Speedtest: Coronavirus is slowing internet speeds across the US and Europe

Ookla Speedtest is reporting a noticeable degradation of internet speeds in the US and Europe amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The drop in speeds has been most noticeable over the past week as more countries increase their lockdown measures, including the UK’s announcement yesterday.

Broadband speeds

In the US, the mean broadband speed dropped from around 140Mbps starting the week of March 9th, to around 133Mbps in the...

EU asks Netflix to lower its quality as people isolate from coronavirus

The EU has asked Netflix to lower its video quality as more people use the service to bring some joy during their coronavirus lockdowns.

Netflix typically accounts for around 13 percent of global internet traffic and has required an increasing amount of bandwidth as the streaming giant releases an increasing library of 4K and HDR content.

Over concerns that an expected surge in Netflix traffic may cause networks to grind to a halt during a time they’re needed most, the EU has persuaded Netflix to reduce...

All of the UK's operators report issues, just as people are asked to work remotely

All of the UK's major mobile operators are reporting issues just as more people are asked to work from home.

The UK government has stepped up measures this week to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and now wants any household in which anyone has displayed any flu-like symptoms to isolate for 14 days. Given we're in the season of standard colds and flus, that's a lot of households.

Fortunately, most modern businesses have now set up remote working practices. Anyone who feels well enough...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

T-Mobile is granted extra spectrum to cope with coronavirus demand

The FCC has granted T-Mobile additional spectrum to help cope with the extra demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliable connectivity is more important than ever as people around the world are told to work from home where possible and self-isolate if they show any symptoms of the coronavirus.

T-Mobile will have access to more 600MHz spectrum for at least the next 60 days to meet internet access demand and help its network support things like remote working, healthcare, and education.

Neville Ray,...

UK Budget 2020: £5bn for gigabit broadband among ‘huge’ investments

British chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged £5 billion for gigabit broadband in a "huge" Budget designed to boost the UK economy during global uncertainties.

The latest Budget is Sunak's first since being appointed chancellor earlier this year and the first since the UK left the EU. It was always going to garner a lot of attention, but more so amid the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent impact it’s having on the global economy.

Andrew Duncan, Partner and UK Head, Infosys...

By Ryan Daws, 11 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

Indian telcos warn users about coronavirus and share tips for tackling it

Telecoms operators in India are doing their part to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliance Jio, Airtel, and the state-run BSNL all provided the following warning to any subscriber making a call on Sunday:

“Always protect your face with a handkerchief or tissue while coughing or sneezing.

Regularly clean hands with soap. Avoid touching your face, eyes, or nose. If someone has a cough, fever, or breathlessness, maintain one-metre distance.

By Ryan Daws, 09 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, India, Operators.

One in five mobile connections to run on 5G networks by 2025, forecasts GSMA

GSMA has predicted in its latest 2020 Mobile Economy global edition report that one in five mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025.

The move owes itself to an expanding roster of 5G devices and growing awareness among consumers. According to GSMA, a total of 46 operators in 24 markets have launched commercially available 5G networks by the end of January 2020.

By Telecoms, 06 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Operators, Research, Wireless.

T-Mobile and Sprint merger nears completion after federal judge approval

After at least half a decade of rumour, conjecture and court appearances, T-Mobile and Sprint’s on-again, off-again, on-again merger has cleared a considerable hurdle following a ruling by a New York federal judge.

The announcement was made as Southern District of New York judge Victor Marrero dismissed a legal challenge by several state attorneys general regarding anti-competition fears.

In...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, Operators, Regulation.

5G to take consumer market by storm in 2021, Omdia predicts

A new paper released by market researcher Omdia states that shipments of 5G smartphones will grow eightfold in 2020.

The paper further states that the technology would play a key role in transforming the entire technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) industry as whole.

Omdia is a new entity which combines the research offerings of Ovum, Heavy Reading and Tractica, as well as...

By Telecoms, 10 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Research, Smartphones.

FCC concludes some carriers broke the law by collecting users' real-time location

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote a letter (PDF) to Congress on Friday in which he confirmed that some carriers broke federal law by collecting users’ real-time location data.

Pai did not name specifically which carriers allegedly broke the law but only wrote that the FCC’s enforcement bureau “concluded that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.”

The FCC was asked to launch an investigation after a Motherboard