Three Planning Litigation to Stop EE and Vodafone

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  1. Three Planning Litigation to Stop EE and Vodafone

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    The upcoming 4G and 5G spectrum auction is posed to be a huge boon for consumers over the coming years, with signal improving in major towns and cities, alongside rural locations. However, not all is well when it comes to the networks bidding to buy the spectrum.

    In particular, Three have registered their severe dissatisfaction with how the telecoms regulator Ofcom are planning to operate the upcoming auction. After a long war of words, Three have declared that they’re willing to go to court against Ofcom, should the regulator fail to address what Three consider to be anticompetitive sets of rules guiding the auction.

    Three have hand delivered a letter to Ofcom, notifying them that they intend to seek a judicial review, a significant ramping up of tensions over their previous actions.

    Three’s issue with Ofcom stem from the current situation with spectrum ownership. Specifically, the combined forces of BT and EE control around 42 percent of mobile spectrum in the UK. Vodafone owns 29 percent, while Three and O2 lag behind with 15 and 14 percent, respectively.

    Three wants Ofcom to impose strict spectrum caps in the upcoming auction to prevent companies like EE and Vodafone from stockpiling the airwaves. Three contend that if they can’t increase their spectrum share, they can’t improve their service and will therefore lose competitiveness, weakening the market. That’s obviously something that Ofcom would be keen to avoid.

    Indeed, EU regulators and Ofcom blocked the merger of O2 and Three because it would negatively affect competition levels in the UK. The companies, once merged, would have boasted a combined spectrum holding at least on par with Vodafone.

    Nevertheless, Ofcom are taking steps to even out the playing field in the auction. Last November they announced that they would block BT/EE from bidding on any spectrum in the 2.3GHz band, which is the usable 4G spectrum. Three launched a campaign at the time, urging customers to lobby Ofcom for stricter rules.

    Ofcom then announced that it would introduce a cap on “all the mobile spectrum expected to be useable in 2020.” That’s set at 37 percent for all carriers, and means that BT/EE and Vodafone will be limited in how much spectrum they can acquire in the 3.4GHz band, which is earmarked for future 5G services.

    So, what does this mean for customers of the likes of EE? Well, it means that whilst their service will improve somewhat, EE will be held back from improving their network quite as much as they would have hoped. That’ll be a source of indirect frustration for those using the contact details for EE to speak to their customer service team, but it won’t be immediately noticeable.

    Ofcom have not yet commented on the stance Three have taken, but the regulator is understood to be considering their options before making word official.

  2. How Much does O2 Broadband Cost?

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    When it comes to mobile broadband solutions, the market isn’t anywhere near as congested as the home broadband market.

    Though you’ve only got the likes of EE, Three and O2 battling out for mobile broadband supremacy, it’s a market complicated by modern smartphones and their ability to act as personal hotspots themselves. Although, with data caps and some networks prohibiting personal hotspots, it makes more sense to go with a dedicated mobile broadband solution.

    In that regard, there are few better options than O2s mobile broadband solution, but if you’re planning on signing up, how much will it cost you? Join us as we explain.

    All information correct as of January, 2017.

    What devices do O2 offer?

    O2 have a range of mobile broadband options to suit every need. As of today, O2 have five mobile broadband devices, they are:

    • Huawei 4G Dongle: Plugs in to your computer’s USB socket and provides a steady stream of 3G or 4G direct to your laptop. This E3372h model supports 4G, and is four times faster than the old model. £0 upfront.
    • Huawei 4G Dongle with WiFi: The same features as the standard 4G dongle, this model also features its own WiFi radio, so it can broadcast to a range of other devices. Once plugged in to your laptop it can also power your smartphone, tablet or any other WiFi enabled device you have to hand. £11 upfront.
    • Huawei 4G Pocket Hotspot: With its own power supply, the Huawei 4G pocket hotspot doesn’t need to plug in to your laptop, and can provide wireless broadband for up to 10 devices at a time. On average, you can expect six hours power out of the device before it needs recharging. £15.99 upfront.
    • Huawei 4G Pocket Hotspot Plus: This improved version of the Pocket Hotspot had a built in USB charging cable wich acts as a carrying strap, along with a much larger battery which should see you through 20 continuous hours of 4G broadband use. £19.99 upfront.
    • Huawei 4G In-Car WiFi: Want WiFi in your car? Look no further than this in-car solution from Huawei. It plugs straight into your car’s cigarette lighter (12V) socket and provides enough WiFi for everyone in the car to get on board. £9.99 upfront.

    How much does it cost?

    Prices are correct for every device, except the Huawei 4G In-Car WiFi and Huawei 4G Pocket Hotspot Plus which cost £1 and £2 more a month respectively.

    • 500MB of 4G data – £6 a month
    • 2GB of 4G data – £12 a month
    • 10GB of 4G data – £16 a month
    • 40GB (usually 20GB) of 4G data – £26 a month

    Those prices are right in line with where you’d expect them to be, but with 4G data as standard (and where available), O2 Broadband is some of the best available today.

  3. Latest O2 News, October 2016

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    Being an O2 customer means a lot of things. The company are known for their superb range of phones (most recently the UK exclusive OnePlus 3), excellent coverage and class leading customer service. However, if there’s one thing they aren’t good at, it’s keeping their customers up to date with all the news that surrounds the company. So, to save you the time and effort, we’ve decided to bring together all the latest O2 news right here. Let’s dig in.

    Holidaymaker billed £20k in Error by O2

    There’s nothing worse than a shock message whilst on holiday to ruin your break, but for one holidaymaker in Turkey, he got the surprise of a lifetime. Whilst abroad on holiday, Sean Owen from Basildon in Essex received a message from O2 saying he owed a total of £20,799 as a result of his phone usage over the 24 hours he’d been there.

    Mr Owen had checked he had his holiday package enabled before he left, which should have entitled him for unlimited data, 120 minutes and 120 minutes for a fixed charge of £3.99 a day. Nevertheless, O2 contacted him to say he had gone dramatically over.

    Mr Owen, naturally, was in a deep panic when he called the o2 helpline, but good news was on the way. O2 had made a mistake and promptly apologised to the shaken customer, who had feared that the bill could cripple him financially.

    New Mast Planned by O2 and Vodafone

    These days, our smartphones are the most essential communications tool in our lives. From banking to broadcasting, those little boxes in our pockets are more important than ever, which means good signal is utterly crucial.

    That’s why it’s such good news that Telefonica (who own O2) and Vodafone are partnering to build a new 22-metre mast in Dunecht, Scotland. It’s poised to improve 2G, 3G and 4G coverage in the area. An O2 spokesman said: “O2 is spending £600 million in 2016 on its network across the UK to help bring high-speed 4G mobile internet to its customers across the country including rural communities.

    “By the end of 2017 it will have invested over £3bn in 4G as well as modernising its 2G and 3G networks.”

    O2 Prepare for Huge Float Plans

    The history of the London Stock Exchange has been riddled with huge mobile network floats in the past, but few in recent years. However, Telefonica are rapidly advancing their plan for a huge £10bn float of O2, in what could be the biggest London stock-market debut since Glencore more than five years ago.

    According to senior sources, Telefonica have already lined up its top team of investment banks to sell O2 to investors, and is preparing to appoint half a dozen further float specialists as a second tier. So, with all signs pointing towards some rapidly accelerating plans, when would an O2 float take place?

    Well, if current internal rumours are to be believed, we could see a float in early 2017.