Hutchison Whampoa faces a fight in its bid to acquire the UK mobile assets of Spanish incumbent Telefónica, with reports stating TalkTalk and BSkyB (Sky) are also circling O2 UK.
Telefónica may have been offered a lifeline regarding its UK mobile operation by rival Three UK's parent company Hutchison Whampoa, as the Hong Kong-based company seeks to expand its European business.
TalkTalk has set a goal to offer 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services to 50-60 percent of UK homes and business premises via its partnership with CityFibre and Sky, a move that will enable it to lessen its dependency on BT's Openreach last mile network.
BT's announcement this week that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Deutsche Telekom and Orange over a potential acquisition of EE was generally given the thumbs up by analysts and industry players, although one question now being asked is what a successful deal might mean for rival mobile operator O2 UK and its parent company Telefónica.
Ofcom said Sharon White has been appointed as the new CEO of the UK communications regulator with effect from late March 2015, confirming previous reports.
Telefónica's UK mobile operator O2's customer service was ranked best by consumers quizzed by regulator Ofcom in a regular annual survey, although Virgin Mobile was the only operator to show a year-on-year improvement.
Sharon White, the first woman to be appointed as a permanent secretary at the UK Treasury, is tipped to be in line to replace Ed Richards at the helm of UK communications regulator Ofcom.
Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) revealed plans to launch satellite TV services in rural areas of Russia this month, indicating that a current quad-play trend is not restricted solely to West European operators.
Three UK said 3.1 million customers are now using its LTE services, representing more than a third of its total customer base of 8 million users.
As the quad-play debate takes grip across Europe, latest figures from Portugal show that a growing number of consumers there are signing up for bundles of three, four, or even five telecoms services combined within a single plan.