BT has opened the bidding for a new mobile partner in a move that could see the UK's former telecoms monopoly back together with its former mobile unit, O2 UK, according to a report in the Financial Times .
Telefónica Czech Republic has thrown down the gauntlet to rival operators with a range of cheaper tariffs and a stop on phone subsidies, as the operator rattles cages over new conditions proposed this week for the country's LTE spectrum auctions.
BSkyB's recent proposal to acquire the wireline assets of Telefonica's O2 UK subsidiary is facing a review by the UK's Office of Fair Trading.
New entrants in the UK will presumably undercut EE, and 3 UK has already stated that it will not impose a premium for LTE. However, charging a premium or even matching the price of 3G could be a struggle for European operators.
Weve, the UK mobile commerce joint venture formed by Vodafone, EE and Telefónica's O2 UK, revealed that Nike and supermarket giant Morrisons will be the first brands to run mobile ad campaigns simultaneously across all three networks via the Weve platform.
UK Broadband expanded its now Broadband-branded fixed TD-LTE service to areas of Southwark and Reading. The service, which was first switched on commercially in February 2012, is already available in the UK cities of London, Reading, Swindon and Scunthorpe.
Spain's debt-laden Telefónica has secured a $1.2 billion (€915.5 million) credit line with two Chinese banks, China Development Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
The UK government is working hard behind the scenes to stave off litigation that might delay the upcoming auction and launch of LTE spectrum, according to a recent Financial Times report, which cited unnamed sources. The talks between government and operators are focused on how to ensure 800 MHz digital dividend spectrum gets cleared more quickly for LTE use, and an industry told FierceWireless:Europe that the role of EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere, is the "main sticking point."
Vodafone Germany has taken the initiative and launched its Joyn messaging services ahead of its German rivals as a way to combat over-the-top messaging applications.
Telefonica's O2 business in the United Kingdom is deploying outdoor Wi-Fi gear around London that will also support collocated small cell radios in the future.