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Ofcom triples UK mobile license fees

Ofcom has set its annual mobile spectrum license fees 13 per lower than it mooted in February, but analysts say the new level is still likely to be met with protests from the operators.

BT counters criticism with fibre and G.fast pledge

BT’s CEO Gavin Patterson has called for regulators to impose tough new minimum levels of broadband, fibre coverage and service, to help it preserve Britain’s lead as the G20’s most digitised economy.

BT rivals renew demands for Openreach split

A group of BT’s competitors have allied themselves with several professional bodies to send an open letter to the FT, calling for Ofcom to recommend a competition investigation into BT.

Ofcom review to consider break up of BT

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has completed the first phase of its strategic review of digital communications and revealed a major focus is whether or not to separate Openreach from BT.

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EE fined £1m for mishandling customer complaints

After looking into the matter for over a year UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has concluded EE had been mishandling customer complaints over a three year period and consequently fined it a million pounds.

Sky declares war on BT over alleged Openreach failings

Pay TV giant Sky has called on regulator Ofcom to refer BT to the competition and markets authority (CMA) over claims that BT’s Openreach division, which is in charge of maintaining the fixed line network BT leases to companies like Sky, is failing in its obligations.

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New Ofcom boss gets tough with UK CSPs

Sharon White, who took over as boss of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom in March of this year, has used her first speech in the role to warn CSPs they need to improve their customer service.

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O2 out of UK emergency services LTE tender, EE lone runner

Government plans to shift emergency communication services to cellular infrastructure have taken a knock after O2, one of just two mobile operators tendering for the contract, pulled out of the running, according to the FT.

Ofcom increases scrutiny of BT with dark fibre proposal

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has stepped up its efforts to reduce BT’s dominance of the UK fixed line market by announcing proposals that would oblige BT to open up its so called ‘dark fibre’ for use by competitors.

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Internet usage doubled since 2005, Ofcom says

Ofcom has released its annual summary of online activity, and revealed the average internet user now spends more than twice as much time online every week than those in 2005 did. Nearly 90% of all adults in the UK are now using the internet, the regulator said.

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Ofcom updates consultation on 5G spectrum above 6 GHz

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published an update to its consultation on 5G, specifically the use of spectrum above 6 GHz to satisfy the anticipated bandwidth requirements that will prove too great for standard licensed spectrum.

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Ofcom declares EE 4G fastest, but disappoints on browsing

Ofcom has done some pretty substantial digging into the comparable differences between 4G and 3G coverage in the UK, and undertook some hefty analysis of individual network performance for the major MNOs in the market.

BT battles to keep Openreach amid growing regulatory pressure

As the clamour for BT to be forced to spin off its wholesale broadband division – Openreach – in the light of its proposed move back into the mobile network business, BT has found an unlikely ally in Virgin Media. According to an FT report the two sent a joint letter to Ofcom, inevitably arguing that opening up the UK broadband market will be bad for consumers.

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