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UK Telecom Market

 United Kingdom is a Connected Player telecom market in Northern Europe with 5 operators and 74.2 million mobile connections.

 Regulatory Agency:  OFCOM



EE                    36.93%

O2                    29.33%

Vodafone        21.57%

Three               11.46%



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British Telecom

Cable and Wireless

COLT Telecom Group


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Global Crossing

Kingston Communications

Post Office Home Phone

Sky Talk

TalkTalk (Part of Carphone Warehouse group)


Virgin Media


 360 Mobile – Micro P
abica – Abica Ltd
Angel SIM – Epian Ltd
Anvil – Anvil Mobile Limited
ASDA Mobile – Asda / Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Axis Telecom – Axis Telecom Ltd
Banana Mobile – Digital Phone Company
C Mobile – C Mobile
csmobile – Consega Limited
CTExcelbiz – China Telecom Europe
Econet Mobile | Mi Roam – Econet Wireless UK Limited
Family Mobile – Mobile Partners Group Ltd
Gamma Telecom – Gamma Telecom Ltd
Go Mobile 4 Everyone | Shebang (RSPCA Mobile | Team SIMs) – Shebang Technologies Group Ltd
Gradwell Mobile PBX – Gradwell Dot Com Ltd
GT Mobile | Lycamobile | Toggle Mobile – Lycatel Group
gteq Intelligent Mobile – gteq Solutions
iCard Mobile – iCard Mobile Ltd
icomplete – White Fluffy Cloud Limited
igen Mobile – Telappliant Ltd
Janet 3G – JANET(UK)
Juice Mobile – Juice Telecoms Ltd
KC Business Mobile – KCOM Group PLC
Kite Mobile – Kite Mobile Communications
Kontakt – Mobile FX Services Ltd
Lebara Mobile – Lebara Mobile Ltd
Now Mobile – Now Mobile Telecommunications Ltd
Ovivo – Ovivo Mobile Communications Ltd
OwnFone – CyCell Limited
Podsystem – Podsystem Ltd
Samba Mobile – Samba Communications Ltd
Skyrack – Skyrack Technology Ltd
Stream Communications – Stream Communications Ltd
TalkTalk – TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC
TeleWare Mobile – TeleWare PLC
Tesco Mobile – Tesco PLC
The Phone Co-Op – The Phone Co-Op
Timico – Timico Limited
Truphone – Truphone Limited
TVF Mobile – thevoicefactory ltd
Unicom – Unicom
Utility Warehouse Discount Club – Telecom Plus Plc
Vectone Mobile – Mundio Mobile Ltd
Virgin Mobile – Virgin Media Ltd
Vizz Mobile – QiComm Limited
WorldSIM – WorldSIM
XLN Telecom – XLN Telecom Ltd

United Kingdom – Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

UK’s telecom market bolstered by quad play efforts among telcos

he UK’s telecom market is characterised by fierce competition in the mobile and broadband sectors, and by an innovative broadcast sector which has pioneered business models for distributing digital content. Consumer prices across the board have fallen steadily in recent years, while network capabilities have been greatly expanded following recent investments by British Telecom and Virgin Media.

The mobile market is served by major providers with a significant international presence. Recent merger activity has seen dramatic consolidation in the market and has had knock-on effects for network infrastructure deals struck between them in recent years. Orange and T-Mobile merged to create EE, which is itself in the process of being acquired by the incumbent British Telecom, while early in 2015 H3 absorbed O2. A growing number of low-cost MVNOs provide effective price and service competition. The market has also been characterised by developments in advanced data services delivered over upgraded networks, the bundling of mobile as a quad-play service, and regulatory controls on charges and fees.

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

The broadband market enjoys excellent cross-platform competition, with comprehensive DSL complemented by Virgin Media’s cable networks which provide data at up o 152Mbs. The company has embarked on a £3 billion investment program to improve and extend network capabilities, while its parent company Liberty Global has plans to trial DOCSIS 3.1 technology during 2016. The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years as a result of BT’s migration to its new 21CN. Although the DSL subscriber base is falling as migration to fibre continues, BT is also trialling technology capable of delivering data at 1Gb/s and higher.

The broadband market remains fiercely competitive as a result of regulatory measures which provide competitor access to BT’s exchanges. A new wholesale access pricing regime was extended to BT’s fibre infrastructure in April 2015. These developments have seen a gradual increase in average data speeds, which by mid-2015 approached 23Mb/s. SOurce