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Mobile point-of-sale payments set to rise

Weve partners with MasterCard on in-store mobile payments

The joint venture set up by UK’s mobile operators O2, Vodafone and EE — Weve — has announced a partnership with payment provider MasterCard. The two firms hope to accelerate usage of contactless mobile payments at the point of purchase in physical retail stores in Britain.

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Vodafone meets Ofcom coverage obligation

After outing mobile operator Vodafone as the only UK operator to have failed to meet telecoms regulator Ofcom’s 3G coverage obligation last year, the regulator has confirmed that Vodafone has now met its requirements.

NSN will site its new security operation in Berlin

Deutsche Telekom: NSA/GCHQ revelations an opportunity

German operator group Deutsche Telekom has hailed last year’s revelations that the US spy agency NSA and the UK’s GCHQ had been monitoring ordinary citizens’ browsing and messaging habits as an “opportunity” for operators to provide data privacy and data security services.

Darby held a number of senior positions at Vodafone before joining CWW and is now CEO at Premier Foods

Vodafone signs enterprise deal with Premier Foods

UK operator group Vodafone has signed a five-year multi-million pound contract with food group Premier Foods. Premier Foods is parent to brands such as Batchelors, Bisto and Mr Kipling, and is headed by former Vodafone executive Gavin Darby.

O2 has altered the terms and conditions of its monthly contracts to sidestep rules introduced by regulator Ofcom last week

O2 updates contract terms to sidestep Ofcom ruling

UK operator O2 has altered the terms and conditions of its subscriber contracts to sidestep rules introduced by regulator Ofcom last week. The regulator had announced that UK consumers and small businesses would be allowed to leave their mobile operator without paying a penalty fee if their service provider increased its prices mid-contract.

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons are to merge

UK subscribers allowed to switch without penalty fees

UK consumers and small businesses will be allowed to exit their mobile, landline and broadband contracts without paying a penalty fee if their service provider increases its prices mid-contract.

Deutsche Telekom has launched a mobile wallet service in Germany

O2 discards unattractive wallet

UK operator O2 has revealed that its O2 Wallet service, which closed last week, was a casualty of the pace of development in the fast moving mobile payments space.

EE and Vodafone will offer network access on the Channel Tunnel from March 2014

French threat prompts UK operators to strike Channel Tunnel deal

UK network operators were reluctant to invest in providing services within the Channel Tunnel until Eurotunnel, the group that operates the Channel Tunnel transport network, threatened to offer the provision of network coverage exclusively to French operators.

EE and Vodafone will offer network access on the Channel Tunnel from March 2014

EE and Vodafone offer Channel Tunnel network coverage

UK operators EE and Vodafone have signed 10 year contract with the group that operates the Channel Tunnel transport network, Eurotunnel. The agreements will enable both operators’ subscribers to use 2G and 3G services while travelling on the rail line 100m below sea level.

Tele2 and Cubic to advance Connected Cars and IoT tech

UK government to invest in rural coverage and driverless cars

The UK government has announced that it will open a £10m fund in early 2014 to test innovative solutions to deliver superfast broadband services to remote areas of the UK. It has also pledged to invest in making the UK a world centre for the testing and development of driverless cars.

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3UK opts for quiet LTE launch

UK operator 3UK has confirmed its plans to launch 4G services in the country. The firm said it has already begun offering the service to existing subscribers with 4G ready phones in areas with 4G coverage. It will accelerate the rollout in January and all customers with a compatible device will be able to access 4G at no extra cost by the end of 1Q14 when they are in an area with 4G coverage.

O2 will launch LTE services at the end of August 2013

UK spectrum crunch likely to lead to “contentious” solutions

The UK is heading will face a serious spectrum shortage by the end of the decade if 300MHz of cellular spectrum and 350MHz of wifi spectrum are not made available. The warning came this week from Real Wireless, a consultancy that worked with UK regulator Ofcom on this year’s LTE spectrum auctions.


Uncertainty and risk: the results of spectrum renewal by auction

The use of auctions for spectrum renewal seems pointless and likely only to create uncertainty and risk for operators, says Graham Friend, managing director at Coleago Consulting. New entrants know they are likely to be outbid by incumbents and the uncertainty generated dampens the desire of those incumbents to invest and innovate, which is not good at a time when governments want to see a rapid and extensive roll-out of LTE.

The BBC is trialling multicast technology

EE offers 4G petabyte plan for broadcasters

UK operator EE has launched what it claims to be the world’s largest mobile data plan, offering a petabyte (a million gigabytes) of data. The package is priced at £8m. The plan has been developed for business customers such as media, film, entertainment and CCTV security industries that transfer large amounts of data over 4G while on the move, the operator said.

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Vodafone fails to meet UK 3G coverage obligation

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said that Vodafone is the nation’s only mobile operator to have failed to meet its 3G coverage obligation. Vodafone has fallen 1.4 per cent short of the 90 per cent coverage requirement.

EE’s CEO Olaf Swantee annouced the launch of EE's LTE-A service at a Huawei event in London

EE launches ‘world’s fastest’ LTE-A network in London

UK LTE operator EE has switched on what it claims is the world’s fastest LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in London’s Tech City, claiming to offer speeds of 300Mbps. The network makes use of carrier aggregation – bringing together 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum. More features will be trialled throughout 2014, EE said.

VEE has posted a year on year drop in revenue for the first quarter of 2014

BT sees 13% drop in profit but strong fibre adoption

UK incumbent BT has reported a 13 per cent drop in year on year profit for the first half of 2013. Compared to 2012, the firm’s income fell to £948m in the half year ending September 30, while revenue dropped just one per cent to £8.94bn.

EE is introducing the UK's first 4G PAYG plans

EE intros prepay LTE

UK operator EE has launched the country’s first pay as you go (PAYG) 4G handset. The operator said that 40 per cent of mobile users in the UK want PAYG plans and that all 4G handsets currently available to pay monthly customers will be available on PAYG.


BT Adastral Park plays host to UK G.fast tech trial

UK carrier BT’s Global Research and Development headquarters, Adastral Park, is currently playing host to a field trial of Fibre To The Distribution Point (FTTdp) G.fast technology being run by Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei.

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