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    1. Lex Live

      7 hours ago

      Wireless competition: there's no magic number of operators

        There has been plenty of blather – not a little of it generated by Lex – regarding the impact of reducing the number...

    2. February 7, 2016

      CK Hutchison in second Brussels battle

      CK Hutchison will fight to win over Brussels antitrust regulators on two fronts after submitting plans to merge its...

    1. February 7, 2016

      Hutchison’s mobile pledges contain more holes than Swiss cheese

      When businessmen come forward offering lower prices and superior services, it is often time to count the spoons. That...

    2. Tech blog

      February 5, 2016

      #techFT - Redstone drama is a Viacom production

      The fight for control of Sumner Redstone’s media companies would make a great TV drama, there’s a Game of Phones going...

    3. February 5, 2016

      Virgin Media calls on Brussels to allow O2 merger with Three

      Virgin Media has called on Brussels’ antitrust regulator to allow the controversial £10.5bn takeover of O2 by CK...

    4. Fast FT

      February 5, 2016

      Virgin Media in favour of Hutchison/O2 deal

      Virgin Media has called on Brussels’ antitrust regulator to allow the controversial £10.5bn takeover of O2 by CK...

    5. February 3, 2016

      Hutchison pledges to price freeze to win Three-O2 approval

      Mobile phone prices for tens of millions of UK customers would be frozen for five years as part of a £5bn investment...

    6. February 1, 2016

      Britain must not go from four to three in mobile

      Over the past three years, Europe’s largest telecoms operators have rushed to consolidate the mobile industry....

    7. February 1, 2016

      Telefónica shares fall after Ofcom seeks to block merger

      Shares in Spain’s Telefónica fell yesterday after the British telecoms regulator called for Brussels to block the...

    8. Fast FT

      February 1, 2016

      Opening Quote: Smith & Nephew, BT, EU/sardines

      Smith & Nephew says its CEO has a “highly treatable” form of cancer, BT is reshaping itself following its EE...

    9. FT Alphaville

      February 1, 2016

      FT Opening Quote

      Smith & Nephew says its CEO has a “highly treatable” form of cancer, BT is reshaping itself following its EE...

    10. January 31, 2016

      UK regulator calls for blocking of O2 and Three

      The British telecoms regulator has urged Brussels to block the proposed merger of telecoms operators O2 and Three,...

    11. January 31, 2016

      A UK mobile merger that threatens healthy competition

      What would Herbert Hoover, the pioneering US president who excelled at engineering and economics, make of today’s...

    12. January 29, 2016

      Margrethe Vestager, EU competition commissioner

      Nobody expected the daughter of two Lutheran pastors from the dour flatlands of Jutland to utter such a racy innuendo....

    13. January 26, 2016

      UK mobile: out of Eden

      Competition is a sin. So said devout Methodist John D Rockefeller, who claimed his monopolistic ways were meant to...

    14. January 25, 2016

      Xavier Niel explores move to enter UK mobile market

      French telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel is exploring a move into the fiercely competitive British mobile market on the...

    15. January 22, 2016

      Lloyds diversifies lending with commercial property deal

      Wounded by the failure of banks such as HBOS and Northern Rock in the UK, many investors are still wary of risky...

    16. January 21, 2016

      Lloyds steps up commercial property lending

      Lloyds Banking Group has made its largest commercial property development loan since the 2008 financial crisis with the...

    17. January 18, 2016

      Three-O2: kind of a big deal

      BT Group’s £12bn acquisition of EE grabs the headlines in the UK, for good reason. It is big, other operators want the...

    18. January 11, 2016

      EE and O2 hit by network problems

      Customers on mobile networks EE and O2 reported widespread difficulties in connecting calls to mobile and landlines...

    19. January 5, 2016

      CES 2016: O2 to launch smart-home platform in UK by summer

      British mobile group O2 will offer its 25m customers a connected home service bringing together central heating, home...

    20. December 30, 2015

      02 deal: Better than it sounds

      An asset bought for almost £18bn in 2005 is on its way out the door 10 years later — for 42 per cent less. That must...

    21. December 17, 2015

      Sky: falling in

      Sky invites its customers to “believe in better”. UK mobile operators are unlikely to see the company’s incursion into...

    22. December 8, 2015

      Brussels lays out concerns over O2 merger with Three

      Brussels will investigate four key areas in a full-scale probe into the £10.5bn takeover of O2 in the UK by CK...

    23. November 10, 2015

      Vodafone: don’t go home again

      What makes a house a home? Love? Maybe, but money sure doesn’t hurt. Vodafone’s domicile is the UK. Its home lies...

    24. October 14, 2015

      European telecoms: extra time

      In European telecoms, a countdown has begun; over-competitive markets are shrinking from four mobile operators to...

    25. October 14, 2015

      UK industrial town seeks conversion to digital hub

      San Francisco . . . Shoreditch . . . St Helens? With 4G coverage, coding classes and a digital skills exchange, the...

    26. October 12, 2015

      Profits at Three climb by a third ahead of £10bn O2 merger

      Pre-tax profit at Three, the UK’s smallest mobile telecoms group, climbed more than a third last year ahead of a £10bn...

    27. October 7, 2015

      Ofcom worried UK telecoms mergers risk undermining competition

      The British communications regulator has expressed alarm at the number of mergers in the telecoms sector, saying they...

    28. October 4, 2015

      Brands cheer on Rugby World Cup in face of England’s exit

      English hearts were broken but, for most of the companies that have spent millions on the Rugby World Cup, the exit of...

    29. September 28, 2015

      One Direction, O2 Arena, London — review

      You know that feeling you get at work before going on holiday? The urge to dash off your emails, set up the away...

    30. September 24, 2015

      UK mobile groups hit by threefold increase in bandwidth costs

      Mobile executives in the UK have warned that a threefold increase in the cost of the bandwidth used to make calls could...

    31. September 20, 2015

      Canning Fok, CK Hutchison: Li Ka-shing’s right-hand man

      Executives at CK Hutchison follow the “LKS business school” — the simple management principles of Chinese billionaire...

    32. September 20, 2015

      O2 to become public company again after merger with Three

      O2 is being lined up to become a public company again under plans by CK Hutchison, after it has completed its £10.3bn...

    33. September 18, 2015

      Telecoms trade alphabet soup for humble pie

      Margrethe Vestager has done her sums and found that four into three doesn’t go. The EU antitrust chief was talking...

    34. September 14, 2015

      A welcome redial for European telecoms

      In the past two years, Europe’s mobile operators have raced to consolidate their industry. Encouraged by the indulgent...

    35. September 11, 2015

      EU gets tough on mergers ahead of Hutchison’s O2 deal

      A £10bn deal to create the UK’s biggest mobile operator faced a stiff new challenge on Friday after the EU’s...

    36. September 11, 2015

      Hutchison’s O2 deal to test Brussels competition stance

      Hutchison Whampoa will immediately test the Brussels competition watchdog’s hardening stance on telecoms consolidation...

    37. June 15, 2015

      EU’s Margrethe Vestager hits out against telecoms consolidation

      Margrethe Vestager, EU competition commissioner, has thrown down a marker of her intent to curtail consolidation in...

    38. June 11, 2015

      Dunstone says merger wave puts UK mobile and broadband at risk

      Sir Charles Dunstone, one of Britain’s best-known telecoms entrepreneurs, has warned that the wave of mergers in the...

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