EE unveiled a new alliance that will see the BT-owned UK mobile operator collaborate with U.S.-based Verizon, Australia's Telstra and Korea Telecom (KT) on the development and promotion of LTE Broadcast technology based on evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service (eMBMS).
Four mobile network operators – Verizon, Telstra, kt and EE – announced the launch of the LTE-Broadcast Alliance, which aims to increase global device support for LTE-Broadcast (LTE-B) services. The goal is to ensure that LTE-B is available in every top- and mid-tier device launched in 2017.
EE, the UK-based mobile operator recently acquired by BT, has pledged to cover 95 per cent of the UK landmass with its 4G network by 2020 in an effort to reduce the number of mobile broadband "not spots" around the country.
Vodafone and EE are not coming up to scratch when it comes to the quality of their customer services, with the latest in a regular poll by Which? placing them in joint 10th position for overall customer satisfaction and ranking them just ahead of international calls provider Lebara.
EE director of regulatory strategy Inge Hansen called on the UK government to ease planning restrictions covering deployment of fresh infrastructure, arguing that moves to free up additional spectrum alone will not enable operators to match future mobile data demand.
BT announced it has appointed Simon Lowth as its new group finance director with effect from July 4, replacing Tony Chanmugam following a handover period.
Telefónica UK, Three UK and EE gave a cautious welcome to UK government plans, announced this week, to offer greater freedom and flexibility in the deployment of mobile infrastructure.
EE teamed up with MTV to offer a prepaid music subscription service to its customers, following the ongoing trend of mobile operators partnering with content providers in order to attract users and compete with over-the-top (OTT) services.
EE marked the end of its time as a standalone company by saying it almost doubled the number of 4G subscribers over 2015 to reach its target of 14 million by the end of the year.
CK Hutchison stepped up efforts to convince regulators and rivals that its plan to buy O2 UK and merge it with Three UK will not have a detrimental impact on existing mobile network-sharing arrangements between the market's current four players.