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Mobile Operator Grabs 4G Lead In UK — But Will Anything Work On It?

August 21st, 2012 08:09 admin View Comments

Cellphones

pbahra writes “Finally, the U.K. is going to get a 4G mobile-Internet service. For a country that was once at the cutting edge of mobile telephony, its lack of high-speed mobile broadband was becoming a severe embarrassment. Everything Everywhere, Britain’s largest mobile network operator, has been granted permission by U.K. regulator Ofcom to provide next-generation LTE services as early as Sept. 11. Although Ofcom’s ruling is a significant step for the U.K.’s telecoms future, the choice of frequency — 1,800 MHz — means that devices that can take advantage of the much faster data speeds that LTE offers — theoretically up to 100 megabits a second — are limited. Currently the only significant market using the frequency is South Korea. While 1,800 MHz is in use in a small number of European countries, and in Australia, numbers of users are small in comparison to the U.S. This means devices may be harder to get and cost more. So, anyone who thinks their new iPad is going to zip along at 4G speeds is going to be disappointed; the new iPad only supports U.S. LTE frequencies. For the same reason, those hanging on for the new iPhone, expected to be announced on Sept. 12, in the hope that it will be LTE-compliant are unlikely to have good news. Even if there is a new iPhone, and even if it is LTE-enabled, will it operate on Everything Everywhere’s frequency?”

Source: Mobile Operator Grabs 4G Lead In UK — But Will Anything Work On It?

Secret BBC Documents Reveal Flimsy Case For DRM

November 14th, 2011 11:06 admin View Comments

DRM

mouthbeef writes “The Guardian just published my investigative story on the BBC and Ofcom’s abuse of secrecy laws to hide the reasons for granting permission for DRM on UK public broadcasts. The UK public overwhelmingly rejected the proposal, but Ofcom approved it anyway, saying they were convinced by secret BBC arguments that couldn’t be published due to ‘commercial sensitivity.’ As the article shows, the material was neither sensitive nor convincing — a fact that Ofcom and the BBC tried to hide from the public.”

Source: Secret BBC Documents Reveal Flimsy Case For DRM

UK To Get Whitespace Radio

September 1st, 2011 09:54 admin View Comments

Television

judgecorp writes “The UK’s telecom regulator Ofcom will approve whitespace radio, allowing systems that use vacant spaces in the TV broadcast spectrum, on the same ‘license’ exempt basis as Wi-Fi. It is hoped that white space radio will solve the rural broadband crisis in the country. From the article: ‘Ofcom hopes for deployments by 2013, putting the UK ahead of other countries, and proposes it be used for a higher-power variant of Wi-Fi as well as for rural broadband connections and machine-to-machine communication.’”

Source: UK To Get Whitespace Radio

In Rural UK, Old 2G Phones Beat 3G Smarphones For Connectivity

August 13th, 2011 08:26 admin View Comments

Cellphones

hypnosec writes “A new research has showed that Smartphones are worse in connectivity than 2G enabled mobile phones in remote areas in the United Kingdom. The research conducted by telecom watchdog OfCom has revealed that users should invest in mobile phones different than latest Smartphones, if they prioritize best reception for calls. ‘As would be expected, all the 2G operators have widespread coverage of the roads that were surveyed with relatively few not-spots. 3G coverage is much lower on the roads driven, likely reflecting the stage of network roll out in Devon at the time of the study,’ the OfCom has reported.”

Source: In Rural UK, Old 2G Phones Beat 3G Smarphones For Connectivity

Why UK FM Needn’t Be Killed For Broadband

July 9th, 2011 07:40 admin View Comments

The Internet

superglaze writes “Alarmed by rumours of the UK telecoms regulator Ofcom considering a shut-down of FM radio in order to give more spectrum over to broadband, ZDNet UK’s Rupert Goodwins has proposed another idea: the reuse of the mostly disused ‘Band I’ and the creation of a new, national open mesh network — a plan that could bring internet connectivity to everyone at very low cost.”

Source: Why UK FM Needn’t Be Killed For Broadband

White Space Radio To Be Tested In Cambridge

June 28th, 2011 06:14 admin View Comments

Communications

judgecorp writes “White space radio, the technology which could provide broadband networks by using TV spectrum more efficiently, will be tested in Cambridge. A consortium including Microsoft, BT and the BBC will check the technology does not interfere with TV, and test it for mobile broadband and telemetry. The regulator, Ofcom, has already set out likely terms for legalising white space radio and seems on track to approve it soon.”

Source: White Space Radio To Be Tested In Cambridge

UK ISPs To Make Voluntary Net-Neutrality Commitment

March 10th, 2011 03:27 admin View Comments

The Internet

Mark.JUK writes “A UK government advisory body, the Broadband Stakeholders Group, has confirmed that most of the major fixed line internet providers in the country will next week sign-up to a new Voluntary Code of Practice on Traffic Management Transparency. Recently everybody from the European Commission to the UK government has called upon ISPs to be more ‘transparent’ with their traffic management policies, which until now have been too vague and often fail to inform customers about any background restrictions that might be being imposed upon their services. The new code is likely to surface as a result of last year’s Net Neutrality consultation — the principal of treating all internet traffic as equal — by the country’s communications regulator. Ofcom is not expected to enforce any tough new rules, largely due to a lack of evidence for market harm, but will recommend greater transparency from ISPs. However, to most providers, transparency usually means yet more unreadable small print.”

Source: UK ISPs To Make Voluntary Net-Neutrality Commitment

Smart Grid Brings Powerline Broadband Back?

January 5th, 2011 01:15 admin View Comments

judgecorp writes “The UK is giving powerline broadband a serious trial once again, in up to 1000 homes in Liverpool. The technology was once hailed as an alternative to ADSL, delivered over the electricity mains, but lost out because of radio interference and price. The UK government is backing the installation of smart meters across the country, and it seems a new generation of 200Mbps powerline broadband could ride on that, cutting the installation costs. What about the interference issues? A recent FAQ from the regulator, Ofcom, says it has not found any evidence of a breach of EMC rules, but is keeping an eye on it.”

Source: Smart Grid Brings Powerline Broadband Back?

British ISPs Favour Well-Connected Customers

July 30th, 2010 07:12 admin View Comments

scurtis writes “An insider has told eWEEK Europe that some Internet service providers in the UK only sign-up customers who can be guaranteed a good service, in order to improve average speed claims. The revelation comes after the regulator Ofcom criticised broadband service providers earlier this week for not delivering the speeds promised to consumers. Meanwhile, TalkTalk’s chairman Charles Dunstone has argued that Ofcom could be doing a lot more to push BT — as the operator of the copper infrastructure — to improve maintenance of the lines and its communication with fellow service providers.”

Source: British ISPs Favour Well-Connected Customers

UK ISP Spots a File-Sharing Loophole, Implements It

April 28th, 2010 04:03 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “As well as taking an active part in OFCOM’s code of obligations in regards to the ill-conceived Digital Economy Act (the UK three-strikes law for filesharers), niche ISP Andrews & Arnold have identified various loopholes in the law, the main one being that a customer can be classified as a communications provider. They have now implemented measures so in your control panel you may register your legal status and be classed as such.” Another of the loopholes this inventive ISP sussed out: “Operating more than one retail arm selling to customers and allowing customers to migrate freely with no change to service between those retail arms, thus bypassing copyright notice counting and any blocking orders.”

Source: UK ISP Spots a File-Sharing Loophole, Implements It

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