Opinion: ‘Project Fear’ turns its gaze to UK telecoms consumers

Ludicrous claims have been made from both sides of the Brexit debate, but now the so-called ‘Project Fear’ is aiming to scare UK telecoms consumers.

The latest claim is a return to the dark old days of mobile roaming charges.

Ending roaming charges around Europe is touted as one of the EU’s proudest achievements for citizens. It’s been welcomed by consumers who shudder at the ‘bill shock’ they once had after even a quick trip around the continent.

The thing is, roaming...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Roaming.

LTE now represents most of the world's roaming traffic

While most people have been talking about the next generation of mobile network technology, LTE has reached an important new milestone.

According to data from Syniverse, inter-regional LTE data roaming traffic has surpassed non-LTE data roaming traffic for the first time.

In the past year alone, LTE traffic rose to 54 percent of global outbound roaming traffic in 2017 – up from 42 percent in 2016.

John Wick, Senior Vice President at Syniverse, comments:

“Syniverse’s data...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Roaming.

Anywhere SIM tackles 'not spots' with multiple networks

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Anywhere SIM plans on tackling "not spots" through switching between all the major networks, preventing those occasions when our friends and family on rival networks are continuing to use their devices whilst our carrier lets us down. 

We've all experienced rubbish coverage at some point, but it's hard to determine which network will have the best...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Roaming.

European roaming fees to be scrapped in 2017

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We finally have a date for when roaming fees will be scrapped in Europe - June 15th, 2017. The EU Commission wanted the rules to be implemented earlier, but the date was pushed-back in order to win support from the European Parliament and Council. 

The rules will prevent mobile operators from charging huge...

By Ryan Daws, 30 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Europe, Operators, Regulation, Roaming.

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.