Ministers pressured to spend on rural broadband quickly

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UK ministers are facing pressure to quickly spend a recent £258 million windfall on efforts to boost fast rural broadband.

The windfall comes after British telecommunications firm BT handed back some of its £1.2 billion one-off subsidy to cover the rollout cost for 24mbps fast broadband across the UK. BT was given the subsidy based on an internal forecast that...

By Telecoms Tech, 11 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Rural.

Emergency services benefit from world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service

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A world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service, formed through a partnership between Globalstar Europe and Manx Telecom, has been unveiled and will go in testing initially with emergency services to keep them connected no matter where they are or the current network conditions. 

The new system...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Public Services, Rural, Satellite.

Google close to large-scale Project Loon deployment

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Project Loon once seemed to be just another of Google's crazy experiments, but it's gone from strength-to-strength over the past couple of years and now the web giant is looking for an Indian carrier to run a full pilot service to a large number of people in the region. 

Although unconfirmed, there are...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, Google, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Rural.

Broadband forum seeks to counter Microsoft's low-cost internet

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A collective of India's top mobile carriers, the Broadband India Forum (BIF), are seeking to counter Microsoft's plan to make use of unused "white space" TV spectrum to deliver low-cost rural broadband connectivity to around 5,000 villages in the country.

The forum has raised their issue with India's telecoms secretary, Rakesh Garg, and urged him to ensure the frequencies are brought...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Innovation, Licensing, Regulation, Rural.

Small chip harnesses White Space to solve rural coverage issues

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Google might be looking into extravagant methods of solving rural broadband coverage problems, but a small chip designed by Saankhya Labs in Bengaluru could be a more feasible solution in the short-term of connecting more people in remote communities to the rest of...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Infrastructure, Innovation, Rural.

'Project Loon' is almost ready for lift-off

Google's ambitious plan to connect the world via balloons, Project Loon, is preparing for lift-off as the web giant reports it has "almost perfected" the technology and will announce its first operator partners in Africa soon. 

Speaking at the GSMA Mobile 360 conference in South Africa, the good news comes from Google's regional business lead, Wael Fakharany. He believes that it's now "time to scale" the technology in Africa, and connect people to the rest of the world via high-speed broadband. 

Of...

Airband brings superfast broadband to rural areas

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Rural locations have posed a huge problem in the rollout of superfast broadband, but new technology from Airband could solve this and connect folks in more problematic areas to the rest of the world at higher speeds. 

Nearly 6000 homes and businesses in remote West-Country areas in the UK could soon benefit from the superfast broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Rural, Wireless.

Opinion: Why operators are looking at 450MHz for LTE

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The 450MHz spectrum is used around the world for CDMA technology, which is looking to be replaced now we're moving towards LTE. So what is the future of 450MHz, and how can it help the 115 operators in over 60 countries to meet demand whilst cutting cost?

It could be utilised for M2M connections to offload traffic

Due to 450MHz being a low frequency, it can travel much further than the higher bands. This has...

By Ryan Daws, 28 April 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural, Spectrum.

Opinion: BT and EE partnership will reduce 'not spots'

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Broadband provider, BT, has confirmed its intention to acquire the UK's biggest mobile network which could be a major step in providing coverage to mobile ‘not spots’ where residents are struggling with limited or complete lack of connectivity.

Earlier this week, the UK government published a map of public digital infrastructure (

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural, Small Cells.

EE's traffic grows sixfold as MNO hits 7.7 million 4G subscribers

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In the last two months alone, EE has added 1.7 million customers to reach 7.7 million 4G subscribers. This is not only more than any other operator across Europe, but also beat the company's own internal year-end target of 6 million by some distance as a result of the UK MNO's rapid-expansion.

EE's network has provided access to superfast broadband for the first time in many areas.

Throughout 2014,...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Rural.

National roaming? We'll provide coverage instead, says UK carriers

UK operators were given an ultimatum, either agree to a national roaming plan, or increase basic coverage to cover at least 90% of geographic areas by 2017. EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone all agreed to the latter and will invest a guaranteed £5 billion in infrastructure to achieve this demand as part of the plan announced today.

Along with 90% of "basic" coverage, which includes voice and text, the networks will have to provide at least 85% of the UK with "full" coverage - up from the estimated 69%...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, Operators, Regulation, Roaming, Rural.