Speedtest: Networks in North America and Europe are handling remote working demand

Speedtest by Ookla has updated its report analysing the impact remote working is having on global networks.

Telecoms covered the initial release of Speedtest’s report towards the end of last month. At the time, a slight decrease in mean fixed and mobile broadband performance was observed across North American and European countries between March 16th-22nd.

Speedtest has now updated its statistics to account...

ASA bans Three’s controversial ‘real 5G’ ads following complaints

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned ads from Three claiming it’s the only carrier to offer “real 5G” in the UK.

National advertising rules in the UK require claims of superiority over a competitor to be backed with clear evidence. 

Three has based its claim on the fact that it’s the only carrier in the UK to have a 100MHz contiguous block of spectrum.

Global 5G standards body the ITU states “true” 5G requires 100MHz of 5G spectrum so Three’s...

By Ryan Daws, 26 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

Akamai will slow game downloads to reduce internet congestion

Content delivery network Akamai has announced it will be throttling game downloads in order to reduce internet congestion.

With people told to stay in their homes to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus spread, games are a way to remain connected with friends and remember what life outside four walls looks like.

However, as you’d expect, billions of people downloading games and playing together online consumes a large chunk of bandwidth.

Akamai has set out in

By Ryan Daws, 25 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Speedtest: Coronavirus is slowing internet speeds across the US and Europe

Ookla Speedtest is reporting a noticeable degradation of internet speeds in the US and Europe amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The drop in speeds has been most noticeable over the past week as more countries increase their lockdown measures, including the UK’s announcement yesterday.

Broadband speeds

In the US, the mean broadband speed dropped from around 140Mbps starting the week of March 9th, to around 133Mbps in the...

T-Mobile is granted extra spectrum to cope with coronavirus demand

The FCC has granted T-Mobile additional spectrum to help cope with the extra demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliable connectivity is more important than ever as people around the world are told to work from home where possible and self-isolate if they show any symptoms of the coronavirus.

T-Mobile will have access to more 600MHz spectrum for at least the next 60 days to meet internet access demand and help its network support things like remote working, healthcare, and education.

Neville Ray,...

SK Broadband is having to double its capacity for Netflix

South Korean fixed broadband operator SK Broadband has said it’s having to double its network capacity to cope with Netflix demand.

In order to cope, the operator will boost its data transfer speed for high-speed networks to 100 Gbps from 50 Gbps. The operator plans to address complaints about Netflix streaming quality by doubling the size of its overseas network.

South Korea is renowned for its fast broadband speeds. Last year, SK Broadband rolled out 2.3 Gbps internet speeds and the nation regularly...

Ofcom: 5G spectrum auction is complete – and here are the results

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed the completion of its milestone auction for 5G spectrum and is now ready to announce the results.

Ofcom ran a spectrum auction for two frequency bands – 2.3 GHz, and 3.4 GHz.

2.3 GHz is geared towards 4G use and will help to improve capacity as more devices and users congest networks. 3.4 GHz is the frequency most eyes are on, as it’s the primary band earmarked for 5G.

Philip Marnick, Spectrum Group Director at Ofcom, says:

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Futurist predicts WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025

A futurist has gone on record alongside the CEO of Purple to make the bold prediction that WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025.

Digital Futurist Mike Ryan and Purple CEO Gavin Wheeldon believe that mobile networks will fail to hold up under increasing data consumption driven by 5G and unlimited plans.

"Mobile networks rely on being able to offload data onto WiFi," says Wheeldon,...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

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.

5G milestone reached as ultra-high frequency spectrum made available

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5G is coming, and we're expecting high-speed data on par with that of fixed-line fiber connections. In order to achieve that ambitious goal it will take a different approach from what operators are used to, but it at least begins

O2 chief describes UK market as 'like Venezuela' ahead of expected Three merger rejection

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The ongoing saga over Three UK's bid to merge its operations with O2 should reach a conclusion next week, following an expected rejection from the European Commission. O2's chief executive, Ronan Dunne, has given strong criticism about UK regulators and compared the market as 'like Venezuela' when it comes to spectrum ownership. 

Dunne's comments...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Consumers, Operators, Regulation.

Emergency services benefit from world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service

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A world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service, formed through a partnership between Globalstar Europe and Manx Telecom, has been unveiled and will go in testing initially with emergency services to keep them connected no matter where they are or the current network conditions. 

The new system...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Public Services, Rural, Satellite.

Korea Telecom and NEC trial 5G backhaul ahead of 2018 Winter Games

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In two years’ time, Pyeongchang in South Korea will be hosting events as part of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Ahead of the event, Korea Telecom and NEC have been trialling 5G backhaul services to launch alongside it for attendees and participants.

The trial was conducted in the E-band spectrum on the 70-80GHz frequency, and utilised NEC’s iPASOLINK EX solution...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation.

Report predicts 100 million gigabit broadband subscribers by 2020 – fuelled by G.fast technology

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A report published by leading broadband analyst firm Point Topic suggests the number of gigabit subscribers could reach 100 million by 2020, with most of the growth coming from the APAC region. 

G.fast technology is expected to drive this rapid growth – which although can only currently deliver gigabit speeds over a short distance – it can already secure speeds to...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Verizon prepares for Super Bowl 50 with $70m network upgrade

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Around 80 – 100k people attend Super Bowl each year, but the proliferation of mobile phone use during the event for socialising, travelling, and "second screen" experiences has put a capacity strain on networks. 

To help ensure its customers don't suffer during the upcoming Super Bowl 50, Verizon has announced that it has invested $70 million in upgrading its...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Small Cells.