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EE taps NSN for next phase of LTE rollout

NSN will provide EE with its Single RAN Advanced solution

UK operator EE has dropped Huawei and called on NSN to supply technology for the next phase of its LTE rollout. NSN will provide EE with its Single RAN Advanced solution, enabling EE to run different radio technologies using single, multi-purpose hardware.

O2 updates contract terms to sidestep Ofcom ruling

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

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.

3UK opts for quiet LTE launch

3UK has become the fourth and final operator in the UK to launch 4G services in the country

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.

Big exit

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The end of the year is fast approaching and the world is full of people who have just about had enough. Some are choosing to make their own exit, looking for greener pastures in the New Year, while others are having the door help open for them by judgmental colleagues, investors or even the government.

Graham Payne departs in management reshuffle at MBNL

Graham Payne is leaving MBNL after five years as MD.

UK network joint venture MBNL, created by T-Mobile and 3UK in 2007 and now owned by 3 with EE, is getting a change of management as the organisation shifts from the integration of the various UK networks held by its parents to an operational and cost-control model. Graham Payne, MBNL’s managing director and financial director Brian More O’Ferrall, are to leave the company, to be replaced by Pat Coxen of EE and Gervase King of 3UK.

UK LTE tussle begins in earnest

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With Vodafone and Telefónica-owned O2 launching their LTE services today, long awaited competition in the UK LTE market can now begin. Meanwhile the UK’s two other operators, 3UK and EE, piped up to remind the market of their own plans and achievements.

3UK triples half-year operating profit

Vodafone, Verizon, Microsoft and Google posted quarterly results

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.

Carrier billing gains traction among UK operators

All five of the UK’s mobile network operators have connected to Gemalto’s direct billing platform

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.

Ofcom approves 2G and 3G spectrum refarming

Ofcom has granted permission to the UK’s mobile operators to use their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum for 4G services

The UK’s mobile operators have been granted permission to redeploy their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum for 4G services.

Telcos will not win out in cloud says British Gas director of tech

Kassir Hussein, director of technology, British Gas

Telcos are not the natural providers of enterprise cloud services because they do not come from the software industry, according to Kassir Hussain, director of technology for Centrica/British gas, and a former O2, Orange and 3UK network specialist.

UK 4G spectrum winners announced

EE, Vodafone, O2, 3UK and BT all won LTE spectrum in the UK

The UK’s four mobile network operators and a subsidiary of fixed line incumbent BT have won LTE spectrum, regulator Ofcom has announced. But bidding was cautious, with the auction raising £2.34bn; £1bn less than the UK Treasury had hoped.

UK sees surprise 4G bidders

EE, 3UK, O2, Vodafone, HKT, MLL Telecom and Niche Spectrum Ventures have all qualified to bid for the UK's 4G auction

Seven firms have qualified to bid in the UK’s 4G spectrum auction, including three new entrants. Joining EE, 3UK, O2 and Vodafone are HKT – a subsidiary of PCCW; MLL Telecom; and Niche Spectrum Ventures – a subsidiary of BT.

UK moving towards operator billing for physical goods

UK consumers could soon buy physical goods through their operator

UK operators could soon be facilitating payments for physical goods bought by subscribers via carrier billing services. Direct operator billing firm, Mach, has now signed Vodafone, Everything Everywhere, O2 and 3UK up to its Direct Operator Billing platform for digital goods, and said that the use of such a solution to purchase physical goods is on the horizon.

UK operators get green light on mobile money JV

O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere have been given approval to launch their mobile money JV

The mobile commerce joint venture between UK operators O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere (parent of the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK) has been granted unconditional approval by the European Commission (EC).

Samsung deploys Three UK’s LTE network

In a major coup for the Korean firm, Samsung has secured its first significant European network contract by signing a deal to supply 3UK with LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and 3G/LTE core infrastructure equipment.

3UK to buy 1800MHz spectrum from Everything Everywhere

Everything Everywhere has announced an agreement with Three to dispose of 2X15MHz of its 1800MHz to Three

Following the decision announced today by UK regulator Ofcom to allow Everything Everywhere to offer LTE services in its existing 1800MHz spectrum at any point from September 11, 2012, EE has sold off part of its 1800MHz spectrum to 3UK.

UK operators split over net neutrality code of practice

UK fixed and mobile operators are divided over whether to sign up to a voluntary code of practice in support of net neutrality. While ten service providers have signed up, Vodafone, Everything Everywhere and Virgin Media have so far refused.

Ofcom guarantees LTE spectrum for fourth operator

Ofcom has said that a fourth wholesale operator will be guaranteed LTE spectrum if the reserve price is met

UK regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans for the country’s 4G spectrum auction. The UK has lagged other leading markets and Ofcom has revealed that spectrum will be allocated in 2013. Ofcom has set aside spectrum intended to guarantee the presence of four LTE operators in the UK market.

Ad-supported mobile broadband service launched in UK

Samba Mobile runs on 3UK's network

An MVNO that offers free mobile data in return for viewing adverts has launched in the UK. Samba Mobile is available for tablet and laptop owners and offers users a range of interactive adverts to drive engagement.

3UK could hitch ride on EE’s proposed LTE1800 network

3UK reveals it could strike agreement with Everything Everywhere

3UK’s CEO David Dyson has suggested that the operator could strike an agreement with Everything Everywhere to launch LTE using the T-Mobile/Orange JV’s spectrum in advance of the UK’s 4G auction.

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