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Xiaomi phones to be sold in UK, Italy, and other European markets • Android Authority
Oliver Cragg:
<p>The Beijing-based firm today announced that it has partnered with CK Hutchinson to bring Xiaomi products to Three Group Europe stores in Austria, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, and the U.K.

Three — one of the four major carriers in the UK — has confirmed that Xiaomi phones will be sold in stores across the country in the near future. This marks the first time Xiaomi phones will be officially available to buy in the region without having to resort to importing websites.

“We have been watching Xiaomi’s success from afar and impressed with the huge range of connected devices that they currently offer,” said Tom Malleschitz, chief digital officer at Three’s U.K. division.</p>


Has Xiaomi managed to figure out how to get around the patent infringement claims that are sure to follow this?
xiaomi  three  uk 
may 2018 by charlesarthur
TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz • The Register
Kat Hall:
<p>Beleaguered UK comms provider TalkTalk is set to go against the received "wisdom" of having multiple services to flog as it plans to pull out of the mobile market entirely.

The move is a fairly significant change of tack given that not so long ago it had targeted four million mobile customers. TalkTalk now has just 913,000 SIM customers. Chief exec Tristia Harrison said the company wants to refocus on its core strength as a "fixed-line business" and reassess its mobile strategy.

No doubt she hopes concentrating on broadband will help boost the company's lacklustre results, with revenues continuing to decline by 3% to £1.7bn for the full-year 2016/17.

The plans are part of a shake-up following founder Charles Dunstone's return as chair after chief exec Dido Harding resigned earlier this year.</p>


Likely buyer for those mobile customers is Three, the smallest of the UK carriers.
talktalk  mobile  three 
september 2017 by charlesarthur
Three network to run 24-hour adblocking trial • The Guardian
Jasper Jackson:
<p>Mobile provider Three is to run a 24-hour adblocking trial in the UK in the first step towards removing ads for all its customers.

The company is planning to contact customers and ask them to sign up for the trial, which will take place in mid June.

Three claims it wants to introduce adblocking to improve customer privacy, reduce data costs and provide a better experience accessing the web on phones. The company said advertisers should pay for the data costs associated with ads, but that it isn’t trying to get ads removed completely.

Three UK chief marketing officer Tom Malleschitz said: “This is the next step in our journey to make mobile ads better for our customers. The current ad model is broken. It frustrates customers, eats up their data allowance and can jeopardise their privacy. Something needs to change.”

“We can only achieve change by working with all stakeholders in the advertising industry – customers, advertising networks and publishers – to create a new form of advertising that is better for all parties.”

Despite Three’s insistence it wants to work with the companies that are showing its customers ads, many publishers will view the move as an all-out attack on their businesses.</p>


This could get ugly.
three  mobile  adblocking 
may 2016 by charlesarthur
Hutchison may bid $13.6bn for UK’s O2, Sunday Times says >> Bloomberg
Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (13), the conglomerate controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, is in early talks to bid for UK mobile operator O2, the Sunday Times reported, citing sources it didn’t name.

Hutchison, which owns the Three mobile network in the UK, may pay O2’s owner Telefonica SA (TEF) as much as £9bn ($13.6bn) for the carrier, the newspaper said.

Telefonica has hired investment bank UBS AG to explore options for O2, according to the Times. The company, which is looking for ways to exit the UK to help pay off debts, may also consider selling shares of O2 to the public. Hutchison has hired Moelis & Co (MC) to look for possible deals in the U.K., the newspaper said.


Telefonica has around <a href="http://www.telefonica.com/en/shareholders-investors/pdf/rdos14t3-pres.pdf">€41.2bn of debt as of September</a> and all its numbers (revenue, operating profit, EPS) are going negative. This would go some way to sorting some of that out.
telefonica  three  hutchison 
january 2015 by charlesarthur

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