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The GSMA hopes to boost the M2M market

Telefónica wins UK smart meter deal

Telefónica’s UK arm has been selected as the connectivity provider for the UK’s Smart Meter Implementation Programme in two of the project’s three regions. The operator will provide service in the Central and Southern regions for the programme, which will see the deployment of 53 million connected gas and electricity meters across the UK by 2020.

Unlicensed spectrum devices will get a boost

Ofcom consults telcos on wifi availability on 5GHz spectrum band

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is undertaking a consultation with telcos and other stakeholders over the use of the 5GHz spectrum band for wifi services. The regulator said it is looking to develop a better understanding of the role that shared spectrum access could play in the mobile broadband and M2M sectors alongside cleared spectrum bands.

Vodafone is fibre-ing up Spain and Portugal

Vodafone UK to launch 4G August 29

Operator group Vodafone has announced that it will launch 4G services in the UK later this month. The service will be live in London as of August 29, the same date that rival O2 plans to switch its LTE network on. Twelve further cities will be connected to the network by the end of the year, the operator added.

Verizon Wireless has posted a 4.8 year on year increase in revenue for 1Q14, as well as a 15.1 per cent increase in operating income

3UK triples half-year operating profit

The UK arm of operator group Hutchison Whampoa said it has more than tripled its operating profit year on year during the first half of 2013. 3UK generated £86m in the first half of 2013, a 231 per cent increase on the £26m it pocketed in the first half of 2012.

Mobile edge working group bringing content nearer the user

Carrier billing gains traction among UK operators

All of the UK’s mobile network operators have extended their carrier billing offerings by connecting to Gemalto’s direct billing platform, the mobile security solutions provider announced.

O2 UK's consumer health offerings were short lived

O2 UK pulls plug on consumer health services

O2 UK has told customers of its e-health services Help at Hand and Health at Home that it is to cease operations at the end of this year. The decision comes just four months after the services were launched.

EE said its early move to LTE was reaping rewards

EE grows margin, sees top line fall

The UK’s largest mobile network and only LTE operator, EE, has reported a 4.4 per cent drop in service revenue for the second quarter year on year, to £1.42bn. But the firm’s EBITDA margin for the first half of 2013 rose 2.6 per cent year on year to 22.9 per cent. The firm attributed its top line drop to regulatory measures affecting mobile termination rates and roaming revenues, without which service revenue would have been flat year on year for the second quarter, it said.

Alcatel-Lucent and the Internet Society will facilitate superfast broadband in Thailand

O2 calls on Virgin Media Business for backhaul

UK operator O2, the British arm of Spanish operator group Telefónica, has selected Virgin Media Business to boost its backhaul capacity ahead of the launch of its LTE services this summer.

The NAO believes the rollout  of super fast networks will be completed 22 months later than planned.

UK broadband project running two years behind schedule

The UK government’s attempt to roll out “superfast” broadband across the nation is running two years behind schedule, according to the National Audit Office. The government has pledged to provide super-fast speeds, primarily through the deployment of fibre networks to 90 cent of premises in each area of the UK by May 2015. However, the NAO believes the rollout will be completed 22 months later than planned.

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EE launches shared data plans

The UK’s first LTE operator, EE, has announced the availability of shared pricing plans for its LTE customers. The plans, which will become available July 17th, were announced as EE switched on what it is calling “double speed LTE”.

Vodafone launches MVNO with Sainsbury’s

Vodafone has launched an MVNO in partnership with UK retailer Sainsbury’s. The 50/50 joint venture, which will operate under the brand ‘Mobile by Sainsbury’s’ will launch later this summer, led my a management team of existing Vodafone and Sainsbury’s executives.

O2 will make a further 400 job cuts

O2 UK move to cut 1,000 jobs sparks union anger

The UK arm of Spanish operator group Telefonica will make a further 400 staff redundant, bringing the total number of redundancies to 1,000 ahead of outsourcing plans with Capita. The move has sparked fury from the UK’s Communications Workers Union (CWU), which said that this is “not how a decent, responsible employer should behave”.

Vodafone is fibre-ing up Spain and Portugal

Vodafone pays no UK tax again

UK operator group Vodafone has not paid any corporate tax in the UK for the second year in a row, the firm revealed in its annual report. This is despite generating revenues of more than £5bn in its home market. The group paid over £2.5bn in corporate tax in other countries and £882m in other UK taxes and contributions.

Vodafone nears CWW deal

Vodafone to ramp up UK investment

Vodafone has said it will increase the amount it invests in its UK network this year by 50 per cent, as it prepares to launch LTE in its home market. The operator plans to spend more than £900 million in the current financial year and expects its 4G service to go live by the late summer.

Millicom and Orange have announced start up incubator projects

UK wholesale fibre start up gets £50m injection

UK start up wholesale fibre provider Hyperoptic has received an equity investment of £50m from currency speculator billionaire George Soros. The firm said the funding will enable it to meet its plans to reach more than 500,000 UK homes with its 1Gbps fibre broadband within the next five years. The investment is led by Quantum Strategic Partners, Soros’ private investment vehicle.

Virgin Media sells backhaul to Sky in £49m deal

UK fixed line operator BSkyB has signed a £49m backhaul network capacity deal with wholesale provider Virgin Media Business. Under the terms of the contract, Virgin Media Business’ network will connect around a third of Sky’s unbundled local exchanges with Sky’s own wholly owned nationwide broadband network.

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