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
Research published by Deloitte, a business advisory firm predicts that smartphones will help generate sales of up to £3.5bn this Christmas in the UK..
This isn’t only direct sales of handsets but also how people will be using their handsets to help with their shopping. For example to reasearch proces, store Christmas shopping lists and to actually pay for goods. 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
The government is providing funds for a new project for the University of Surrey to develop the next generation of mobile broadband systems. Money for the research will be part of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, which chancellor George Osborne revealed would receive an extra £200m of cash, in his Conservative Party conference speech yesterday. 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.
What’s the true cost of cybercrime? At least £1.8bn a year in the UK alone, according to a new report. More than 12million people in the UK alone were affected by online crime. Continue reading
The government has defended its UK broadband implementation plans, following comments by former BT CTO Peter Cochrane that the initiative was “visionless”.
In an interview, Cochrane said Ed Vaizey’s claim that 2Mbit/s broadband would be sufficient for UK citizens was “dumb” and suggested that Vaizey did not understand the need for fast broadband.