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.
If you are a 3 UK customer and have recently bought an LTE device such as an iPhone 5s, you may find yourself unexpectedly able to access LTE networks, depending on where you live.
Following the lead of EE in the United Kingdom, fellow European operators Telefonica and Vodafone have jumped on the LTE Advanced carrier aggregation bandwagon with testing underway in Germany.
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.
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.
EE switched on an early version of its LTE Advanced network, with initial coverage limited to an area in the UK capital called London Tech City and selected companies permitted to trial the technology until its commercial launch next year.
Announcements on LTE tariffs and promotions as well as network coverage are coming fast and furious from UK operators, with both EE and Telefónica-owned O2 UK saying they have now launched pay-as-you-go tariffs to LTE customers.
LTE Broadcast is probably still some way ahead in Europe as operators continue to focus on their macro LTE services launches, but the interest in the technology's potential is clearly there. While operators such as EE see cost savings through the optimisation of spectrum and backhaul as an early opportunity for the technology, other use cases are expected to emerge over time, with events currently expected to be the initial launch pad for service offerings.
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.
UK operator EE added almost half a million LTE customers in the third quarter and said it was able to boost data revenue and its contract customer base compared to the previous year.