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Vodafone Wallet to offer contactless card payments

Vodafone Wallet users will soon be able to make contactless card payments with their smartphones, the operator has announced. The telco has entered into partnerships with financial services firm Visa and transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide to offer the NFC SIM-based solution through the Vodafone Wallet app.

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Ofcom announces 2015/2016 annual plan

Ofcom has announced its 2015/2016 annual plan setting out priorities and other important work for the period. The regulator said the plan is based on a detailed consultation with stakeholders and is aimed at ensuring the market best serves both consumers and businesses.

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O2, Channel 4 partner over mobile on-demand service

O2 has announced a partnership under which the operator’s subscribers will have access to ten of Channel 4’s flagship series 48-hours early via the broadcaster’s new on-demand platform called All 4. As part of the agreement, O2 is also the official sponsor of the ‘fully mobile’ All 4 service throughout the year. The All 4 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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O2 says it is halving bills for 1.5 million customers

O2 has announced it will automatically start halving the bills for 1.5 million of its customers who two years ago signed up to the operator’s 24-month Refresh tariff. The telco claimed the combined total price slash of £324 million means an average saving of £18 per customer per month.

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Almost one in three UK broadband connections superfast – Ofcom

According to research by Ofcom, almost one in three (32%) broadband connections in the UK are superfast, up from approximately one in four in November 2013. The regulator said increasing take-up of superfast, 30Mbps or above, cable and fibre services has increased the country’s average broadband speed by a fifth in the last six months to 22.8Mbps.

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Gemalto says NSA, GCHQ probably hacked internal network but SIM encryption keys safe

Following last week’s revelations claiming SIM card giant Gemalto’s mobile SIM card encryption keys were hacked by US and UK security services, the firm has said its own investigation into the matter shows a breach probably did happen. However, apparently only its office network was intruded and the attack could not have led to a massive encryption key theft as originally suggested by the report last week.

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UK, US agents hacked Gemalto to spy billions of mobiles – report

Intelligence agents from the UK and US hacked international SIM card giant Gemalto’s computers and stole encryption keys that protect the privacy of billions of mobile phones across the world, a report in the Intercept has claimed. The publication said it received top secret documents containing the information from the US National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

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Ofcom launches consultation on spectrum licence fee changes

Ofcom has launched a consultation to determine whether the recently agreed extended mobile coverage obligations should affect operators’ annual spectrum licence fees. Under the new rules, which shifted Ofcom’s historical focus from population to geographical coverage, operators are obliged to reach 90% of UK landmass each by the end of 2017.

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Ofcom gives thumbs up for TV white space technology

Ofcom has given the green light for telecoms operators to take advantage of so called TV white spaces in unused parts of the spectrum in the 470 to 790 MHz frequency band. The decision follows earlier trials of a new wireless technology called white space devices, which share the band with existing use by digital […]

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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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