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18th June, 2016 - 1:12 am (8 Comments)

The first half of 2016 has seen average broadband speeds rise as consumers increasingly switch to faster services, with Virgin Media delivering the fastest average broadband download speeds and Zen Internet coming top for uploads. Meanwhile EE remains the king for Mobile Broadband.

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6th June, 2016 - 8:19 am (10 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has a problem with radio spectrum, it needs more. The operator had hoped to tackle this challenge by gobbling O2, but the EU’s competition body blocked that (here). Now they’re demanding more spectrum security from Ofcom and the regulator may have to deliver.


3rd June, 2016 - 3:12 pm (5 Comments)

The national telecoms regulator has today produced an updated study of 4G based Mobile Broadband speeds in central London, which specifically looks at the performance impact of the latest Category 4 vs 6 (LTE-Advanced) networks. Once again EE wins the speed crown, but Vodafone are catching up.

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11th May, 2016 - 11:49 am (13 Comments)

After several months of work the European Commission has today announced the outcome of their investigation into the proposed £10.25bn merger between Three UK (CK Hutchison Holdings) and rival mobile operator O2 (Telefonica), which blocks the deal.

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11th May, 2016 - 8:00 am (2 Comments)

The CEO of Liberty Global, which owns cable operator Virgin Media in the United Kingdom, has joined French telecoms firm Illiad SA (here) by indicating that they too would have an interest in O2 (Telefonica UK) if the operator suddenly came up for sale again.

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9th May, 2016 - 4:38 pm (3 Comments)

The French telecoms provider Iliad SA, which owns mobile operator ‘Free Mobile’, is reportedly sniffing around O2 (Telefonica UK) and could make a play for the operator if the on-going merger plans with Three UK are dashed by the European Commission this week.

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19th April, 2016 - 8:08 am (0 Comments)

A joint study from Which? and OpenSignal has revealed that actual coverage of 4G (LTE) mobile in the United Kingdom is poor, although EE (BT) managed to deliver the best 4G reach and Three UK came top for Mobile Broadband speed. But GiffGaff is still the highest rated by consumers.

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11th April, 2016 - 10:34 am (5 Comments)

The Competition and Markets Authority has today written a last ditch letter of appeal that urges the European Commission not to approve the proposed £10.25bn merger of Three UK (CK Hutchison Holdings) and O2 (Telefonica), which it says will result in “long-term damage to the UK mobile telecoms market.”


7th April, 2016 - 7:42 am (0 Comments)

Reports indicate that Virgin Media and Sky (Sky Broadband) could both sign significant mobile network capacity deals with Three UK (CK Hutchison Holdings), which is dependent upon whether or not the European Commission approves the proposed merger with O2 UK (Telefonica).

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31st March, 2016 - 2:42 pm (4 Comments)

A new study has examined the 3G and 4G based Mobile Broadband performance of mobile operators O2, EE, Three UK and Vodafone across five major cities including Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London and Norwich. Overall EE delivered the fastest Internet download and upload speeds in all cities, except Norwich.


30th March, 2016 - 11:00 am (2 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has released their latest complaints report to the end of 2015, which reveals what mobile, TV, phone and broadband providers in the United Kingdom attracted the most consumer complaints. EE topped the naughty list for broadband, while TalkTalk dominated for fixed line phone gripes.


23rd March, 2016 - 11:31 am (0 Comments)

As expected the UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today proposed a new Gaining Provider Led (GPL) solution as their “preferred option” to make switching Mobile Network Operator’s (O2, Three UK, EE or Vodafone etc.) easier for consumers.

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15th March, 2016 - 5:11 pm (12 Comments)

The regulator has published an “econometric analysis” of the effect of disruptive firms (e.g. Three UK) on mobile pricing, which among other things suggests that the proposed £10.25bn merger between Three UK and O2 could result in consumer prices going up by between 17.2% and 20.5% on average.


15th March, 2016 - 11:06 am (0 Comments)

RootMetrics have put together a general report of all their mobile network testing for the past few months and revealed their pick of the top 16 cities (Larger Urban Zones) in the UK for mobile network performance, which saw Manchester top the table and Hull hit bottom. But caveats remain.

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