Whether BT now rues the day it sold O2 is a moot point; it now knows it needs a mobile strategy, and has confirmed it is in "highly preliminary" talks with O2 and one other operator--which Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Wednesday confirmed is EE. If BT does buy O2 or EE, there is a fair chance that its strategy to roll out a small cell network, building what some term as an "inside out" mobile network, may be put on hold.
BT said it is in early discussions with two mobile network operators about a possible acquisition, and confirmed that Telefónica-owned O2 UK is one of the companies involved.
Leading mobile operators in the UK are in the process of determining how far they will go in offering bundles that incorporate mobile, fixed voice, fixed broadband and TV services as they prepare for increased competition from fixed players.
TalkTalk has signed a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Telefónica as part of an overall strategy that will see the UK fixed operator expand its "quad-play" offering that combines fixed broadband and TV services with mobile plans and, ultimately, build a small cell network to support its mobile play.
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.
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.
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 head of Vodafone UK said he plans to return the operator to growth in terms of both revenue and profits within the next two years, and intends to achieve that goal by continuing to improve the quality of the company's network service.
Information on price plans for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus started to trickle through on Friday morning, although it seemed that some trigger-happy Apple fans may have been causing problems for operator web sites at least in the UK.
Vodafone confirmed that it plans to launch its mobile wallet in the UK in October, in what will be the fourth market for the service after Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.