Nokia and Vodafone set gigabit fibre broadband record

Nokia and Vodafone have joined forces to set a new gigabit fibre broadband record through a successful Passive Optical Network (PON) trial.

PON implements a point-to-multipoint topology, in which a single optical fibre serves multiple endpoints by using unpowered fibre optic splitters to divide the fibre bandwidth among multiple access points.

Nokia’s renowned subsidiary Bell Labs provided its innovations for the trial, including the use of state-of-the-art digital...

Vodafone, Three, and O2 commit to building 222 masts together

Three of the UK’s four major telcos have committed to building 222 new masts as part of an endeavour to address rural coverage issues.

Vodafone, O2, and Three UK will build and share the new masts to improve rural 4G coverage across all four nations of the United Kingdom.

Nick Jeffery, CEO of Vodafone UK, said:

“We know connectivity is vital and the only way to fill the holes in the UK’s mobile coverage is to work together.

Our unique collaboration...

Four major European operators commit to supporting OpenRAN

Four of Europe’s largest operators have committed to supporting and deploying OpenRAN solutions.

In a joint statement today, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, and Vodafone said they are joining forces “to support the rollout of Open Radio Access Network (OpenRAN) as the technology of choice for future mobile networks to the benefit of consumer and enterprise customers across Europe.”

OpenRAN aims to disrupt the current RAN vendor monopoly with interoperable and...

Vodafone: ‘Clear majority’ want to see 5G used to transform healthcare

Vodafone’s latest report highlights the public appetite for using technologies such as 5G and the IoT to transform healthcare.

The aforementioned emerging technologies have vast potential for healthcare, especially when combined.

5G-equipped ambulances, for example, could communicate with smart traffic lights to ensure they can pass safely and unhindered. Four in five respondents to Vodafone’s report say they want to see 5G ambulances.

The speed,...

Vodafone will help break 5G vendor stranglehold with OpenRAN pledge

Vodafone has pledged to use 5G equipment from smaller OpenRAN vendors at one-fifth of its UK sites from 2027.

OpenRAN is an initiative to define and build RAN solutions that are interoperable, easy for operators to integrate, and, most importantly, are vendor-neutral. The end result should be a more competitive market with many new vendors emerging with capable solutions to disrupt the current stranglehold held by the major players.

Vodafone UK is a long-term supporter...

British mobile operators will be banned from selling locked phones

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has banned mobile operators from selling locked phones after December 2021.

Locking mobiles to specific networks often causes confusion for consumers and prevents them from switching at the end of their contracts.

Selina Chadha, Connectivity Director at Ofcom, said:

“We know that lots of people can be put off from switching because their handset is locked.

So we’re banning mobile companies from selling locked phones, which...

RootMetrics: EE continues its lead in the UK, but Three’s 5G is fastest

RootMetrics by IHS Markit's latest UK report shows no sign of EE losing its overall lead, but Three's 5G potential is beginning to emerge.

EE either took first place, or tied, in all seven of RootMetrics' categories: Overall, reliability, speed, data, accessibility, calls, and text.

The UK's largest mobile operator by subscribers managed to achieve a median download speed of 42.6Mbps across 16 major cities tested. In half of the cities, EE achieved 50Mbps. In Manchester,...

Vodafone: A ban on Huawei’s equipment will cost the UK its 5G lead

Vodafone has issued a warning to UK legislators that a full ban of Huawei’s equipment will cost the country its 5G lead.

"The UK's leadership in 5G will be lost if mobile operators are forced to spend time and money replacing existing equipment," Scott Petty, CTO of Vodafone UK, was quoted as saying by Financial Times and Reuters.

Petty says Vodafone is not tied to Huawei and the operator is testing equipment from Ericsson and other suppliers. However, replacing...