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O2 and Virgin Media to merge in UK

O2 and Virgin Media to merge in UK

Two of the world's communications giants have agreed to merge their UK operations. Liberty Global will combine its Virgin Media UK broadband network with Telefonica's O2 UK mobile business.
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European Commission blocks O2/Three merger

European Commission blocks O2/Three merger

The European Commission has blocked the proposed merger of Telefonica UK’s O2 network with Hutchison’s Three.

It said it was concerned that the deal would have harmed innovation, reduced consumer choice and caused prices to rise.

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1 billion mobile M2M subscribers expected in 6 years

A new report from wireless analyst firm Berg Insight predicts there’ll be 1 billion cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) subscribers by 2022.

It says the number of cellular M2M customers worldwide increased by 23% last year to a total of 265.2 million.

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Ofcom delays its 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz auction

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.

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Mobile industry podcast: new smartphones, new network equipment and new insight

Podcast - 10th December 2014

It's time for another news-packed mobile industry podcast from TheFonecast.com, starting with the European Parliament's latest ruling on in-car emergency communication.

After that we're talking about Microsoft's departure from the Nook eBook business, Three UK's 4G growth, Acer's tablet-sized phone, EE's rural coverage solution and some interesting new research about mobile-enabled customer service.

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