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19th October, 2021 (1 Comment)

Technology giant Samsung has today revealed that UK mobile operator O2 (VMO2) will shortly become one of the first providers in the country to conduct a commercial trial of their latest 5G Massive MIMO radios, as well as 4G radios, over both low-band and mid-band spectrum frequencies. The new kit will also be OpenRAN compliant.

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14th October, 2021 (10 Comments)

Mobile benchmarking firm RootMetrics has today published the first H2 2021 results from their testing of 5G (mobile broadband) networks in the UK cities and towns of Coventry, Leeds and Bradford, Nottingham and Sheffield. EE delivered the fastest speed and availability in most of the locations, but not all.

Tutela_4g_mobile_testing_map

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_esim_support

30th September, 2021 (10 Comments)

First they launched it, then they “put a short pause” on the deployment and said it was just a trial, before adding that it would arrive in “early 2021“, which in January 2021 became “later this year” (here). Mobile operator Three UK has now indicated that eSIM support for 4G and 5G handsets will not arrive until 2022.

opensignal_mobile_network_testing

29th September, 2021 (14 Comments)

Opensignal’s latest Q3 2021 Mobile Network Experience Report, which uses crowd-sourced data to measure 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, has given most of the awards to EE. Except when only looking at 5G.

28th September, 2021 (15 Comments)

Mobile operator giffgaff has informed UK customers that they’re going to be boosting the data (mobile broadband) allowances across most of their 4G and ultrafast 5G based “golden goodybag” plans from 22nd October 2021, which will be applied to both new and existing customers at no extra cost.

Signal tower service concept

22nd September, 2021 (6 Comments)

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has recently extended its Mobile Boost Scheme, which aims to improve 4G mobile (mobile broadband and voice) coverage in rural parts of the two counties by offering vouchers worth up to £1,200 toward the cost of an indoor mobile signal booster from a registered supplier.

15th September, 2021 (4 Comments)

UK-based Lycamobile, which is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) with operations in several countries, has today announced that they’ll invest £250m over the next 3-years in order to “transform” into a “digital service provider delivering diverse, multimedia experiences that put changing consumer expectations first.”

5g_mobile_logo_and_signal_uk_image

14th September, 2021 (5 Comments)

Ookla, which runs Speedtest.net, has today revealed more data about 5G mobile speeds and availability across the UK. Overall, the country delivered average (median) 5G download speeds of 167.38Mbps (15.91Mbps upload), but availability is still low at 10.2% (17.9% on EE, 10.3% on Vodafone, 6.4% on Three UK and 5.4% on O2).

9th September, 2021 (3 Comments)

The UK Government has today invested £4m to support a new 2-year project (DCIA) trial, which aims to make it easier for network operators to access and deploy 5G mobile (mobile broadband) infrastructure on street furniture and public buildings, such as CCTV poles, traffic lights, lampposts, bus shelters and so forth.

three uk mobile broadband

9th September, 2021 (103 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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9th September, 2021 (6 Comments)

Ofcom’s latest Summer 2021 report into UK broadband and mobile coverage has revealed that “full fibre” (FTTP) coverage is now at 24% (up from 21% in Jan 2021) and 11.6 million homes (40%) are within reach of a gigabit-capable network (up from 37%). Meanwhile, 4G mobile coverage remains stable and there’s still no data on 5G.

three_uk_sim_card

3rd September, 2021 (34 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has launched new discounts and devices across their range of 4G and 5G based unlimited Home Broadband packages, which now start at just £14 per month for 24-months of service on their 4G plan or £22 for 5G (the 5G price is largely unchanged). You can optionally also bundle-in various gadget gifts.

voxi

3rd September, 2021 (4 Comments)

Contract-free mobile operator VOXI, which is a virtual operator (MVNO) sibling of Vodafone UK, will later today introduce a new range of discounts across their plans and also boost the data allowances for mobile broadband usage. But these will only be available to order until 7th October 2021.

1pMobile-UK-SIM-and-Price-Illustration

3rd September, 2021 (46 Comments)

Mobile operator 1pMobile have begun to inform their UK customers of a change to their service that will see a new “minimum monthly spend” requirement of £2.50 being introduced from 1st October 2021. Customers who have set an auto-top-up will thus also see their minimum threshold go from £2 to £3.

Ericsson AIR3227

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.

opensignal_app_logo

1st September, 2021 (7 Comments)

A new study from crowd-sourced mobile benchmarking firm Opensignal has highlighted how mobile broadband users in Germany, Italy and the UK saw “significantly faster” 5G average download speeds when they were also connected to additional amounts of 4G spectrum, through older 4G technology.

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