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UK spectrum crunch likely to lead to “contentious” solutions

O2 will launch LTE services at the end of August 2013

The UK is heading will face a serious spectrum shortage by the end of the decade if 300MHz of cellular spectrum and 350MHz of wifi spectrum are not made available. The warning came this week from Real Wireless, a consultancy that worked with UK regulator Ofcom on this year’s LTE spectrum auctions.

Telefónica confirms Czech exit with sale to PPF

Telefónica is looking to exit non core markets to help reduce its debt.

Spain’s Telefónica has confirmed that it is to exit the Czech and Slovak Republics through the sale of its holdings in the markets to Czech investment group PPF. Telefónica said in October that it was exploring its options in the Czech Republic, as part of a wider process of withdrawal from non-core markets.

Telefónica confirms talks to offload Czech operation

The capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague

Spain’s Telefónica has confirmed that it is in discussions with Czech investment group PPF surrounding the sale of its Czech operation O2. In a stock market announcement following speculation in the financial press, Telefónica said that it is “exploring strategic options in relation to its stake in Telefónica Czech Republic, including conversations with investor group PPF, with nothing certain whether an agreement will be reached, or final terms and conditions.”

O2 UK yet to be granted Apple LTE approval

O2 will not be able to offer LTE services on the iPhone 5s or 5c at launch later this month

Apple has yet to grant O2 UK approval to offer its new 5s and 5c iPhone models on the operator’s newly launched LTE network. While O2 has denied failing any of Apple’s network approval tests, a spokesman confirmed that the tests have not yet been passed.

LTE falls back on voice

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Keith Mumford, Vice President of Technology at Kineto, explains that although O2 and Vodafone have launched their 800 MHz LTE services, neither is choosing to focus on coverage – which is often one of the traditional battlegrounds that operators favour when it comes to marketing roll outs. Coverage though, particularly for LTE at 800MHz, may still arise as a contentious issue.

UK LTE tussle begins in earnest

London

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.

UK smart meter network based on IPv6 wireless mesh tech

The UK’s Smart Meter Implementation Programme is a major national infrastructure project that will involve the roll out of 53 million gas and electricity meters across the UK by 2020

Telefónica on Wednesday unveiled more details about the smart metering contract won from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Control last week. According to the information, the smart meter network will see one of the first IPv6 implementations in an M2M environment, as well as the roll out of a mesh network software client that runs on top of any available data network including wifi, 3G and fixed broadband.

Telefonica strikes OTT partnership with Evernote

Telefónica this week struck a deal with Evernote to make the information management application available to its global user base

In an example of how operators are leveraging OTT partnerships, Telefónica this week struck a deal with Evernote to make the information management application available to its global user base.

O2UK announces 4G pricing

O2 has released pricing details for its 4G service due to launch on August 29, 2013

Mobile operator O2, the UK arm of Spanish group Telefonica, has announced pricing details for its LTE services, which are due to be launched later this month. The operator’s prices undercut those of rival EE’s, which launched LTE services late October 2012. However, the data usage limits quoted in the price plans are lower than its rival.

O2 prepares to switch on LTE

O2 will launch LTE services at the end of August 2013

The UK arm of Telefonica, O2, has announced that it will launch LTE services later this month. The network will be switched on in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29th August.

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.

O2 UK pulls plug on consumer health services

O2 UK's consumer health offerings were short lived

O2 UK has told customers of its e-health services Help at Hand and Health at Home that it is to cease operations at the end of this year. The decision comes just four months after the services were launched.

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.

O2 hits back at union criticism over redundancies

O2 plans to outsource around 3,500 jobs in customer service call centres in Bury, Glasgow, Leeds and Preston Brook to Capita.

UK operator Telefónica O2 has hit back at the Communication Workers Union’s (CWU) criticisms of its plans to make 1,000 employees redundant and transfer around 2,500 staff to outsourcing firm Capita.

O2 separates handset cost from service

O2 Refresh is a 24 month tariff that separates the cost of the handset from the cost of voice, SMS and data services.

The UK arm of Spanish operator Telefónica O2, has introduced a tariff that allows customers to buy a new handset while tied in to a contract, without having to pay additional costs.

Sky offers £180m for Telefónica UK’s broadband business

Sky now becomes the UK's 2nd largest broadband provider

UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has agreed to purchase Telefónica UK’s consumer broadband and fixed-line telephony assets for £180m ($270m), making it the second-largest provider in the UK broadband market.

O2 picks NSN for LTE

O2 has selected NSN to prepare its network for LTE services across London and the South East of England

UK operator O2, part of the Telefónica group, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to prepare its network to deliver LTE services across London and the South East of England. The operator is preparing to launch its 4G services soon after the UK’s spectrum auction in early 2013.

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.

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