The UK Government’s £150 million Mobile Infrastructure Project has only seen 16 masts installed since it launched – despite its original ambition to cover around 600 sites.
Most of the budget remains unspent.
In October, Ofcom revealed more information about its plans to auction the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz radio spectrum it had received from the Ministry of Defence.
It planned to start the auction process in December 2015 but is now delaying this until 2016.
Podcast - 27th February 2015
We're taking a look back at the biggest mobile industry news stories from February 2015, including allegations that the UK's security service tried to breach SIM card security by hacking into one of the world's biggest SIM producers.
We also talk about the planned BT and EE merger, the creation of two new UK virtual networks, some acquisitions in the mobile payment arena and a new Ubuntu smartphone.
Telefónica, the parent company of O2, has entered into exclusive talks with Hutchison Whampoa about the potential takeover of O2 UK.
It’s proposed a deal worth £10.25 billion in cash.
EE is named in some news reports as a potential alternative acquisition
BT has responded to news reports about its possible acquisition of the O2 mobile network from Telefónica UK.
The speculation was first published on a website in Spain, with suggestions that Telefonica could receive a 20% share of BT as part of the multi-million pound deal.