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The UK has become one of the most competitive mobile markets in the world and often shows off key trends before they take off elsewhere. After suffering the extremes of the 3G spectrum bubble and bust, the five operators started to consolidate. Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom merged their UK arms to create Everything Everywhere, a new market leader, which overtook Telefonica O2 and Vodafone. The fifth operator is Hutchison 3, which is far smaller than the others but has pursued innovative mobile web strategies and achieved the highest ARPU. Further consolidation is expected, with all five cellcos engaged in network and backhaul sharing deals with partners. The next milestone will be the auctions of 2.6GHz and 800MHz spectrum, expected in 2012, which will pave the way for LTE. The regulator also recently allowed GSM spectrum to be refarmed for 3G and 4G services, though this has created a major debate over whether Vodafone and O2, the holders of the valuable 900MHz frequencies, should be compelled to surrender some licenses to rivals, or be capped in the 800MHz auction.

Central site database needed for UK LTE

29 May, 2013

Actix joins call for government to ease planning regulations for small cell sites, or risk slowing pace of 4G

UK could relax planning laws to speed LTE

9 May, 2013

New proposals support small cells and shared RAN, but also make it easier to add 4G kit to existing sites

UK could get commercial white spaces apps in 2014

29 April, 2013

Regulator Ofcom announces significant trials using the unlicensed spectrum, which should pave way to commercial offerings

Weightless group publishes M2M standard

4 April, 2013

Claims its technology will support white spaces transmissions over 10 kilometers with decade-long battery life

UK operators may need to trade 4G spectrum

18 March, 2013

Sources indicate that some cellcos will lack the capacity they need, perhaps leading to spectrum trades or alliances

Intel buys appMobi team for HMTL5 expertise

23 February, 2013

Smaller firm will now focus only on its cloud services while Intel bids to lead mobile world's shift to web standards

EE fails to capitalize on LTE headstart yet

20 February, 2013

UK's largest cellco reports widened losses on cost of LTE launch and rebrand, plus revenue drop for 2012

Google hits back at BT over patents

14 February, 2013

Files suit against the UK telco in US and UK, in retaliation for year-ago action and BT's "arming of patent trolls

Weightless launches first white space silicon

12 February, 2013

The would-be standards group's chip claims ultra-low power consumption for M2M applications in TV spectrum spaces

BB10 ships in Canada, good signs in UK

6 February, 2013

Strong early indicators in Europe build confidence in the Z10 handset, but the US launch will be the real test