Tag Archives: 3G


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

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.