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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.

3UK bundles Spotify with Android

The UK’s smallest but most disruptive mobile operator, 3UK, said Monday it has struck a partnership with online music service Spotify, bundling the offering with the Android-based HTC Hero.

3UK introduces mobile hotspot

The UK’s disruptive mobile operator, 3 UK, has unveiled plans to bring a mobile hotspot device to the country later this month.

INQ launches QWERTY Twitter phone

Hutchison Whampoa’s handset play INQ has announced two new handsets that it hopes will build on the success of its first device the INQ1 – known colloquially as the ‘Facebook Phone’ because of the social networking capabilities around which it was designed.

T-Mobile UK buyout looks unlikely

An announcement by UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom that is happy with the status quo of the UK mobile market means an acquisition of T-Mobile UK by one of its market rivals looks less likely, according to analysts.

Telecom Italia and 3 strike site sharing deal

Network sharing is becoming increasingly commonplace in the mobile industry, and Italian operators Telecom Italia and 3 Italia have taken tentative steps in that direction with the announcement of a co-siting agreement.

3 tempts consumers with £0 per month contract

The UK’s plucky mobile disruptor, 3 UK, launched a £0 per month contract on Wednesday, hoping to lure prepay users from other networks with the promise of free Skype calls.

3 claims INQ platform a roaring success

The operator-run handset shop incubated by Hutchison Whampoa is claiming a success from its low cost 3G handset strategy which uses social networking to encourage data usage.

UK mobile broadband performance 75% slower than advertised

A five-month research project by customer experience management specialist Epitiro has found that real-life UK mobile broadband speeds reach, on average, only 24 per cent of the headline data rates advertised by carriers as maximum available throughputs.

3 offers 15GB for £15 on one month contract

Just as O2 UK takes the wind out of the iPhone 3G’s sails, by announcing plans to charge extra for tethering, Hutchison Whampoa-owned rival 3 UK looks keen to scrap with a low commitment mobile broadband offering.

Hutch to intro Twitter handset

The handset unit that emerged from the incubator of Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa is onto its second device and is sticking with the social networking theme with the Twitter phone.

3, BT unite to make calls cheaper

The UK’s mobile underdog, 3 UK, and incumbent fixed line carrier BT formed an unlikely alliance this week in a bid to kill off the termination rate and bring mobile prices down for consumers.

T-Mobile UK writedown sparks sale rumours

It was German carrier Deutsche Telekom’s turn to report gloomy financials on Thursday, with the firm recording a first quarter loss of €1.12bn compared to a profit of €924m in the same period last year.

3 pushes free Skype calls

Disruptive mobile operator 3 is further embracing the open network model, on Thursday announcing plans to allow users free Skype to Skype calls without having to pay data charges.

3 promises 21Mbps mobile broadband in Nordics

Nordic operator 3 Scandinavia is to beef up its HSPA network up to 21Mbps on the downlink. On Monday, the operator, which runs 3G networks in Sweden and Denmark, said it has tapped Swedish kit vendor Ericsson to upgrade its networks. The upgrade will give 3’s customers improved access to mobile broadband services, including internet […]

3’s a crowd

The Hutchison Whampoa-owned 3G network carrier 3 has a firm toehold in a number of markets and it is a disruptive influence throughout. Perhaps oddly for a carrier with reputation for launching innovative and disruptive new services 3’s genealogy is steeped in tradition. The parent company, Hutchison Whampoa, was formed in the nineteenth century. The […]

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