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EE invests in significant network coverage

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On Thursday, EE announced a major new phase in the build out of its UK 4G network. By committing to cover a further 17 towns and cities in 2013 and taking its total to 35, the speed of coverage expansion is proceeding faster than outlined in EE’s original strategy and noticeably faster than we have seen in most other 4G markets worldwide. By the end of 2014, EE hopes to achieve near nationwide population coverage and extend its 4G reach to 98 per cent of the UK population.

EE invests in significant network coverage

Sprint has added 11 more areas to its LTE coverage map

On Thursday, EE announced a major new phase in the build out of its UK 4G network. By committing to cover a further 17 towns and cities in 2013 and taking its total to 35, the speed of coverage expansion is proceeding faster than outlined in EE’s original strategy and noticeably faster than we have seen in most other 4G markets worldwide. By the end of 2014, EE hopes to achieve near nationwide population coverage and extend its 4G reach to 98 per cent of the UK population.

LTE devices boost data usage on both cellular and wifi

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The adoption of LTE is encouraging users to migrate their usage of applications that were previously largely restricted to wifi onto 4G LTE networks, according to recent research.

Delayed arrival of 4G in UK puts nation light years behind

The UK is already seen as Europe’s most complex and fragmented telecoms market

The UK is already seen as Europe’s most complex and fragmented telecoms market and it now looks set to add another unwanted title to its repertoire as that of Europe’s 4G laggard. Europe’s telecoms markets are already dividing into two camps of 4G “haves” and “have-nots” and the UK lies firmly stuck in the latter. The auction proposal set out this week by Ofcom means that the UK will not see 4G LTE services go live until later in 2013 at the earliest, putting UK mobile consumers almost four years behind the world’s leading 4G markets.

Operators must not blindly deploy wifi

I need to open this blog with a brief confession. Ever since immersing myself in the topic of wifi and, more specifically, in understanding and analysing operator strategies and business models for wifi, I have argued that all operators will need to integrate wifi into a holistic traffic management strategy focused on sustainable and profitable mobile data growth. Whilst I believe we have clearly explained how wifi can and should play a complementary role for operators, I don’t believe we have sufficiently outlined the risks and threats to future operator business models. I would add though that this is very much not about scare-mongering, but much more about presenting a balanced perspective on future carrier wifi strategy.

Informa’s MWC Round Up – Day Two

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Neelie Kroes today issued a stern warning to Vittorio Colao, Vodafone and the wider European operator community with an unexpectedly personal riposte to Vodafone complaints about “auto-pilot regulation” in the European telecoms marketplace.

MWC: Neelie calls Vittorio’s bluff as war of words between operators and regulators intensifies

EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes has Vittorio Colao in her sights

Neelie Kroes today issued a personal and stern warning to Vittorio Colao, Vodafone and the wider European telecoms operator community in response to Colao’s high-profile complaints about “auto-pilot regulation” in Europe at Mobile World Congress. Vittorio Colao used his presentation during yesterday’s keynote session to deliver strong criticism of the European regulatory approach and followed up with a clear threat to withhold future investment without greater clarity and predictability from regulators.

Prey turns predator as European mobile consolidation takes hold

The consolidation momentum in the telecom sector is increasing

Late last week, Hutchison 3G Austria (3) finally announced the acquisition of Orange Austria in a deal valued at around €1.3bn. The market share of the newly-enlarged operator will reach around 22 per cent of total customers. This is more than double the market share of any other subsidiary of the 3 Group in Europe, but still places the operator a distant third to T-Mobile (~32 per cent) and Telekom Austria (~46 per cent) in a market that has effectively been reduced to just three players. The market had already been whittled down from five players to four in 2006 when T-Mobile Austria acquired tele.ring.

France Telecom & Deutsche Telekom marry for the money

Operator partnerships of this type are typically and justifiably met with some scepticism, but on the surface the deal appears well thought-out, clearly structured and highly focused. The greatest risk to the success of the joint venture lies in its execution, but with both partners highly committed to the partnership and sharing well-matched motivations, those risks appear to have been recognised and mitigated.

Obermann pulls an ace from his sleeve

Rene Obermann has pulled off one of the most spectacular bluffs in recent history by engineering the sale of Deutsche Telekom’s US subsidiary to AT&T, a move predicted by few, but one that will dramatically alter the structure of the US mobile industry if approved.

MWC: Software is an incremental factor influencing handset buying decisions but it doesn’t substitute “look and feel”

Blind Type develops an interface for typing on virtual QWERTY keyboards, which claims to allow for super sloppy typing, or typing without looking at the screen

Some conversation topics run and run and NokiaSoft is firmly within that camp. One of the great things about Mobile World Congress is the fascinating data reeled out during presentations and briefings. But there’s something you quickly learn in the mobile industry; when times are tough, data is impossible to come by (Vodafone 360 sales figures, anyone?). But when things are going well, it’s often hard to keep up with the Matrix-style flow of numbers.

Changes afoot at Vodafone

Vodafone is now looking to "maximise shareholder value" from its minority holdings

Vodafone has been slowly drip-feeding clues to the market of its future plans in advance of an eagerly-awaited update on its future strategy later in 2010. Last week’s announcement, which follows earlier news of the sale of its stake in China Mobile, is simply the latest piece of a jigsaw that is beginning to offer a glimpse of the future shape of Vodafone.

Time for greater reporting transparency in the mobile industry

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I was reading an article this morning that talked about the need for greater consistency in global financial-reporting standards, and it had a particular slant on the need for transparency regarding companies’ sustainability performance. It wasn’t focused directly on the sector I cover, but it did get me thinking about how stale reporting standards in telecoms have become.

European telco priorities surprisingly focused

Hutchison to take emerging markets operation HTIL private

We recently conducted an exercise looking very closely at the major strategic initiatives that have been implemented by the European telco community. It was a fascinating exercise that revealed a perhaps surprising level of consensus amongst all major European telcos. Whilst the tactics in reaching the goals may vary, our analysis showed the long-term strategic priorities are shared and fall into four very clear and focused aims.

O2′s revised data pricing model is no surprise

The all you can eat data buffet is closing down

O2’s decision to switch from an unlimited model to one tiered based on usage is of no surprise to those that have studied mobile data usage patterns. Just like AT&T in the US, O2 UK had become the industry poster-child of the capacity crunch era.

Voice takes centre stage on day two of MWC

Thomas Wehmeier, senior analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media delivers a round up of the most interesting events from the second day of Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona

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