Virgin Media O2 launches its first joint product since £31B merger

Virgin Media O2 has launched Volt, the company’s first joint product since the £31 billion merger between the telecoms giants earlier this year.

Volt is a service that combines Virgin Media’s speedy broadband network with O2’s mobile connectivity into a single “supercharged” package for customers.

Benefits of taking up a broadband package and pay monthly mobile plan with Volt include:

A broadband speed boost to the next tier available (e.g. 100Mbps...

Opensignal: T-Mobile maintains 5G lead in the US while AT&T struggles

Opensignal’s latest independent report into the performance of US mobile networks shows a continued lead for T-Mobile in 5G while AT&T struggles.

T-Mobile wins the award for 5G download speed with an average of 118.7 Mbps, more than double Verizon and AT&T which scored 56 Mbps and 51.5 Mbps respectively.

It’s the fourth win in a row for T-Mobile in the 5G download speed category. Even more impressively, the operator extended its lead from 35.2 Mbps in...

Microsoft stopped a record 2.4 Tbps DDoS from around 70,000 devices

Microsoft swiftly put a stop to a record-breaking 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack that originated from around 70,000 compromised devices.

The DDoS targeted an unnamed Azure customer and would have been 140 percent higher than a 1 Tbps attack Microsoft stopped in 2020.

The latest attack would have even set a new record after surpassing a 2.3 Tbps attack that Amazon Web Services halted in February last year.

In a summary of DDoS attacks last year, Microsoft highlighted...

Ofcom announces ‘One Touch Switch’ to simplify changing broadband providers

Ofcom has announced a new “One Touch Switch” initiative to simplify the broadband switching process for consumers.

Telecom providers are among the most notorious businesses for bumping out-of-contract prices for consumers. They are especially predatory on older customers who are less likely to seek better deals.

Here’s just one example of a current package that over doubles in price:

Legislation introduced on 15 February 2020 mandates that broadband,...

ITU and Vodafone launch initiative to connect 3.4B unconnected

United Nations agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has partnered with Vodafone to launch an initiative to connect 3.4 billion people.

An internet connection is increasingly vital in the modern world to unlock opportunities. Faster connections can mean even greater opportunity, but any connection is better than none.

According to research (PDF) by the ITU last year, of the 3.7 billion people who are not connected to the internet, 3.4 billion live within the...

The key to complete online independence is through crowdsourced VPNs

Geolocation is a key pillar of how the internet functions. Previously founded on the egalitarian principle of complete transparency and total openness is now routinely altered by geolocation services. Simply put, this means that users can access various sets of websites based on where they are surfing the web from. This results in online information silos, which have negative consequences such as restricting knowledge sharing, limiting cultural interchange, and allowing political discourse...

Ookla posts analysis of UK 5G performance in H1 2021

An Ookla analysis covering H1 2021 has found that 5G networks in the UK are getting faster and boosting consumer sentiment.

Early in the deployment of any new mobile network generation, it’s not clear to the wider public of the benefits. This is especially true as go-to metrics like download speeds aren’t initially as pronounced as often expected. However, those same people now share the sense of dread even when dropping from 4G to 3G.

Out of the gate, 5G speeds were...

5G smartphone sales revenue will grow 210% over the next four years

Revenue from 5G smartphone sales is expected to increase by 210 percent over the next four years.

A study from Juniper Research suggests that 5G smartphones will account for over 50 percent of sales revenue by 2025.

5G smartphone sales revenue for 2021 is expected to reach $108 billion and increase to $337 billion in 2025.

Newly-introduced 'right-to-repair' laws – designed to help tackle environmental waste and make it cheaper for customers to keep their...

AT&T delays 500,000 FTTP builds due to fibre supply issues

AT&T has been forced to delay 500,000 of its FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) builds due to an industry-wide fibre shortage.

Fibre is in high demand following a year when people were forced to appreciate the need for fast and robust connectivity. Unfortunately, the pandemic also played havoc with supply chains.

During a virtual conference, AT&T Senior Executive BP and CFO Pascal Desroches said:

"Through the second quarter, we hadn't really experienced any...

Over half of Virgin Media O2’s network can now access gigabit speeds

Virgin Media O2 has today launched gigabit speeds for a further one-and-a-half million homes, meaning that over half of its network can now access connectivity to support even the most demanding applications.

As of today, Virgin Media O2 has upgraded its network in several locations across all four nations of the UK.

Lutz Schüler, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Media O2, said:

“We are upgrading the UK to next-generation connectivity and today we’re...