Re: why would anyone want to be an operator these days?
some one has to deliver the message from source to destination. The Cellcos and Telcos are merging, IoT and all things digital rely on moving the bits around. There will be great consolidation in the near future likely around the quad play (tv, landline, broadband, mobile) with Three likely to try and "Think Different" with the O2 acquisition.
There will be:
Sky: with Vodafone (C&W backhaul for sky BB & Vodafone Transmitters)
BT: with BT Vision & EE (BT for EE Transmitters)
Virgin: with Three (Virgin backhaul for Three transmitters)
Seems like NTL:Virgin will never shake loose their "National Transcommunications Limited" founding and will seek to push others produce on their net which fits Three's ideology.
The consolidation is not good for customers or staff but the operators are far from done, there are plenty of profits to be made just by consolidating.