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Three not abandoning the UK, says parent company

The parent company of UK mobile operator Three, Hutchison Whampoa, has denied claims that the business will pull out of the UK market if it is not allocated 4G spectrum in the upcoming auction when it takes place later in 2012.Ofcom has presented new proposals that could clear the way for the UK's much-delayed 4G spectrum auction.

May 21, 2012 by

Operators deny 4G litigation threats

Mobile operators have denied making legal threats to hold up the 4G spectrum auction process, as Ofcom chief Ed Richards accused them of doing.Richards said on Tuesday that "incumbent mobile operators have chosen to entangle this process in litigation or threats of litigation".

December 1, 2011 by

O2 accuses Ofcom over 'state aid' in 4G auction rules

O2 has accused Ofcom of setting rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction that constitute state aid for rivals Everything Everywhere and 3.The "spectrum floor" rules were proposed in an attempt to create competition in the 4G market, by making sure Everything Everywhere, O2, Vodafone and Three would all hold enough 4G spectrum to be able to wholesale some connectivity to smaller 'virtual' operators, such as Tesco Mobile or Virgin Mobile.

June 10, 2011 by

eBay complains about UK mobile broadband coverage

The online auction firm eBay has complained to Ofcom about a lack of mobile broadband coverage in parts of the UK.According to research conducted at the behest of eBay, 16 percent of the UK remains an "m-commerce not-spot", meaning mobile spending in such areas is at least 20 percent below the national average.

May 31, 2011 by

Ofcom lays out rules for 4G auction

The regulator wants to ensure there will be at least four major operators that can wholesale fast mobile broadband connectivity once the upcoming 4G spectrum auction has been completed

March 22, 2011 by

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