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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.”



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


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.

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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.

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For those users not with Everything Everywhere (who were granted the 4G LTE spectrum by Ofcom), all is not lost.

Apple’s iPhone 5 has a set of 3G / 4G data connection technologies that may fill the gap in speeds that Vodafone, O2 and other carrier customers have felt they have lost out on.

The iPhone 5 uses the following 3G technologies: HSPA+, DC-HSPA and LTE. Continue reading