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Ofcom shares UK strategy

Ofcom wants to ensure a connected UK

Ofcom has published a report outlining its strategy to ensure all UK citizens benefit from communications services as much as possible. The report, titled Citizens and Communications Services, examines the availability, accessibility and affordability of said services in the UK.

Ofcom drives TV white space utilisation

Ofcom is supporting white space technology development

Ofcom has announced it is coordinating testing of wireless technology that uses white space spectrum to potentially deliver a range of digital services including internet access in rural areas, wifi-like services, video streaming or M2M connectivity.

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Video is the next big thing, apparently. “But surely it’s already been around for a little while,” you might nervously venture after a telco evangelist with a challenging hair cut blurts this factoid at you as if he’s just discovered the secret of alchemy. That was old video, he will sneer, we’re now in the mobile video era!

Ofcom will be leaderless in early 2015

Ed Richards will be stepping down in December

UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced that Ed Richards, the group’s Chief Executive, will be standing down from his role at the end of 2014. The search for his successor is under way, and is targeted for completion in early 2015, despite Ofcom apparently having had significant advance warning of his departure.

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.

Ofcom cuts back proposed spectrum price hike

The initial proposal was met with strong opposition

UK communications regulator Ofcom has responded to criticism over its proposal to increase annual licence fees for 900 and 1800MHz spectrum in the UK with a reduced proposal and the promise of a further consultation before the plan is finalised next year.

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.

Ofcom seeks to lower UK mobile termination rates yet again

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The UK communications industry regulator – Ofcom – has announced proposals designed to further reduce mobile termination rates; the wholesale prices mobile operators charge other operators for connecting to their networks.

Ofcom outlines Spectrum Management Strategy

Ofcom has outlined its strategic approach for managing wireless spectrum over the next decade

UK regulator Ofcom has outlined its approach for managing wireless spectrum over the next decade. The regulator’s Spectrum Management Strategy is part of the Government’s plan to double the amount of money it raises annually from spectrum services to £100bn by 2025.

NAO claims UK missed out on £160m in 4G spectrum auction

Will LTE deliver?

The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has claimed that the country missed out on an extra £160m in revenue by reserving spectrum during the 4G spectrum auction in February last year.

Spectrum sharing could threaten operator investment says GSMA

Tom Phillips, chief regulatory officer at the GSMA

Telecoms trade body the GSMA has warned that government efforts to share spectrum usage should “complement but in no way replace” the need for exclusive access spectrum when provisioning mobile broadband services. The body issued a report that assesses two potential licensed shared access scenarios; the first being the release of 50MHz in the 2.3GHz band from 2020 in the EU and the second regarding the release of 100MHz in the 3.5GHz band from 2016 in the US.

Vodafone meets Ofcom coverage obligation

Vodafone has now met Ofcom's 3G coverage requirements

After outing mobile operator Vodafone as the only UK operator to have failed to meet telecoms regulator Ofcom’s 3G coverage obligation last year, the regulator has confirmed that Vodafone has now met its requirements.

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.

UK subscribers allowed to switch without penalty fees

Under Ofcom's new rules, UK consumers and SMBs will be allowed to exit their contracts without paying a penalty if their service provider increases its prices

UK consumers and small businesses will be allowed to exit their mobile, landline and broadband contracts without paying a penalty fee if their service provider increases its prices mid-contract.

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.

Vodafone fails to meet UK 3G coverage obligation

Vodafone has failed to meet its 90 per cent 3G coverage obligation by 1.4 per cent

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said that Vodafone is the nation’s only mobile operator to have failed to meet its 3G coverage obligation. Vodafone has fallen 1.4 per cent short of the 90 per cent coverage requirement.

Google, BT and Microsoft sign up to Ofcom white space trials

Ofcom is carrying out white space trials with the support of companies including BT and Microsoft

UK regulator Ofcom has announced that a group of technology firms, including Google, BT and Microsoft, are taking part in Europe’s first major pilot of white space technology. The regulator said that the UK will be among the first countries in the world to road-test the technology, which could help support the next wave of wireless innovation.

Ofcom appoints UK Broadband CTO as director of spectrum

Philip Marnick has been appointed Ofcom's group director in charge of spectrum

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced the appointment of Philip Marnick as its group director in charge of spectrum. Marnick currently holds the position of CTO at wireless service provider UK Broadband and will move to Ofcom in November. He has 27 years experience in the wireless communications industry, having previously held senior roles at O2, BT, Orange, Softbank Mobile and Nuance.

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.

UK broadband project running two years behind schedule

The NAO believes the rollout  of super fast networks will be completed 22 months later than planned.

The UK government’s attempt to roll out “superfast” broadband across the nation is running two years behind schedule, according to the National Audit Office. The government has pledged to provide super-fast speeds, primarily through the deployment of fibre networks to 90 cent of premises in each area of the UK by May 2015. However, the NAO believes the rollout will be completed 22 months later than planned.

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