Millions of people are at risk of mobile signal blackouts because their area is not adequately served by full 4G coverage, Which? has reported.Research carried out by the consumer group has found that eight in 10 areas do not have consistent 4G mobile coverage from all four of the UK’s operators – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.Based on parliamentary constituencies, it said 524 out of 650 are affected. Rural Scotland and Wales still suffer from Britain’s lowest levels of mobile coverage, while parts of Sheffield, Essex, Brighton, Cardiff, Milton Keynes and Leeds were identified as being short of comprehensive 4G from the main providers, according to a Which? analysis of Ofcom’s Connected Nations data.The Government has committed to increasing geographic mobile coverage to 95% of the UK by 2022.Mark Hawthorne, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) People and Places Board, said that the Government needs to hold operators to account in any deals they … [Read more...] about Eight out of 10 UK areas lack full 4G coverage, says Which?
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Singtel-owned Australian telco Optus has called for rule changes that would compress Australia's three layers of government overseeing mobile tower deployments into a consistent, uniform national scheme that would speed up the rollout of 5G. To that end, the telco released a discussion paper on Friday that details its arguments, and also calls for telcos to be able to make "necessary minor and safe modifications" to utility poles already in place in order to add small cells. "Current deployment rules are governed by multiple tiers of governments, each with differing compensation schemes, zoning and installation exemptions," Optus vice-president of regulatory and public affairs Andrew Sheridan said last week. "The rules, which were originally designed two decades ago for large infrastructure deployment, do not appear to address some of the practical implementation issues involved in the mass deployment of 5G small cell infrastructure." While the deployment of small cells would … [Read more...] about Optus wants new mobile tower rules to steam roll obstinate councils and owners
The Australian government has announced that 180 more mobile towers will be built for the fourth round of the mobile blackspot program. Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie said 49 will be built by Optus and 131 by Telstra. "Today, in the great town of Burrumbuttock at a round one base station, I announced that under round four of the Mobile Black Spot Program there will be 180 communities who will receive new mobile phone coverage," McKenzie tweeted on Monday. Under the federal government's program, 682 mobile sites have been activated as of March 15. All base stations under the first three rounds will be operational by June 30, 2019, the government said, while round four base stations will be live by June 30, 2020. "The rollout is expected to commence shortly, with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of the year," the Communications Department said. "The locations of Round four base stations will be published shortly." The Rural Regional and … [Read more...] about Telstra and Optus to deliver 180 more base stations for mobile blackspot program
Verizon will charge an extra $10 per month for smartphone users to access its 5G network The carrier plans to roll out its 5G network to 30 U.S. cities this year after launching in Chicago and Minneapolis Whether Verizon will dominate the 5G market will depend on the possible merger between T-Mobile and Sprint Verizon will charge an extra $10 per month for smartphone users to access its 5G network. It's the first time a major communications company unveiled pricing for what experts say will be a faster service plan. The service carrier is launching its 5G network for its mobile users in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11. Customers using unlimited plans will be able to access the network for free for the first 90 days, after which they'll start paying the extra $10 per month for the service plan.Verizon and other carriers that want to roll out the 5G network are promising smartphone and home broadband users faster data speeds, less delays and the ability to connect to … [Read more...] about Verizon 5G network access will cost an extra $10 per month for mobile users
There is hardly a country in the world where rural connectivity is not a problem. The vastness and density of modern conurbations make providing fast and resilient mobile connectivity a significant challenge, but rural areas are in a different category. With dispersed populations and poor infrastructure, the business case for stepping up the speed and coverage of connectivity in the rural hinterland can be very difficult to make.Despite its relatively high population density, the UK is no exception. At the end of last year, Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator, revealed that 82 per cent of properties in the rural areas do not receive a 4G signal from all of the major phone networks, compared with 36 per cent in urban areas. It came as no surprise that what is arguably the first live trial of 5G in the UK (by EE) would be in London, at Canary Wharf in October, in a square where as many as 150,000 people pass through on an average day. Cities may race ahead in the connectivity … [Read more...] about Objective testing is required to bridge Britain’s mobile connectivity gap