The UK's 3G and mobile data market is one of the largest in Europe. Competition among network operators has induced them to provide similar pricing and usage models, commonly including between 3GB and 10GB per month. This has substantially increased consumer use of mobile data. Low-key data applications such as SMS dominate the market while mobile TV, though widely available, has thus far failed to capture public attention. This report surveys the UK's mobile data market, providing an overview of 3G and 4G developments, regulatory issues and technologies. It also profiles the major operators, presents statistics on non-voice services, and analyses developments in mobile TV and mobile application stores.
MNOs abort plans for Weve m-wallet platform; Payments Council preps for new Paym' service; Ofcom reassess 900MHz and 1800MHz annual licence fees paid by MNOs; O2 closes O2 Wallet service; government updates on release of 500MHz spectrum; UK and German governments sign deal to cooperate in 5G research; 800MHz and 2.6GHz auction delivers lower revenue than forecast; regulator plans for licensing 5G services by 2018; MNOs join the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre; EE reports 2.9 million LTE subscribers in March 2014, provides 72% population coverage with LTE; 3UK reports 97% of all network traffic is data; O2 contracts NSN for LTE network; O2 and Vodafone launch LTE services; EE and H3 sign passive LTE network sharing deal; Pingit mobile payment app launched; regulator's market updates; telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2013; recent market developments.
Companies covered in this report include:
H3, O2, Vodafone, Everything Everywhere (EE), Virgin Mobile, UK Broadband.