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...

LightBox releases a US broadband map while the FCC fixes its own

The FCC’s more accurate US national broadband map is expected to be a year away, but LightBox is providing one in the meantime.

A previous map of broadband availability used by the FCC was criticised as being inaccurate and greatly overestimating both the coverage and speeds available to Americans.

The inaccuracies – hindering critical decisions like funding allocations – were due to a reliance on data from ISPs themselves who were incentivised to overstate their...

Deutsche Telekom and Tele2 sell T-Mobile Netherlands for €5.1B

Deutsche Telekom and Tele2 are selling T-Mobile Netherlands to WP/AP Telecom Holdings, a consortium jointly controlled by Apax and Warburg Pincus.

A strategic review of T-Mobile NL was launched by Deutsche Telekom in May. The deal, worth an enterprise value of €5.1 billion, marks the completion of the review.

Deutsche Telekom believes that it’s leaving T-Mobile NL in safe hands to “a consortium with long-standing experience and differentiated strategic value add in...

OneWeb sends a further 34 broadband satellites into orbit

OneWeb continues to gain momentum after sending a further 34 of its broadband satellites into orbit.

Arianespace launched the satellites from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 21 August at 23:13 BST. The satellites were dispensed in nine batches over a period of three hours 45 minutes and successful contact was made with all satellites.

Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb, commented:

“Following the successful completion of our ‘Five to 50’ mission, we are building on...

Vodafone’s latest IoT solution aims to end water industry stagnation

Vodafone has launched a new IoT solution that aims to “accelerate change” in the water industry.

While many industries are embracing digital transformation – enabled by Industry 4.0 technologies – the water industry has largely remained stubbornly stagnant.

Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone UK, said:

“There is growing demand on the UK water companies to increase efficiency and reduce wastage. We’ve worked closely with the water industry to...

T-Mobile ordered to prove it didn’t lie to get Sprint merger approval

T-Mobile has been ordered to prove it didn’t lie to government regulators about its 3G shutdown plans to win approval for its Sprint merger.

In a ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), T-Mobile is ordered “to show cause why it should not be sanctioned by the Commission for violating Rule 1.1 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure for false, misleading, or omitted statements.”

CPUC accuses T-Mobile of making false statements...

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...

Verizon and AWS deploy MEC to cover 13 metropolitan areas

The addition of three new locations means that 13 metropolitan areas now support mobile edge computing (MEC) applications on Verizon’s network.

As of this week, developers and businesses can now build and deploy edge applications in: Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix. These locations join the ten existing areas of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington DC.

Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief...

RootMetrics: EE is the sole UK operator with 5G availability above 55% in any city

Independent tests from RootMetrics find that EE is the sole UK operator with 5G availability above 55 percent in any city.

In fact, the UK’s largest operator by mobile subscribers can boast everyday 5G availability above 55 percent in four major cities: Birmingham (64.6%), Nottingham (63.9%), Manchester (59.4%), Leicester (57.8%), and Cardiff (55.8%).

Compared to last year, EE managed to improve its 5G availability in 13 cities. Furthermore, the operator has the...