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Ofcom Improve UK Spectrum Sharing for Mobile and Wireless Broadband

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today announced a series of improvements to their spectrum sharing framework, which among other things will “significantly increase the availability of spectrum” to help improve the performance and business models of using this to foster new types of 4G, 5G, wireless broadband and mobile services etc. The existing spectrum sharing framework was first introduced in 2019 (here) and paved the way for lots of smaller mobile and fixed wireless broadband...

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EE UK TV Customers Get Eurosport’s Olympics Coverage for Free

Broadband ISP and UK mobile operator EE (BT) has today announced that customers of their pay TV service will be able to access discovery+’s extensive coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 24, regardless of what package they’re on and “at no extra cost” until 12th August. EE TV’s discovery+ basic customers will thus gain access to discovery+ Standard at no extra cost for the aforementioned period, enabling them to stream every moment of the Games live. This means customers will be able to access...

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Connexin’s LoRaWAN Wireless Network to Connect Northumbrian Water Meters

Fixed wireless and UK broadband provider Connexin UK has signed a new deal that will see their Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) being expanded to connect up to 900,000 of Northumbrian Water‘s smart meters across the North East, which is something they’ve already done in other parts of the country. Fixed wireless LoRa networks harness only a small slice of lower frequency radio spectrum (usually in one of the sub-1GHz bands like 868MHz or 915MHz) in order to support relatively slow, but...

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Singapore bidding farewell to 3G this summer

News Operators will begin shutting down the network technology from August 1 Singapore’s mobile operators have today confirmed that they will begin shutting down their 3G networks in the coming months. M1 says that it will begin the switch off from the start of next month, while Singtel and StarHub say they will begin to discontinue 3G services from November. This transition is slightly behind schedule. Last summer, all three operators issued a joint statement saying that they would switch off...

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Andrews & Arnold Clash with Ofcom Over Broadband ISP Switching Woes

The boss of UK ISP Andrews & Arnold (AAISP), Adrian Kennard, has written somewhat of a spicy open letter to Ofcom – highlighting both their concerns with the preparedness of the organisation (TOTSCo) overseeing development of the new broadband provider switching system and with the regulator’s own “lack of response” to this. Just to recap. The industry-led One Touch Switching Company (TOTSCo) is responsible for implementing Ofcom’s now heavily delayed One Touch Switch (OTS) migration...

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Study Finds No Mobile Operator in Powys Surpasses 50% for Good Coverage

Mobile UK network analyst firm Streetwave has published the first results from their work with the Growing Mid Wales (GMW) programme, which uses bin lorries to map local network (4G, 5G etc.) coverage and broadband performance. Overall, none of the mobile operators provided “Good Coverage” across more than 50% of Powys’ road network, but EE does come top (49%). The use of bin collections to map mobile coverage and data performance is one that has only recently started to become popular (here,...

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ISP Brsk Boost Broadband Speed of Entry Level UK Plan to 150Mbps

Full fibre operator and broadband ISP Brsk, which now covers 573,050 UK premises (RFS) with their FTTP network and is in the process of being merged into Netomnia (here), has today boosted the speed of their entry-level ‘BetterNet100‘ package from 100Mbps to 150Mbps (symmetric) at no extra cost for new customers. New residential customers would have previously paid £23 per month (normally £25) for a 100Mbps (symmetric) package on a 24-month term and this rises up to £32 (normally £45) for...

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Devon and Somerset UK Re-opens 4G Mobile Boost Scheme

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project in England has re-opened their Mobile Boost Voucher Scheme (MBVS) after receiving £430,000 of fresh funding. The scheme works to improve rural 4G mobile (mobile broadband and voice) availability by offering vouchers (up to £1,300) to help deploy indoor signal boosters or repeaters. The MBVS, which is being funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s (HotSWLEP) Growth Deal, is targeted at those premises which have no...

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BBVA and Telefónica Tech sign Mexican cybersecurity deal 

News  The new tech is set to enhance the safety of the bank’s digital customers in over 25 countries  BBVA, the multinational Spanish bank, has entered into a strategic alliance with Telefónica Tech to bolster its global cybersecurity efforts. The partnership is expected to use advanced AI and process automation technologies to prevent cyber threats across BBVA’s global operations.  Telefónica Tech will provide nearly 50 services for BBVA, “ranging from solutions for the proactive anticipation...

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Full Fibre UK ISP Hyperoptic Launch New Zyxel Broadband Router

City-focused broadband ISP Hyperoptic, which has so far extended their full fibre (FTTP/B) network to cover “more than” 1.73 million homes and 340,000 customers in parts of 64 UK towns and cities, has this afternoon informed ISPreview that they’re launching a new router – a branded version of the Zyxel EX3301. The Zyxel EX3301 is a dual-band router with the built-in 2×2 802.11ax WiFi 6 (theoretical wireless speeds of up to c.1800Mbps) and Zyxel MPro Mesh support. As well as the usual support...

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