UK authorities are teaming with the GSM Association (GSMA) and the country's mobile operators to tackle spam text messages through a real-time reporting service.
UK regulator Ofcom achieved its objective of maintaining a competitive market with a number of competing providers in the first major sale of radio spectrum in over 10 years, according to a report by the National Audit Office on the country's LTE spectrum auction in February 2013.
Vodafone took a further step forward in its LTE strategy by announcing it has reached 500,000 LTE subscribers in the UK, and is also extending LTE roaming services to more of its markets across the globe under its £7 billion (€8.5 billion) Project Spring investment programme.
Mobile operator Vodafone and financial software provider Misys made separate moves in the mobile payment and banking sectors this week, at a time when analysts say the future of the industry remains up for grabs.
Weve, the mobile payments joint venture of the UK's three largest mobile operators Vodafone UK, EE and O2 UK, is partnering with MasterCard to accelerate the development of what the companies describe as the UK's "most comprehensive contactless mobile payments system".
Vodafone has narrowly avoided being fined by UK regulator Ofcom after the operator finally met coverage obligations for 3G services that should have been in place by the end of June 2013.
Deutsche Telekom and Orange have put on hold plans to float their joint venture EE amid speculation that valuations of the UK's largest mobile operator were not high enough.
Near field communication (NFC) services won't take off for at least two years according to latest findings from Ovum, which has also cast doubt on operators' chances in the m-payment market amid a glut of launches in the past two years.
UK-based operator EE started the year with its foot on the pedal by announcing that it has already hit the 2 million mark for LTE subscribers, and is therefore well ahead of its original target to reach 1 million users by the end of 2013.
Joining other leading European executives in calling for telecoms market consolidation, 3 UK CEO David Dyson said the UK could operate with just three mobile networks under the right circumstances.