Telefónica and Hutchison Whampoa Group face a "fraught" battle with competition authorities as they seek approval to merge their UK businesses, a leading Ovum analyst warned.
BT could start selling SIM-only consumer 4G mobile services as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) this week, with reports saying that the former UK incumbent will initially focus on its 7.6 million broadband customers.
Ofcom ordered UK mobile operators to slash mobile termination rates (MTRs) by around 40 per cent over the next two years, some nine months after opening a consultation into the move.
BT's rivals are pressuring Ofcom to break up the former incumbent as part of the regulator's latest review into the UK's digital communications market, which Ofcom opened on Thursday (Mar. 12).
Vodafone UK plans to offer commercial voice services over Wi-Fi and LTE networks from this summer, as the operator vies with rivals to be first to market with services designed to improve the availability and quality of voice calls over mobile data networks.
Orange Business and BT continued to hold on to their top spots in Vertical Systems Group's Ethernet Leaderboard due to continually broadening their reach and fiber footprint into more locations to satisfy multinational corporation needs.
Altice is reportedly stepping up its plans to buy the country's third-largest operator in a move that would further consolidate France's telecoms market.
BT this week made further progress in its bid to buy mobile operator EE for £12.5 billion (€16.8 billion/$19 billion), raising £1 billion in a share placing on Thursday to help fund the deal.
Three UK remains alone in defending a mobile-only strategy, continuing to question the appetite of UK consumers for so-called quadruple-play services. While some believe that mobile-only is no longer a viable approach and see converged offerings of fixed and mobile services as the way forward, it must not be forgotten that a merger of Three and O2 would create the UK's largest mobile operator by subscribers (31.5 million).
Vodafone Group slowed the rate of organic revenue decline in Europe to 2.7 per cent in its financial third quarter to end-December, and noted that the UK market returned to revenue growth during the three-month period.