COP26: How 5G can help to achieve net zero targets

Ahead of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, a report commissioned by Mobile UK highlights the role 5G will play in achieving net zero targets.

Mobile UK is the trade association of the UK’s mobile network operators: EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone. The report, 5G’s Crucial Role in the Race to Combat Climate Change: How 5G will help lay the path to net zero, examines how the operators can play their part in tackling one of the biggest threats to our health, environment,...

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...

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,...

IBM and Airspan Networks target increased European adoption of 5G-enabled Open RAN

IBM has partnered with Airspan Networks in a bid to accelerate the adoption of 5G-enabled Open RAN technologies across Europe.

Open RAN delivers hardware and software that are based on interoperable and open standards—delivering greater choice and lower costs for operators while preventing vendor lock-in and enabling innovative new players to break the market hold of the handful of established players.

One of those emerging players is Florida-based Airspan...

Google’s subsea cable Grace Hopper delivers a ‘new generation’ of transatlantic connectivity

Google has announced that its subsea cable Grace Hopper has landed in the UK, bringing with it a “new generation” of transatlantic connectivity.

The new subsea cable is one of the first to be connected between the US and UK since 2003 and stretches from New York, US to Bude, UK and Bilbao, Spain.

With its 16-fibres, Google bosses claim Grace Hopper has 340 Tbps of capacity—equivalent to approximately "17.5 million people streaming 4K video...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ookla analysis finds Starlink faster than the UK’s fixed broadband

Ookla’s latest analysis finds that Starlink’s median download speed is much faster than the UK’s fixed broadband average.

The analysis uses Speedtest data from Q2 2021 and found the average Starlink download speed to be 108.30 Mbps, over double the UK’s fixed broadband average of 50.14 Mbps.

Starlink’s lead narrowed in upload speed where it posted an average of 15.64 Mbps, compared to the UK’s fixed broadband of 14.76 Mbps.

Unsurprisingly, Starlink...