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.

ABI Research: LTE-A has reached 100m people, set to cross 1bn by 2018

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We might be looking ahead to what 5G should look like, but the current priority is to get LTE-Advanced technology out to as many users as possible. According to ABI Research, LTE-A has now reached 100 million people around the world just four years after its creation. 

ABI highlights that at the end of 2014 there were 49 commercially-available LTE-A networks around the globe. 20 operators...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, LTE, Regulation, Spectrum.

Orange CEO says targets were hit last year, but expect a dip for 2015

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Stephane Richard, CEO of Orange, has reported that the France-based operator hit its financial targets for 2014 but warned investors to expect a dip in their results this year. This is due to multiple reasons including pricing pressure in its home market, as well as investment and acquisitions in markets such as Spain.

Orange estimates that a restated EBITDA* should be expected this year between €11.9...

By Ryan Daws, 17 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Three UK is the winner in RootMetrics' latest report

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Independent mobile network performance specialists, RootMetrics, offer some of the most respected reports in the wireless industry. This is thanks to their unique testing methodology which takes into account over 1,000,000 samples and ensures tests match real-life scenarios through using popular smartphones, covering a diverse range of indoor and outdoor locations, different usages, and conducting tests over both...

By Ryan Daws, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Research.

Verkotan buys Microsoft test chambers to recreate wireless environments

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Wireless performance testing specialists, Verkotan, has bought mobile equipment testing laboratories from Microsoft to ensure their facilities are class-leading and able to recreate the same problematic environments found by real-life customers in their day-to-day lives.

The team of six was founded back in November and has its roots in Nokia and...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Licensing, Testing & Measurement.

Opinion: BT and EE partnership will reduce 'not spots'

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Broadband provider, BT, has confirmed its intention to acquire the UK's biggest mobile network which could be a major step in providing coverage to mobile ‘not spots’ where residents are struggling with limited or complete lack of connectivity.

Earlier this week, the UK government published a map of public digital infrastructure (

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural, Small Cells.

"Robbing Peter to pay Paul" isn't the answer to rural broadband, says Virgin Media Business

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The head of the Commons' Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee has suggested that investment in broadband should be diverted from cities where superfast access is available, and instead used to extend reach to those suffering with slow access in rural areas.

This sentiment was contested by Virgin Media Business' head, Peter Kelly, who disagreed with the idea and said: "You...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

Capacity: Delivering app coverage on the road to 5G

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5G may be generating both hype and search engine optimization efforts but, for mobile operators, 5G is already a key consideration in their network strategy and planning. In other words, mobile operators are already on the road to 5G…

There are two recurring concepts that we see when we consider the network evolution to 5G:

  • The first is the concept of app coverage, which looks at network performance and capacity from the user perspective. This is...

By Eric Parsons, 30 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

EU Commission sets out 700 MHz proposals

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UK telecoms regulator Ofcom recently announced plans to free-up 700 MHz by 2022 to carry data over long distances. The spectrum is currently in-use around Europe for TV and wireless microphones, whereas in the US and Asia it is already being used for 4G.

Now the European Commission has launched a consultation based on recommendations from former trade commissioner, Pascal Lamy, who said...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Europe, Regulation, Spectrum.

Qualcomm, Huawei, and EE complete LTE Category 9

Chip-maker Qualcomm, network vendor Huawei, and UK mobile operator EE, have announced today the completion of interoperability testing of LTE Category 9 which features download speeds of up to 410 Mbps. The test used Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 810 processor with integrated LTE-A modem, Huawei's commercial infrastructure solution, and was conducted over EE's '4G+' network.

It's not clear when Huawei and EE intend to launch LTE Cat9 capabilities, but it won't be until Qualcomm start to roll-out their...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Innovation, LTE, Testing & Measurement.

BT "RAMBo" patent infringement could reduce service

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British Telecom employ a DLM (Dynamic Line Management) system called "RAMBo" which helps to optimise the broadband speeds for million of its customers. The telecoms giant was forced to stop its use after UK courts found it infringes on two patents owned by ASSIA, a leading provider of software solutions for broadband access networks.

In order to continue the use of RAMBo, BT would have to pay ASSIA £250,000 per week until the firm could...

By Ryan Daws, 09 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Customer Service, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

Huawei targets 2018 as year of the 5G

The prediction of a 2020 roll-out for 5G appears to have been revised after an agreement between Huawei and Russian mobile operator MegaFon to deploy trial networks in time for the 2018 World Cup. It’s certainly a bold claim, considering no-one in the industry has a clue yet what the final standard will look like...

Huawei are making strides towards finalising a 5G standard to provide governments’ typical vague...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

EE and O2 offer fastest 4G speeds, Three trails behind

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has published a report which details the performance of 4G networks by the country’s biggest operators. 210,000 indoor and outdoor tests were conducted between March and June this year in order to analyse real-world results of what customers can expect beyond the vague theoretical max speed numbers often advertised.

Due to 4G still being unavailable in a vast proportion of the UK, the tests were conducted in five of the biggest cities where capabilities have been available...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Operators, Research.

Elon Musk takes the World Wide Web into orbit

Bringing the entire world online is a huge but important task. The internet can have tremendous economic benefits, and innovative research is being conducted by technology pioneers around the globe to bring it to developing countries. Facebook, for example, will just this week be enabling free access to basic internet services in Kenya through their work in the Internet.org initiative.

Past efforts into delivering space-based telephone and internet services...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Satellite, Wireless.