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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.

Deutsche Telekom: NSA/GCHQ revelations an opportunity

Deutsche Telekom has hailed last year’s NSA/GCHQ revelations as an opportunity

German operator group Deutsche Telekom has hailed last year’s revelations that the US spy agency NSA and the UK’s GCHQ had been monitoring ordinary citizens’ browsing and messaging habits as an “opportunity” for operators to provide data privacy and data security services.

Vodafone signs enterprise deal with Premier Foods

Darby held a number of senior positions at Vodafone before joining CWW and is now CEO at Premier Foods

UK operator group Vodafone has signed a five-year multi-million pound contract with food group Premier Foods. Premier Foods is parent to brands such as Batchelors, Bisto and Mr Kipling, and is headed by former Vodafone executive Gavin Darby.

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.

O2 discards unattractive wallet

O2 UK said it cancelled its O2 Wallet service last week due to the pace of development in the mobile payments space and developments within Telefónica

UK operator O2 has revealed that its O2 Wallet service, which closed last week, was a casualty of the pace of development in the fast moving mobile payments space.

French threat prompts UK operators to strike Channel Tunnel deal

EE and Vodafone will offer network access on the Channel Tunnel from March 2014

UK network operators were reluctant to invest in providing services within the Channel Tunnel until Eurotunnel, the group that operates the Channel Tunnel transport network, threatened to offer the provision of network coverage exclusively to French operators.

EE and Vodafone offer Channel Tunnel network coverage

EE and Vodafone will offer network access on the Channel Tunnel

UK operators EE and Vodafone have signed 10 year contract with the group that operates the Channel Tunnel transport network, Eurotunnel. The agreements will enable both operators’ subscribers to use 2G and 3G services while travelling on the rail line 100m below sea level.

UK government to invest in rural coverage and driverless cars

The government wants to make the UK a world centre for the testing and development of driverless cars

The UK government has announced that it will open a £10m fund in early 2014 to test innovative solutions to deliver superfast broadband services to remote areas of the UK. It has also pledged to invest in making the UK a world centre for the testing and development of driverless cars.

3UK opts for quiet LTE launch

3UK has become the fourth and final operator in the UK to launch 4G services in the country

UK operator 3UK has confirmed its plans to launch 4G services in the country. The firm said it has already begun offering the service to existing subscribers with 4G ready phones in areas with 4G coverage. It will accelerate the rollout in January and all customers with a compatible device will be able to access 4G at no extra cost by the end of 1Q14 when they are in an area with 4G coverage.

Huawei pledges £10m to support UK universities while US relations fray

Huawei has pledged another £10m to support technology research in British universities, as part of a previously announced £2bn investment

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has pledged £10m to support technology research in British universities, as part of its previously announced £1.3bn investment in the nation.

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.

Uncertainty and risk: the results of spectrum renewal by auction

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The use of auctions for spectrum renewal seems pointless and likely only to create uncertainty and risk for operators, says Graham Friend, managing director at Coleago Consulting. New entrants know they are likely to be outbid by incumbents and the uncertainty generated dampens the desire of those incumbents to invest and innovate, which is not good at a time when governments want to see a rapid and extensive roll-out of LTE.

EE offers 4G petabyte plan for broadcasters

EE has launched what it claims to be the world’s largest mobile data plan

UK operator EE has launched what it claims to be the world’s largest mobile data plan, offering a petabyte (a million gigabytes) of data. The package is priced at £8m. The plan has been developed for business customers such as media, film, entertainment and CCTV security industries that transfer large amounts of data over 4G while on the move, the operator said.

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.

EE launches ‘world’s fastest’ LTE-A network in London

EE’s CEO Olaf Swantee annouced the launch of EE's LTE-A service at a Huawei event in London

UK LTE operator EE has switched on what it claims is the world’s fastest LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in London’s Tech City, claiming to offer speeds of 300Mbps. The network makes use of carrier aggregation – bringing together 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum. More features will be trialled throughout 2014, EE said.

BT sees 13% drop in profit but strong fibre adoption

BT has reported a 13 per cent drop in profit for the first half of 2013

UK incumbent BT has reported a 13 per cent drop in year on year profit for the first half of 2013. Compared to 2012, the firm’s income fell to £948m in the half year ending September 30, while revenue dropped just one per cent to £8.94bn.

EE intros prepay LTE

EE is introducing the UK's first 4G PAYG plans

UK operator EE has launched the country’s first pay as you go (PAYG) 4G handset. The operator said that 40 per cent of mobile users in the UK want PAYG plans and that all 4G handsets currently available to pay monthly customers will be available on PAYG.

BT Adastral Park plays host to UK G.fast tech trial

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UK carrier BT’s Global Research and Development headquarters, Adastral Park, is currently playing host to a field trial of Fibre To The Distribution Point (FTTdp) G.fast technology being run by Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei.

Huawei to open $200m R&D centre in UK

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei announced plans to build a UK R&D centre during a visit from George Osborne

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has confirmed plans to open a research and development centre in the UK, as part of the firm’s $2bn investment commitment to the nation. The news was confirmed by Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei as he met with UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at the vendor’s headquarters in Shenzhen this week.

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