Ofcom’s Kicking off its Next 4G and 5G Spectrum Auction Next Week

Ofcom has just confirmed its next spectrum auction will begin next Tuesday (20th March), selling off slices of the 4G and 5G spectrum to networks wishing to expand their wireless portfolios. Read More >>

MWC 2018: Intel’s Only Gone and Made a 5G Laptop

5G is one of the big themes at MWC this year, with companies trying to flog hardware, infrastructure, and concepts to take advantage of the next generation of mobile signal. Intel is no different, and amongst the many 5G-related things it has on show is something fairly cool: a 5G laptop concept. Read More >>

The O2 Arena is being Turned Into a 5G Test Bed

Networks are big on sponsoring real locations, and they do love turning those locations into testing ground for new mobile signal. EE's done it with Wembley quite a lot, and now O2 is doing something similar at the O2 Arena and turning it into a test bed for 5G. Read More >>

EE and Three Have Lost Their Respective Legal Fights Over the 5G Spectrum Auction

Both EE and Three have issues with how Ofcom is handling the upcoming 5G spectrum auction, and have taken the matter to court to try and get their own way. Both fights were over different things, but the courts have ruled in favour of Ofcom. Read More >>

EE Threatens Ofcom With the Lawyers Over Spectrum Auction

BT's EE mobile division is about to send a scary letter to Ofcom, threatening it with court action over a ruling that future mobile spectrum sales should be capped for some networks. Read More >>

uVue Just Successfully Tested the First 5G-Controlled Drone

5G is being lauded as a miracle tech at the moment, promising a great many things like superior mobile broadband and massive improvements to IoT tech. Add one more thing to the list, because uVue has now successfully carried out drone flights remotely controlled via a 5G connection. Read More >>

Ofcom Tries to Limit EE and Vodafone’s 4G/5G Aspirations

Modern-day god of the sky Ofcom has released the rules that will cover the next batch of mobile frequency auctions, and it's sort of good and sort of bad depending on which of the mobile networks you wear the scarf of. Read More >>

UK 5G Tech Trials are Starting in Early 2018

A group of three UK universities says it'll have enough hardware cobbled together in order to run a small test of a potential 5G network tech in early 2018, with King's College London and Surrey and Bristol Universities hoping to demonstrate the data transmission protocols of the future rather soon. Read More >>

ESA Suggests 5G Delivered By Satellite Would Be Excellent

The European Space Agency is trying to drum up a bit of support for delivering 5G services via satellite. This is a departure from the current system of of huge masts dotted everywhere, although it's quite unlikely that satellites will totally replace these. Read More >>

Samsung is Trialling 5G in the UK This Year

The UK's first 5G trials, with a focus on fixed wireless access, are set to begin during the second half of this year, thanks to a partnership between Samsung and telecommunications company Arqiva. Read More >>

New NIC Report Tears Into UK’s 4G Coverage, Gushes Over 5G

A new report from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has slammed the state of the UK’s 4G coverage, sticking our nation in 54th place in a grand table of the world’s 4G-iest countries. Read More >>

Three Network Wants You to Moan to Ofcom About Spectrum Wins

A group of UK mobile and broadband networks is asking their customers to pressurise Ofcom into making the mobile data spectrum allocations fairer (for them), suggesting that future spectrum caps should be limited to just 30 per cent per operator of available spectrum within each chunk that's sold off. Read More >>

Ordnance Survey Called in to Map UK Towns for 5G

Our Ordnance Survey mappers have been chosen to lead a team feeding data to future 5G networks, with the hope being that ultra-detailed maps of towns will give planners and mobile providers a better idea of where to place their masts so we can all have 5G, all of the time. Read More >>

Don’t Forget a Massive Data SIM Alongside Your Self-driving Car

So here's a bit of a problem with the Internet of Everything and the cars of the future that will drive us about while we hunt for Pokemon and enjoy 4K films on our mobile phones from the back seat -- how are our cars going to chit-chat with the servers all day? They'll need a connection, of course, and may consume as much mobile internet at 3,000 people do each day. Read More >>

Facebook Is Building Its Own Antennae So That More People Can Use Facebook

Yesterday, Zuckerberg waxed poetic about the future of global connectivity, and now day two of Facebook’s F8 developer conference is giving us more details. Two terrestrial based programmes—no nifty drones needed—hope to technically leapfrog fibre with throughput speeds maxing out at a blazing 2.1Gbps. Read More >>