Last June, UK communications regulator Ofcom published a consultation document that contained its plans for ‘mobile termination rates’.
These are the wholesale charges paid by network operators when they connect calls to rival mobile networks, which then have an impact on call charges for consumers.
Ofcom has changed the licences of the UK’s ‘big four’ mobile network operators to improve mobile coverage.
EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have all agreed to accept this change.
TV and online entertainment business Sky has agreed a mobile voice and data partnership with Telefónica UK.
As a result, Sky plans to launch its own mobile services in 2016.
No sign of mandated national roaming in ‘landmark deal’ for mobile phone users
Sajid Javid MP, the UK Government Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has announced what’s described as a “landmark deal” with the ‘big four’ mobile networks to improve coverage.
It follows a three-week consultation period that involved the government proposing mandated ‘national roaming’ as one of the options to improve rural coverage in areas where some networks provided service but others didn’t.
Vodafone has signed a 15-year agreement with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux to deploy ‘small cells’ on street furniture and billboards, which will improve network performance.
It’s a global deal that follows a successful pilot programme where Vodafone Netherlands installed over 160 small cells on bus shelters in Amsterdam.