How long before we move to having an Openreach for mobile? It does kind of make sense.
UK ministers are meeting the heads of O2, Three, EE and Vodafone later today to formalise plans for a Shared Rural Network (SRN), which would improve coverage in rural black spots. The SRN will allocate £1bn to build new masts in areas that lack decent coverage, as well as upgrade existing ones. Customers from each of the …
It is probably down to 5G being shorter range and so would need a lot more masts for the same total coverage. They will want maximum return per mast and siting will be a challenge to say the least but also, will there be the interest away from the cities in making use of 5G compared to 4G?...they will probably be too busy fainting from getting a signal at all
There are many who think that the current state of 5G is the stupid answer: expensive, late, short-range and unable to reach inside buildings.
Just please, please don't ask whether the emperor has no clothes, or my currently modestly-usable 4G will not get upgraded but instead replaced by crass stupidity.
Nick Jeffrey saying: "A rural postcode should not be a barrier to receiving a decent mobile signal.
So why have you sat on your arse for the past 15 years (start of 3G) and not done anything about it? Imagine all those extra customers you could have signed up if you (or anyone else) had a network that worked in all kinds of places. Word would soon get out that your network had coverage and the others didn't.
Twenty years ago when I got my first mobile my choice of network was the only one that had any reception at home. (Even if that meant, only on one side of the house, upstairs, by a window).
These days you can get some signal from all the networks there, but Vodafone is still the most usable.
It's almost like putting up a mast just to serve a village of about fifty people is too much money.
I stayed in a hotel in Ulswater in the Lake district last year. No mobile reception there or for miles around. Must be more than just a temporary irritation for the locals though. All this banging on about 5G and they haven't even got a mobile signal at all. Those narrow twisting roads are not a place to have an accident or the car break down either.
Scotland, for example, will see 4G coverage from at least one operator rise from 80 per cent today to 91 per cent by 2025. Wales will also see a sizeable improvement, going from 89 per cent to 95 per cent.
'x' per cent of what? Population or land mass? I suspect the former, as there's no way I'd believe Scotland has 4G covering 80% of the landmass....last time I was in the lower bit of the Highlands, it was sometimes a struggle to get anything above GPRS. I reckon 91% coverage by population could be achievable while still leaving a lot of land without coverage.
Why's a UK government dept putting out coverage figures of a proposed UK network enhancement, by UK service prodivers, for rural UK areas, in kilometers? Did we go fully metric overnight or something? Seems odd for a country that typically measures distance - especially roads and large areas - in miles and square miles. Maybe they know something we don't...
Updated The Lapsus$ extortion gang briefly alleged over the weekend it had compromised Microsoft.
The devil-may-care cyber-crime ring has previously boasted of breaking into Nvidia, Samsung, Ubisoft, and others. Its modus operandi is to infiltrate a big target's network, exfiltrate sensitive internal data, and then make demands to prevent the public release of this material – and perhaps just release some of it anyway.
"We are aware of the claims and are investigating," a Microsoft spokesperson told The Register on Monday.
Vodafone is to begin retirement of its 3G network next year, saying this will free up frequencies to improve 4G and 5G services.
The move follows proposals by the UK government late last year to see 2G and 3G networks phased out by 2033. Other networks have already confirmed plans to start early, with BT phasing out 3G services for EE, Plusnet and BT Mobile subscribers from 2023.
Vodafone said it will begin retiring its 3G network in 2023 as part of a network modernisation programme.
Admiral, the UK-based insurance company, has been refused legal access to a non-customer's mobile phone location data after claiming it would help decide whether or not a policyholder was committing fraud.
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales' previously unnoticed decision comes as a similar one in Germany this week raises questions about the use of the law against third-party providers of tech services.
Vodafone did not object to Admiral's application for a Norwich Pharmacal order (NPO) in November 2020 to obtain call records of someone who was not an insurance customer – with Admiral's barrister telling judges that mobile phones "have enabled people to lie about their whereabouts."
The second half of 2020 brought improved 5G availability in the UK with London seeing some of the biggest gains, according to research by RootMetrics.
Predictably, the network with the highest 5G availability was EE, which had next-gen connectivity present during 39.9 per cent of RootMetrics' tests in the capital, compared to 28.8 per cent in the first half of the year.
Although far from widely available, this growth was an improvement in a relatively short amount of time. Still, EE has an advantage as the first UK carrier to launch a commercial 5G service – it's easier to maintain a lead when you've had a head start.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned mobile network Three not to repeat claims that it is "building the UK's fastest 5G network" and that its network represents "real 5G" – after pulling the company up on the same claims a year ago.
A complaint was brought by rival network Vodafone UK against Hutchison 3G UK, which trades as Three, after the company took umbrage at TV ad claims that Three was creating Britain's speediest next generation network and that punters should "join the future on Three, it's real 5G."
Vodafone argued against the claims, stating they were misleading and could not be substantiated – while Three made technical arguments in an apparent effort to blind the ASA with science.
Ofcom today wrapped up bidding on its 5G spectrum auction, which made 200MHz of mid and low-band spectrum available to carriers, raising the total amount of mobile spectrum by 18 per cent.
In total, the combined bids reached £1.35bn – or roughly 1/16th of a test-and-trace programme.
BT's EE splashed the most cash and committed to spend £280m on 2x10MHz lots of paired frequency spectrum in the 700MHz range, which is ideally suited to long-distance deployments. EE additionally dropped £4m on 20MHz of supplementary 700MHz downlink spectrum, and £168m on 40MHz in the coveted 3.6-3.8GHz band, which provides faster speeds albeit at a comparatively shorter range.
Transport for London tried to block engineers and surveyors from EE and Three carrying out a survey for a new mobile phone mast by telling a judge they “might insert a USB stick into a computer” or “upload some virus”.
The comments were made by a barrister acting on London Underground’s behalf when a dispute over rooftop access ended up in front of the Upper Tribunal’s Lands Chamber.
The two mobile network operators wanted to send surveyors onto the roof of a TfL-owned office block in Southwark, as the first step to putting a mobile mast on the roof. TfL tried to block this because the building also contains London Underground’s main power control centre, a piece of critical national infrastructure.
The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has suggested that efforts to close the digital divide should shift from providing connectivity to ensuring access to affordable devices and the education that will help people put them to work.
The Commission was formed in 2010 by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and given the job of promoting internet access.
That effort is reflected in internet user penetration rates of 51 per cent globally but just 19.5 per cent of people in the world's least-developed countries, as detailed in the organisation's 2021 State of Broadband report [PDF].
During H1 2021, RootMetrics looked at the availability and performance of 5G across all carriers in four English cities: London, Bristol, Coventry and Birmingham.
Although smaller in scope than other studies we've seen (RootMetrics' previous reports looked at speeds across 16 cities in all four home nations), it aims to provide a more accurate description of likely real-world conditions by including a new variable dubbed "Everyday 5G."
The UK's competition watchdog has provisionally cleared the proposed merger of Virgin Media and O2 after concluding it would not materially impact competition (and thus the price and availability of services) in the telecoms wholesale market.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) started its more inquisitive second phase of the review in December following a request from O2 owner Telefónica and Virgin Media parent Liberty Global.
This review focused on whether the marriage of O2 and Virgin Media would give the combined company an incentive to degrade the standards of wholesale companies provided to other mobile networks and ISPs.
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