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UK government capitulates to operators over rural mobile coverage

UK government and operators agree how to increase coverage in rural UK

The UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced it has reached what it calls a “landmark” agreement with operators EE, O2, Vodafone and Three on how to tackle coverage issues in rural Britain. However, the agreement seems a far-cry from the original tough talk from the Culture Secretary Savid Javid.

Sharon White’s appointment as Ofcom chief confirmed

Sharon White is Ofcom's new Chief Executive

Following reports last week, UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed the appointment of Sharon White as its new Chief Executive. Joining from the HM Treasury, where she is Second Permanent Secretary, White will officially take the reins in March next year.

BT formally moves to acquire EE in bid to dominate UK telco market

BT OKs EE M&A ASAP

Former UK telco monopoly BT has announced it has chosen the UK’s biggest mobile operator – EE – for exclusive acquisition talks, having previously conceded it was looking at O2 or EE. If the deal goes through BT would occupy a dominant position in the UK telco market as it already owns substantial fixed-line assets as well as a significant chuck of exclusive content and some 4G spectrum of its own.

Ofcom report hails O2, RootMetrics crowns EE

Ofcom ranked O2 highest for customer satisfaction

Ofcom has published a report on customer satisfaction levels in mobile, broadband, pay TV and landline services. Compared to previous years, the report showed steady level of satisfaction in mobile with O2 topping the table in the mobile service provider stakes. Meanwhile RootMetrics put EE on top in London.

Orange CEO expecting BT EE bid decision by Christmas

Orange CEO, Stephane Richard, reckons BT will make a decision by Christmas

The Chief Executive of Orange, Stephane Richard, has dropped a hint about the ongoing discussions with BT over a possible acquisition of EE, allegedly stating that he’s expecting a decision from the British telco in the next few weeks.

EE trials rural micro network

The first  EE micro network site being installed in Sebergham

EE has announced it is to launch a micro network to connect some of UK’s rural communities that currently don’t have a reliable mobile or high speed broadband connection. The telco said it has successfully trialled the connected antenna technology in a Cumbrian village, and will connect 1,500 communities by the end of 2017.

Vodafone Greece targets multiplay with Hellas Online acquisition

Vodafone converging mobile and fixed with Hellas Online acquisition

Vodafone Greece has moved closer to becoming a multiplay service provider by acquiring 72.7% of Hellas Online (HOL), the country’s second largest broadband and fixed-line services provider. The mobile operator acquired Hellas Online for a total cash sum of €72.7m (£57.56m).

Hutchison preparing to bid for EE or O2 – report

Chinese investor company Hutchison could make a bid for O2 or EE

Following the news earlier this week about BT’s preliminary acquisition talks with EE and O2, it has been reported Hutchison Whampoa is preparing to make an offer of its own for one of the mobile operators.

EE confirms BT talks, industry opinion divided

BT is eyeing up EE as possible return route to mobile

Deutsche Telekom and Orange, the joint shareholders of EE, have confirmed initial discussions with BT over a possible sale of the UK mobile operator. In a statement the German and French giants said they are exploring the possibility as part of their regular market assessment to evaluate different strategic options.

EE top in P3 UK mobile benchmarking test, Vodafone last

EE has been ranked highest on P3's mobile benchmark report

Network testing and consultancy firm P3 has published a UK mobile benchmarking report ranking EE, aided by its strong data service, first. Three came second, although it won in the voice category. O2 was marginally ahead of last-placed Vodafone.

BT confirms discussions with Telefónica to acquire O2 UK

O2 would complement BT's existing assets, including sport content

UK telco giant BT has confirmed it is in discussions to acquire O2, following reports that the CEO of Telefónica has indicated he is open to some kind of strategic alliance with BT in the UK, which could include selling off O2 UK in return for a stake in BT.

EE launches next gen in-car wifi solution

EE brings in-car wifi to drivers and passengers

EE, the UK joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange, has announced the launch of its connected car solution based on 4G technology. Buzzard 2 is a device which EE claims will bring high-speed connectivity to enable in-car entertainment and navigation, without having an in-built solution. The Buzzard 2 plugs directly into the car’s 12 volt [...]

Vodafone gets data-happy with NOW TV and Spotify

Is Vodafone offering a bottomless pit of data?

Vodafone has announced three initiatives encouraging more data consumption by UK and Australian users. The telco is announcing free subscriptions to BSkyB’s movie streaming service NOW TV for users in the UK, and free Spotify Premium accounts for Australian customers.

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.

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