EE hinted that its plan to launch new TV services in the UK market is something of a defensive strategy against an expected increase in converged offerings from rival operators, with BT regarded as a particular threat.
EE saw the number of its LTE subscribers increase by 1.4 million to 5.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, although it reported flat operating revenue of £1.523 billion (€1.925 billion/$2.448 billion). Including the impact of regulatory cuts, operating revenue was 1.2 per cent lower.
If you take a closer look at the various smartphone and mobile data plans of European operators, you'll see that data sharing--and here I define it as mobile data plans with at least one extra SIM card to share a data bundle between two devices--is now thriving as an increasing number of operators adopt various forms of this pricing and marketing approach.
A flotation or possible sale could be back on the agenda for EE after reports said parent companies Deutsche Telekom and Orange have resumed talks about the future of their UK joint venture.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US and UK operator EE support a new SIM card for Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 that lets customers switch between carriers. Although Verizon Wireless will provide wireless service for Apple's new tablet, it is not listed as a supporter of the new Apple SIM card.
EE is on the verge of agreeing a deal to buy Life Mobile, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business of the now defunct UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4U.
Vodafone UK has extended LTE roaming to 23 destinations worldwide, after the operator added 19 new destinations to the existing locations of Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
The People's Operator (TPO), a London-based mobile virtual network operator that donates 10 per cent of each subscriber's bill to a charity of their choice, on Monday announced its intention to raise funds for its expansion into the U.S. market by placing new shares on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
EE has launched a new home TV service as part of efforts by the UK operator to encourage further take-up of its home broadband service, as the battle for fixed and mobile subscribers focuses increasingly on the home.
BT's planned launch of consumer mobile services could be delayed from the original target of April 2015 because of technical problems with the operator's network, according to a report by the UK's Telegraph newspaper.