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speed metre broadband and mobile UK

24th June, 2024 (4 Comments)

Today we’re taking our usual biannual look back to see how the average UK broadband download and upload speeds have changed across the fastest nationally available fixed line ISPs, mobile operators and Starlink (satellite) since the end of 2023. Overall, broadband speeds have continued to improve, albeit not without some surprises.

Starlink Mini Dish on a field next to laptop

21st June, 2024 (4 Comments)

Early adopters of SpaceX’s ultrafast and low-latency Starlink broadband service, which is powered by a mega constellation of small satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), are starting to be invited to help test out the internet provider’s new WiFi integrate Mini Dish (terminal) hardware and Mini Roaming service add-on. But the kit doesn’t come cheap.


6th June, 2024 (7 Comments)

UK ISP Cerberus Networks has given ISPreview an unexpected surprise this afternoon after they began informing their customers about their decision to introduce “high-speed satellite internet services“, which will aim to deliver broadband speeds of “up to 150Mbps” and should complement their existing range of fixed line plans.


4th June, 2024 (0 Comments)

Eutelsat’s global network of OneWeb broadband satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which was partly supported by the UK Government, has just secured a platinum score in the Space Sustainability Ratings (SSR) that is designed to encourage such companies to create and implement sustainable space missions and operations.


11th May, 2024 (5 Comments)

SpaceX has warned customers of Starlink’s mega constellation of ultrafast broadband satellites, which sit in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), that they may experience “degraded service” as a result of a major geomagnetic solar storm that hit the planet, which last night also caused the northern lights to spread across much of the UK.


26th April, 2024 (20 Comments)

SpaceX is seeking approval from Ofcom for a variation of its existing gateway licence, which would enable Starlink’s mega constellation of ultrafast broadband satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to improve its capacity, such as by expanding the number of gateway antennas at several UK sites and adopting additional bands.


16th April, 2024 (10 Comments)

Mobile network operator O2 (VMO2) has begun harnessing SpaceX’s global network of Starlink ultrafast broadband satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which are being used to help provide mobile backhaul (data) capacity to boost mobile services in some of the United Kingdom’s remotest locations (e.g. sites in the Scottish Highlands).

space satellite broadband spacecraft

22nd March, 2024 (0 Comments)

Ofcom has today published several new documents on their efforts to make more radio spectrum available for use by satellite broadband services, which includes an update on their plan to release part of the 28GHz band, a proposal to make spectrum in the Q, V and E bands available and a proposal to grant Kepler an earth station licence.


9th March, 2024 (5 Comments)

Starlink (SpaceX) has revealed some of the progress they’ve been making to further improve the latency performance across their mega constellation of ultrafast broadband satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which has long held the goal of delivering a service with stable 20 millisecond (ms) median latency and minimal packet loss.

5th March, 2024 (14 Comments)

SpaceX boss Elon Musk has conducted another live test of Starlink’s future global Direct to Cell (DtC) mobile roaming service using a regular unmodified Android-based Samsung smartphone, which managed to deliver a 4G based mobile broadband download speed of 15.6Mbps to 17.2Mbps.


28th February, 2024 (27 Comments)

Starlink’s (SpaceX) mega constellation of ultrafast broadband satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has become a popular solution for UK customers in remote rural areas, yet its adoption is often held back by the high price of entry. But the space ISP is now testing the waters with a 50% cheaper plan, albeit one with caveats.

Levelling Up UK Government Logo

22nd February, 2024 (6 Comments)

The UK Government has announced that public subsidy via both the past c.£2.54bn Superfast Broadband (SFBB) and current £5bn Project Gigabit roll-out schemes has, since August 2012, helped to expand gigabit-speed network coverage to 1,006,800 additional homes and businesses. A number of new satellite “Alpha Trials” have also launched.


14th February, 2024 (6 Comments)

SpaceX has announced that they will have to de-orbit (scrap) around a hundred of their older “early-version 1” Starlink ultrafast low-latency broadband satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) because of a design flaw, which might otherwise cause the space platforms to fail in orbit and become non-manoeuvrable.

29th January, 2024 (11 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has proposed to grant an Earth Station Network Licence (ESNL) to NSLComm in support of its plans to launch a new global constellation of 264 satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which could be used to provide broadband to mobile sites (backhaul), as well as military, aviation, maritime and enterprises.

world broadband connectivity

20th January, 2024 (32 Comments)

The latest research from Point Topic has revealed that world fixed broadband lines grew by 1.6% (22.39 million) in Q3 2023 to total 1.42 billion connections, which compares with 1.87% (24.59m) in the same quarter last year. But the subscriber growth rate of “full fibre” (FTTP/B) networks in the UK almost stalled in the latest quarter.


15th January, 2024 (10 Comments)

National telecoms giant BT (EE) has reportedly entered into talks that could eventually see them harnessing SpaceX’s global constellation of Starlink ultrafast low-latency broadband satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which could be used to help improve both internet and mobile connectivity to remote areas.


12th January, 2024 (5 Comments)

Starlink (SpaceX) has conducted the first successful live test of their new global Direct to Cell mobile roaming service with regular unmodified Smartphones, which came only six days after they launched (here) the first small batch of DtC capable broadband satellites. But at present it’s only being used to send and receive text (SMS) messages.

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