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Ofcom boss openly favours four operator market

In a speech Ofcom boss Sharon White has made it clear that her preference is for the UK to have four mobile network operators, which indicates she is not in favour of the O2/Three merger.

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.

Three UK announces VoLTE launch and 800 MHz roll-out

Hot on the heels of network enhancement announcements from rivals EE and Vodafone, Three UK had beaten them both to the punch with the commercial launch of VoLTE as well as the roll-out of its 800 MHz spectrum.

CTOs call for improved industry cooperation over 5G

A CTO Executive Forum at the 2015 International Conference on Communications (ICC) urged the whole telco industry to get better at working together to ensure the 5G standard effectively tackles the many technical challenges it will face.

Three UK to introduce VoLTE later this year

Three, the UK’s fourth largest mobile network in terms of subscribers, has announced it will introduce voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) to its network later this year, possibly as early as September.

Hutchison launches international MVNO enablement platform

Hong Kong-based telco Hutchison Whampoa, parent company of mobile operator Three, has launched a mobile virtual network operator enablement (MVNE) platform, dubbed “Hue”. According to Hutchison, Hue acts as a single point of entry for MVNOs looking for a global footprint and will have access to Hutchison’s networks across Europe and Asia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Merger of O2 and 3 not an instant fix, say analysts

Following confirmation form both Hutchison Whampoa and Telefónica the two indeed are in official talks over the sale of Telefónica’s O2 to 3’s owner Hutchison, industry analysts have been quick to offer their views on how this proposed bid would affect the UK mobile market if approved. It seems it is a thorny issue.

All UK ISPs now committed to BSG’s Open Internet Code

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), an advisory organisation to the UK government, has announced that with EE, Virgin Media and Vodafone as the latest to join, all UK ISPs have now signed up to its Open Internet Code.

Hutchison, Telefónica in merger talks over O2, Three – report

Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa and Spain’s Telefónica are in talks over a possible merger of their respective UK subsidiaries Three and O2, according to a report. Following BT’s preliminary talks with owners of EE, Orange and Deutsche Telekom (DT), as well as Telefónica over O2, it was reported Hutchison was also preparing to bid for one of the two UK operators.

UK government capitulates to operators over rural mobile coverage

The UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced it has reached what it calls a “landmark” agreement with operators EE, O2, Vodafone and Three on how to tackle coverage issues in rural Britain. However, the agreement seems a far-cry from the original tough talk from the Culture Secretary Savid Javid.

Ofcom report hails O2, RootMetrics crowns EE

Ofcom has published a report on customer satisfaction levels in mobile, broadband, pay TV and landline services. Compared to previous years, the report showed steady level of satisfaction in mobile with O2 topping the table in the mobile service provider stakes. Meanwhile RootMetrics put EE on top in London.

TeliaSonera, Telenor to combine Danish operations

Nordic operator TeliaSonera and Norway-headquartered Telenor have announced an agreement to merge their Danish operations into a joint venture, of which each party will hold 50%. The two telcos said the new company will create a robust new operator in the very competitive Danish market.


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