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Mobile network operator (MNO)

Mobile network operator (MNO) : A mobile network operator or MNO (also known as a wireless service provider, wireless carrier, cellular company, or mobile network carrier) is a provider of wireless communications services that owns or controls all the elements necessary to sell and deliver services to an end user including radio spectrum allocation, wireless network infrastructure, back haul infrastructure, billing, customer care and provisioning computer systems and marketing, customer care, provisioning and repair organizations. (Source: wikipedia.org)

‘Emergency’ Communications Monitoring Law to be Rushed Through


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The UK government is set to rush through a new law designed to allow enforcement and intelligence agencies to continue to access phone and internet data in order to investigate crime. The Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill is being backed by all of the major parties and is being passed due to two recent developments. The European Court of Justice recently "struck down” regulations which forced ISPs and mobile companies to retain customer data for up to 12 months. Th ...   read more

4G Launch Disappointing in some Areas


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EE’s 4G launched today in ten cities across the UK and has received mixed reviews from those testing it, most due to reach, rather than speed, which appears to be as impressive in some parts as promised. However, a poll carried out by The Telegraph suggests that many people won’t bother switching until it becomes available from all ...   read more

4G Spectrum Auction Kicks Off


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The 4G spectrum auction has begun accepting bids from seven interested networks competing to acquire the new airwaves necessary to provide the new, superfast mobile broadband technology. Ofcom has announced that bidders include: EE Ltd, HKT (UK), 3G UK, MLL Telecom Ltd, Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (subsidiary of BT), Telefonica UK Ltd and Vodafon ...   read more

4G Spectrum Bidding Begins


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Ofcom has confirmed that applications have been opened for mobile operators to put in bids for the 4G auction, the largest ever sell-off of the mobile spectrum in the UK. The bidding process only had a short window into which to submit their applications, between 10:00am and 16:00pm yesterday, potential bidders also had to provide an initial deposit of £100,000. Ed Richards, Ofcom read more

4G Won't Affect Short-Range Devices


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Concerns that the introduction of 4G will affect short-range devices, such as hearing aids and alarm clocks, have been allayed in a new study by Ofcom which found LTE handsets won’t be powerful enough to produce enough interference. The auction for the 4G spectrum is to begin later on this year, although it’s unlikely that we will see any 4G services until late next year. The concern over interference has come about due to one of the "uplink bands” being close to the spectrum ...   read more

5G and Translation Glasses for Tokyo 2020


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A 5G network which is 100 times faster than LTE and glasses that make instant translations were just two of the innovations unveiled at this week's CEATEC 2013 IT and electronics show in Tokyo, with the promise that both will be available for the 2020 Olympic games to be held in Tokyo. NTT Docomo will be launching both products and it's thought that the company is currently hoping ...   read more

BBC Sports Hits Olympic Record


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BBC Sports hit a record high of 55 million visitors during the Olympic Games, accessed from devices all over the world, with a fair majority from the UK at 37 million. During the Games, there were also 106 million requests for online video, compared to 32 million during the Beijing games. BBC Olympic smartphone app was also downloaded by almost 2m people across a variety of mobile platforms. The busiest day overall was the 3 August, when Jessica Ennis featured at the b ...   read more

EU Proposes Mobile Roaming Charges to be Scrapped


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Expensive roaming charges may soon be scrapped across Europe, if a proposal from the European Commission goes ahead, with charges for incoming calls the first to be being banned by as early as July next year. The proposal needs first to be approved by the 28 members of the EU and European lawmakers before any changes can take place. The move comes as telecom companies struggle with falling revenues and concerns grow over the development of Europe’s broadband infrastructure. ...   read more

EU Telecoms Regulation Needs to Move Faster


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The telecommunications trade association representing former state owned operators have said that an overhaul of the regulatory environment for the industry in the EU must move quicker. The trade association, known as ETNO, said on Thursday that an overhaul of current regulations should take place before the European Council meeting set for October. ...   read more

Free Mobile Calling Service to Expand into UK


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US mobile network FreedomPop has signed a deal with Dutch telecoms carrier KPN to bring free calling and texting to Europe, launching initially in Belgium. If all goes well with the test case, it’s thought that the company will expand the service into the UK, Germany, France and Spain. The LA-based company currently offer a free plan to its US customers which allows them to make 200 minutes of voice calls, send 500 text messages and ...   read more

Galaxy S4 Launched in New York


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The Samsung Galaxy S4 launched in New York late last week to show off a host of new features such as eye tracking, but analysts say that the "marketing drive” is "more potent than the device itself,” Total Telecoms reports. The S4 has been hotly anticipated by the industry and consumers alike and has already been billed as the handset that could revolutionise the smartphone market. However, analysts believe that this will depend more on the ongoing marketing campaign than the ...   read more

O2 Outage Continues


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The outage experienced by O2 is continuing into its second day, despite the telecoms company insisting that the problem has been fixed in many areas. The problem, which affected hundreds of thousands of users across the UK, has meant that O2 users have been unable to make calls and send texts, a serious matter for many business users that rely on the service. According to the O2 service status website, 2G services are all no ...   read more

Ofcom Confirm Early 4G Rollout


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Following yesterday’s meeting with network providers and Maria Miller, Ofcom has announced that the rollout of 4G will come to many UK cities five months earlier than expected. The auction to sell off the spectrum band previously used by terrestrial television will be brought forward to the end of this year "in a way that ensures a competitive market”. It’s expected that the bidding process will start at the beginning of next year. Last month, the telecoms regulator ga ...   read more

Ofcom Publish Broadband and Pay TV Complaints Data


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The latest complaints data on broadband and Pay TV has been released by regulators Ofcom today for the period between October and December last year. According to Ofcom, complaints continued to fall in that period, for the sixth consecutive quarter. However, whilst complaints regarding landline telephone, broadband PAYG mobile and Pay TV all showed a decline, pay monthly mobile complaints rose slightly. The report is intended to help consumers make "informed decisions” ...   read more

Ofcom Publish Broadband Report


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Telecommunications regulator Ofcom has today released a report for the government on how the UK’s fixed broadband coverage, take-up, usage and price compares to the rest of Europe. The report concentrates its findings on the EU’s five leading economies: France, Germany, Italy and Spain and the UK, known collectively as the EU5 for the purposes of the report. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport proposed the report, read more

Ofcom Publish Mobile Call Quality Data


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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has published new research on the quality of mobile calls by UK network providers. The publication is part of a plan to help support initiatives which are designed to improve coverage across the country. It’s also intended to help consumers choose a mobile service which suits their requirements and needs, as well as provide data on reception around the country. read more

Ofcom publish telecoms complaint levels


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Telecom regulator Ofcom today published the level of reported complaints for major companies for the period between January and March this year. The 9thquarterly report  read more

Ofcom Revise Mobile Spectrum Licensing


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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a consultation on revising the licensing fees for the mobile spectrum bands used for voice calls, 3G and 4G service used by network operators in the UK. The 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands are to rise to "reflect full market value”, Ofcom said in an announcement. The government directed the regulator to revise fees in late 2010 and said ...   read more

Ofcom: BT Receive Most Broadband Complaints


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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has published its latest set of quarterly results for telecoms and Pay TV today which show a huge improvement in complaints against TalkTalk. However, BT were the most complained about provider across the board, with higher than average grievances about its broadband service. Whilst customer complaints  read more

Only 30% of Data Sessions on Smartphones User Initiated


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According to Atix, global leaders in mobileRAN analytics and optimisation, just 30% of smartphone data sessions are actually started by users, with most failed data sessions happening without the user’s knowledge. This, Atix say, is creating a strain on networks as the demand for an always on connection is challenging network providers to provide capacity in areas where users are not intentionally using their device. This is due to apps such as Facebook and Twitter whi ...   read more

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