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Vodafone says it'll launch NB-IoT network in EU early next year

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:48:13 GMT

Nobody's really impressed, but take a look at the long term

Vodafone has announced it will start rolling out its narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) focused network in four EU countries from the start of next year – and folk across industry are rolling their eyes.…

Will rush for New Radio compromise 5G quality?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:37:14 GMT

Accusations fly of vendors hijacking standards for their own purposes

Analysis The US operators have ended their long love affair with sub-1 GHz spectrum, which was so important to their LTE coverage roll-outs, and are leading the world in harnessing high frequency bands to address the challenge of the expected capacity demands of the 5G era.…

Whinge on: T-Mobile US docked $48m for limiting 'unlimited' data plans

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:04:15 GMT

Telco coughs up cash to make throttling complaints go away

T-Mobile US has agreed to pay the US comms watchdog the FCC $48m to settle claims that it illegally throttled the connections of some unlimited-plan data users.…

BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:24:05 GMT

Ready to hear our bright cycle safety idea?

I cycle in London. It halves my journey time to the office and being nicer than sweating on the tube lets me substitute muscles for my Oyster.…

Ofcom kicks off 5G auction consultation

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:06:10 GMT

But what about the delayed auction for more 4G capacity?

Communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the first tranche of its 5G spectrum auction.…

Mobile data is getting slower, faster

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:35:11 GMT

US cities see major crash in data speeds. But that's not the whole story...

US cities have seen a massive crash in LTE data speeds this year - but consumers haven’t noticed as latencies are getting lower.…

London best for 4G - who'd have thunk?

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:46:05 GMT

Crap for average download speeds, though

Data from Which? today reveals that London has the best 4G connectivity in Britain - but some of the worst average download speeds in Blighty.…

Brit telcos plead with Ofcom: No one should own more than 30% of available spectrum

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:35:09 GMT

BT's EE and Vodafone 'unfairly' dominate. Put it right, will you?

Telcos are calling on Ofcom to slap a 30 per cent cap on operators bidding in the next spectrum auction - a move that would limit the proportion of airwaves an operator can own.…

Ofcom punts network-sniffing Android app

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:06:13 GMT

Help find not-spots

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has written a network tracking Android app so the great British public can help it sniff out not-spots.…

EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:03:17 GMT

Who didn't see that one coming?

The European Commission has U-turned again on its plans to tear up roaming fees for customers abroad, going back to its original proposal that all charges should be abolished.…

What the world really needs right now is more Comcast: US cable giant mulls wireless service

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:01:32 GMT

Network tie-up will make Verizon the ultimate frenemy

Cable giant Comcast is ready to float its entry into the wireless market with its own service.…

'Inherent risk' to untried and untested 4G emergency services network – NAO

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:38:09 GMT

If the network goes down, people could die

Plans for a new 4G emergency services network (ESN) to be used in life and death situations by the blue light services have been dubbed as "high risk," in a report from the National Audit Office today.…

Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:26:06 GMT

Based profits on roaming charges? Too bad! Only the IoT-ist will survive

Europe's saturated mobile market is forcing operators to eye new routes to revenue in order to survive, big cheeses at Orange and Telefonica have said.…

Nokia's 4.9G races Ericsson's almost-5G, yet the finishing line is a mirage

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:35:12 GMT

4.5G 'Pro', 4.9G and 3.9G! Oh come on...

At Mobile World Congress this year, Nokia emerged as the most aggressively "5G-ready" of the big vendors, while Huawei was still stressing "4.5G", a term it coined, but which has been widely adopted. This week saw Nokia going one better with "4.5G Pro" and even "4.9G", recalling the build-up to LTE, when some vendors and operators were still majoring on 3G extensions, and insisting on labelling HSPA+ "3.9G".…

Qualcomm, AT&T get together to test mobe networks for delivery drone control

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 03:30:08 GMT

Can LTE cut it for real-time pizza delivery?

What drones need is 4G connectivity, Qualcomm reckons, and it's put together a deal with AT&T to prove it.…

UK's EE scores network reliability clean sweep, rival dwarves fume

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:02:08 GMT

O2 bumps along the bottom. Shoulda tried harder with LTE

EE has edged ahead of CK Hutchison’s Three as the most reliable UK mobile network, according to RootMetrics' biannual survey.…

EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:52:13 GMT

Max continuous use of 30 days, may not apply to UK

The European Union has published draft plans to force telcos across the EU to offer customers free roaming for at least 90 days a year.…

'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:59:07 GMT

PDP authentication failure? This is why

EE's 2G and 3G data services are struggling this afternoon after what seems like a power equipment failure caused problems at the telco's switch sites.…

US spectrum auction falls short by, oh, you know, $66bn thanks to tightwad mobile giants

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:44:10 GMT

Back to the drawing board for TV airwave sell-off

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will have to change its plans for the 600MHz radio spectrum auction for mobile broadband – after the latest stage of bidding raised just $22.4bn of an $88bn goal.…

EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:02:06 GMT

Want to make a call abroad? Use someone else

UK telco EE will next month hike fees for people using their phones outside their price plans, with international calls increasing as much as 60 per cent.…

Sprint learns that a 'rebate' includes paying people money

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:59:45 GMT

Telco settles allegations it pocketed cash promised to customers

US wireless carrier Sprint will pay $2.3m to settle allegations it withheld rebates from customers.…

Unlimited mobile data in America – where's the catch? There's always a catch

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:44:13 GMT

All you can eat is never quite all you can eat

Analysis Sprint and T-Mobile US are introducing "all you can eat" internet plans, and as you might expect, someone at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco is horrified. Somebody always is.…

Breaker, breaker: LTE is coming to America's CB radio frequencies

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:58:08 GMT

Big names launch CBRS Alliance. Think of it as truckers-versus-tech

Another industry alliance is gearing up to pitch mobile phone spectrum access to spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band – this time using frequencies formerly devoted to Citizens Band (CB) radio users.…

BT and Nokia slink off together, muttering about 5G tech

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:26:59 GMT

Operators join hands for laboratory love-in

BT and Nokia have signed a research collaboration agreement on 5G at the BT Labs at Adastral Park, Suffolk.…

Verizon fingered in Android bloatware-for-cash cram scandal

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:58:11 GMT

Report says carrier offered to pre-install apps for moolah

Verizon has reportedly approached app developers about pre-installing their software on customer handsets in exchange for cash.…

EE roaming outage hits Brits basking abroad

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:37:49 GMT

Operator asks: Have you tried switching it on and off again?

EE customers basking in the first days of their hols abroad have frustratingly been unable to access their phones due to a major outage across the network.…

O2 sales dip 9% as tight-fisted Brits cling to their old handsets

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:41:31 GMT

Weak pound affects sales reporting in Blighty

Sales at O2 UK fell by 8.9 per cent to €3.46bn (£2.91bn) for the first half of the year, as customers opted to hang on to their old handsets rather than upgrade.…

BlackBerry's new best pals: Microsoft, Google, Samsung

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:33:11 GMT

'I cannot buy everything. Or manage everything' ... We need partners – Chen

BlackBerry didn't drop any bombshells at its annual Security Summit last week. Unlike previous years, there were no surprise acquisitions or products. But it did conspicuously share the limelight with a number of partners, some of which may make jolly good new owners.…

I'm good, I'm fine, solid quarter, real well ... pants Sprint as it limps past, spilling $300m

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:31:08 GMT

'Most new customers in nine years'

US telco Sprint says it is bringing in new customers by the boatload, despite another quarter in which its losses reached well into nine figures.…

Oh dear, Vodafone: Sales dip in UK

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:24:14 GMT

Blames shonky billing migration

Sales at Vodafone in the UK dropped 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of its financial year to €1.84bn (£1.5bn) - with the biz pointing to issues with its new billing system.…

LTE-U vs. WiFi fight gets closer to a settlement

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:02:10 GMT

Broadcom brief the FCC on the last sticking point slowing spectrum-sharing agreement

FCC filings by Broadcom reveal the chip-maker is still feeling bullish about the controversial LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) push.…

Facebook and Google show how the world really will be blanketed in 5G

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:20:14 GMT

Zuckerbook adds OpenCellular to its disruptive, non-MNO network vision

Facebook has outdone even Google recently, in its efforts to shake up the mobile industry and accelerate the delivery of broadband services (and its revenue generators) to the entire planet. This is no longer just about using balloons and new spectrum to push affordable wireless access to underserved communities. It is about blowing apart the traditional mobile network supply chain, and the way those networks are deployed.…

AT&T: We wanna be a drone company, not just a phone company

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:55:11 GMT

Aerial inspectors, air traffic control and flying COWs ahead

Vid AT&T is planning to rapidly expand its use of drones – it can already put one of the gizmos in the air virtually anywhere over continental United States.…

5G: Mother of all pipes, or actually useful?

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:35:10 GMT

For the first time, mobile operators not at centre of ecosystem

The 5G standardization timeline is set, demos and proofs of concept are proliferating, and claims to 5G world firsts are on the rise. Yet, many mobile operators and vendors don’t really know what future 5G networks will be needed for beyond better mobile broadband services, and they’re calling on potential industry users for help.…

Google's Android Pay hits Australia

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:27:09 GMT

ANZ, Coles, first Aussie giants to make launch

Android Pay has launched in Australia, with ANZ Bank being the first of the Big Four able to use the phone-only facility.…

EU operators’ 5G manifesto misses the point

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:05:10 GMT

Mobile RAN disruption

Never before have events coincided so neatly to demonstrate the gap between mobile operators’ thinking about 5G, and how future networks will really be deployed for disruptive effect. While Europe’s leading MNOs were presenting a backwards-looking "5G Manifesto" to the European Commission, veiling pleas for net neutrality special treatment with promises of 5G build-out, Facebook was announcing an open source approach to the mobile network, OpenCellular – part of a wider trend which could rip apart the network cost base and the operators’ and 3GPP vendors’ cosy world.…

OpenCellular: Facebook tests its open templates on base stations

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:56:12 GMT

A 2G-to-LTE base station in the palm of your hand, open hardware, open software

Facebook's unleashed a slab of mobile networking technologies which that hint at how it would like remote communities to connect to the outside world.…

Verizon, KT, Telefonica: On three continents, operators prepare for 5G

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:10:13 GMT

Europe, Asia, US close to commercially viable model

In the week of Brexit and Iceland, a London event perhaps did not need any more reminders about falling behind the rest of the world – but a final, unavoidable conclusion from last week’s 5G World was that the east Asian operators, always very technically progressive, are also in a league of their own when it comes to detailed deployment plans too.…

3GPP sets 2018 as freeze date for 5G air interfaces

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:56:13 GMT

LTE control plane will help ease carrier transition

The 3GPP has told the industry to get cracking on standardising the air interface for 5G.…

Dev boss: What will Microsoft do with Windows 10 Mobile? Surprise – it's for work!

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:02:05 GMT

'Surface phone' will have challenging app gap

One of the puzzles about Microsoft’s platform in 2016 is Windows 10 Mobile. In the run-up to the launch of Windows 10 in July 2015, the plan seemed to be that a unified operating system across PC and mobile, combined with applications developed for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), would boost Windows Phone and create a strong ecosystem of applications delivered from the Windows Store.…

Ericsson: 5G migration won't be a terrifying slog. No. We have ‘plug-ins’

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:07:08 GMT

Perfect for finding MIMO... and also RAN

Analysis All the network equipment providers are engaged in major operator projects which they hope will guarantee them a place in those MNOs’ 5G rollouts in the coming years. This week, it was certainly the turn of Ericsson to score 5G marketing points, with a series of operator engagements around the world, and the announcement of 5G Plug-Ins.…

In brave new 5G world, data centres are pizza boxes... or football fields

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:28:09 GMT

Software, software, software... some hardware

OPFVN 2016 Flexible tech such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation will be a prerequisite for our brave new 5G world, reckon Intel and Ericsson.…

Huawei: Come 2017, we'll also deal in pure, uncut software

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:36:09 GMT

But box biz will take a long time to die, says chief cloud architect

OPNFV Summit Huawei is poised to make its big push into flogging pure software products next year - an area its cloudy chief architect believes will come to dominate other parts of the biz.…

Linux's NFV crew: Operators keen to ditch clunky networks, be 'cool' like, er, Facebook

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:32:04 GMT

Moving as fast as embiggened bods can shift

OPNFV Summit Network operators have a jealous eye on the likes of Facebook and Google and want to ditch their clunky networks to compete for "cooler" consumer services, the head of the open-source network function virtualisation (NFV) project has said.…

Microsoft hops onboard bonk-to-pay bandwagon

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:04:15 GMT

Windows Mobile gets support for NFC payments

Microsoft has launched its entry into the near-field communications (NFC) mobile payments space.…

Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:27:09 GMT

Roaming charges and the EU, or how to play a zero-sum game

One thing the Brexit debate hasn't been short on is hyperbole, with much talk about a potential economic Armageddon triggered by a leave scenario.…

Users fear yet another hack as TalkTalk services go down

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:54:50 GMT

Vague hint about the weather in bland company statement

TalkTalk is down again, with frighteningly little being said by the business as to why.…

TalkTalk says 8-month app outage lasting 'bit longer than we hoped'

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:56:09 GMT

Leave? You'll miss out on 100% unavailability of Talk2Go...

TalkTalk's Talk2Go app has been offline for eight months - since that breach, in fact - but that hasn't stopped the business reminding those trying to leave that they'd be missing out on it if they went elsewhere.…

One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

Thu, 26 May 2016 10:33:39 GMT

24-hour trial takes a load off (for the operator)

Mobile operator Three is pushing ahead with plans to block ads on its network in the UK during a one-day trial next month.…

Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

Thu, 26 May 2016 00:47:23 GMT

Wham, jam, pay Uncle Sam

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined a Florida chap and a Chinese business over cellphone jamming boxes.…