Senators challenge the accuracy of FCC’s rural broadband map

Senators have expressed concern over the accuracy of a map the FCC is using to plan the allocation of over $4 billion in subsidies to improve rural broadband.

Under the Mobile Fund Phase II plans, money will be redirected over the next decade away from where private capital is already being supplied, and instead used to help bring 4G services to Americans in under-served rural areas.

In an op-ed back in February,  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote:

"Right now, the federal government...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Rural.

Praise be signal! Masts will be installed on rural church spires

Ministers have signed a deal with the Church of England to install mobile phone masts on the high spires of rural churches.

Matt Hancock, Digital Secretary of State, says:

“Churches are central features and valued assets for local communities up and down the country. This agreement with the Church of England will mean that even a 15th century building can help make Britain fit for the future improving people’s lives by...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Infrastructure, Rural.

EE’s new 4G home broadband antenna plans to connect 580,000 homes across the UK

EE has announced trials of a new 4G home broadband antenna that it expects will provide more than 580,000 UK homes with high-speed internet for the first time.

The new 4G home broadband solution combines the 4GEE Home Router with a powerful external antenna and professional installation service. EE believes it will deliver high-speed internet in rural areas that can only access broadband speeds under 10Mbps today.

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By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural.

Openreach use drones to connect rural areas with fast broadband

Openreach is using drones to quickly bring high-speed fibre broadband to rural areas.

The drones help to lay a fibre cable across routes that would have been difficult to deploy across. Due to the small drones used, the actual fibre cable was too heavy for them to lift directly.

Instead, Openreach engineers are using the drones to fly a high-strength fishing line around 100 meters and drop it across the top...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural.

Research: Mobile broadband penetration significantly boosts the economy

A report has found that increasing mobile broadband penetration has a significant impact on a country's economy. The research, conducted by Ericsson and the Imperial College of London, examines data from 135 countries.

Researchers found that as mobile broadband penetration increases by 10 percent; a 0.6 - 1.6 percent growth in GDP is observed. In 2016, this equated to anywhere between $500 billion to $2 trillion.

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Research, Rural.

T-Mobile shows how its 600MHz rollout will affect coverage

T-Mobile has updated its coverage map to show how its new 600MHz network will affect coverage.

The map has been updated mere days after rumours circulated T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed on a merger-in-principle. It goes to show how T-Mobile is looking to further improve its coverage whether the anticipated deal passes regulatory approval or not.

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Research, Rural, Spectrum.

ESA partners with space industry on ‘Satellite for 5G’

The ESA (European Space Agency) has joined forces with 16 space companies on a new ‘Satellite for 5G’ initiative.

Satellite for 5G aims to offer truly global high-speed coverage even in areas difficult to reach by cell towers such as up mountains and remote islands. To preserve bandwidth, cell towers will remain the first point of access for most but satellites could be used to reach the emergency services wherever you are on Earth.

“5G provides a major...

By Ryan Daws, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Rural.

EE’s inflatable masts are powered by ‘pre-5G’ backhaul

We’ve already reported on EE’s plans to use inflatable masts for providing mobile coverage during events, blackouts, and emergencies, but now we have more details about what technology powers it.

EE’s helium balloon, the Helikite, packs miniature antennas which link to a ‘network in a box’ on the ground via 26GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum. Similar...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Innovation, Mobile, Rural.

EE takes inspiration from Google’s Project Loon to bolster coverage

(Image Credit: EE)

EE appears to have taken inspiration from Google’s Project Loon with airborne balloons and drones which can be used to connect rural areas or provide extra capacity.

Project Loon once seemed to be just another of Google ambitious projects, but it’s gone from strength-to-strength and reached a new milestone just last week after finding a way to keep the balloons in one spot for a prolonged time.

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Rural.