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wireless broadband rural uk mast

26th March, 2015 - 11:44 am (12 Comments)

The Government’s agreement with mobile operators (i.e. Three UK, O2, EE and Vodafone) to extend the geographic coverage of 2G (voice and text) networks from 80% today to 90% by 2017 (the target for 3G and 4G is 85%) appears to have suffered another blow after operators were warned that they might not be allowed to build taller masts.

three uk mobile broadband

24th March, 2015 - 6:33 pm (7 Comments)

The parent company of mobile operator Three UK, Hutchison Whampoa, has confirmed that they’ve finally reached a “definitive agreement” to buy O2 UK from debt-laden Telefonica for the previously touted price of £10.25 Billion (cash). But we’re still not sure where the long-term advantage can be found.


24th March, 2015 - 3:08 pm (0 Comments)

A new Deloitte report, which was commissioned by the Mobile Operators Association, has claimed that up to £270m could be saved by updating the current Electronic Communications Code so that UK mobile operators can improve their network coverage without having to pay huge fees to install wireless masts on private land.

three uk mobile broadband

11th March, 2015 - 10:42 am (5 Comments)

A new note from Morgan Stanley, the financial management firm, has suggested that one by-product of Three UK’s (Hutchison Whampoa) £10.25bn move to buy O2 from Telefonica is that the new combined business may “ultimately decide to explore an entry into UK fixed-line“.. again.


10th March, 2015 - 9:40 am (7 Comments)

Residents of Blackford village in Perth and Kinross (Scotland), which is home to ‘Highland Spring’ water, the ‘Tullibardine’ whisky distillery and sits right next door to Gleneagles (2014 Ryder Cup), have vented their frustrations after suffering a year of problems with their local O2 and some Vodafone based mobile reception.


3rd March, 2015 - 9:18 am (3 Comments)

The Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has officially launched a public consultation on their plans to update the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) in order to make it clearer and easier for communications infrastructure developers (mobile telecoms and fixed broadband providers etc.) to build new networks, particularly on private land.

wireless mobile mast

19th February, 2015 - 8:03 am (1 Comment)

The national telecoms regulator has today carried out its promise to once again review the plans for a massive hike in annual licence fees on the 900MHz and 1800MHz radio spectrum bands, but they’ve also been quick to warn that the recent coverage agreement between mobile operators and the Government is “unlikely to have a material effect“.

wireless mobile broadband mast vodafone uk

10th February, 2015 - 9:37 am (4 Comments)

RootMetrics has today published their report into mobile operator performance across the United Kingdom for the second half of 2014, which sees O2, EE, Three UK and Vodafone battle it out over areas including service reliability, call / text performance and Mobile Broadband speeds.

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9th February, 2015 - 8:45 am (2 Comments)

Measurements of mobile Internet speed taken during the course of last year by UK and EU users of the free Netradar.org app have shown that the United Kingdom scored an average download rate of 5Mbps (Megabits per second), which places us below France (8.4Mbps), Germany (6.1Mbps), Italy (5.4Mbps) and many others. In addition, Three UK delivered the fastest speeds for Britain.


2nd February, 2015 - 10:41 am (14 Comments)

As expected Ofcom has started to put the recent coverage agreement between Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and the Government into practice by introducing a new licence variation(s) that commits Three UK, EE, O2 and Vodafone to provide voice coverage across 90% of the United Kingdom’s landmass by the end of 2017.

sky broadband uk

29th January, 2015 - 12:41 pm (2 Comments)

Sky (Sky Broadband) has today announced a new multi-year wholesale partnership with mobile operator Telefonica UK (O2) that will allow the ISP to offer a new range quad-play bundles to their customers, including 2G, 3G and 4G (Mobile Broadband) based mobile tariffs.

o2 uk

23rd January, 2015 - 7:35 am (7 Comments)

The Spanish owner of mobile network operator O2 UK, Telefonica, has confirmed that they’ve entered into an “exclusivity agreement” with Hutchison Whampoa (the parent of rival mobile operator Three UK) to buy the provider for £10.25bn in cash. Unless the talks fail, which at this stage seems unlikely, then Three UK will ultimately end up merging with O2.

wireless broadband rural uk mast

22nd January, 2015 - 10:58 am (1 Comment)

The Country Land and Business Association, which represents thousands of landowners from across England and Wales, appears to have partially won its recent complaint against the Government’s proposal to regulate the price that landowners can charge telecoms operators for access to their land.

sky broadband uk

20th January, 2015 - 3:30 pm (7 Comments)

A new report claims that Sky (Sky Broadband) and TalkTalk have now both entered the ring as a possible merger or, more likely, collaboration partners for Telefonica’s British mobile network sibling, O2 UK. The news comes only a day after Three UK’s parent, Hutchison Whampoa, said that they were still in talks over a possible £9bn acquisition of O2.

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