Mobile coverage still limited in many rural areas, says Ofcom

Half of premises in remote locations across the UK still have “patchy or unreliable” mobile reception, despite wider improvements to mobile coverage across the country. According to Ofcom’s annual report, reliable voice calls are now available to 97% of premises in urban homes and offices from all operators, while 83% have access to complete 4G…

Vodafone lifts lid on manhole covers to install new antennas

  Vodafone UK’s Senior Networks Manager Mohamed Elhabiby installing a 4G-enabled manhole and cover in Newbury, Berkshire. Vodafone is lifting the lid on manhole covers to install small antennas below street level to help improve 4G mobile coverage for customers in busy urban areas.  Vodafone is using inventive ways to expand…

O2 to compensate customers over 3G and 4G data outage

O2 has confirmed it will compensate users affected by the software fault that took the mobile network’s data services offline for 24 hours. The company said its 3G and 4G data networks, which were taken offline by a software issue on Thursday morning, were restored to normal on Friday. Some O2 customers also reported being…

O2 network goes down – millions unable to use 4G mobile data

UK customers have reported not being able to use mobile data to access the internet and other services on the company’s network. It has confirmed engineers are working to fix the issue. We are aware our customers are unable to use data this morning. Our technical teams are working on the issue with high priority.…

BT removes Chinese-manufactured Huawei equipment from core networks

BT has confirmed it is removing Huawei equipment from key areas of its 4G network, as concerns continue to be raised about the Chinese firm’s presence in critical telecoms infrastructure. Governments in the US, New Zealand and Australia have already moved to block the use of Huawei’s equipment as part of the future roll-out of…

Audi Lunar Quattro Rovers to connect to Vodafone 4G Moon Network

You might not be able to get 4G in your house, but pretty soon you'll be able to get it on the moon (though perhaps it seems a little drastic to move there for faster data)! Vodafone plans to create the first 4G network on the moon to support a mission by PTScientists and has…

We are paying for 143 million GB of mobile data we don’t use, claims uSwitch survey

Mobile customers in the UK are collectively paying for 143 million gigabytes worth of data every month that they don’t use, according to research by uSwitch.com, the price comparison and switching service. The research suggests that a huge number of mobile users are in packages where the data allowance is too big for their needs -…

Vodafone provides 4G to Cornish village with 8m ‘mini mobile mast’

Vodafone UK claims to have achieved an industry first with the successful trial of a new 4G mini mobile mast in the small village of Porthcurno on the southern Cornish coast. The mini mast is now providing customers with 4G mobile data speeds of more than 200Mbps, as well as a strong voice signal, for…

4G coverage better in Peru than Britain, says damning report from Lord Adonis

Paddington Bear could get better 4G reception in his home country of Peru than at the London station which he's named after Britain has worse mobile internet coverage than Romania, Albania and Peru and suffers from vast 'digital deserts', a report has found. Lord Andrew Adonis, who led the investigation, told…