UK watchdog clears BT and EE for controversial merger

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BT announced its £12 billion plan to acquire the country's biggest mobile network operator back in February. The planned merger between EE and BT has been the subject of much discussion as to whether it would lessen market competition, but the deal overcame its biggest hurdle today after gaining watchdog approval. 

In a 15-page...

By Ryan Daws, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Regulation.

Shareholders approve £12.5 billion union of BT / EE

As if there would be any doubt, BT's shareholders have agreed to the telecommunication giant's £12.5 billion deal to acquire EE from Deutsche Telekom. Of course this is by no means a confirmation the union will go ahead as it will first face an uphill battle against regulators to provide their blessing for the disruptive union. 

EE is currently the largest mobile operator in the UK, and the deal would allow BT to offer the first true quad-play packages of broadband, mobile, TV, and...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, MVNO, Networks, Regulation.

Three's 800MHz and VoLTE rollout increases coverage and call quality

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Hutchison-owned mobile operator, Three, has announced their rollout of low-frequency 800MHz spectrum and VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) technology which will begin in September 2015. The announcements will benefit customers and MVNOs which use Three's network with increased rural coverage and higher-quality voice calls.

Three's current LTE network uses the 1800MHz frequency...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

BT to kick-off its 4G mobile service this week

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BT has a history in the mobile market since BT Cellnet - a company which launched the world's first GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) back in June 2000. BT Cellnet was spun-out to become O2, which was subsequently sold to Telefónica in 2005 for £18 billion. With the rise of interest in "quad play" packages, BT has been looking to re-enter the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Industry, MVNO, Operators.

Editorial: Strategic review of digital communications market

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Around the world the telecommunications market is going through a period of significant change with technologies such as small cells, the rollout of LTE, the exploration of 5G, and even new ideas such as the Internet of Things and the smart cities born out of it.

One of the digital communications markets...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Consumers, LTE, MVNO, Operators, Regulation.

MWC15: Panasonic becomes a MVNO

“When most people think of Panasonic, they think of televisions” is the honest claim made on-stage by an exec from the Japanese firm at Mobile World Congress. It’s a humble start, just before the company paves the way forward for the IoT with the launch of their own MVNO service.

Partnering with Vodafone, Panasonic says it will offer connectivity to their customers in over 40 countries for one flat tariff. This will ensure all their devices which would benefit from being connected to the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, IoT, M2M, Machine Learning, MVNO.

Opinion: Three UK is armed for a Clash of MNOs

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Three took advantage of 3G to become the UK's first commercial video mobile network, and has since kept its image as the underdog which relies on unique offerings to differentiate. Now the UK mobile telecoms industry is set for a major shake-up, and Three knows it has to make preparations or risk being left behind.

With telecoms giant BT set to...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Having an OTT service as a carrier… WhatsApp with that?

Let’s talk about WhatsApp. The popular OTT messaging service – acquired by Facebook for $19bn – has officially made good on its plans to launch as a carrier.

Launching in Germany with carrier E-Plus, the formed MVNO is selling a 10 euro prepaid SIM which comes loaded with the same amount of credit alongside unlimited free access to WhatsApp.

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Industry, MVNO, Operators.

China takes on MVNO, shakes up telco market

In late December, MIIT, China’s telecom regulator, issued licenses to 11 non-telco companies as MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators), opening a new era in an otherwise rather monolithic market.

Given a large population and dissatisfaction of the incumbent telcos, MVNO represents a force of disruption and new energy for growth. MIIT estimates MVNOs could reach 50 million customers or 3% of China’s total cellphone population by 2015, and reap 1% of total mobile revenue which is in tens of...

By Dr Lin Sun, 14 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: China, MVNO, Networks, Operators.