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EE activates LTE-A in Central London

EE launches 4G+ in Central London

EE has launched LTE-Advanced, which it is branding ’4G+’, at some 150 sites across London, declaring the UK has “gone from a laggard back to being a leader.” As reported previously by Telecoms.com, the new faster speeds are facilitated by carrier aggregation (CA) over the combination of 20MHz of 1800MHz and 20MHzof 2.6GHz spectrum.

EE’s quarterly revenue down but new 4G subs record high

Could do better, says Ofcom

EE has posted a year-on-year drop in revenue for the third quarter of 2014 but said it reached a new record in 4G subscribers during the period. At £1.52 billion, operating revenue was down by 1.2% compared to Q3 2013. The operator did not disclose quarterly profit or loss figures.

EE set to launch commercial LTE-A by end of month

EE to launch commercial LTE-A  soon

Following Vodafone’s carrier aggregation announcement , an EE spokesperson confirmed to Telecoms.com it is also switching on its LTE-A (Cat 6) offering, which should be available in central London by the end of this month.

Operators say RIPA customer record sharing is old news

Operators say they are only acting according to the law on call record sharing

EE, Vodafone and Three have responded to the story recently published by the Guardian, and followed up by many other media, about the automated sharing of customer call records with law enforcement officers. They insist the practices have been in place for some time to comply with existing law.

EE TV introduces quad-play with a mobile angle

EETV and a tablet as a remote

EE has once more piled competitive pressure on rival UK operators with the launch of EE TV, becoming the first UK mobile network owner to offer quad-play. The EE TV box allows subscribers to stream Freeview and on-demand content over wifi and across four devices simultaneously.

BT’s consumer mobile plans in trouble – report

BT is using EE for MVNO services

It has been reported that BT has run into technical difficulties that are delaying its planned return to the consumer mobile market. As reported by the Telegraph, the telco has encountered problems in the technology designed to direct voice and data traffic over wifi rather than 4G.

Dixons Carphone, Vodafone and EE save number of Phones 4u stores and jobs

Heading for a rebrand

The three remaining major partners of Phones 4u prior to its move into administration have all moved to acquire some former Phones 4u stores and take on some of its employees.

Vodafone and EE under increasing Phones 4u PR pressure

Think of the employees

The defining feature of nearly all public statements surrounding the recent collapse of UK mobile phone retailer Phone 4u has been overwhelming concern for welfare of the 5,596 employees who stand to lose their jobs, coupled with a concerted attempt to pin it all on the operators.

EE extends Cash on Tap contactless mobile payments to London Underground

Just tap and go

Transport for London (TfL) has extended contactless payment support to the full Oyster network and operator EE has expanded its mobile micropayment service accordingly.

Operators reject Phones 4u administration blame claims

Phones 4u loses Vodafone partnership

Longstanding UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4u dramatically put itself into administration over the weekend, citing the decisions of Vodafone and, late last week, EE not to renew their current contracts as the reason.

Culture shock

CAMERA

A revived and refreshed Informer greets you today after a month off that included exploring the delights of France. It’s a very diverse country, offering contrasting experiences such as camping in the Dordogne, wine-tasting in the Cotes du Rhone and queuing in Disneyland. But one factor remains constant throughout this beautiful and fertile land – rubbish mobile coverage.

Over three quarters of UK users satisfied with mobile provider

Satisfaction with coverage drops in rural areas

UK communications regulator Ofcom has released research showing that while overall levels of consumer satisfaction with mobile networks are high, an estimated 45 per cent of users experience some problems. Moreover, around 30 per cent of users experience no reception at least once a week.

EE NFC handsets compatible with London buses

On the buses with NFC

UK carrier EE this week enabled its own flavour of NFC, dubbed Cash on Tap, for London’s bus network, allowing customers to use their phone in lieu of an Oyster card or contactless debit card. Users will need an EE handset and an NFC-capable SIM.

EE says 4G Broadcast in UK is inevitable

LTE Broadcast can be combined with other services, such as Google Maps

Speaking as EE demonstrated LTE eMBMS 4G broadcast technology at the Commonwealth Games in partnership with the BBC, Qualcomm and Huawei, EE Video Strategist Matt Stagg told Telecoms.com that it’s just a matter of time before 4G broadcast becomes a mainstream technology.

BBC, EE demo ‘buffering-free’ broadcast over LTE

The BBC is trialling multicast technology

As spectrum efficiency becomes ever more important, UK public broadcaster the BBC is teaming up with equipment vendors Huawei and Qualcomm and mobile operator EE to demonstrate the benefits that multicast 4G broadcast can offer compared with unicast streaming.

Field work

CAMERA

If a band plays at a summer music festival, but nobody records it and uploads it to social media, does it make a sound? This essential philosophical question of our times was never more important than over the past couple of weeks, when the UK population mobilised for the annual tradition of listening to music in a muddy field.

Post Office to get into the MVNO game via EE

Still trusted after all these years

The UK Post Office has announced it will become and MVNO later this year, using the EE network, in a move that couldn’t be more symbolic if it tried.

EE tops Ofcom mobile complaints chart

Could do better, says Ofcom

UK telco regulator Ofcom has published its report on the complaints it received in the first quarter of 2014. The good news is that, compared to broadband and fixed line services, mobile receives relatively few complaints. But within the mobile category EE was the subject of the most complaints per 1000 customers.

Evolution Everywhere

EE's CTO and CTO, Fotis Karonis

The CTO and CIO of UK LTE pioneer EE talks to Telecoms.com about his experiences of launching the technology, how it has given EE greater leverage in the wider ecosystem, and why CTO and CIO functions belong together.

EE LTE sign-ups overtake 3G

EE CEO Olaf Swantee

UK LTE leader EE has revealed that 4G subscriber sign-ups overtook 3G subscriptions during this month. The firm now has 3.6 million LTE customers and CEO Olaf Swantee, who announced the landmark “tipping point” at a media briefing Wednesday, forecast that the number will grow to six million by the end of this year.

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