BT Wholesale has signed a 10 year deal with O2 (Telefonica UK) to support the operator’s forthcoming launch of 4G mobile network services. The deal is said to be worth around £500m over the next decade. Continue reading
Ofcom have announced the winners of the 4G mobile auction. After 50 rounds of bidding which raised just over £2.3 billion, both Vodafone and O2 were able to secure parts of the network for their planned 4G coverage. Continue reading
Last Tuesday, Ofcom opened up the registration for parties interested in bidding for the 4G licenses next year. Applicants had until 16:00 on 11th December to express their interests as well as submit the initial £100,000 deposit. Continue reading
Vodafone UK has given more details on how they will be sharing masts across the UK with O2 UK. As reported here back in October and June, instead of having seperate masts for each network, they will be putting their masts and O2’s masts together, getting rid of duplicates and building out some new ones. Once done, Vodafone estimate that there will be 18,500 of them. Continue reading
From early next year, Vodafone customers will be able to use the London Underground Wi-Fi service for free.
The infrastructure for this network was installed by Virgin Media earlier this year in time for the London Olympics, and Virgin Media has allowed all users with Wi-Fi enabled devices to to use it without charge. However Virgin Media announced last month that the service will be chargeable to non Virgin Media customers from the beginning of 2013. However, Vodafone have manage to come to an agreement that their customers can log into the Wi-Fi service for nothing, using their My Vodafone account details. Continue reading
According to the report, 20 million Gigabytes of data is now being consumed in a month by mobile phone users. Compared to the same period last year, where 9 million Gigabytes of data was used, this is an increase of more than double the amount, an equivalent of downloading 5 billion music tracks. They predict that this could increase by 80 times that amount buy 2030. Even with the advent of 4G next year, Ofcom forsee an issue of possible “capacity crunch” in the forseable future as networks struggle to meet the data demands of its customers. Continue reading
Earlier this week Ofcom, the communications regulator published the timetable for the sale of the 4G mobile spectrum auction.
This timetable set out the dates of the principal steps that mobile network providers must take in order to be allowed to bid for a portion of the spectrum that was released earlier this year when the TV analogue signal was switched off. Continue reading
O2 UK and Vodafone UK can now update to the latest Android software update, for Samsung’s flagship mobile handset, the Galaxy S III. Continue reading
4G services from major UK operators could be rolling from late summer next year, as watchdog Ofcom has secured the freeing up of the necessary spectrum ahead of time.
BlackBerry users on the Vodafone UK network have been hit with an outage that has affected their data connection. This means that they are unable to send or receive emails, BBM or able to access websites.
At the time of this post, it would appear that services might be slowly coming back online, as users are reporting that some emails are coming through. However there will have been a backlog of pending messages that will have built up, and it could be some time before everything is back up and running normally.