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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.

Ofcom report hails O2, RootMetrics crowns EE

Ofcom ranked O2 highest for customer satisfaction

Ofcom has published a report on customer satisfaction levels in mobile, broadband, pay TV and landline services. Compared to previous years, the report showed steady level of satisfaction in mobile with O2 topping the table in the mobile service provider stakes. Meanwhile RootMetrics put EE on top in London.

Vodafone, JCDecaux sign global small-cell deployment deal

Vodafone and JCCDecaux to roll-out a network of small-cells

Vodafone and outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux have signed an agreement for a global small-cell roll-out. Under the deal, small-cells will be deployed on street furniture and billboards in order to improve network performance primarily in urban vicinities.

Orange CEO expecting BT EE bid decision by Christmas

Orange CEO, Stephane Richard, reckons BT will make a decision by Christmas

The Chief Executive of Orange, Stephane Richard, has dropped a hint about the ongoing discussions with BT over a possible acquisition of EE, allegedly stating that he’s expecting a decision from the British telco in the next few weeks.

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.

Vodafone Greece targets multiplay with Hellas Online acquisition

Vodafone converging mobile and fixed with Hellas Online acquisition

Vodafone Greece has moved closer to becoming a multiplay service provider by acquiring 72.7% of Hellas Online (HOL), the country’s second largest broadband and fixed-line services provider. The mobile operator acquired Hellas Online for a total cash sum of €72.7m (£57.56m).

Hutchison preparing to bid for EE or O2 – report

Chinese investor company Hutchison could make a bid for O2 or EE

Following the news earlier this week about BT’s preliminary acquisition talks with EE and O2, it has been reported Hutchison Whampoa is preparing to make an offer of its own for one of the mobile operators.

Vodafone gives mobile health a shot in the arm

Vodafone brings mobile health services to NHS

The London North West Healthcare NHS Trust has announced a partnership with Vodafone, in a deal which further indicates the diversification of business services for telcos, and highlights the growing importance of mobile health.

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.

UK government outlines plans for compulsory national roaming

Achieving mobile connection can sometimes take a bit of creativity

The department for culture, media and sport has outlined its plans to tackle so called mobile not-spots in rural UK. The proposals include the option of compulsory network sharing, which would mean allowing users national roaming much in the same way that now only happens during international travel.

Vodafone gets data-happy with NOW TV and Spotify

Is Vodafone offering a bottomless pit of data?

Vodafone has announced three initiatives encouraging more data consumption by UK and Australian users. The telco is announcing free subscriptions to BSkyB’s movie streaming service NOW TV for users in the UK, and free Spotify Premium accounts for Australian customers.

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.

G.fast, optical tech unveiled by Alcatel-Lucent

Broadband access tech evolving with G.fast and PON advancements.

At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week Alcatel-Lucent announced an expanded product offering for broadband access network, including new G.fast and optical networking solutions. The infrastructure vendor cited trials with Telekom Austria’s subsidiary A1 and Vodafone as both technologies near completion and commercial readiness for the start of 2015. The new G.fast service is [...]

EE set to launch commercial LTE-A by end of month

EE to launch commercial LTE-A  soon

Following Vodafone’s carrier aggregation announcement , an EE spokesperson confirmed to Telecoms.com it is also switching on its LTE-A (Cat 6) offering, which should be available in central London by the end of this month.

Vodafone announces UK carrier aggregation roll-out

Vodafone is set to roll out LTE-A network services

Vodafone has announced it will begin rolling out LTE Advanced, aka 4.5G, in Birmingham, London and Manchester this month, with rest of the country to follow over a year’s time. The operator will be the first in the UK to launch commercial LTE-A network services.

Operators say RIPA customer record sharing is old news

Operators say they are only acting according to the law on call record sharing

EE, Vodafone and Three have responded to the story recently published by the Guardian, and followed up by many other media, about the automated sharing of customer call records with law enforcement officers. They insist the practices have been in place for some time to comply with existing law.

BT’s consumer mobile plans in trouble – report

BT is using EE for MVNO services

It has been reported that BT has run into technical difficulties that are delaying its planned return to the consumer mobile market. As reported by the Telegraph, the telco has encountered problems in the technology designed to direct voice and data traffic over wifi rather than 4G.

Hungary generates €418 million through spectrum auction

Hungary is utilising previously unused spectrum for mobile broadband

Hungary has raised a total of HUF130.6 billion (€418 million) in a mobile spectrum auction in the 800, 900, 1,800 and 2,600 MHz frequency bands. The auction included the successful allocation of previously unallocated bands.

Apple joins 5G research group

Apple joins 5G research group

The Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance (NGMN) has announced that Apple is the latest organisation to join its ranks, as the association aims to catalyse the development of research and standards for 5G.

Dixons Carphone, Vodafone and EE save number of Phones 4u stores and jobs

Heading for a rebrand

The three remaining major partners of Phones 4u prior to its move into administration have all moved to acquire some former Phones 4u stores and take on some of its employees.

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