Ofcom seeking input on BT review

BT – which is seeking final regulatory approval to acquire EE for £12.5 billion – could be forced to spin off its Openreach networking division under a proposal mooted by UK communications watchdog Ofcom. The regulator is conducting one of its …

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BT sees FMC as essential way to deal with data growth

LIVE FROM FUTURE OF WIRELESS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, LONDON: BT – currently embarking on a charm offensive to ensure its £12.5 billion deal with mobile operator EE gets the regulatory green light – argued this morning that industry convergence between the fixed and wireless …

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BT and EE proclaim competition benefits of “UK digital champion”

BT and EE ramped-up the charm offensive as the companies’ planned £12.5 billion deal goes through an assessment by the UK’s competition authorities, arguing that the merged company will create a “true UK digital champion”. Speaking at an event at BT …

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Ofcom head says switching must get easier for mobile users

In her first speech since becoming chief executive of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, Sharon White made clear where her priorities lie: customer service is key for the new Ofcom head, who is six months into the job. “People legitimately expect …

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BT/EE deal faces more in-depth inquiry by UK competition regulator

As expected, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) fast-tracked fixed incumbent BT’s bid for EE, the country’s largest operator, for a more in-depth phase 2 review. The regulator found that the transaction meets the test for reference because it gives …

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Deal with EE could be a signal for more consolidation, says BT CEO

BT’s acquisition of EE could be a sign of more dealmaking to come in Europe and the rest of the world, although the UK incumbent and its domestic market are different to elsewhere, said Gavin Patterson, BT CEO, at a …

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BT submits EE takeover case to UK regulator; expects completion by March 2016

BT today formally submitted its argument to gain regulatory approval for its proposed acquisition of EE, claiming the deal will “be good for competition, investment and innovation in the UK”. BT made the submission to the UK’s Competition and Markets …

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BT boasts 50,000 consumer mobile subs

BT was sufficiently impressed with take-up of its recently-launched consumer mobile service, BT Mobile, to announce that its range of SIM-only offers had attracted over 50,000 customers in the space of six weeks. The UK incumbent was nonetheless coy about …

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BT-EE deal gets investor nod, now it’s the regulator’s turn

BT’s proposed £12.5 billion takeover of EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, received the backing of the fixed incumbent’s shareholders, but will have to wait longer for the  judgement of the country’s competition regulator. An overwhelming proportion (more than 99 …

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