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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.

Telecom Italia and Hutchison in talks to merge in Italy

Telecom Italia has confirmed it is in talks over a potential merger with Hutchison Whampoa in Italy

Operator group Telecom Italia has confirmed it is in talks over a potential takeover of Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa’s Italian operation.

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.

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.

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.

Vodafone and 3 in Irish network sharing deal

The two operators are expected to establish a joint venture

Mobile operators 3 and Vodafone are set to embark on a network sharing agreement in Ireland. A source close to the deal told Telecoms.com that the two operators are in advanced discussions regarding a joint infrastructure partnership.

Three aims for connected devices market with Macheen tie-up

3UK has signed a deal with cloud M2M services firm Macheen

3UK has signed an agreement with Macheen, a cloud service provider for connected devices. The deal provides the operator with access to a platform for the management of a variety of processes that are required to create, manage and bill M2M-related services.

3UK says 97 per cent of the traffic on its network is data

3UK says 97 per cent of all of the traffic on its network is data

Mobile operator 3UK has announced that 97 per cent of all the traffic travelling through its network today is data. The carrier added that in the 14 months between June 2010 and September 201, it has seen a 427 per cent increase in data usage for smartphone customers.

Ofcom postpones UK 4G auction

Ofcom hopes to be ready for spectrum auction by end of 2012

UK regulator Ofcom has announced that it will delay the 4G spectrum auction until the final quarter of 2012 at the earliest. Ofcom said that it received a number of “substantial and strongly argued responses” to its initial plans and will undertake a further round of consultation to address issues raised.

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