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.

Ericsson predicts one billion 5G subscriptions by 2023 in latest report

Ericsson has looked into its crystal ball for its latest Mobility Report and come up with the goods: by 2023, there will be one billion 5G subscriptions, while global mobile data traffic will be more than 100 exabytes per month.

5G will cover more than 20% of the world’s population by the end of 2023, with early deployments expected in the US, South Korea, Japan and China. In terms of more general geographical trends, North America will lead 5G uptake, Ericsson says, expecting to account for 37% of all...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks, Research.

Vodafone partners with CityFibre to topple the broadband giants

Vodafone is teaming up with CityFibre in a bid to offer a true alternative to Openreach and Virgin Media in the fibre broadband arena.

In the UK today, consumers have two major options when it comes to fibre broadband. You can go with an Openreach-leased network — such as BT, Sky, or TalkTalk — or there’s Virgin Media.

CityFibre is hoping to offer an alternative to these broadband giants...

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators.

NBN is on the rise (in terms of complaints)

Complaints surrounding the National Broadband Network (NBN) are rocketing as consumers face ongoing issues.

Australia’s NBN rollout has been fraught with problems from the beginning. ISPs point the blame at the NBN operators, while NBN operators point the blame at ISPs. Through all the finger-pointing, consumers are suffering.

New connections are often facing delays while existing connections are being deemed “fully...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure.

Nokia launches ‘carrier-grade’ WiFi system for the home

Nokia is using its experience as a telecoms vendor to help solve home WiFi problems with the announcement of a ‘carrier-grade’ system.

The system is available for carriers to provide to their customers and promises ‘unmatched gigabit coverage to every corner of the home, getting rid of dead zones and interference.’

Nokia plans on achieving this by implementing new ‘Air-IQ’ technology from Broadcom which can identify 17 unique interference...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

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.

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.

Samsung and Arqiva launch Europe’s first 5G FWA trial in central London

Following a statement of intent back in February, Samsung and Arqiva have kicked off the first European trial of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in central London.

The partners chose the UK for its low broadband penetration and promising spectrum conditions. With 5G FWA being pitched as offering an alternative to fibre broadband, the UK offers a great opportunity for Samsung and Arqiva to demonstrate its possibilities.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Spiderman pleads guilty to hacking 900,000 broadband routers last year

Spiderman has pleaded guilty to a hack which took 900,000 broadband routers offline last year.

Just to clarify, we’re not talking about Marvel’s iconic web-slinging hero, but rather a hacker authorities referred to as ‘Spiderman’ when he was picked up back in February.

The 29-year old man was arrested by British police at Luton airport on behalf of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office who alleged he was responsible for hacking the broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Security.

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.

UK government re-announces broadband plan – for the third time

In what some have observed as being a desperate bid for positive headlines, the sitting UK government has re-announced the same broadband investment plan as it has twice before.

The £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment fund was mooted in the run-up to the Autumn Statement in late November last year, before it was officially announced by the Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Following a further commitment in the Spring Budget, headlines provided further positive coverage despite...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Industry.

Verizon pushes support for One Touch Make Ready fibre proposal

Verizon is outlining its support for ‘One Touch Make Ready’, a proposal which will enable quicker deployment of fiber by scotching red tape associated with pole attachment.

The proposal has already been trialled out in a handful of US metros with not all parties happy, to say the least; both Comcast and AT&T sued Metro Nashville when the law was passed late last year.

Current timeframes for processing pole attachment requests can take several months. A new ‘attacher’ has to contact...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Operators.

The first certified Gfast products have been announced

The first six certified Gfast products have been announced by the Broadband Forum and UNH-IOL.

Gfast is exciting due to its use of existing copper wiring and potential to substantially increase speeds for consumers without the high infrastructure costs which generally accompanies major network upgrades. National broadband operator Openreach has now deployed Gfast to over 100,000 UK homes and businesses as part of a large-scale pilot in 20 locations.

“Interoperable standardized Gfast...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure.

Tech firms relying on telcos for connectivity not value added services, says ABI Research

ABI Research has conducted a survey to find out preferences of technology implementers using B2B technologies – and found 55% of respondents preferred to use telcos only for connectivity purposes.

Dimitris Mavrakis, Research Director at ABI Research, said: "The connectivity market is, and will, remain, profitable for many telcos worldwide, but our survey indicates that there is some interest by technology implementers in more than pure connectivity. This is what we refer to as Connectivity+."

31% of...

By Telecoms, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Operators.

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.

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

Google adds three partners to CSquared for faster, more reliable African broadband

Google has formed a four-way partnership to invest $100 million in a wholesale broadband infrastructure project which aims to bring fast and reliable internet access to cities across Africa.

The new ‘CSquared’ partnership extends Google’s existing Project Link programme which the web giant introduced to the Ugandan capital of Kampala back in 2013 to provide local internet...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks.

BT ordered to compensate rivals £22 million interest after overcharging for backhaul Ethernet services

BT has been ordered to dig into its pockets for the second time after a tribunal decided that interest was due on the original settlement amount in a case where the company was found to have overcharged rivals for backhaul Ethernet services.

First brought forward in December 2012, Ofcom ruled BT overcharged its rivals £95m for the five years between 2006 and 2011 – and will pay the excess back to Cable & Wireless Worldwide (now Vodafone), Sky, TalkTalk, Verizon, and Virgin Media.

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By Ryan Daws, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Regulation.