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EE Joins the Ranks of Network Operators Bringing 4G to the London Underground

EE boss, Marc Allera, confirms that EE will be joining O2 and Vodafone in the London Underground 4G trial. Read More >>

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TfL Taps O2 to Bring 4G to London Underground in March 2020 Starting With Jubilee Line

O2 has signed an agreement with TfL to bring 4G to the London Underground. Read More >>

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Mobile Networks Agree on Mast Sharing to Patch-Up Rural Coverage

The big UK mobile networks have agreed on a joint plan of action to tackle some of the poorest rural connection not-spots and only-if-you-stand-there-spots, and are creating – with the promise of £1bn of new-ish money from various sources including the government – a Shared Rural Network to allow roaming for subscribers currently lumbered with only one half decent mast gently microwaving to their turf. Read More >>

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Vodafone UK Trials Cheaper, Open Source Mast Tech

This fairly complicated bit of hardcore comms technology news from Vodafone seems quite important, if we understand it right, as it promises to lower the cost of mobile mast installations and therefore opens a door to more masts and hopefully a resulting increase in coverage, perhaps even ending the blackspot hell where you live. Read More >>

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80 Per Cent of the UK Still Lacks Full 4G Coverage

Something we already know is being told to us by consumer champ Which?, with the flag-waver bearing the obvious news and retelling the classic fable about the UK not being covered by a high-spec 4G web of infinite connectivity. Read More >>

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Community Groups Gain Access to Unused Mobile Spectrum to Create Hyperlocal Networks

Communications regulator Ofcom is opening up access to some unused chunks of the mobile connectivity spectrum, allowing businesses, community groups and even the more savvy of the farmers to apply for the right to create their own mobile networks to connect all their things and alleviate the menace of rural boredom. Read More >>

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London Underground Will Offer Some 4G Coverage by Next Year

Transport for London (TfL) has pledged that the entire tube network will have 4G connectivity by the mid 2020s. Read More >>

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EE Fined for Spamming its Own Subscribers

Mobile operator EE has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office, for committing the crime of being overly chummy with its subscribers to the tune of 2.5m unsolicited text messages. Read More >>

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Virgin Media Wants a Pat on the Back for Offering Customers Options When Their Broadband Is Out

Virgin Media has rolled out a new service promise which means it will graciously do what it is you're paying it for, by making sure you stay connected to the internet in the event of broadband issues. Read More >>

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Huawei Pledges to Sign a “No Spy” Agreement With the Government

Huawei's chairman has come over to the UK to do a bit of metaphorical firefighting in the wireless infrastructure world, and has come up with an amazing plan to stop Western administrations worrying that the tech firm may hand the Chinese government access to our communications: promising it won't, via an innovative "no-spy" pledge. Read More >>

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4G Emergency Services Network Now £3bn Over Budget With No End in Sight

The long-winded process of switching our emergency services over to a new 4G communications system is unlikely to finish any time soon, with a government watchdog saying the EE-led network is unlikely to even hit its current switchover date of the distant future year of 2022. And December of 2022 at that. Read More >>

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36 Undiscovered Flaws in 4G LTE Revealed by a New Security Tool

While carriers continue working on building out 5G infrastructure before networks officially go live later this year, a team of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have been looking for flaws in existing 4G LTE wireless networks. And by using a tool dubbed the “LTEFuzz,” the team managed to find more than 50 different vulnerabilities, 36 of which were previously undocumented. Read More >>

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Vodafone Dressed a Drone Up Like Santa’s Sleigh for the UK’s First 4G Drone Delivery

For all the talk there's been about using drones to deliver things to people, there's been a distinct lack of progress making it happen. In fact the UK has only just managed to complete a single drone delivery using 4G, which shows how far things are from Jeff Bezos's dream of flying courier-free Amazon fulfilment. But even baby steps are progress, right? Read More >>

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O2 Says its Data Network is Working Again and it May Bung Users Some Free Data as an Apology

O2 has said that its UK 4G network is up and running again after yesterday's universal collapse, so our little glimpse into the horrifying blackouts of the future and the crash of all mobile services is over. No one died, did they? We can find where to go without Google Maps, can't we? Read More >>

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You Can Finally Preorder the 4G Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Bluetooth Samsung Galaxy Watch has been available on these shores for about a month now, but the version with its own 4G connection has ironically been taking a little longer to load. Read More >>