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Mobile phone communication

11th April, 2024 (10 Comments)

Trade body Mobile UK, which represents network operators Three UK, EE (BT), O2 (Virgin Media) and Vodafone, has today published a new report that warns “widespread adoption of 5G [is] at risk of being missed” unless the government makes changes to help deliver 5G (mobile broadband) upgrades.

A internet net and data digital concept

9th April, 2024 (6 Comments)

Comparison site Broadband Genie has today published a new 2024 Mobile Data Affordability Index, which explores the global landscape of mobile data (mobile broadband) pricing and affordability. Overall, the United Kingdom was found to rank 5th most affordable for mobile data out of 179 countries, putting it ahead of “global powerhouses” such as Germany (13th), Italy (20th), the USA (35th) and China (51st).

vodafone mast 4g SRN

26th March, 2024 (23 Comments)

Network benchmarking firm Opensignal has today published a new study to examine the mobile (4G and 5G) network coverage and performance impacts of the proposed mega-merger (here) between mobile operators Three UK and Vodafone. Suffice to say, improvements are expected in both areas.


21st March, 2024 (11 Comments)

Crowdfunded mobile network operator Honest Mobile, which harnesses Three UK’s network via a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreement, has today announced that they’re bucking the industry trend of annual price hikes by decreasing some of their prices for “loyal customers“.


21st March, 2024 (14 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has this morning published their annual financial results, which reveals that over 4,700 sites (up from 4,250 last year) across 650 towns and cities are now live with 5G and the average data (mobile broadband) usage per customer has reached 30 GigaBytes per month (up by 19.52% from 25.1GB).

Vodafone OpenRAN Mast in Rural UK Area

20th March, 2024 (7 Comments)

Vodafone has reaffirmed its commitment to providing 5G Standalone (5GSA) tech to nearly 90% of Scotland’s landmass by 2034 as a result of its proposed merger with Three UK. The operator also commits to exceeding the UK Government’s Shared Rural Network target of bringing 4G to 74% of Scotland’s geography by pushing it to over 89% by 2027.


19th March, 2024 (4 Comments)

The Digital Connectivity Forum, which is an industry think-tank for the UK Government, has published a new “advanced connectivity” report that analyses “full fibre” (FTTP) broadband and 5G mobile deployments, take-up and use cases to understand the key barriers and drivers of adoption, as well as what we might need in the future.

mobile network speeds uk

19th March, 2024 (16 Comments)

A new study from Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) claims to have found that the UK’s major mobile operators are currently delivering mobile broadband (4G and 5G) speeds that “satisfy the majority of mobile users” and, apparently, the “sweet spot” for most Apps is said to be between just 1-5Mbps. But this does require some context.

c2c Essex Thameside Railway Route PR 190324

19th March, 2024 (1 Comment)

Mobile network analyst firm Streetwave and train operator c2c have today published the results of a new real-world benchmark, which examined the mobile network (2G to 5G) performance of EE (BT), O2 (Virgin Media), Vodafone and Three UK across the Essex Thameside Railway route. Overall, EE customers get the best experience.

VMO2 Smell Cell Smart Poles Next to Broadband Cabinet - PR 180324

18th March, 2024 (42 Comments)

Broadband and mobile operator Virgin Media (O2) have today hailed the results of a new trial – delivered in collaboration with shareholder Liberty Global, which is said to have “successfully” deployed 4G and 5G “smart poles” on top of its existing fibre broadband cabinets in the UK to help boost mobile network coverage and capacity.

gnetwork london street build

15th March, 2024 (0 Comments)

Network builder and broadband ISP G.Network, which recently resumed rolling out their 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network in London (here), has announced that they’ve signed a “strategic partnership” with digital infrastructure firm Boldyn Networks to help boost the city’s 4G and 5G small cell and fibre coverage.

Engineers in Training up Telegraph Poles

14th March, 2024 (29 Comments)

The UK Government’s Digital Infrastructure Minister, Julia Lopez, has revealed that she will next week hold a roundtable with colleagues, as well as Ofcom, to discuss rising community complaints against the use of broadband poles and wireless masts to deliver digital infrastructure. But this time, some action may follow.

British police

7th March, 2024 (4 Comments)

A group of full fibre broadband operators, which are being led by alternative network providers Ogi and Vorboss, have today called on the UK Government and Ofcom to urgently help tackle a recent rise in attacks – often committed by criminal gangs and vandals – against vital national telecoms infrastructure and the engineers who build it.

Big Ben, Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament - 123rf

6th March, 2024 (16 Comments)

The CCO of the Complete Technology Group (CTG), Kevin Monaghan, has criticised today’s Spring Budget 2024 announcement for both failing to “crackdown” on broadband ISPs “inflicting substantial mid-contract price hikes” on consumers and not announcing any new provisions to help upgrade digital infrastructure.

Hamish MacLeod, Mobile UK CEO at Podium

4th March, 2024 (31 Comments)

Trade body Mobile UK, which represents Three UK, EE (BT), O2 (VMO2) and Vodafone, has made a last minute plea for the government to use this week’s Spring Budget to introduce changes that would foster a more “positive investment environment” for mobile operators and thus boost their network upgrades.


4th March, 2024 (14 Comments)

The Chief Security and Networks Officer of BT, Howard Watson, has hinted that EE may be in a position to begin their commercial deployment of 5G standalone (5G SA) mobile network technology during the second half of 2024. But they won’t have a better idea of the likely timing until this summer.

concept of wireless radio Internet. 5G mobile technologies.

1st March, 2024 (0 Comments)

Digital infrastructure firm Boldyn Networks (formerly BAI Comms), which is perhaps best known in the UK for helping to build a number of open access mobile and fibre networks, has officially closed its acquisition of Cellnex’s private networks business unit.

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