónica has confirmed the sale of O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Three. The deal, valued at £10.25 billion, is expected to be completed by mid-2016, and will see the formation of the UK’s largest mobile operator.

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Five UK operators agree to cap bills for stolen mobiles

EE, O2, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone have entered into a voluntary agreement to cap bills at £100 for stolen or missing mobile phones, provided a report has been made to the network provider and police within 24 hours of losing the device.

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Global small cell deployments pass 10 million – report

According to a report by the Small Cell Forum (SCF) the number of small cells shipped globally has passed 10 million. The operator-led industry association claimed this shows the increasing importance of small cells to telcos, and said deployments are set to accelerate over the next 12 months.

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Open Networking Foundation wary of ‘big vendor’ influence on SDN

Dan Pitt, Executive Director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), has warned of the dangers of allowing the big networking vendors to have too much influence over the development of SDN, arguing they have a strong interest in maintaining the proprietary status quo.

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BT broadband rival CityFibre submits complaint over EE bid – report

UK-based broadband infrastructure specialist CityFibre has submitted a complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) saying BT’s proposed acquisition of EE will be anti-competitive and damage the government’s ‘ultrafast’ broadband roll-out plans, a report has claimed.

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Ofcom confirms BT broadband price margin rule

Following an assessment launched in January, Ofcom has confirmed a new measure it said will ensure good competition and encourage investment in the UK ‘superfast’ broadband market. Under the rule BT is obliged to maintain ‘sufficient’ margin between its wholesale and retail broadband network charges to avoid unfair competitive edge.

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Ericsson, EE say LTE broadcast big in converging market

Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has said now that convergence is finally taking off, it is ready to bridge the gap between the broadcast and telecoms industries. Talking at a an event in London, the Swedish firm’s Head of Broadcast and Media Services Thorsten Sauer said the firm predicts by 2020 50% of all content viewed will be on mobile devices and on-demand.

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Apple web-TV service rumoured to launch in autumn

Apple appears set to vie for control of living room entertainment, with rumours circulating from the Wall Street Journal, suggesting talks are ongoing between the consumer tech giant and several US broadcasters over the launch of a web-TV service which could land as early as September.

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ITU, ETSI set standard to measure RAN energy efficiency

The United Nation’s ICT body the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) have agreed a standard to measure the energy efficiency of radio access networks (RANs). The ITU said this is the first such standard and claimed it will unify energy efficiency evaluations of live RANs and the interpretation of results of such assessments.

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BT, Sky, TalkTalk broadband customers UK’s least satisfied – report

Consumer organisation Which has published the results of its latest UK broadband satisfaction survey claiming the worst performers are the country’s three biggest providers BT, Sky and TalkTalk. The report said smaller internet service providers (ISPs) are doing a better job in keeping customers happy.

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4G fastest tech but speeds still lag, disparity across LTE networks – report

UK-based network diagnostics company OpenSignal has published its State of LTE report showing significant disparity in LTE services across the world’s markets. While faster than any other mobile network technology, the report claimed, 4G is still not achieving the speeds initially promised.

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Vodafone Germany claims country’s first commercial VoLTE service

Coinciding with the international computer show CeBIT, Vodafone Germany has launched a voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service in Germany. Claiming it is the first such service in the country the telco demonstrated the first live VoLTE call and said it is ready to be rolled-out across its 4G network.

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Gilat, Intelsat in satellite partnership to bring 2G/3G to remote regions

Solution provider for satellite-based broadband communications Gilat Satellite Networks and satellite operator Intelsat have announced a partnership under which they aim to deliver 2G and 3G connectivity to underserved areas by using Gilat’s CellEdge small-cell-over-satellite solution combined with Intelsat’s satellite solutions.

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ZTE Wireline SVP says NFV, SDN will take off in 2015

Chinese kit vendor ZTE’s SVP of Wireline, Jane Chen has said she believes 2015 is the year when network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) will take off and become commercial reality.

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Industry cool on new NFV group, intentions unclear

Telco Systems, a traditional carrier Ethernet vendor, has announced the formation of the Open Edge Alliance (OEA), a vendor programme specifically targeting the deployment of network functions virtualization and software defined networking at the network edge. The partnership programme has initially received a pretty cool reaction from various members of the NFV community, sources have indicated.

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Ofcom announces once-in-a-decade digital comms review

Ofcom has announced an overall strategic review of digital communications in the UK to assess competition, investment, innovation and product availability within the broadband, mobile and landline markets. The regulator said the aim is to determine how well the rules set after the last major review a decade ago have worked.

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Pacnet virtualizes optical layer, adds bandwidth self-service

Pan-Asian operator Pacnet has announced its work with optical infrastructure vendor Infinera to bring network virtualization technologies into the optical layer, utilising software defined networking capabilities. The introduction of SDN into Layer 1 is intended to afford customers requiring high-capacity to access high bandwidth availability on a self-service basis.

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