UK

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.

BBC iPlayer racking up traffic in UK

It’s no wonder the operator community is growing increasingly concerned over the amount of data traffic hitting the networks. This week UK broadcaster the BBC announced record breaking requests for its IPTV-based iPlayer application.

BT results – cut and paste?

Ian Livingstone must have an autotext key on his laptop. This morning’s news release reads: “These results show that we are making progress. There is still a lot more to be done but our commitment to improved customer service and cost transformation is starting to deliver results.”

UK OFT voices concern over Orange T-Mobile merger

The UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has made a request to the European Commission that it refer the UK aspects of the proposed merger of Orange and T-Mobile to the OFT. France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom announced the plan to merge their UK operations in September 2009.

BT scores managed services deal for O2

UK carrier BT must be feeling like its gone back to 2001, as it announces a five year, multi-million pound managed services agreement to run O2’s mobile and fixed core networks.

3 UK launches 10,000th cell site

Mobile operators continue to feel the pain from explosive growth in data demand, prompting network expansion to boost capacity. On Wednesday, UK operator 3 activated its 10,000th cell site and announced its intention to switch on 3,000 more over the course of 2010.

Orange calls Shots with mobile advertising plan

UK operator Orange revealed what it’s been up to with failed-MVNO-turned-managed-services-provider Blyk on Tuesday, marking the launch of Blyk’s first offering in its new guise.

Truphone launches MVNO operations

One time enemy of the carrier community, internet telephony player Truphone has struck an MVNO partnership with Vodafone UK to bring voice and data services to its UK customer base.

Vodafone tries again with femtocell proposal

Just days after launching the iPhone in the UK market, mobile operator Vodafone has revisited an initiative to get mobile data off its macro network and onto the fixed line pipes.

Orange moves into financial services space

Mobile operator Orange UK and Barclaycard have extended their relationship to introduce a contactless payment system, in the form of a credit card rather than a phone.

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Polls

With Amazon and Google launching smart home initiatives, have the telcos missed out on their chance to cash in on this market?

  • Yes, Google and Amazon will now dominate this space (65%, 40 Votes)
  • Consumers won't have made up their mind (19%, 12 Votes)
  • No, Google and Amazon will not be able to replace the telcos in the mind of the consumer (16%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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