United Kingdom - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

United Kingdom - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

  • July 2018 •
  • 58 pages •
  • Report ID: 4680724
The UK has one of the largest mobile markets in Europe, both in terms of revenue and in the number of subscribers.

It is served by several major providers having 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 operators in recent years. The merger of Orange and T-Mobile created EE as the largest operator, which in January 2016 was sold to BT, becoming a separate business unit within BT Group. The bid by Hutchison to acquire O2 was rejected by the European Commission in May 2016 on the grounds that the deal would have reduced the number of MNOs to three, and so impacted on market competition.
The market has room for a growing number of low-cost MVNOs providing effective price and service competition for subscribers. 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. Mobile penetration is above the EU average, yet subscriber growth remains strong as consumers adopt additional SIM cards as well as business-oriented devices and smartphones on various platforms.
Anticipated auctions for spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands will see more bandwidth made available for mobile broadband services, supported by regulatory moves which allow the refarming of 2G spectrum for 3G and 4G use. This spectrum is also being allocated for 5G, while operators continue to trial 5G technologies with a number of key vendor partners.
This report surveys the UK’s mobile market, providing an overview of mobile statistics, regulatory issues and technologies. It also profiles the major operators and MVNOs, and looks ahead to mobile market developments in coming years.

Key developments
Ofcom completes 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum auction;
Vodafone aiming to close 3G infrastructure by 2020;
Sky enters the mobile market via its MVNO Sky Mobile;
EE achieves 2.8Gb/s in pre-5G trials;
MNOs extend Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE services;
New rules for MNP proposed;
Government commits £150 million to its Mobile Infrastructure Project to improve rural mobile coverage;
4G auction in 2.6GHz and 800MHz bands delivers £2.34 billion;
Vodafone trials LTE-V2X technology;
Report update includes the regulator’s market updates to December 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

H3, Vodafone, O2, Everything Everywhere (BT/EE, incorporating the former T-Mobile UK and Orange UK), Virgin Mobile, Tesco Mobile.
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