In June 2014, Vodafone announced a national initiative to improve mobile network coverage and speed in rural areas where traditional cell towers could not be used. The program received a positive response with support coming from local MPs, councils and rural action groups. Continue reading
Forecasts by Price Waterhouse Coopers observe that incomes from mobile Internet access are set to overtake fixed line broadband services in 2017. Year on year increases are expected to attain £7bn by 2019 (the highest in Western Europe).
“The entire UK E&M sector is set to grow by 3.2% per year over the next 5 years and will be worth £66.6 billion by 2019,” commented PwC. Of this amount, 33% will be in demand for Internet services. This is based on £14 billion worth of spending on Internet services in 2014. Digital sectors such as TV advertising, out-of-home advertising and book publishing could push demand for digital services up, so that they attain a “50/50 share with non-digital in 2020″. Continue reading
O2 & US network management firm Vasona Networks have teamed up to pilot a new mobile data congestion management tool in central London. The pilot is aimed at improving mobile traffic management and capacity in London.
O2 will deploy Vasona’s SmartAIR 1000 edge application controller and SmartVISION analysis suite across 700 3G cell sites in the capital.
SmartAIR 1000 helps detect congestion on cells and helps reduce latency on data connections, while SmartVISION is an analysis tool that provides real-time and historic trends on the mobile network.
Tommy Björkberg O2 head of network strategy and programs says “Working with Vasona Networks on mobile traffic management and visibility is part of O2’s commitment to great customer experiences, We field tested in one of the world’s most densely-populated markets to confirm the Vasona platforms abilities to benefit mobile data performance for our customers. This pilot deployment represents the next phase of our work together.”
Biren Sood CEO of Vasona Networks added “Telefónica UK is implementing a mobile traffic management solution that also provides cell-level insight to enhance network planning and to speed resolution of issues, Our work with O2 is demonstration of how Vasona Networks collaborates with mobile network operators worldwide on assuring the best consumer experiences.”
Nokia has announced it will buy Panasonic’s mobile network arm in a move that will boost market share of its network business.
The deal includes Panasonics 3G and 4G mobile base stations for operators and relates to wireless equipment systems. Continue reading
After a £15 Million investment to upgrade in service, O2 have turned on its 4G network in Belfast and Lisburn. The £15 Million investment including the modernisation of its 2G and 3G networks, as well as the rollout of 4G.
£5 million more will be spent to extend this to other areas by the end of this year, including the city of Londonderry. Continue reading
O2 will upgrade a quarter of its 2G and 3G cell towers by the end of the year, and will spend around £16 million to bring 3G data coverage to an additional 200 areas.
The upgrade work will be covered on an area-by-area basis with key components refreshed or replaced, such as fibre connections, radio equipment, remote monitoring and device antennas. Continue reading
Today, telecoms regulator Ofcom, published a new consultation where they propose to increase the maximum allowed base station transmit power on the 1800Mhz spectrum for 3G and 4G. Continue reading
Ericsson has won a 5 year deal for upgrade Vodafone 2G and 3G networks and also to expand its 4G network as part of the operator’s Project Spring investment programme.
Vodafone has earmarked £7 billion for the Project Spring network upgrade that the company claims will create the world’s largest 4G roaming network.
If you’re a Vodafone customer who’s unfortunate enough to live, work or generally frequent a signal blackspot area, then you may be interested in one of their signal boosters: the Sure Signal, which has now been redesigned and improved. Continue reading
This week the European Commission issued a decision, ordering all 22 EU states to open up the UMTS band for LTE services by mid-2014. The paired terrestrial 2 GHz band (1920 to 1980 Mhz paired with 2110 to 2170 MHz) has been reserved for 3G services since late 90s. The decision by the European Commission makes it mandatory for all member states to open the relevant spectrum by the end of June 2014, and also lays down technical conditions to allow coexistence of different technologies in the band.