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HWL in exclusive negotiations with Telefónica to potentially acquire O2 UK

Press release

January 23rd 2015. Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), parent company of UK telecom operator Three UK, has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica’s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion. Thiswould be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold. Continue reading

consolidation a top priority -fok More hints 3UK might take over O2

Everyone likes UK MNO consolidation

A common reason often given for the USA having overtaken the UK in terms of 4G availability is that there were too many MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] for a country as small as Britain to support. Hence, GoMo News believes that the powers-that-be will relish the thought of another merger between two MNOs in Blighty. Canning Fok, who is md with Hutchison Whampoa which is behind 3UK (Three) almost certainly thinks the same thing. Which is why a £8-9 billion bid for O2 as rumoured yesterday [January 18th 2015] in the Sunday Times would almost certainly get the go-ahead. Shame for the analysts that such a move doesn’t include a ‘fourplay’ element, then. Continue reading

T-Mobile acquiring lion’s share of US contract phones

Signed up 1 million on phone contracts in Q4 2014

It appears that T-Mobile US under CEO John Legere is stealing customers from its rivals among the Big Four mobile network operators [MNOs]. For Q4 2014, the company has announced that it had 2.1 million net additions and, crucially, one million of those were post contract customers with mobile phones. 0.3 million were tablet style contract customers who are generally regarded as far less lucrative. The rest were prepaid customers. The announcement meant that T-Mobiles shares rose 1.6 per cent in early New York trading. Continue reading

3 adds 2 new destinations to freebie roaming list

Spain and New Zealand now on the list

Showing how seriously Three [3UK] – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] is treating the challenge presented by network roaming,  it has just added to two destinations where  UK travellers are set to enjoy ‘free’ calls. Spain and New Zealand have been added to the list from April 1st 2015. (Sadly that’s after this year’s MWC (Mobile World Congress) takes place in Barcelona).  Three is also giving its UK customers a helping hand by teaming up with Expedia.co.uk to offer 12 per cent  off a pre-paid hotel booking via the UK Expedia app. Continue reading

mike harrison makes 1st voda call Thirtieth anniversary of first UK mobile phone call

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made on Vodafone’s UK network 30 years ago
Michael Harrison, the son of Vodafone’s first Chairman, made the call on January 1st 1985
Thirty years later, Vodafone is an industry leader with 438 million customers, mobile operations in 26 countries and fixed broadband operations in 17 countries

Press release

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made 30 years ago on the [then] newly-launched Vodafone network. Michael Harrison, the son of former Vodafone Chairman Sir Ernest Harrison, was the first to test the system, calling his father at midnight on January 1st 1985. Michael Harrison secretly left his family’s New Year’s Eve party at their home in Surrey in the UK to surprise his father, calling him from London’s Parliament Square. Harrison made the historic call from one of the first mobile devices – a Transportable Vodafone VT1, which weighed 11lb (5Kg) and had around 30-minutes of talk time. Continue reading

extending support for indirect B2B sales - mcquade EE acquires Mainline to boost business sales strategy

EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK, to support EE’s ambition to be the number one communications provider for business

EE remains committed to its B2B channel partners, with Mainline’s systems and capabilities improving dealers’ ability to work more efficiently with EE

The deal represents a major part of EE’s strategic multi-million pound investment into its B2B channel capabilities

Press release

December 19th 2014, As part of its strategy to be the communications provider of choice for business, EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK.EE’s B2B channel partners have helped to drive continued adoption of 4G products and services in the business market, and EE is committed to the channel’s role in driving market share. Continue reading

- markin American MVNOs set to fuel TravelSim roamers

Able to earn recurring revenues of up to 30%

International roaming expert, Top Connect, reckons it has hit on a winning formula with its TravelSim service, It’s aimed at both travelling business executives and holiday makers and is available indirect through the company’s network of global distributors. In particular, TravelSim is appealing to the growing number of mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] in the Americas and Europe who are finding it provides an out-of-the-box vanilla solution for their customers. Consequently, Top Connect is predicting that its user base will increase to 6.7 million by Q1 2016 from 5.2 million in December 2014. That should mean that collective roaming savings should reach $380 million over the period. Continue reading

clear warning to vodafone, sky & virgin - pescatore Actually BT goes for EE as its MNO

UK Teleco picks UK’s largest 4G operator rather than old mobile arm

In something of a turn up for the books, former UK entrenched Teleco, BT, has announced plans to acquire EE – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] for £12.5 billion. The deal will be partly funded by a share swap but BT will have to raise around £7.3 billion in cash. France Telecom/Orange will take a four per cent stake in BT, and Deutsche Telekom will take a 12 per cent stake. The irony here is that UK comms regulator, Ofcom, originally handed a massive lead in 4G to a Franco-German owned MNO (EE) but it has now been acquired by a UK firm. EE still has a massive lead in 4G customer acquisition. Most observers ( Including GoMo News) thought that BT would opt for rival UK MNO, O2, instead. Continue reading

set the industry standard - trapp Mobile operators seek partnerships with Facebook & WhatsApp

Four in five MNOs now open to OTT partnerships in bid to replace revenue
39% of operators have partnered or want to partner with Facebook and WhatsApp
96% of MNOs see the benefits in OTT partnership

Press release

November 18th 2014. New global survey results show mobile network operators (MNOs) are dramatically changing their strategy and plans to partner with Over-the-Top (OTT) players. The annual survey from mobilesquared, sponsored by mobile interaction specialist tyntec, revealed that by the end of 2014, over half (55 per cent) of MNOs have already formed or expect to form a relationship with an OTT partner compared to only 36 per cent in 2013. Notably, the number of operators yet to identify any benefits from OTT partnerships plummeted from 36 to four per cent in the last twelve months. Continue reading

image courtesy of merlindown Missing MH370 aircraft disappeared off Vietnam

Satellite image specialist Merlindown finally contacts GoMo News with its theory

It appears that a British based satellite image specialist firm, Merlindown Science, concluded back in May [2014] that the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft, flight MH370, actually disappeared off the coast of Vietnam. The company has only just now contacted GoMo News with its theory. Merlindown’s theory helps to explain why some of those onboard nearly managed to make cellular calls from the stricken Boeing 777-222 airliner. Before finally breaking up mid-air off the coast of Vietnam, the aircraft seems to have circled back close to Malaysia. [See accompanying map]. What GoMo News particularly likes about this events is that it cites a massive cover-up by Malaysian authorities. Continue reading

Lte_usa_14 LTE North America 2014

[ November 19, 2014 11:00 am to November 20, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Informa Telecoms & Media
Venue: Intercontinental Hotel
Location: Dallas, USA
Web: http://americas.lteconference.com/

Register: here

LTE North America is considered the must-attend eventfor North American mobile network operators looking to search for potential new partners and learn from the market leaders about their LTE deployment experiences. Continue reading

- bensadoun iPhone 6 users switch over to enhanced 4G voice calls

Newfield Wireless reveals 5 fold drop in 3G voice calls on US networks following launch of iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, as Apple device triggers consumer uptake of VoLTE

Press release

November 5th 2014. Newfield Wireless, a Tektronix Communications company and provider of next-generation Radio Access Network (RAN) geoanalytics, reports voice calling over 3G on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices has dropped sharply across mobile networks in the USA and is one-fifth of that on previous iPhone models, as users adopt Voice-over LTE (VoLTE) services. The analysis is based on data generated by Newfield Wireless’ TrueCall platform, which is uniquely positioned in the network to provide the visibility and real-time information needed to assess the delivery and performance of VoLTE. Continue reading

- markin Roaming specialist hits its 2014 targets 62 days early

Top Connect’s TravelSim service now has 5m+ users

Claiming to be the only pre-paid service to offer quality communications at unbeatable rates, Top Connect has announced that its TravelSim roaming service has hit its 2014 targets two months early. It can now boast a customerbase of  five million who collectively have saved over $280 million in roaming charges. This compares with a userbase of 3.6 million at Q1 2014 which generated collective savings of just over $200 million in 2013. The company puts its success down partly to attending key industry events in order to recruit quality distributors. Continue reading

M2M & mobile money achieve substantial revenue uplift - holden Operators to suffer $14 bn in lost revenues in 2014, as OTTs take market share, Juniper Research finds

But new report identifies $66 bn in new operator revenue opportunities

Press release

A new report from Juniper Research has claimed that voice and messaging traffic lost to OTT (Over The Top) players such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost mobile network operators [MNOs] $14 billion in revenues globally this year [2014], up by 26 per cent on 2013. The report – Mobile Operator Business Models: Challenges, Opportunities & Strategies 2014-2019, found that in a number of markets, including Italy, Spain and the UK, operator mobile voice revenues had fallen to less than 60 per cent of their value five years’ ago. Continue reading

new breed of MVNO services - white Mobilise Consulting moves into MVNO big time

MVNO operation in Ireland for Dixons Carphone is 1st major job

A specialist comms consultancy, Mobilise Consulting has made its first move in the competitive arena of supplying services to of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services. It couldn’t have made a better start in the UK as the UK’s leading mobile retailer, Dixons Carphone, has become the first customer. Mobilise Consulting says it won the contact in the face of fierce competition from some of the biggest consulting firms in the global industry. The one-year contract is to help launch Dixon Carphone’s mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) in Ireland in Q3 2015. Continue reading