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28th July, 2021 (0 Comments)

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a deeper Phase 2 investigation to examine any “competition concerns” that may surround the £8.6bn (€10 billion) sale of CK Hutchison Holdings (Three UK) interests in European tower assets and businesses to Spanish company Cellnex.

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28th July, 2021 (4 Comments)

A complaint by rival mobile operator EE (BT) has prompted the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to ban several of Vodafone’s adverts after they “misleadingly” claimed to be the “UK’s Best Network” or “UK’s best mobile data network” for 4G and 5G services (mobile broadband).

Red Road Closed road sign in a UK city street.

27th July, 2021 (6 Comments)

The annual Digging Up Britain 2021 report from LSBUD (Line Search Before You Dig), which provides an online asset search facility to UK civil engineering firms for underground pipes and cables, has reported that there was a 24% increase in the amount of digging work performed by the telecoms industry over the last 12-months.

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23rd July, 2021 (15 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 (VMO2) has launched a refreshed range of ‘Pay As You Go’ (PAYG) tariffs, which start with a top-up of £10 (lasting for 30-days) and that gets you 7GB of data (mobile broadband), unlimited minutes and unlimited texts.

gigaclear engineers in rural uk field

23rd July, 2021 (19 Comments)

A new survey involving 651 members of the Countryside Alliance, which was conducted by UK broadband ISP Gigaclear, has found that 85% of rural businesses view their current internet connection as being either poor but manageable (47%), or unmanageably poor (38%). Unsurprisingly, most of them want “ultrafast fibre” to fix it.

vodafone mast and engineer

23rd July, 2021 (7 Comments)

The latest quarterly results (financial Q1 FY22) from UK ISP and mobile operator Vodafone has today been published, which reveals that their fixed broadband base added another +29,000 customers (vs +35k in the previous quarter) to make for a total base of 940,000. But their mobile base declined again to 16,994,000.

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23rd July, 2021 (9 Comments)

A new YouGov survey of 2,130 UK adults, which was commissioned by O2 (VMO2), has claimed that 70% of house-hunters would be prepared to walk away from a dream home if the local mobile signal wasn’t up to par, while 31% would pay more for a property with a good signal and 20% are prepared to pay up to £10,000 more!

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.

vodafone 5g antenna

20th July, 2021 (12 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone has announced that they’re rolling out a new machine learning (ML) algorithm across their UK and pan-European mobile network(s), which has been designed with support from Nokia’s Bell Labs R&D division to “detect and correct anomalies [in their network] before they impact customers.”

19th July, 2021 (2 Comments)

Ofcom UK has today set out their future spectrum management strategy for the next ten years, which among other things aims to boost support for localised spectrum access (e.g. creating local wireless networks via 5G etc.) and promote greater sharing of existing spectrum in higher frequencies.

virgin_mobile_sim_swap

16th July, 2021 (16 Comments)

Customers of Virgin Mobile’s (Virgin Media) Pay As You Go (PAYG) plans have been informed that the service is “ending” and it will be gradually phased out between October 2021 and January 2022. During this period, customers will find that their SIM “will stop working … if you don’t take any action.” Talk about harsh.

10Mbps UK Broadband USO

16th July, 2021 (32 Comments)

Ofcom’s investigation into BT’s compliance with their obligations under the new Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband has concluded that “some customers have been asked to pay materially higher amounts than they should have been.” As a result, they’ve asked the ISP to make a few improvements.

mobile_network_signal_tower_uk_illustration

15th July, 2021 (9 Comments)

O2 (VMO2) has just become the first UK mobile operator to make live calls from its network using a new Neutral Host In-Building (NHIB) mobile specification, which makes it possible for multiple operators to serve indoor mobile (4G and 5G) coverage to businesses and public venues – somewhat of a complementary approach to OpenRAN.

mobile network masts four uk 3g 4g 5g

14th July, 2021 (3 Comments)

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today raised “competition concerns” over the planned £8.6bn (€10 billion) sale of CK Hutchison Holdings (Three UK) interests in European tower assets (including the UK, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Sweden) and businesses to Spanish company Cellnex.

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.

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14th July, 2021 (18 Comments)

Mobile operator EE and broadband ISP giant BT have today pledged to offer ultrafast 5G mobile solutions “across the entire UK” by 2028 and to “fuse” their mobile, Wi-Fi and fibre broadband infrastructures to realise the potential of the country’s “first fully converged network.” But this isn’t quite universal coverage.

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13th July, 2021 (8 Comments)

The UK telecoms and media regulator, Ofcom, has today proposed to increase the permitted power output for the equipment mobile operators use in the 800MHz band, which is currently used to deliver 4G based data (mobile broadband) and call services. In theory, this could deliver a small improvement in network coverage.

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