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BT cuts 15,000 jobs

UK incumbent carrier BT is to slash around 15,000 jobs as it struggles to offset weaknesses in its Global Services division.

Wifi problems due to baby monitors, audio video kit

A survey of the UK’s wifi usage, commissioned by industry watchdog Ofcom, has discovered that many of the problems commonly associated with wifi connectivity are in fact due to interference between devices and not spectrum congestion as often thought.

Eutelsat prepares to unwire UK

European satellite operator Eutelsat Communications did its bit for ‘Broadband Britain’ this week, introducing a satellite-based consumer internet service in the UK.

T-Mobile pioneers annual payment model for Blackberry

In the highly competitive UK market mobile operators are no stranger to trying out disruptive tactics to win new customers, with T-Mobile this week pioneering a ‘pay once’ model for the BlackBerry Pearl.

Orange serves up access to Wikipedia

Mobile operator Orange has struck a deal with dispute resolution tool and fact finding site Wikipedia in a bid to boost mobile data traffic.

BT gets fibre rollout underway

UK incumbent BT said this week that it will deploy fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology at 29 exchanges across the UK, ahead of a commercial launch of super fast broadband in 2010.

O2 gives iPhone away on 24 month contract

In the UK, iPhone carrier O2 has made the gadget more affordable to cash strapped consumers by launching a 24 month contract option, which will allow customers to get the handset for free in return for signing two years of their life away to O2. On the 24 month tariff the 8GB iPhone 3G weighs in at £34.26 per month and the 16GB device costs £44.05 per month

Content consumption driven by messaging

While all the talk at this year’s Mobile World Congress has centred on the launch of a variety of app stores, UK, mobile advertising-funded MVNO Blyk has launched On Blyk, a new content portal. The service is built primarily on messaging and is now available to all Blyk users in the UK. Blyk aserts that […]

UK carriers in sender pays data trial

Mobile transactions firm mBlox has launched the world’s first mobile cross operator ‘sender pays data’ trial in the UK this week. The trial aims to remove consumer confusion over the purchase and download of mobile content, with mobile operators suffering criticism for stinging users with ‘hidden’ data charges. The model allows content providers and service […]

Poor customer service stifling mobile broadband

Almost half of UK mobile users don’t understand what mobile broadband can offer them. Moreover, better customer service would encourage mobile users to spend more. These are some of the findings from a survey released today by Convergys, a billing and OSS provider. “The findings are not exactly new,” says Mark Hennessy, director of products […]

BT profit sinks 81 per cent

UK carrier BT posted a whopping 81 per cent drop in pre-tax profits for the last three months of 2008, and warned of the possibility of further “substantial” write downs in the coming year. Profit for the quarter to end December 31 came in at £113m, compared to £601m in the same period a year […]

O2 snaps up mobile ad guru

Mobile operator O2 UK, which is owned by Spanish carrier Telefonica, said this week that it has appointed Shaun Gregory as managing director of its media business. Gregory presently holds the position of chief executive for the UK unit of ad-funded MVNO Blyk. At O2, he will be responsible for the operator’s overall media strategy […]

Prepay BlackBerry comes to UK

Mobile operator Orange UK said Thursday it is bringing the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 to prepay consumers, marking a first for the UK market. Because of its reliance on a data connection, BlackBerrys, made by Canadian manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) are typically only sold on a contract basis. But Orange is bringing the Pearl 8120 […]

Vodafone declares on 12-year cricket innings

UK-based operator Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile carrier in terms of revenue, announced Tuesday that it is to end the high profile deal that has seen it act as sponsor of the England cricket team for the past 12 years. The current four-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) expires at the […]

T-Mobile UK cuts Android G1 pricing

The UK’s exclusive provider of the first Android-based handset has expanded the tariffs on which the gadget is available free, allowing consumers to get their hands on the G1 for nothing on a £30 per month contract. T-Mobile UK was charging around £50 for the smartphone, until this week when it made the G1 available […]

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