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O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

UK mobile operators have collectively forked out £1.3bn on boosting spectrum following regulator Ofcom's latest auction. O2's owner Telefónica splurged the most, shelling out £205m for all 40MHz of 2.3GHz spectrum, which will be immediately available for 4G services; and £317m on 40MHz of 3.4GHz spectrum, key to the rollout of …
Kat Hall, 5 Apr 2018
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UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade. Sales went up 7 per cent to £2.4bn for the 12 months ended 31 December 2017 (PDF). Capital expenditure rose 30 per …
Kat Hall, 16 Mar 2018

Ofcom gives six operators green light to bid for spectrum

Ofcom has given all four UK mobile operators the go-ahead to bid in the forthcoming 4G and 5G auction, as well as Hull-based fixed wireless ISP Connexin and Airspan Spectrum Holdings, a subsidiary of US outfit Airspan. Spectrum in two bands will be made available through the auction process, which Ofcom expects to start in …
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 2018

Mobile network O2 UK leaps into 5G test bed with Greenwich trial

O2 UK is the latest operator to jump on the "5G test bed" bandwagon, with plans to trial the tech at the iconic former Millennium Dome in North Greenwich later this year. Installation of the network will begin in March, with demos scheduled of 5G-enabled virtual reality, augmented reality and live streaming in select areas of …
Kat Hall, 22 Feb 2018
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Sorry, I can't hear you, the line's VoLTE

EE has improved the reliability of its voice calls after a bumpy transition to an all-IP mobile network, according to network sleuth RootMetrics. The introduction of VoLTE saw EE fall from the top spot in RootMetrics' network ratings for call reliability. Three and Vodafone beat EE in the first half of last year for the …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Feb 2018

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation. That is in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for January 2018. Operators will begin introducing the increase from March. Rob Hilborn, head of strategy at price …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2018

Mobe network Three's 'Make The Air Fair' ads deemed 'misleading'

Three's campaign for a spectrum cap on mobile operators has been deemed "misleading" by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for implying it was run by an independent body. Three had wanted Blighty's communications regulator Ofcom to impose a 30 per cent cap on spectrum ownership, having waged a strange campaign last year …
Kat Hall, 7 Feb 2018

TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2

TalkTalk has started offering customers the option of moving onto O2 when their contracts expire, as the beleaguered Brit telco plans to ditch mobile. Subscribers reaching the end of their contracts are being given the choice of either moving to a new O2 deal or switching to a different provider. TalkTalk has used Vodafone as …
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2018
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Carphone Warehouse given a stern talking to for 'misleading' radio ad

Carphone Warehouse was given a particularly withering stare by the Advertising Standards Agency in a ruling handed down today concerning one of its radio adverts. The ad, played back in July, claimed that customers could save an average of £152 by using the Warehouse over its major competitors. However, while its other adverts …

Roaming charges drop smacks O2 daddy Telefonica in the profits

Operating profit at Spanish telco Telefonica - owner of UK cell network O2 - dropped 1.9 per cent in its third quarter to €4.1bn (£3.6bn), mainly due to the loss of roaming revenue and changes to exchange rates. Revenue dropped 2.5 per cent in the quarter to €12.7bn (£11.3bn), for the quarter. Sales in Blighty were up 1.1 per …
Kat Hall, 26 Oct 2017

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms outfit O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator. A spokesman confirmed that Ben Dowd, sales director, and David Plumb, chief digital officer, have left the business. "We would like to thank them for their hard work over the years with us at Telefónica …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2017

UK mobe network Three launches legal challenge over spectrum auction

Mobile operator Three has launched a legal challenge against Ofcom's rules over the upcoming multibillion-pound radio spectrum auction. Last month Ofcom – the UK's comms regulator – decided to cap the maximum amount of mobile spectrum a British company can own at 37 per cent in its forthcoming auction, rather than the 30 per …
Kat Hall, 9 Aug 2017

You know what’s not so throttled at O2? UK sales. They're up 2.6%

Mobile operator Telefonica – AKA O2 – has posted an increase in sales in Blighty of 2.6 per cent to €1.6bn (£1.4bn) for its second quarter, with operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA) up 3.9 per cent to €433m. Group revenues rose 1.9 per cent to €12.96bn in the second quarter, while OIBDA increased 6.1 …
Kat Hall, 27 Jul 2017
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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

O2 has admitted to deliberately throttling its network as a "temporary measure" to combat the demand of Brits using free data roaming abroad. The issue was first pointed out by a punter in the UK mobile network's support forum, who noted that within a month of the EU abolishing roaming charges on June 15, he was unable to use …
Kat Hall, 26 Jul 2017

O2 will be carrying out UK IoT connectivity trials later this year

Exclusive British telco O2 is the first to publicly confirm that it will be trialling 3GPP-compliant Internet of Things connectivity tech in the UK later this year. Although the telco would not be drawn on specifics, it told The Register it would be trialling "3GPP cellular IoT [Internet of Things] technology" this year. This is a …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2017
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O2 continues to splash out on 4G ahead of rumoured IPO

Mobe operator O2 continued to splash cash on its 4G network in its final quarter results, with industry watchers believing it is moving at pace to complete its commitments before an IPO at the end of the year. O2's daddy Telefónica reported UK sales of €1.6bn (£1.35bn) for the quarter, with earnings before interest, tax and …
Kat Hall, 12 May 2017
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O2 daddy Telefónica reports 12.5% drop in UK sales

Sales at Telefónica UK, which owns O2, plunged 12.5 per cent to €6.8bn (£5.7bn) for the firm's full year, mainly due to currency changes. Organic revenue fell 1.5 per cent. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell 11.4 per cent for 2016 to €1.7bn (£1.4bn), increasingly organically by 1.7 per cent. …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2017

Three isn't going to back away from a fight over spectrum

Analysis Three’s £250m acquisition of loss-making UK Broadband shows the operator has a large appetite for spectrum, but it will be the forthcoming spectrum auction where the land-grab for frequencies will really take place. Hong Kong owner of Three, CK Hutchison, purchased UK Broadband this week (which also runs the Relish brand in …
Kat Hall, 7 Feb 2017

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