Annual results from Hutchison Whampoa have revealed that customer numbers at Three UK have exceeded 9 million.
That’s an 11% increase - 900,000 new customers - since the end of 2011.
BT is fifth 4G UK winner
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced the winners of the UK’s 4G mobile spectrum auction, which has finally been completed after more than 50 rounds of bidding. It means that faster mobile broadband services will soon be offered to more people by more companies.
The UK’s major mobile networks - Everything Everywhere Ltd (EE), Hutchison 3G UK Ltd (Three UK), Telefónica UK Ltd (O2) and Vodafone Ltd - have all won radio spectrum.
Podcast - 6th February 2013
We start this week's podcast by talking about the launch of BlackBerry 10 before moving on to discuss a 4G promise from Three UK.
The numerical theme continues with the Microsoft 4Afrika project, a handful of quarterly results and some investment news. Plus there’s worrying new malware and a curious Apple trademark application.
Goodbye RIM, hello BlackBerry
Mark Bridge writes:
Apple launches a new product and BlackBerry pushes it out of the headlines. Who’d have thought it, eh?
Yes, Apple’s new $799 128GB iPad didn’t get much of a mention in the mobile press last week - thanks to the new BlackBerry 10 platform and two new smartphones. Memories of Stephen Bates’s awkward BBC interviews were soon forgotten as the touchscreen Z10 appeared and quickly hit the shelves of UK retailers.
Three UK says it’ll be adding 4G connectivity to all its existing price plans and won’t be charging any extra for the faster service.
Customers with a compatible phone will be able to enjoy a 4G connection from Three as soon as it is available.