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5g mobile signal bars uk

17th March, 2021 (42 Comments)

Ofcom has today revealed the winners from the “principal stage” of their latest 5G focused mobile (mobile broadband) spectrum auction for the 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz bands, which saw operators spend a total of £1.356 billion across the various bands and EE (BT) appears to have gobbled up the most (£452m).

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10th March, 2021 (1 Comment)

Mobile operator Vodafone, which previously offered 350,000 free mobile broadband SIMs (30GB allowance – valid for 90 days) to disadvantaged school children across the UK (here), has today launched a new range of discounted plans to help private and public sector organisations to get their most vulnerable customers online.

10th March, 2021 (45 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today confirmed that their auction of the 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz radio spectrum bands will begin this Friday (12th March). The move should ultimately help to improve the coverage and speed of 5G mobile (mobile broadband) networks.

mobile wireless signal disconnected uk

10th March, 2021 (16 Comments)

A new Opinium based survey from Uswitch.com, which questioned a “nationally representative” sample of 2,000 UK adults during February 2021, has found that 54.4% of respondents (equivalent to 29.5 million UK consumers) have suffered from some form of mobile signal “issue” at home, and it’s worse in rural areas.

7th March, 2021 (1 Comment)

The Infralink programme, which is funded by The Scotland 5G Centre (i.e. it’s one of their key Wave 1 projects), has today launched a “game-changing” initiative that will pave the way for greater 4G and 5G mobile connectivity across Scotland by helping to “identify sites on public buildings for masts and antennae.”

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6th March, 2021 (35 Comments)

The Chair of the cross-party DCMS Select Committee, Julian Knight, has criticised the UK Government for having “failed to answer” a key question in their recent report, which called for a detailed plan to show how it would deliver on its revised-down target for “gigabit-capable broadband.” The committee is now seeking a fuller response.

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3rd March, 2021 (15 Comments)

The UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, has today published his Budget 2021 statement and sadly there were no new details for the £5bn UK Gigabit Broadband Programme. But we did get a few extra details on their recently confirmed plans for a new UK Infrastructure Bank, some of which had already been confirmed.

vodafone uk 2017 mobile sim logo

2nd March, 2021 (1 Comment)

Mobile operator Vodafone UK has announced that they will donate 10,000 “dongle devices” (i.e. mobile broadband modems) to help thousands more children and young people connect to remote learning and online catch up lessons during the COVID-19 crisis. As usual this is focused on those kids who may lack the necessary kit at home.

money pile

28th February, 2021 (7 Comments)

The HM Treasury has announced that its plan to setup a new UK Infrastructure Bank, which was first proposed in last year’s Spending Review, will be supported by an initial £12bn in capital investment and £10bn in loan guarantees. In theory this could help to unlock more private investment, such as to boost the gigabit broadband rollout.

three uk mobile broadband

26th February, 2021 (50 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has today revealed that their 5G based (mobile broadband) network is now live across busy parts of some 193 UK towns and cities (equating to 1,250 cell sites and masts). On top of that they’re still boosting 4G speeds by extending the reach of their L-Band (1.4GHz) spectrum.

vodafone_uk_hand_holding_sim

25th February, 2021 (5 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone UK has today introduced a range of discounts across their various data based Pay As You Go (PAYG) bundles, unlimited data plans and mobile broadband (4G, 5G etc.) packages, which will either give you more data or reduce the monthly price by around 50% for the first 6 months of service.

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24th February, 2021 (7 Comments)

Sky UK (Sky Mobile, Sky Broadband) and Vodafone have today published their responses to the Competition and Markets Authority‘s (CMA) on-going phase 2 investigation into the proposed £31bn merger between mobile operator O2 and broadband ISP (inc. TV, phone) Virgin Media, which raises a number of competition concerns.

three uk mobile broadband

24th February, 2021 (53 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned several adverts for mobile operator Three UK after they all were found to have made the same “misleading” claim of offering the “Best Network for Data” (mobile broadband), which the watchdog said could not be substantiated.

5g signal

23rd February, 2021 (19 Comments)

A new study from mobile benchmarking firm RootMetrics, which exclusively examined the latest network availability and mobile broadband speeds on 5G operators in the UK, has found the EE still “continues to lead the way” on both fronts. Meanwhile O2 seems to be lagging behind their rivals.

vodafone uk sim holder

22nd February, 2021 (0 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone have today extended their offer of free Data SIMs (mobile broadband), which come packed with a 30GB (GigaByte) allowance – valid for 90 days, to help another 150,000 primary and secondary school children to stay connected with their education during the COVID-19 crisis.

19th February, 2021 (16 Comments)

Global Wireless Solutions has today published the results of their annual (2021) study of mobile network (4G and 5G) performance (broadband speeds etc.) across 37 UK cities, which concludes that O2 is the “most reliable network” – performing best in 18 of 37 cities, towns, and motorways tested, followed by EE, Vodafone and Three UK.

infrastructure broadband transport mobile uk

17th February, 2021 (19 Comments)

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has just published its Annual Monitoring Report 2021, which among other things calls on the UK Government to set out a “workable plan” for ensuring that the hardest to reach homes and businesses can “get the benefits of high capacity broadband” (i.e. gigabit speed connectivity).

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