Carphone hit by property slump

UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse reported a healthy increase in sales and profits for the year to the end of March, but issued a gloomy outlook due to the negative effects of the credit crunch and associated property slump. Group revenues were up 12 per cent year on year to £4.47bn, while profit before tax […]

O2 has its bubble burst by 3

Mobile operator O2 UK has been left blowing bubbles after losing a four year battle against rival 3 over the usage of bubbles in its advertising. On Thursday, the European Court of Justice ruled that “O2 cannot rely on its trade mark rights” to prevent the use of bubble imagery in a comparative advertisement for […]

Ofcom reveals plan for digital dividend

UK communications regulator Ofcom has set out detailed proposals for how it plans to release the valuable spectrum that will be freed up as a result of the switchover to digital television. The spectrum, known as the ‘digital dividend’, resides in the UHF band and is currently used for the delivery of analogue TV channels. […]

Phorm controversy continues after BT report leaked

Controversial advert targeting system Phorm drew more fire this week after an internal report on BT’s covert trials of the platform was leaked. A document revealing a 2006 trial of the system by the UK carrier appeared on the WikiLeaks web site earlier this week. Phorm is a behavioural advertising system, which monitors web activity […]

UK watchdog moves to clarify fixed broadband speeds

UK communications regulator Ofcom published a code of practice on Thursday to ensure greater clarity over consumer broadband line speeds in the UK. The watchdog said some 32 ISPs, covering over 90 per cent of UK broadband customers, have already agreed to honour the code to give consumers a clearer understanding of the speeds they […]

New chief shakes up Orange

Newly installed chief executive Tom Alexander outlined plans on Wednesday to refresh the brand of mobile operator Orange in the UK. Alexander, who is something of an industry veteran, having co-founded Virgin Mobile, unveiled a three pronged strategy, which will put the company’s focus back on the customer. The main operation will be divided into […]

C&W makes approach on Thus

UK-based carrier Cable & Wireless said Wednesday that it has made an approach on smaller fixed line operator Thus, which also owns the Demon brand, bumping up the company’s share price. C&W said however that there is no certainty the discussions will result in an offer being made. “Cable and Wireless notes the recent movement […]

Rural broadband overtakes urban connectivity in UK

Rural areas of the UK are better connected to broadband than their urban neighbours, according to a report published by communications regulator Ofcom. Across the UK as a whole, 59 per cent of households in rural areas now have broadband compared to 57 per cent of urban areas. When broadband was first introduced in the […]

Cable & Wireless considers demerger

UK-based carrier Cable & Wireless said Thursday it is considering splitting the company into two parts, as it reported a decline in annual profit. C&W said that profit for the year to end March 31 fell to £220m from £234m in the pervious year. Revenues declined from £3.34bn to £3.15bn over the same period. At […]

UK considers Big Brother database for phone and web

It has emerged this week that the UK government is mulling plans to build a monster database capable of holding the details of all phone calls, emails and internet sessions initiated by UK citizens. The proposals appear to be an extension of 2006’s EU Data Retention Directive (DRD), which requires all ‘access providers’ to store […]

UK WiMAX player snaps up wifi aggregator

UK wireless broadband provider Freedom4 Communications said Tuesday it has acquired wifi roaming service provider Bozii, giving its users access to over 40,000 hotspots. As a result of the deal, the wifi aggregator will be renamed Freedom4 Wifi. Financial details were not disclosed. “The acquisition of Bozii and the reseller agreements are important steps in […]

Orange: Internet is the new radio star

Mobile operator Orange UK lifted the curtain on a wireless internet radio device on Monday, with the aim of boosting revenues delivered by its music store. The Liveradio is a wifi radio device which gives broadband customers access to over 4,000 local, national and international internet radio stations. The device costs £99.99. The gadget works […]

Qualcomm to shake up UK mobile TV market

US chip shop Qualcomm has got its hands on a 40MHz chunk of L-Band radio spectrum in the UK, presumably with the intention of pushing its own mobile TV platform in the market. The Big Q said Friday that it had paid £8.3m for the 1452-1492MHz spectrum recently auctioned by UK comms regulator Ofcom. There […]

Verwaayen says farewell to BT

UK incumbent BT said goodbye to chief executive Ben Verwaayen on Thursday, as the company reported an 18 per cent year on year drop in profit for the period to the end of March. Verwaayen, who finishes a six year tenure this month, said that quarterly profit after leavers expenses and specific items came in […]

Phones4U investigated by watchdog

The UK communications watchdog has opened an investigation into high street retailer Phones4U. Ofcom said it has received a large number of complaints from consumers, covering a range of issues including allegations of mis-selling. It is understood that the British retailer is under fire over claims that its staff misrepresented mobile phone tariff terms and […]

O2 shakes up postpay tariffs, iPhoners win big

O2 UK announced a shake up of its postpay consumer and small business tariffs on Tuesday, more than doubling the amount of minutes and texts included in the iPhone bundles. The three current tariffs for iPhone will be overhauled from February 1 and will affect both new and existing iPhone owners. Customers on a £35 […]

Orange UK hires three more Virgin execs

Tom Alexander, the founder and former head of Virgin Mobile, who joined Orange in October, has hired three of his former colleagues, to help turn France Telecom’s UK business around. Alexander, who officially became chief executive of Orange at the start of this year, is to be joined by Andrew Ralston, Gerry McQuade and Steven […]

3 UK goes radio ga ga

UK 3G operator 3 reckons it’s come up with a novel music service in the shape of its Non Stop Music offering, launched on Thursday. The service gives customers unlimited access to eight genre-based music streams, ranging from ‘dance’ to ‘classic’ at a price of £0.49 for 24 hours. But we can’t help but think […]

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