EE converts 2G airwaves into 4G for ‘even faster speeds’

UK mobile operator EE has announced plans to convert some of its existing 2G airwaves into 4G to further improve the network’s speed and reliability.

More than 600 sites across cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff, will be upgraded over the next six months. The move is in preparation for devices with CAT-12 and CAT-16 modems to hit the market.

EE’s mobile sites are equipped with 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum, and 35MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum....

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

How small cells and the cloud are improving the stadium fan experience

Mobilitie, a company based in Newport Beach, California, has installed a new cellular wireless system at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The new system is expected to provide fans with access to an advanced cellular voice and data communications network that includes over 150 small, digital antennas, remote unit and other network components.

The neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) installed by Mobilitie is a flexible, small antennae and radio solution. With the new system, attendees at the stadium would...

By Telecoms, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Consumers, Small Cells.

NBN CEO: ISPs are to blame for dissatisfaction

Bill Morrow, CEO of Australia’s NBN, has placed the blame on ISPs for customer dissatisfaction.

The NBN (National Broadband Network) was designed to improve the nation’s connectivity and ensure Australia has the required infrastructure for businesses and consumers to embrace the digital future. Over half the country is now able to connect to the NBN, and it has over 2.2 million paying customers, but not everyone is happy.

ISPs are ‘cutting corners’ by not buying enough...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Virtual treasure hunt launched to help develop 5G technology

A mobile game has been released which has teams competing in a virtual treasure hunt to help develop 5G technology.

The game is part of Bristol is Open, a smart city project ran by the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, and will test new IP networking technology with the aim of improving end-user experiences by lowering the latency in use cases such as the virtual treasure hunt.

Players will group up in teams of three to six players and navigate around the city using...

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

Digital Evolution Index: The UK is among the handful of ‘digital elite’ countries – and leader of Europe

In the latest Digital Evolution Index, the UK has emerged as one of a handful of countries deemed a ‘digital elite’ due to being “highly digitally evolved and advancing quickly."

The major study conducted by The Fletcher School at Tufts University and Mastercard examined 60 countries to gauge their existing digital evolution and the pace of innovation from within them.

“Adoption, the quality of digital...

BBC Watchdog calls out Virgin Media for slow broadband – as stores close and staff voice dissatisfaction

The BBC’s consumer affairs show, Watchdog, will call out Virgin Media tonight for slow broadband with tests revealing that some consumers are only getting three percent of the download speed they were sold.

Many consumers are being told their slow download speeds are due to over-utilisation in their area, but packages are still being sold advertising much higher speeds than customers are receiving. Watchdog highlights Virgin Media promotes speeds up to 200Mbps, but this is old...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry.

Opinion: 5G’s role in transforming healthcare

The next generation of mobile network technology will help to drive a transformation in healthcare with remote monitoring providing accessibility, proactive treatment, and reduced waiting times.

Wearable technology provides a method of keeping track of health conditions and it’s already being used in both hospitals and at home. Most of these devices, however, must be synced when in range of a network or manually checked by a professional by attending appointments in person

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Devices.

Virgin Media claims its broadband has delivered a £1.4 billion boost to the UK

Liberty Global, owners of Virgin Media, claims their investment in UK broadband has delivered a “total social benefit” of over £1 billion.

The figure includes the company’s investment in higher broadband speeds, competitive pricing, and the improved productivity it has enabled between 2013 and 2017. Rather than a made up figure, the data comes from an Oxera Consulting report.

“Liberty Global’s significant investment in the reach and capability...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry.

Three entices consumers to ditch slow ADSL connections for 4G broadband

Hutchison-owned mobile operator Three is hoping to entice UK consumers stuck on slow ADSL connections to make the switch to 4G mobile broadband.

4G speeds are often faster than old connections using home telephone lines which some consumers are still forced to use. Some of these locations are now covered by a 4G signal, and Three is hoping to attract business from these underserved communities with a new plan.

Larger households may find the limit too restrictive.

The...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, LTE, Mobile.

Canada’s largest telecoms provider has been hacked

Bell, the largest telecoms provider in Canada, has been hacked and the data of its 1.9 million customers stolen.

While the rest of the world had its attention on the WannaCry ransomware which held PC’s around the globe hostage – including systems critical to the UK’s health service – a hacker, or hacking group, managed to gain access to Bell’s servers in a separate, unrelated incident.

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Security.