“Vodafone doesn’t have real 5G” snipes O2 CEO

Mark Evans, CEO of Telefonica-owned O2, has taken a jab at Vodafone, claiming that the company doesn’t offer “real 5G”. The UK’s 5G market is becoming increasingly crowded and competitive, with each player looking for an edge over the pack. This has led to some fighting talk, with major execs openly criticising their competition.  Speaking […]

Vodafone and O2 agree 5G partnership in the UK

UK mobile operators Vodafone and O2 have agreed to extend their network sharing partnership to include 5G, in a bid to deploy 5G services faster, cheaper and to more customers. Vodafone and O2’s parent company, Telefonica, have agreed non-binding terms that will see the two firms provide 5G coverage from joint radio network sites. At […]

Ofcom sells 4G and 5G spectrum in £1.36bn auction

Ofcom has sold two bands of 4G and 5G spectrum to the owners of the UK’s main mobile operators – EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone – in an auction that has raised £1.356 billion (€1.55 billion). The two auctioned bands were: 2.3 GHz, which is usable by current mobile phones and will help improve existing […]

O2 launches mixed reality rugby experience

Telefónica-owned UK mobile operator O2 has unveiled a raft of new virtual reality experiences, including one built around the English rugby football team and one enabling music fans to explore the O2 Academy.  A third experience showcasing events at The O2 will be coming soon. In what it describes as a “world first”, the mobile […]

Sky Deutschland teams up with Telefónica for Sky Ticket

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has teamed up with Telefónica to make its Sky Ticket OTT TV offering available over the latter’s network in Germany. The deal means that Telefónica’s O2 Free customers will be able to sign up for Sky Ticket from January 17, in time for the second round of the current Bundesliga […]

Telefónica O2 Deutschland launches TV app

Telefónica O2 Deutschland is to launch a mobile TV service in partnership with TV Spielfilm. The new TV app will give users access to a free package of over 50 channels, while a premium version will give access to over 70 channels for €9.99 a month, including 30 in HD. The operator highlighted that, in […]

Ofcom: EE best UK mobile operator for video streaming

EE is the leading UK mobile operator for watching YouTube content, according to new research by Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s Smartphone Cities report said that a test clip successfully streamed in high definition in 97% of attempts on EE’s 4G network, compared with 87% on Three, 86% on Vodafone and 85% on O2. The […]

Unitymedia drops down Netflix’s ISP Speed Index

Unitymedia Kabel was among the major movers in Netflix’s latest ISP Speed Index, with the Germany operator’s average web speed falling to 3.18 Mbps in January. Netflix noted that the internet service provider, which had ranked at the top since Netflix launched service in that country, dropped thee places in the month to eighth place. […]

Virgin Media CEO calls for Three-O2 mobile green light

Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge has spoken out in favour of the EC giving a green light to mobile operator Three’s owner CK Hutchison taking over rival O2, owned by Telefónica. “‎Any competition concerns can be addressed without blocking the proposed O2-Three transaction,” said Mockridge in a statement. The EC is currently considering the deal, […]

O2 Czech Republic to launch new OTT set-top box

O2 Czech Republic is due to launch a new streaming set-top box that will make its O2 TV Air service available to customers regardless of their broadband provider. The new box will let viewers access 58 channels from the O2 TV Air service – including networks like Disney Channel, National Geographic and AMC. Six O2 […]