COVID-19: Telcos increase the pay of engineers helping to keep people connected

Various telecoms operators around the world are increasing the salaries of engineers on the frontline helping to keep people connected.

One of the few silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is an increased appreciation of the people that really keep the world going. The likes of shopworkers and postal workers are often among the lowest paid, but our societies would collapse without them.

Engineers aren’t exactly the lowest paid, but they’re still essential. More than ever, people are relying on...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Speedtest: Networks in North America and Europe are handling remote working demand

Speedtest by Ookla has updated its report analysing the impact remote working is having on global networks.

Telecoms covered the initial release of Speedtest’s report towards the end of last month. At the time, a slight decrease in mean fixed and mobile broadband performance was observed across North American and European countries between March 16th-22nd.

Speedtest has now updated its statistics to account...

British internet providers commit to measures helping people isolate

Internet providers in the UK have agreed to a package of measures designed to help people isolate.

The British government struck a deal with BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “It’s fantastic to see mobile and broadband providers pulling together to do their bit for the national effort by helping customers, particularly the most vulnerable, who may be struggling with bills at this difficult...

ASA bans Three’s controversial ‘real 5G’ ads following complaints

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned ads from Three claiming it’s the only carrier to offer “real 5G” in the UK.

National advertising rules in the UK require claims of superiority over a competitor to be backed with clear evidence. 

Three has based its claim on the fact that it’s the only carrier in the UK to have a 100MHz contiguous block of spectrum.

Global 5G standards body the ITU states “true” 5G requires 100MHz of 5G spectrum so Three’s...

By Ryan Daws, 26 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

Nokia successfully completes first phase of 5G deployment at Port of Zeebrugge

Nokia and Belgium’s Port of Zeebrugge have completed the first phase of its 5G-ready and industrial-grade private wireless network deployment.

By integrating the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud platform, Zeebrugge would be able to offer private wireless connectivity to over 100 endpoints across the entire port operations.

Zeebrugge would not only deliver a variety of new and...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, IoT, Networks.

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...

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.

Three UK CEO steps down as company aligns European operations

Three UK CEO Dave Dyson has announced that he is stepping down just as the company makes steps towards “greater alignment” of its European operations.

Dyson says he is stepping down for personal reasons and will be succeeded by Three Ireland CEO Robert Finnegan. Dyson will continue to serve on the company’s board.

“Three UK is very well positioned to grow in the market after a period of investment in 5G spectrum and more modern IT systems and processes,” says Dyson. “Robert...

By Ryan Daws, 05 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Wholesale mobile roaming revenues will reach $41 billion: How the operators must respond

Mobile roaming enables customers of one mobile provider to use the network of another when the subscriber’s 'home network' is unavailable. As a result, network operators acquired agility in releasing new mobile communication services.

Over the next five years, mobile network operators must ensure they can offer new 5G services to subscribers when roaming away from the home network. However, the majority of providers will launch offerings through alliances of sub-regional bilateral packages to...

By David H. Deans, 13 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Mobile, Operators, Research, Roaming.