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 →
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.
Bluetooth has become a must-have feature of any modern smartphone and became available in 5 billion devices back in 2010. Since then the wireless technology has continued to grow and the launch of Bluetooth 4.0 with Bluetooth Smart looks set to accelerate it’s growth further. Continue reading →
According to this PDF, the Olympic Committee are prohibiting many items such as knives, firearms, ammununtion and illegal drugs but also 3G Wireless Hotspots.
According to the rules, “smart devices” like iPhones, Androids and tablets are permitted in the Olympic venues but they must not be used as wireless hotspots/access points. Understandably, in crowded events these hotspots will use up available bandwidth in the area and cause a strain for the carrier networks. It could also be because BT are the offical partner for the Olympics and they are offering paid access to their WiFi network.
No noisemakers are allowed either. So no vuvuzelas, airhorns or drums.
O2 announces that it has switched on a new superfast 3G network across London this week, having gained permission to reuse the 900MHz spectrum for 3G services from Ofcom, the UK Communications Regulator, back in January. O2 is the first UK operator to take advantage of the change to its 900MHz network licence and the new 3G900 network layer in London is expected to deliver a 50% increase in capacity to O2’s existing 3G network. Continue reading →