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wireless broadband rural uk mast

25th July, 2017 - 10:50 am (1 Comment)

The UK Government’s Wales Office Minister, Guto Bebb, has once again repeated the same call he made last year (here) for the Welsh Government to hurry up and update their planning system in order to help close the country’s remaining Mobile signal “not spots” in rural areas.

Vodafone UK 2016

21st July, 2017 - 8:32 am (3 Comments)

Telecoms and internet provider Vodafone has today reported that they added +29K new customers to their UK home broadband service in Q2 2017 (total 245,000), which is down from the +33K added in Q1 (calendar). Meanwhile their 4G population coverage has reached 97%.

farming uk rural areas

20th July, 2017 - 10:34 am (10 Comments)

A new survey conducted by the National Farmers Union with 800 farmers across the United Kingdom has found that just 6% have access to “superfast” broadband download speeds and 85% have an “unreliable” outdoor mobile phone signal.

talkmobile logo

17th July, 2017 - 2:39 pm (0 Comments)

Existing customers of Vodafone’s sibling, Talkmobile (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), might finally be getting a “superfast” 4G service after subscribers reported receiving a text message from the operator that promised exactly that.

ee uk logo

13th July, 2017 - 2:47 pm (0 Comments)

Mobile operator EE has extended its partnership with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s by announcing a plan to setup 100 new “stores” (700 overall), which will foster some 400 new retail jobs by the end of 2019 and “provide 95% of people with access to an EE store within 20 minutes’ drive.”

world internet connectivity

12th July, 2017 - 5:19 pm (0 Comments)

The total number of world fixed broadband subscribers grew by 2.36% during Q1 2017 and now stands at 875.1 Million (up from 812.7 Million one year ago). Some 71% of all net additions in Q1 came from East Asia (mostly China), but only 16.62% came from the more mature market of Europe.

mobile mast tower signal uk

11th July, 2017 - 7:49 am (8 Comments)

After various delays and a bizarre campaign (here), Ofcom has today set out the final rules and caps for their auction of radio spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands, which will help mobile operators to launch “very fast” Mobile Broadband (4G and 5G) services by 2020.

Virgin Media 2014 UK Logo

10th July, 2017 - 1:12 pm (5 Comments)

Last week we saw mobile operator Three UK introduce free video streaming (i.e. it won’t eat into your Mobile Broadband data allowance) on their 4G Mobile plans (here) and this week Virgin Media have joined the fun by adding data-free use of Twitter to their own plans. But what of Net Neutrality?

three uk go binge

6th July, 2017 - 10:14 am (8 Comments)

Customers on almost all of Three UK’s “Advanced” 4G Mobile plans (i.e. those with a data allowance of 4GB or more) can now benefit from the operator’s new “Go Binge” service, which provides “unlimited data … for streaming video and music” from Netflix, Deezer, Soundcloud and TVPlayer.

ee uk logo map

6th July, 2017 - 7:51 am (6 Comments)

Mobile operator EE only recently began to roll-out their new 400Mbps+ capable Category 16 based 4G+ (LTE-Advanced) Mobile Broadband technology (here) and now they’ve taken it to another level by demonstrating downloads of up to 765Mbps (110Mbps upload) at Wembley Stadium.

Vodafone UK 2016

26th June, 2017 - 11:53 am (1 Comment)

Mobile operator Vodafone has signed a new deal with Ericsson to upgrade their 4G network in London and Southern England by installing the latest LTE-Advanced based Carrier Aggregation (CA) and Massive MIMO technologies, which should boost Mobile Broadband speeds.

ofcom mobile network tracking uk

16th June, 2017 - 11:19 am (1 Comment)

Ofcom has used crowd-sourced data collected from 4,288 users of their Smartphone app to reveal that 72% of users in UK urban areas were satisfied with their overall mobile service, although this falls to just 56% in rural areas. Elsewhere WiFi gave the best YouTube speed (average of 6.6Mbps).

three uk mobile broadband

16th June, 2017 - 9:47 am (3 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has today hit mobile operator Three UK with a fine of £1,890,000 after its network was temporarily unable to provide customers in Kent, Hampshire and parts of London with access to the emergency services (police, fire etc.), which wasn’t helped by reliance on a single data centre.

uk broadband mast swindon UK

15th June, 2017 - 1:21 pm (15 Comments)

The Labour Leader for North Swindon, Jim Grant, has called on the council to stop spending public money on the construction of a superfast (24Mbps+) fixed wireless broadband network from UKB Networks because it is now in “direct competition” with BT and Virgin Media’s new “fibre” networks.

euros currency

15th June, 2017 - 12:01 am (4 Comments)

From today anybody choosing to use their Mobile phone (SIM) to make calls, text or use data (Mobile Broadband) while roaming around the European Union should be able to do so for the same price as they pay their UK operator (i.e. no extra roaming charges), albeit with a few caveats for data.

london city shard

13th June, 2017 - 9:24 am (2 Comments)

Mobile operator EE has come out on top in a new RootMetrics study of YouTube’s video streaming via 4G and 3G mobile networks in London, which rated all four primary mobile operators by several criteria (e.g. video resolution, time taken to start a video, playback freezes / buffering etc.).

EE 4g+ 400mbps+ speedtest uk

6th June, 2017 - 1:55 pm (19 Comments)

Forget about future 5G for today. Mobile operator EE has begun the process of deploying their latest 4G+ (LTE-Advanced) network upgrade to several cities across the United Kingdom, which have already demonstrated live download speeds of up to 429Mbps (66.4Mbps upload).

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