Almost 20 percent of UK roads suffer from little-to-no mobile signal

While governments and operators prepare for 5G, the UK still has over 49,000 miles of road with poor or no mobile signal.

A study conducted by the RAC Foundation has found two percent of UK roads (over 5,500 miles) are unable to receive a mobile signal from any of the nation’s four mobile networks.

The inability to receive a signal is at best a mild annoyance due to problems such as potential lack of navigation, at worst the inability to call for help in a breakdown or accident.

Among the worst covered...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Rural.

FCC plans to inject $1.5 billion into rural broadband expansion

US telecoms regulator the FCC is set to provide a substantial cash injection over the next ten years to expand rural broadband availability.

Over the next decade, some 713,176 homes and businesses across 45 states will benefit from the investment.

The FCC is seeking minimum broadband speeds of 100Mbps in 53 percent of the rural locations targeted. Over 99.7 percent of these locations will receive at least 25 Mbps downstream speeds.

Better still, according to the FCC, 19 percent of locations will get access to...

UK makes bold promises to advance digital infrastructure

An assessment by the UK National Infrastructure Commission highlights areas where investment should be prioritised to prevent shortcomings.

“The whole purpose of the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment is to think beyond the technologies of today and to ensure we can make the most of future innovations,” explains Sir John Armitt CBE.

“It’s why it’s not just a one-off but something we will be repeating every five years to ensure we remain on the front...

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.