Mobile operators expressed their disappointment after regulator Ofcom pushed through a five-fold increase in the fees for existing phone spectrum bands yesterday in a move that will net the Treasury a windfall of almost £250m a year.

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O2 investigating phone numbers privacy breach

Mobile users’ phone numbers are being leaked to every website they visit because of a security glitch, it has been claimed.

Network Rail board to discuss chairman shortlist

The shortlist for the next chairman of Network Rail has been drawn up.

Grid loses US contract amid price row

National Grid has lost its $40m a year (£26m a year) contract to run the Long Island electricity system in New York state after 13 years, amid an investigation into overcharging for its American services.

Blacks confirms takeover bid from Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

The embattled outdoor specialist Blacks Leisure yesterday confirmed the sportswear giant Sports Direct, led by Mike Ashley, and other parties had approached it about a potential takeover.

Tui denies taking 'cheap shot' at Thomas Cook

Tui Travel's chief executive, Peter Long, yesterday defended the use of a controversial advertisement that highlighted the problems of rival Thomas Cook.

Mobile phone competition under threat, says Three boss

The head of the mobile phone network Three warned that auctioning off Britain's radio frequency spectrum could destabilise "fragile" competition in the UK and potentially see his company drop out of the market altogether.

Mobile operators pull pre-pay phone subsidies

Pay-as-you-go mobile phone users are set to be hit in the wallet as the UK's largest operators pull their subsidies on handsets in response to a regulatory change that came into force last month.

Orange trails pack in mobile broadband race

Orange has been named as the worst-performing network for mobile broadband in the UK in a study commissioned by the telecoms watchdog.

Mobile firms appeal against Ofcom ruling

Three mobile phone operators have appealed against Ofcom's order that they must cut mobile termination rates so that customers pay less to call users on other networks.

Vodafone bullish on UK after profits jump

Vodafone, the mobile phone giant, has boasted it has become the "strongest-growing" operator in the UK, but woes at its businesses in Southern Europe and Ireland forced it to take an impairment charge of more than £6bn.

O2 to build free Wi-Fi network across the UK

The mobile operator O2 will today launch an ambitious drive to install Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK, bringing it into conflict with broadband rivals BSkyB and BT.

Three in 'all you can eat' data package

The mobile phone company Three has broken from the received industry wisdom and launched a package offering smartphone users unlimited internet browsing. It hopes to attract people who want to use mobile data without fear of the service being "throttled" by the operator or incurring charges if they go over a limit.

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