United Kingdom - Mobile Data Market - 3G, 4G and 5G Services and Networks
The UK's mobile data market, based on extensive 3G and 4G networks, is one of the largest in Europe. Competition among network operators has induced them to provide similar pricing and usage models. This has substantially increased consumer use of mobile data. The market is in the process of radical change, with Hutchison 3G UK Holdings having been set up in March 2015 to incorporate 3UK and the newly acquired O2, and with BT's £12.5 billion bid for EE being under regulatory and competition authority review. Low-key data applications such as SMS still dominate the data 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, 4G and 5G developments, as well as an analysis of 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.
Ofcom identifies four frequency bands for 5G use, plans 5G licensing by 2018; 5GIC consortium expecting live 5G test bed at the University of Surrey in 2018; government secures MNO deal to extend network coverage by 2017; Vodafone enters m-health field; MNOs abort plans for Weve m-wallet platform; Payments Council preps for new Paym' service; government updates on release of 500MHz spectrum; 3UK reports 97% of all network traffic is data; O2 contracts Nokia Networks for LTE network; EE and H3 sign passive LTE network sharing deal; Pingit mobile payment app launched; regulator's market updates; telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
H3, O2, Vodafone, Everything Everywhere (EE), Virgin Mobile, UK Broadband.