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So, what has the EU ever done for telecoms?

The UK has yet to trigger the infamous "Article 50" of the Lisbon Treaty that would start the clock ticking on a two-year period of exit negotiations. What the ultimate outcome will be is frankly anyone's guess. As I've mentioned before, roaming charges and regulation are set to be two key areas to watch in the telecoms market, although myriad changes could take place.

How to retain a mobile subscriber in 5 easy steps

The pressure is on at operators big and small to direct the focus of the media et al towards what they are doing right rather than on back-office snafus. Making headlines as the most complained about operator is not the best way forward, for certain.

How could a UK exit from the EU affect the telecoms sector?

No one really knows what will happen if the UK chooses to exit the European Union following the referendum on Jun. 23. In the telecoms sector, regulation and roaming charges would be the two key areas to watch in the event of a vote to leave.

IoT and LPWA: the latest battleground in the ICT world

A new battle has emerged in the era of the Internet of Things as companies seek a slice of what many expect to be a huge market with many different facets. Getting all of this connected is the challenge, and it is here that the mud slinging has already started.

50B target for total connected devices now seems a more distant dream

The forecast of 50 billion devices by 2020 became something of an industry mantra for the future growth of connected devices fuelled by new IoT business models, but latest predictions now seem to be firmly backing away from this figure.

Three's MMS pricing hike is a sign of changing market dynamics

Three UK advised customers to use Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber et al for sending MMS after announcing it would increase the charge for sending multimedia messages from 17.4 pence to 40 pence per MMS in June.

IoT disruption hard to pin down due to the sheer scale of the current and future market

The Internet of Things may be a headline-grabbing topic, but it is also challenging in terms of assessing which companies and technologies are causing disruption to established markets. Industries including cellular, automotive, hardware and software are all touched by IoT, and that's before you consider the growing range of technologies being touted as potential means of providing the actual connections themselves.

Three is no longer a magic number in EU telecoms

Unless you have, as the well-worn saying goes, been holidaying in Mars in recent days you will no doubt be aware that there is one unhappy businessman in Hong Kong. Li Ka-shing, the chairman of CK Hutchison, has been foiled in his attempt to create a new mobile monster after the European Commission decided to block his plan to buy O2 UK and merge it with Three UK.

Despite the cut in fees, Europe is still far from done with mobile roaming

The end of retail roaming fees in the EU will not end the debate over mobile roaming in general, with consumers and mobile service providers continuing to face their own challenges.

Operators focus on getting the balance right with mobile sub-brands

Orange continued to face pressure in the mid-market segment in the first quarter of 2016, but the company managed to retain many users through its Sosh sub- or secondary brand. Analysts noted that of of the 84,000 net additions at Sosh, 79,000 came from Orange.