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22nd January, 2022 (23 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.

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19th January, 2022 (11 Comments)

Mobile testing firm RootMetrics, which was recently gobbled by Ookla (here), has today published their latest H2 2021 study of mobile network (4G and 5G) and broadband performance across the United Kingdom, which once again awards the top spot to EE (BT), with Vodafone being the runner-up.

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19th January, 2022 (7 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone, which last year announced plans to rollout OpenRAN (O-RAN) across around 2,600 sites in rural parts of Wales and South West England by 2027 (here), has today switched-on the UK and Europe’s first live – at scale – commercial 5G and 4G deployment of the new technology in the city of Bath (Somerset).

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18th January, 2022 (14 Comments)

New customers of Three UK‘s 5G powered unlimited Home Broadband service, which claims to offer “average download speeds” of 100Mbps (this will vary.. a lot), can now take the service from just £21 per month for 24-months of service (dropping to £14 on their 4G package). Various other discount options also exist.

12th January, 2022 (2 Comments)

The latest State of Rural Services report, which is being published today by Rural England CIC, has warned that many people in the country’s small towns and villages still face being “digitally excluded and locked out of key services” due to an “underinvestment in rural connectivity” (e.g. broadband and mobile infrastructure) and skills.

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12th January, 2022 (0 Comments)

New customers of UK ISP and mobile operator EE, specifically those taking out one of their top two Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based “Fibre Max” (500Mbps to 900Mbps) broadband plans, may be pleased to learn that they can now receive up to 12 months’ Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as well as unlimited mobile gaming data.

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6th January, 2022 (31 Comments)

Mobile operators Vodafone and EE (BT) have moved to mildly delay the planned reintroduction of EU roaming charges, which will eventually see most customers being charged £2 per day to use their UK allowances (calls, texts and data / mobile broadband) across related countries. Previously, you could do this at no extra cost.

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31st December, 2021 (25 Comments)

ISPreview.co.uk is today taking a quick look back over the past 12 months to see how the average UK internet download and upload speeds have changed across the top national fixed line home broadband ISPs and mobile operators. Suffice to say that 2021 has marked a return to the usual trend of general improvement.

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22nd December, 2021 (24 Comments)

Network operator Virgin Media (VMO2) has today published a summary of the United Kingdom’s 2021 connectivity habits across their national mobile, fixed broadband ISP and TV networks, which stems from having analysed the data of tens of millions of customers between 1st January and 10th December 2021.

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21st December, 2021 (16 Comments)

Mobile operators EE (BT) and Three UK have today become the first two network providers to reach a special deal, which will enable them to deploy 4G and 5G based mobile (mobile broadband) services across the entire London Underground by late 2024 (ticket halls, platforms and tunnels). Vodafone to follow.

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17th December, 2021 (8 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 (VMO2) has today informed us that they’ve upgraded 2,876 locations in small towns and hamlets with 4G this year, and increased 4G network capacity in 178,500 postcodes across the UK. The network provider has also rolled out 5G in a total of 53 smaller towns and hamlets, in addition to urban areas.

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16th December, 2021 (15 Comments)

Ofcom has released their Connection Nations 2021 UK digital infrastructure report, which reveals that the coverage of “gigabit-capable” (1Gbps+) broadband ISP networks has jumped from 27% last year to 47% now (13.7 million households). Plus, around half of UK properties are in areas where 5G mobile is available outside.

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15th December, 2021 (9 Comments)

Mobile benchmarking firm RootMetrics has today published a new set of H2 2021 results from their testing of 5G (mobile broadband) networks in the UK cities of Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester. Overall, EE tended to deliver the strongest availability and performance, but not for all cities.

15th December, 2021 (11 Comments)

Mobile operator EE (BT) has this morning announced plans to upgrade over 2,000 network sites by June 2024 to help extend 4G coverage (voice and mobile broadband) into rural parts of the UK and to significantly reduce partial not-spots, which forms part of their commitment under the £1bn Shared Rural Network (SRN) project.

14th December, 2021 (7 Comments)

Mobile operator EE (BT) has once again come top in umlaut‘s latest annual 2021 UK Mobile Network Test, which used a range of different benchmarks to test 4G (voice and data / broadband) and 5G service performance across 19 cities, 46 towns and along 10,000km of major roads. But Vodafone weren’t far behind.

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13th December, 2021 (10 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.

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8th December, 2021 (0 Comments)

Mobile operator iD Mobile (Dixons Carphone) has started bundling a Currys Gift Card alongside some of their SIM Only 4G and 5G mobile plans on 12-month and 24-month terms, which range in value from £25 to £50. For example, iD’s £16 per month unlimited data (mobile broadband), calls and texts plan gets a £50 card to spend.

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