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EE announces three-year £1.5 billion network investment plan

EE has announced a three-year, £1.5 billion network investment plan, under which the operator plans to extend its geographical coverage across the UK, including in badly or not at all connected rural areas, as well as continuing rolling out 4G with an aim for it to take over 2G by 2017.

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RootMetrics ranks EE’s network top in the UK

RootMetrics has published its Mobile Network Performance Review for the second half of 2014, once again placing EE as the best in the UK. However with Three not far behind as second, followed by O2 and finally Vodafone, the testing specialist claimed all four operators are doing well.

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Ericsson demonstrates live LAA for Verizon, SK Telecom, T-Mobile US

Ericsson has conducted live License Assisted Access (LAA) tests at its labs in Canada and Sweden, claiming to have demonstrated to operators Verizon, SK Telecom and T-Mobile US a peak rate of 450 Mbps. The LTE technology, which is also known as LTE-U, gives users mobile access to unlicensed frequencies, often used by wifi, to enhance coverage.

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Messaging app downloads increase by 50% in 2014 – report

Analyst firm App Annie has published its 2014 Retrospective report on last year’s top app trends, showing significant growth in ‘sharing economy’ apps such as Airbnb and Uber, as well as messaging app downloads increasing by over 50%.

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UK telcos 2015 growth 4x faster than GDP – report

UK telcos’ will grow by 11% in 2015, four times the expected 2.6% rate for the country’s GDP, a report by Barclays’ Technology, Media and Telecoms unit claimed. According to the report, things are looking even better for 2016 with respondents expecting annual growth to reach 13%.

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TeliaSonera concessions clear Tele2 Norway acquisition

Nordic operator TeliaSonera has been given the go-ahead by regulators to complete its proposed acquisition of Tele2’s Norwegian assets for Swedish krona 4.5 billion on a cash and debt free basis.The approval from the Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA), however, didn’t come without some heavy concessions.

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Vodafone slows sales decline, UK in growth in Q3

Vodafone has reported its third quarter results with less decline than expected, with growth in the UK and steady recovery in its European operations. Across the entire group, the telco added 5.5 million net mobile customers in the three months ended in December.

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Samsung and SK to deploy NFV in live IoT LTE network

The network functions virtualization (NFV) and internet of things (IoT) movements have taken a step towards mass real-world roll-out, with the news that Korean powerhouses SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics will work together on deploying network virtualization technologies as part of a nationwide mobile network designed to support the development of IoT.

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BT agrees to buy EE for £12.5bn to create a multiplay powerhouse

Things are set to get a lot more difficult for all other UK telco and content players. The country’s dominant fixed line operator and its largest mobile operator have agreed on a price for the former to buy the latter, having first announced the potential move late last year. The combined operations will have a distinct advantage in the delivery of combined communications services, generally referred to as multiplay.

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Millicom reports 15% revenue growth for 2014

Emerging markets-focused operator and media service group Millicom has reported its 2014 financial results showing 14.9% revenue growth for the year, largely attributed to its expansion across the Latin American market.

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Verizon to sell off towers and part of fixed-line business – report

Verizon Communications, the parent company of US operator Verizon Wireless, is about to sell off some of its assets including mobile towers and parts of its fixed-line business, a report by the Wall Street Journal has claimed. The company is said to be selling the assets in several separate deals whose value could be over $15 billion.

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Dixons Carphone to launch MVNO over 3’s network

Dixons Carphone has announced it is entering the UK mobile market this spring with an MVNO service, which will run on 3’s network. The new business will also offer internet connectivity to smart devices sold in the retailer’s stores.

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Ofcom confirms 90% geographical coverage obligation for all UK operators

UK telco operator Ofcom has taken six weeks to complete the formality of implementing the geographical coverage commitment compromise achieved between the government and operators late last year. Ofcom has “varied the licenses” such that all four MNOs are committed to 90% geographical coverage for voice calls by the end of 2017.

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US AWS-3 auction raises record $45 billion

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has closed the AWS-3 spectrum auction after 341 rounds of bidding and a record amount of money raised. The winning bids totalled $44.89 billion, way over analysts’ previous predictions which circled around $10-20 billion.

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Sky makes multiplay move with Telefónica O2 MVNO deal

Pay TV and broadband service provider, Sky, has signed an agreement with Telefónica UK to launch an MVNO on its network in early 2016. The provider is already well established in the triple-play market, providing premium television, film and sport services, along with residential broadband offerings.

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FTC TracFone settlement sets data throttling precedent

Prepaid mobile provider TracFone has agreed to settle a charge of deceiving millions of customers by paying the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $40 million, which will go to refunds to its throttled customers. The settlement likely sets a precedent on data service throttling.

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