BT’s 4G return, Three buying O2 and 3G auction windfall: Top 10 UK mobile deals and dramas

The UK telecoms market has always been filled with drama, debate and big deals.

Ever since the technology emerged in the 1980s there have been acquisitions, mergers and new services, creating some of the UK’s most well known brands: EE, Three, Orange, Vodafone, to name just a few.

Now, with BT buying EE, Three moving for O2 and BT returning to the mobile fold with BT Mobile services the market is going through another intense period of activity.

So V3 has rounded up some of the biggest deals, dramas and debates for this week’s top 10 to celebrate the telecoms sector and all its glory.

10. Government secures £5bn rural coverage agreement

A view of UK countryside

The majority of the UK has enjoyed the mobile revolution of the past 20 years, but some in remote and rural areas have been cut adrift as signals fail to reach their regions.

The government is well aware of this and said last year that it wanted to introduce national roaming to force operators into accepting customers from other networks onto their services.

Such a plan was deemed unworkable, but the threat clearly helped to make the operators take the problem seriously. An agreement worth £5bn was then brokered by the government to ensure a boost to rural coverage in the next two years.

The commitments require all operators to guarantee 2G coverage across 90 percent of the UK by 2017, and to increase the entire coverage of their networks, i.e. 3G and 4G, to 85 percent of the UK by the same date.

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27 March 2015 | 1:15 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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