Bosses of the UKs four mobile network operators were summoned to meet Prime Minister David Cameron this week as the UK coalition government attempts to prove it is making efforts to bring down the cost of living amid soaring energy prices.
Huawei this week said it will spend around $600 million (€449 million) over the next four years in research and innovation into "5G" networks. However, other news this weeks provides a timely reminder that operators and vendors still sometimes need to learn to walk before they can run, and get 3G networks right first.
Vodafone UK was raked over the coals by regulator Ofcom this week for being the only one of the country's four mobile network operators to miss its coverage obligations by the end of June.
In some European markets, it seems that governments want to have their cake by lining their coffers with the proceeds from this natural resource, and then eat it, too, by castigating operators for slow rollouts and slow mobile broadband speeds. Mobile operators have their faults, for sure, but on the subject of spectrum costs they do seem to have a point.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has come down hard on the market's mobile network operators, first saying they should allow users to exit their mobile contracts without penalty if the monthly tariff increases and then announcing plans to review 3G coverage after its latest figures show shockingly low levels of coverage for 3G data services on Britain's roads.
EE has upped the pressure on rivals in the UK LTE market by introducing a raft of measures including cheaper LTE tariffs, new pay-as-you-go LTE tariffs and plans to offer a "converged" bundle of LTE and home broadband services.
UK mobile network operators Vodafone, Telefónica's O2, EE and Hutchison Whampoa's 3 UK face a possible fivefold hike in the fees they pay to use 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum for 2G, 3G and now LTE services, if proposals by regulator Ofcom are implemented next year.
Ofcom unveiled the lineup of companies that will participate in what the UK regulator is calling "Europe's first major pilot" of white space technology, revealing that industry heavyweights such as BT, Microsoft and Google will be among the companies taking part.
BT customers will soon have to dish out more money for their telecom services as the incumbent telco says it's going to raise its voice and broadband services packages by 6.5 percent.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom launched a consultation on spectrum sharing as it explores various ways of ensuring that mobile and Wi-Fi networks will be able to keep up with the growing appetite for data services in future.