Objections by UK and EU regulators to the proposed merger of O2 UK and Three UK fail to take into account the new and expanding ways that innovation and competition may occur, and also wrongly equate rising ARPUs in markets where consolidation has taken place to consumer price increases alone.
BT is on track with its G.fast trials, serving its own customers and eight of its competitive carrier provider customers via its Openreach division. But the service provider is still weighing how it can make an investment case for a broader deployment.
Ofcom CEO Sharon White said the merger of Three UK with O2 UK threatens to drive up mobile prices for consumers, and has asked the European Commission to block the proposed deal.
BT has named Clive Selley as the new CEO of its Openreach division, replacing Joe Garner, who is leaving the company to become CEO of the UK's Nationwide Building Society.
Ofcom CEO Sharon White cast doubt on CK Hutchison and Telefónica's plan to merge their UK mobile operations due to concerns the deal could result in higher prices for consumers.
Ofcom said regulations that will enable certain wireless devices to use white-space spectrum for the provision of new wireless services for consumers and businesses were signed on Dec. 18 and will come into effect on Dec. 31.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom postponed a planned auction of frequencies in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands until after the European Commission (EC) decides whether or not to allow the proposed acquisition of O2 UK by CK Hutchison.
The UK government said up to £550 million (€781 million/$827 million) is to be invested over the next five years to free up the 700 MHz frequency band for mobile broadband use.
A new report from UK consumer champion Cable.co.uk said mobile coverage in the UK remains patchy, with subscribers in East Anglia and Northern Ireland the most likely to experience a loss of signal.
Ofcom confirmed plans to release new airwaves that could be used to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services, setting a total reserve price of £70 million (€97 million/$107 million) and targeting early 2016 for the auction process.