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United Kingdom - Mobile Data Market - 3G, 4G and 5G Services and Networks

  • May 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 32 pages

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.

Key developments:
Ofcom identifies four frequency bands for 5G use, plans 5G licensing by 2018; 5GIC consortium expecting live 5G test bed at the University of Surrey in 2018; government secures MNO deal to extend network coverage by 2017; Vodafone enters m-health field; MNOs abort plans for Weve m-wallet platform; Payments Council preps for new Paym' service; government updates on release of 500MHz spectrum; 3UK reports 97% of all network traffic is data; O2 contracts Nokia Networks for LTE network; EE and H3 sign passive LTE network sharing deal; Pingit mobile payment app launched; regulator's market updates; telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:
H3, O2, Vodafone, Everything Everywhere (EE), Virgin Mobile, UK Broadband.

Table Of Contents

United Kingdom - Mobile Data Market - 3G, 4G and 5G Services and Networks
1. Synopsis
2. Overview
3. Spectrum
3.1 Spectrum 2.6GHz
3.2 Spectrum 600MHz
3.3 Spectrum 800MHz
3.4 Spectrum 900MHz
3.5 Spectrum 700MHz
3.6 Spectrum 1800MHz
3.7 Spectrum 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz
3.8 Third Generation (3G)
3.8.1 Licensing
3.8.2 Network sharing
3.9 Fourth Generation (4G)
3.10 Fifth Generation (5G)
3.11 Spectrum refarming
4. Operator services 3G
4.1 Hutchison 3
4.2 O2
4.3 Vodafone
4.4 Everything Everywhere (EE)
5. Mobile Messaging
5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
5.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
6. Mobile data services
6.1 Consumer use of multimedia services
6.1.1 Mobile applications
6.1.2 M-payment MNO collaboration
6.1.3 Operator platforms
6.1.4 Contactless payments
6.1.5 M-ticketing
6.1.6 M-wallet
6.1.7 Banks
6.1.8 M-health
6.1.9 Application stores
6.1.10 Smartphone market
6.1.11 Tablet market
6.2 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
6.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
6.3.1 H3
6.3.2 EE
6.3.3 O2
6.3.4 Vodafone
6.3.5 Other developments
6.3.6 Regulatory issues
6.4 Mobile TV
6.4.1 Spectrum issues
6.4.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
7. Related reports
Table 1 3G subscribers and percentage of total subscribers 2003 - 2014
Table 2 LTE coverage by network operator 2008 - 2014
Table 3 O2 LTE subscribers 2014 - 2015
Table 4 EE LTE subscribers 2014 - 2015
Table 5 3 UK subscribers by sector 2008 - 2014
Table 6 3 UK revenue by sector (historic) 2008 - 2010
Table 7 3 UK financial data 2008 - 2014
Table 8 3 UK annualised ARPU by sector 2009 - 2014
Table 9 3 UK annualised data ARPU (historic) 2009 - 2013
Table 10 O2 financial data 2007 - 2015
Table 11 O2 subscribers, prepaid and contract 2005 - 2015
Table 12 Vodafone (UK) subscribers and proportion prepaid 2001 - 2015
Table 13 Vodafone (UK) financial data 2008 - 2015
Table 14 EE quarterly revenue 2009 - 2015
Table 15 EE ARPU 2009 - 2015
Table 16 EE subscriber data 2009 - 2015
Table 17 SMS messages sent 2004 - 2015
Table 18 SMS and MMS traffic 2011 - 2015
Table 19 SMS and MMS revenue 2011 - 2014
Table 20 SMS and MMS volumes by operator 2006 - 2010
Table 21 MMS messages sent 2004 - 2013
Table 22 Mobile data traffic and revenue increase 2007 - 2013
Table 23 Mobile data revenue by service 2005 - 2013
Table 24 Mobile data revenue - 2014
Table 25 Proportion of mobile broadband accesses by technology 2007 - 2013
Table 26 O2 smartphones in use and penetration 2014 - 2015
Table 27 Average 3G and 4G speeds by operator (Mb/s) Q4 2014
Table 28 Proportion of 4G speed availability by operator Q4 2014
Table 29 EE LTE subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 30 M2M derived revenue 2010 - 2015
Table 31 M2M connections 2010 - 2015
Table 32 O2 M2M accesses 2014 - 2015
Chart 1 3 UK subscribers by sector 2008 - 2014
Chart 2 3 UK ARPU by sector 2009 - 2014
Chart 3 O2 financial data 2007 - 2015
Chart 4 O2 subscribers, prepaid and contract 2005 - 2015
Chart 5 Vodafone (UK) subscribers and proportion prepaid 2001 - 2015
Chart 6 Vodafone (UK) financial data 2008 - 2015
Chart 7 EE quarterly revenue 2009 - 2015
Chart 8 EE ARPU 2009 - 2015
Chart 9 EE subscriber data 2009 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Spectrum available for mobile services
Exhibit 2 Spectrum awards 800MHz and 2.6GHz 2013
Exhibit 3 3G licence results April 2000
Exhibit 4 3G licensee and infrastructure suppliers

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