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Innovation (R&D)

O2 joins call for UK to step up self-driving tests

O2 UK, Cisco, and partners recommended a UK cyber test facility for connected and autonomous vehicles, complete with allocated spectrum and a core and fibre backbone.

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M&A

EU court ruling could revive network consolidation

Commission found to have been wrong to block O2 and Three merger, based on commitment to upholding four-player mobile markets in larger countries. While not yet final, the court’s decision may fire the starting pistol for a renewed wave of consolidation among telcos struggling to manage competition.

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Operations

Vodacom brings in TechM to push automation

Services and systems integrator exploring ways to take bot-based task handling to next level.

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Venturing & Investments

Telefónica activates startup tech programmes

AI, blockchain, IoT, and carrier billing streams open for applicants, with free tech integration and potential Wayra investments on the table.

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