Latest O2 News – Nov, 2015.
O2 Say Laptops Falling Out of Favour
O2’s third quarter results are in, and they indicate that more and more, people are choosing to get online through lightweight mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
A rise in these numbers of smart devices has pushed revenue up at O2 to 1.2% to £1.5 billion for the third quarter, showing growth in a time when the likes of Vodafone are not. In a note attached to the results, O2 chief executive Ronan Dunne said people are now waiting longer to upgrade their handsets, and are purchasing tablets and other digital devices in the meantime.
He also suggests that consumers are becoming more demanding of their contracts in terms of flexibility, and want contracts that allow them to upgrade their phone from any point within the contract. MR Dunne said that O2’s Refresh programme, which allows customers to upgrade every 12 months, helped the company add 224,000 new customers in Q3. “Customers are developing a new pattern of behaviour,” said Mr Dunne. “They’re upgrading every two years, and in the interim are buying a tablet. More people are now going online using mobile devices rather than laptops or PCs.”
Source: The Telegraph
Competition Authorities Look at O2-Three Merger.
Just as the merger between T-Mobile and Orange (in order to become EE) saw strong scrutiny from Brussels, so will the proposed £10.25 billion merger between Three and O2. Competition officials are concerned the deal will lead to higher prices for consumers, less competition and lower investment in networks. European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition regulation, said: “With this investigation we want to ensure that consumers in the UK do not pay higher prices or face less choice as a result of this proposed takeover.”
The move comes at a time when the UK mobile market is undergoing significant upheaval, with EE being purchased by BT and a deal from Vodafone to purchase Virgin Media narrowly falling through. As such, regulators have a right to be nervous about this deal, as it could leave the UK with a very small amount of competition but a high number of MVNOs.
Source: The Telegraph
London’s O2 Arena Steps up Security Following Paris Attack
London’s O2 Area is currently playing host to the ATP Tennis World Finals, where the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are playing some of the best tennis of their lives to compete for the big prize. However, following the terrible terrorist attacks in Paris and a number of concerned calls to the 0844 800 3125 contact number for O2, the company have announced that they’re increasing security at the event.
The company sent out an email to ticket holders, requesting they allow extra time for security checks and not to bring any bags bigger than a handbag or laptop bag. Here’s the full text: “Following the events from Friday evening, we have reviewed security operations in place around this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The O2 already has enhanced security in place, and the tournament continuing as normal. Venue security is monitored at all times to ensure the safety of all our visitors. No food or drink will be allowed into the arena itself and all bags will be searched. No bags larger than a small laptop bag or handbag will be permitted in The O2 during the tournament and visitors are urged to travel light, as there is no storage on site. Please allow extra time for security checks.”
Source: Business Insider