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.
Ovum said the popularity of quad-play services in Europe has been damaging for pure-play mobile operators, which tend to be the smallest operators in their respective markets.
Telefónica is considering alternative options to the planned sale of its O2 UK business to CK Hutchison, as hopes that the European Commission will approve the merger proposal continue to recede.
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.
CK Hutchison has not been able to convince European Union antitrust regulators that its deal to buy O2 UK will be of benefit to the market, with reports saying the proposed £10.25 billion (€12.8 billion/$14.5 billion) transaction is expected to be formally blocked within weeks.
CK Hutchison lost no time in responding to an open letter written by the CEO of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that clearly opposed the company's plan to buy O2 UK, describing the proposed remedy of selling Three UK or O2 to a new MNO to gain approval for the merger as a "red herring".
The decision on whether or not the proposed merger of O2 and Three in the UK should be allowed has become very political. With the possibility of Brexit following the UK referendum on Jun. 23 and with an imminent European Commission (EC) competition authority decision on the proposed merger of O2 and Three in the UK, a second UK agency is demanding the deal be blocked.
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has become the latest organisation to wade into the increasingly controversial debate over whether CK Hutchison should be allowed to buy O2 UK and merge it with Three UK.
Deutsche Telekom board member Niek Jan van Damme issued a rallying call to Germany and Europe to back open standards in the field of smart homes, warning that a failure to do so would see businesses in the region lose out to international rivals.
The European Commission confirmed it has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed joint venture between CK Hutchison and VimpelCom in Italy is in line with merger regulations.