Ofcom has finalised the rules of the upcoming spectrum auction process that will allow O2, Vodafone, Three and other operators to introduce their own mobile 4G services.
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O2 has said it will start blocking access to The Pirate Bay file-sharing website following a High Court order in April.The UK internet service provider (ISP) said on Thursday that it had no choice but to try to stop its UK customers from accessing the Swedish website.
O2, Vodafone and other industry parties have lodged complaints with Ofcom over Everything Everwhere's application to refarm spectrum for 4G use before the end of the year
In a second setback, the O2-owned ISP has warned customers that it will not be able to deliver FTTC services by the end of this year, despite having said it wanted to get them in place by late 2011
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.
The regulator's report, which focused on dongle and datacard-based 3G and HSPA connectivity, also showed that seven percent of UK households now use mobile broadband as their only internet connection
The team that founded Be Broadband seven years ago is preparing to launch another ISP in London and other cities, offering businesses and large residential buildings symmetrical fibre-to-the-premises broadband.Boris Ivanovic and Dana Tobak, along with various other people involved in running Be — sold to O2 in 2006 to give the mobile operator a fixed-line UK business — will set Hyperoptic live around September, although they already have pilot customers in various stages of negotiations.
Be, the UK internet service provider owned by Telefonica O2, has gone into the wholesale business.Be Wholesale officially launched on Tuesday, although it has been quietly acquiring around 30 ISP customers over the last 18 months, starting with the business provider Andrews & Arnold.
Ofcom has censured TalkTalk over its charging of customers for services that were not provided.On Tuesday, the regulator told the UK's largest ISP to "stop breaching telecoms rules or they could face further enforcement action, including a possible financial penalty", according to an Ofcom statement.
O2 has been blocked from using its 2G spectrum to deliver 3G services, because certain EU regulations have not yet come into effect in the UK.Last week, the Competition Tribunal gave its verdict in O2's appeal case against Ofcom, which had turned down an application to let O2 use its GSM spectrum for mobile broadband.
Sending letters to internet users suspected of filesharing is a successful way of cutting down on such activity, the head of Ofcom said on Thursday.Ed Richards, the chief executive of the telecoms regulator, told ZDNet UK in Brussels that "letter-writing itself, if done properly, seems to have had a positive effect", for example by alerting parents to their children's activities.
European telco O2 (also known as Telefonica Europe) is considering investing in its own fibre-to-the-home network, but wants to wait until Ofcom changes telecommunications regulation before it makes an investment.
The provider may follow BT's lead and invest in a fibre-to-the-home rollout, but only if Ofcom ensures the investment would see a healthy return
'Comply or else... '
The regulator says O2 failed to give 3G coverage to 80 percent of the UK population by the end of last year — a condition of its licence
As Ofcom prepares to regulate the cost of calling a 3G phone, O2 claims it is right to charge more because 3G networks are less busy than 2G ones
O2 calls for restrictions on new 3G operators, after Ofcom announces it will release more radio spectrum
A day after acquiring ISP Be, O2 has taken over retail phone chain The Link
High-speed broadband ISP Be may help O2 offer converged services
Reports that O2 will buy an ISP such as Bulldog are 'highly speculative', the mobile operator has claimed, saying the fixed-mobile convergence market is 'embryonic'
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