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O2 claims success from mobile ad unit

UK mobile operator O2 said it is seeing traction for mobile marketing, with more than one million customers signing up to the O2 More service in the first year of its launch.

Project Canvas to launch as YouView in 2011

Project Canvas, the UK-based internet TV coalition created to drive supply and demand of online, interactive TV services has revealed that its commercial offering, to be known as YouView, will launch in 2011.

Orange, T-Mobile begin network merger

The UK arms of Orange and T-Mobile began promoting the consumer benefits of their mammoth merger on Monday. But the service improvement promises made by the newly created company—Everything Everywhere—seemed to carry an acknowledgement that the coverage profiles of the two networks individually were previously somewhat lacking.

TalkTalk to launch MVNO in UK

UK internet service provider TalkTalk, which recently demerged from the Carphone Warehouse, said Monday it had struck a deal with Vodafone wholesale over the launch of an MVNO.

UK outlines plans to auction 4G spectrum

UK communications regulator Ofcom has finally been given the go ahead to move forward with the auctioning of 4G spectrum, as well as the refarming of 2G spectrum so it can be used for 3G services. However, ongoing delays have put the country behind other parts of Western Europe and operators are unlikely to get their hands on the attractive 2.6GHz band before 2012.

BT backs long wave radio for smart meters

UK incumbent BT has joined forces with broadcast infrastructure firm Arqiva and business consultancy Detica in a bid to mop up business under the local government’s proposed smart metering initiative.

3 UK tries to spark price war over iPhone 4

Trust the UK’s smallest mobile operator, 3 UK, to try to start a price war over the latest Apple device to hit the shelves. We say ‘try’ to start a price war because it’s become apparent that the UK has sold out of iPhone 4s, at least for now anyway.

IPTV service Project Canvas gathers momentum

UK public broadcaster the BBC has been greenlighted to spearhead the development of Project Canvas, an internet TV platform designed to drive supply and demand of online, interactive TV services.

European carriers explore mobile TV in TDD

The wireless operator community is taking another crack at mobile TV, with a technology that also holds promise for the little used TDD spectrum, which most operators have left gathering spectral dust.

Femtos win more support in US

Expect to hear plenty of news about femtocells this week as the Femto World Summit kicks off in London. Telecoms.com had a briefing with what felt like the entire femto ecosystem on Monday morning ahead of the conference and came away with the sense that the technology and the business model are winning acceptance and adoption. The latest carrier to fly the femto flag being US rural player Mosaic Telecom.

WiMAX player exits UK

UK-based communications firm and WiMAX operator the Daisy Group on Thursday offloaded its loss making WiMAX assets in the country for just £12.5m.

Tiers start flowing at O2 UK

The floodgates have opened, as UK carrier O2 becomes the latest operator to put an end to all you can eat data. New and upgrading smartphone users will be affected, making the move rather timely in light of the imminent launch of the iPhone 4.

O2 beefs up network to meet smartphone demand

Good news for existing smartphone users on the O2 UK network, but it’s more likely the impending arrival of the iPhone 4 later this month was the kick the carrier needed to improve its data network in the capital.

Orange, T-Mobile merge as Everything Everywhere

The combined entity formed by UK mobile operators Orange and T-Mobile will be called Everything Everywhere, it was announced on Tuesday. We’re not sure about the name but both the Orange and T-Mobile brands will be maintained – a wise decision.

UK broadband tax scrapped

There is political gaming going on ahead of the UK general election in May, with the government cancelling plans for a £0.50 per month levy on broadband as it rushes the Finance Bill through Parliament.

Android gets access to Java-flavoured apps

Mobile operating system Android got access to a whole new library of pre-written applications this week, as mobile middleware developer Myriad launched a tool which it claims seamlessly converts Java MIDlets into Android applications.

Orange UK gets three new MVNO partners

Orange’s partnership with pan European Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) Transatel has borne its first fruit. The carrier on Monday said it has secured three MVNO deals in the UK, with Unicom, Catalyst and Axis Telecom.

Ofcom to investigate net neutrality

The chief of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said the authority will investigate web traffic control measures later this year as the net neutrality debate rumbles on.

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