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Report: Tesco plans to offload UK mobile unit

UK-based supermarket giant Tesco plans to sell off its mobile unit in an effort to cut debt, with TalkTalk and fellow Tesco Mobile shareholder O2 UK cited as two potential buyers.

BT gets ready to put its case for EE acquisition

BT could submit its plan to buy UK mobile operator EE to regulators as early as this week, formally starting a process that will last several months with a decision expected by the end of March 2016.

Report: BT to roll out UK mobile services 'this week'

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 must break up BT as part of review, rivals say

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).

BT raises £1B for EE takeover as rivals step up challenges

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.

BT agrees to buy EE for £12.5B

BT has agreed to definitive terms to buy mobile operator EE from existing owners Orange and Deutsche Telekom for £12.5 billion (€16.7 billion/$19 billion), bringing to an end the first phase of a process that is set to turn the former UK incumbent into the market's biggest converged provider of fixed and mobile telecoms services.

TalkTalk talks up quad-play success, but warns on costs

TalkTalk was quick to praise the success of its new quad-play strategy after reporting year-on-year revenue growth of 4.2 per cent in its financial third quarter (calendar Q4), but the UK-based operator also indicated that the cost of acquiring new subscribers for combinations of its mobile, broadband and TV products would hit earnings in the full year.

Operators continue to have mixed feelings about quad-play

Quad-play or multi-play strategies got another airing this week, as one operator hailed its success in bundling fixed, mobile and TV services together and another raised doubts again over the appetite that consumers are likely to have for such service bundles.

Sky's mobile move could aid Hutchison, pile pressure on Vodafone

BSkyB became the latest provider of TV and fixed broadband services to throw its hat into the mobile ring in what is regarded as a largely defensive move, after the satellite company signed a wholesale agreement to use the network of Telefónica (O2) UK.

Hutchison Whampoa faces fight with BSkyB, TalkTalk to acquire O2 UK from Telefónica

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.