UK "Tech Hub" has less 4G coverage than rural US town

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A report from Expert Market highlights the slow rollout of 4G technology in the UK, and the lack of choice many consumers have when it comes to deciding on an operator. In fact, a small rural town in the US offers better coverage than Bristol which was dubbed a "Tech Hub" of the UK.

With a population of just...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, N America, Operators.

T-Mobile CEO criticises the FCC over AWS-3 auction

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From an outside viewpoint, it would appear the FCC's recent AWS-3 spectrum auction was an unprecedented success. The telecoms regulator added a record $44.9 billion to the US treasury, and all the major players left with some valuable assets for their current and future networks.

T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, John Legere, wasn't so pleased with the apparant lack of fairness shown in the auction. Despite...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Licensing, N America, Regulation, Spectrum.

Is management T-Mobile USA’s layer of fat?

There’s an article in French magazine Challenges this week about Iliad and T-Mobile. It’s entitled “How Iliad-Free bluffed the Americans” (in French). As usual with the business press, it doesn’t actually answer the question, and by and large there’s little new in there. Still, there’s a quote that I found interesting in the context in which I view the potential acquisition, as described in my

By Benoît FELTEN, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Networks, Operators.

AT&T’s $48.5 billion DirecTV bid is a blockbuster bet

Today’s big news within the telecoms industry is that of AT&T’s plans to purchase DirecTV in a deal worth over an eye-watering $48 billion. The merger will help AT&T become a leader in the mobile video space where latest research statistics points towards customers consuming more video than ever before on their mobile devices – something which is only set to increase.

Both companies combined will control around 26 million TV subscribers in the US and, if approved by...

By Ryan Daws, 19 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, N America, Networks.

Are you under surveillance? Tech giants will reveal request data…

Snowden’s revelations surrounding the NSA’s intrusive surveillance programmes caused mass outcry from the general public and members of certain commissions. One of those he leaked was of PRISM –a slide revealed access to most of the major consumer tech giants’ servers.

The law has always been companies must hand over information they hold about individuals if the...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, N America, Security.

AT&T vs. T-Mobile: Gloves are off, and they’re still swinging!

Rival businesses are naturally going to have a few words about their competitors; a few playful jabs here and there. But sometimes criticising strategies ends up with the hypothetical boxing gloves coming off – and the bare knuckles come out, to our entertainment.

For some history, let’s take a trip back to April 2012 when the FCC approved T-Mobile receiving $1 billion worth of spectrum from AT&T. Alongside this; AT&T had to give T-Mobile $3 billion in cash.

The gained spectrum was...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, N America, Operators.

Scroogle you too US Government, says Microsoft

Microsoft’s reputation – along with many other top technology firms – was damaged by the NSA revelations which, if Edward Snowden’s leaks are correct, the Redmond-based firm was involved in the programme; whether knowingly or not.

Now it’s the turn of Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, to help ease customer distrust in the company’s services by speaking of their shared concerns about government surveillance of the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, N America, Security.

Leaked agreement allowed NSA to hold UK information (with or without consent)

If you’re reading this and haven’t heard of the NSA and their controversial spying program PRISM we reported on around five months ago – you can catch-up here. Up to date? Followers thought so as well; but yet more revelations have come to light…

It was previously revealed that surveillance reached further than US jurisdiction; causing the EU commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, to

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, N America, Security.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Angry Birds on a plane!

Many of us are irrationally afraid of flying (over the fifteen years between 1975 and 1994, the death risk per flight was one in seven million) yet we just can’t help it – especially during takeoff and landing.

Unfortunately, these are the two times where electronic devices are banned in the US since 1998; where a near-crash of a Qantas jumbo jet Heathrow airport was said to have been caused by someone on the plane using a mobile phone.

Due to this, we can’t distract ourselves with a game of...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Research.

Latest revelations helped NSA store 200 million communications

Just when you think there cannot possibly be any more NSA revelations surrounding their controversial PRISM programme – we’re proven wrong. Whilst everyone remains fixated on the bigger picture, many of the smaller initiatives under the NSA’s umbrella remained unnoticed.

Meet Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium and Stormbrew. Whilst sounding like the names of local cider manufacturers; they were in fact partnerships allowing the NSA to scan 75 percent of...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

Huawei to be reviewed in cybersecurity of critical UK infrastructure

The UK government will be looking into Huawei’s involvement in national infrastructure over the same cybersecurity fears which resulted in a ban of the manufacturer’s equipment in the United States after failing to prove the company has no association with the Chinese government.

TelecomsTech first reported on the US situation where – along with rival firm ZTE – “the two firms had failed to demonstrate the absence of Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, N America, Networks, Security, Telematics.

It’s time we spoke about the good side of the Internet

Whenever you look in the news recently; all you read and hear about is the latest cyber threats, bullying, indecent images, fraud, and the whole host of other negative issues which surround the web. I think it’s time we took a step back and looked at the positives.

Lauren Hammersley has a 2-year-old daughter Hazel, who was sadly diagnosed in April with Stage 3 neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.

The brave young girl wanted pizza, to which her mother taped "SEND PIZZA RM 4112" on the hospital...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

US likeliest for next disruptive tech; UK not an ‘innovation hotspot’

The UK’s “Tech City” cannot compete against the might of Silicon Valley and the rest of the US in terms of technology innovation, according to a recent survey.

Whilst this may not be greatly surprising considering the sheer scale of the States; being placed ahead of China by technology executives may be of interest.

The survey has been conducted by advisory firm KPMG, using a pool of 811 top technology business leaders worldwide from startups, mid-sized to large enterprises, venture capital...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Marketing, N America, Research.

Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

“Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner

The past week I’ve written two articles regarding the US Government; allegations of spying using PRISM, and calls by involved companies for more transparency as a result.

The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

PRISM: The dark side of the US government?

The internet is in uproar over the US government monitoring citizens and international users through a “direct access” backdoor to the biggest companies, using a program codenamed PRISM.

Born out of the “Protect America Act” approved by Congress in 2007, the legislation allows warrantless interception of foreign-to-foreign communications. Created with the aim to protect from foreign threats; not monitor citizens.

Supposedly the system has instantaneous access to companies including...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

US allows exporting computer equipment to Iran (again)

The US has lifted the ban on exporting computer equipment to Iran - so long as the technology in question is heading to individuals, and not the Iranian government.

The ban has been in place for over a decade and lifted after a statement from the Treasury Department accusing Iran of trying to “silence its people by cutting off their communication with each other and the rest of the world."

A list known as the SDN or “Specially...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America.

Telcos not out of the woods yet after another flat quarter

Matt Walker, Principal Analyst, Networks & TechnologyMost service providers have reported 1Q13 earnings now. The results were largely as expected. Most telcos face flat to declining revenues, putting their cost base under pressure. For telcos representing over 90% of the global market, revenues and capex both dropped by roughly 1% in 1Q13 versus 1Q12 (YoY). The telcos with the slowest growth were also among the largest: Telefonica, FT Orange, Telecom Italia, and KPN. A weak European economy and ongoing cuts...

By Ovum Research, 28 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, LTE, N America, Networks, Operators.

UK firm Cable & Wireless taking permanent holiday to Florida

The UK firm Cable & Wireless, based in Bracknell, United Kingdom, has decided after 140 years it’s time to moving its headquarters to Florida. Maybe we should all follow?

When I say we should follow, I’m not even talking about for a nice vacation (which it sure would be) but because it makes great business sense in tough economic times.

Last year the company was looking in trouble after recording a loss of $117 million. This year however Cable & Wireless recorded profit of $35 million;...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, N America, Networks, Telematics.