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mobile mast red vector uk

11th May, 2022 (38 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has today become the latest provider – after Vodafone and EE – to announce that it aims to completely switch off their legacy 3G (mobile broadband) network by the end of 2024. The move will free up resources to allow Three to focus on improving the 4G experience and rolling out 5G to more parts of the UK.

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8th April, 2022 (10 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has today published their new ‘Mobile Britain’ report, which summarises key statistics from their network and reveals that mobile broadband (data) traffic hit an all-time high of “1 tbps (terabyte per second)” on Tuesday night – between 21:15 and 21:30 (they actually mean Terabits).

mobile broadband speed test uk

6th April, 2022 (10 Comments)

The latest April 2022 Mobile Network Experience study from Opensignal has measured the 4G and 5G (mobile broadband) performance of all four primary operators – EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three UK – to determine which delivers the best service. Overall, EE wins most of the categories, but Three UK does very well for 5G.

Vodafone UK broadband and mobile

2nd February, 2022 (5 Comments)

UK ISP and mobile operator Vodafone has today published their latest results (financial Q3 FY22), which reveals that their fixed broadband base added another +29k customers (vs +22k in the previous quarter) to make for a total base of 991,000, which should see them pass the magic million mark before their next update.

vodafone mast and logo

25th January, 2022 (23 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone UK has today announced that they will begin to retire their “legacy” 3G network from 2023 onwards. The gradual phase-out will enable them to repurpose the related radio spectrum bands to help boost the performance (faster broadband data), reliability and coverage of their existing 4G and 5G services.

22nd January, 2022 (25 Comments)

Mobile operator EE has quietly confirmed that their indoor femtocell based signal booster device (‘Signal Box‘), which used an existing fixed line broadband ISP connection to create its own indoor 3G mobile signal over a specific band (e.g. 2100MHz), will be “fully closed” (for existing customers) by 30th June 2022.

mobile mast uk in circle

13th December, 2021 (9 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator has today set new annual licence fees (ALF) for spectrum licences in the 2100MHz band, which was originally auctioned off in April 2000 to support the rollout of 3G mobile (mobile broadband) networks for the eye watering sum of £22.5bn. But mobile operators aren’t happy about the change.

telecommunication tower a falling signal on the city

8th December, 2021 (37 Comments)

The Government has unveiled a new agreement with the four primary mobile network operators, including Vodafone, EE (BT), O2 (VMO2) and Three UK, which among other things will see existing 2G and 3G signals being “phased out” by 2033 (benefitting 4G / 5G services and mobile broadband) and a new target for OpenRAN adoption.

Signal tower service concept

4th November, 2021 (5 Comments)

Ofcom has today confirmed that they will next year introduce new changes to help expand the range of licence exempt “mobile phone repeaters” for UK consumers to adopt, which can be used in locations where people want to boost mobile signals for indoor and in-vehicle (low gain) use.

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14th October, 2021 (1 Comment)

Crowdsourced benchmarking firm Tutela has published their latest Q3 2021 study of mobile broadband (4G and 5G) performance across the United Kingdom, which found that EE “dominated the majority of the metrics tested,” but Three UK are challenging when looking at the latest ultrafast 5G services.

three uk mobile broadband

9th September, 2021 (101 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK, which last year said that they planned to “retain” EU roaming at no extra cost “regardless of Brexit negotiations“, has today followed the U-turns from rivals EE (BT) and Vodafone by announcing their intention to reintroduce roaming charges on texts, data (mobile broadband) and calls.

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2nd September, 2021 (6 Comments)

Vodafone UK has teamed up with network supplier Ericsson to conduct a new trial in Central London, which demonstrated an impressive 43% reduction in the energy consumption of their 5G mobile broadband network (reaching up to 55% at off-peak times). The operator has also re-farmed some of their 900MHz band to boost 4G.

vodafone uk sim holder

9th August, 2021 (72 Comments)

Well, that was one of the fastest U-turns in history. Mobile operator Vodafone UK, which in June 2021 (here) told ISPreview.co.uk they had “no current plans to change our approach to roaming in the EU” (this after rival EE reintroduced roaming charges), has now decided to introduce such charges after all.

22nd July, 2021 (3 Comments)

Mobile testing firm RootMetrics has published their latest biannual H1 2021 study of mobile network (4G and 5G) and broadband performance across the United Kingdom, which once again named EE (BT) as the best overall operator. But they were beaten in one category, with O2 (VMO2) coming top for accessibility.

mobile mast vector

14th July, 2021 (5 Comments)

The UK telecoms and media regulator, Ofcom, has today published its proposals on the annual licence fees for spectrum licences in the 2100MHz band, which was originally auctioned off in April 2000 to support the deployment of 3G mobile (mobile broadband) networks for the eye watering sum of £22.5 billion.

mobile operator smartphone problems uk spanner

10th July, 2021 (33 Comments)

The spread of Wi-Fi Calling across the UK’s major operators, which uses your home or other WiFi (broadband) service to run mobile calls and text (SMS) messages, has resulted in the gradual phasing-out of indoor femtocell signal boosters. But some people still want these, so we set out to find which operators will support them.

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24th June, 2021 (43 Comments)

EE (BT) has followed this morning’s confusion over O2’s tougher excess data charges for EU roaming (here) by revealing that they will be reintroducing EU roaming charges for new or upgrading customers from 7th July 2021. In short, you’ll be charged £2 a day to use your allowances across 47 European countries from January 2022.

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