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EE buys mobile airtime distributor Mainline Digital Communications

EE has acquired Mainline Digital Communications

EE has acquired UK mobile airtime distributor Mainline Digital Communications. The two have been partnering for several years in the business sector, and EE already had a 26% share in the company.

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.

UK workers worst-served by office wifi – report

ZyXEL encourages businesses to ensure wifi availability to workers

A research study conducted by Taiwanese networking equipment vendor ZyXEL has claimed UK workers are among the least well-served when it comes to office wifi availability at European businesses. According to the report, ensuring employees can connect their own devices to office wifi is key to increasing productivity and job satisfaction.

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.

Vodafone Americas to launch US MVNO on T-Mobile network

Vodafone Americas to launch a US MVNO

Enterprise-focused operator Vodafone Americas has announced it is to launch an MVNO targeted at its multinational (MNC) customers either based in the US or with a strong presence in the country. The telco said the service, to be launched in the latter part of 2015, will be offered under an MVNO with the T-Mobile US.

BT completes Scottish super-fast submarine cable project

A new submarine cable will connect Scotland

BT has completed a submarine broadband cable project in Scotland, claiming it has been hailed as the most complex underwater engineering challenge ever undertaken by the telco. The installation included 250 miles of fibre optic cabling across 20 seabed crossings.

EC expands scrutiny of Orange’s Jazztel bid

Orange's bid for Jazztel is being investigated by the EC

The European Commission (EC) has decided to expand on its assessment of the proposed acquisition bid by Orange for Jazztel. The EC announced the in-depth investigation is to determine whether the proposed acquisition is in line with EU merger regulation.

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 has eyes on Liberty Global – report

Vodafone ponders an offer for Liberty Global

In the wake of BT’s acquisition talks with the owners of EE and O2, Vodafone is reportedly considering a bid for the cable group Liberty Global. It has been reported the mobile operator already approached LG earlier this year, but found price expectations too high.

GSMA opposes UK national roaming proposals

UK's rural areas need better coverage

The GSMA has come out in opposition to the UK government’s national roaming proposals. In a statement, issued mere weeks after the news first broke, the mobile industry association’s Chief Regulatory Officer Tom Phillips said the organisation believes compulsory network sharing would be damaging to the industry and service quality.

Karbonn Mobile Sparkle V launches in the UK, £99 Black Friday deal

Karbonn Mobile's Sparkle V

Indian affordable smartphone maker Karbonn Mobile has announced it is launching in the UK with its Sparkle V on Friday exclusively via Amazon. As a Black Friday special offer, the device will be available for £99 for one day only, after which it will be available at £129.

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.

UKCTA urges Ofcom to improve BT Openreach performance

UKCTA claims BT's position is still too dominant

The UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) has published a series of reports calling the country’s regulator Ofcom to review the communications market. It claimed there is confusion over the role of BT Openreach, BT’s network division, and businesses feel Openreach is a restrictive force in terms of choice in the market.

Nokia set to license brand to other handset makers

Nokia has moved on from handsets

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri put a stop to rumours suggesting it might re-enter the handset business. But speaking in London at the vendor’s first capital markets day in five years, Suri confirmed the Nokia brand is to be re-licensed to appear on other smartphone makers’ devices.

Mobile for everyone

The Mobile Microfranchising programme runs in Jakarta, Indonesia

Operators are under increasing pressure to bring coverage even to the remotest areas, and with mobile technologies penetrating almost every aspect of modern life, access to or the lack of a network connection can have profound social implications.

Ofcom announces plans for next UK spectrum auction

Ofcom is planning for the next spectrum auction

The UK telecoms regulator has announced initial plans for the UK’s next spectrum auction for the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands. Ofcom is asking bidders to provide input for proposals for the auction, expected to take place in late 2015 or early 2016.

University of Surrey and partners announce 5G vision

The 5GIC has announced its vision for the next generation technology

The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), formed by the University of Surrey and a consortium of partners, has revealed its vision for the future of 5G technologies with a snapshot of achievements made so far.

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.

The evolution of mobile retail services in the UK: Phones 4U’s demise in context

A tough business

In September 2014 Phones 4u entered into administration after it became apparent that it would be unable to continue as a going concern following the loss of its distribution agreement with EE and Vodafone. Having seen consolidation of the UK mobile industry at network level with the merger of Orange and T-Mobile to form EE, we are now witnessing consolidation at retail level.

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