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LTE-U may offer an alternative to 5G

The hunt for faster and more stable networks never ends. However, the transition to new technologies is often quite rocky and full of controversy. For instance, many thought that moving to 4G was not essential yet I cannot imagine any frequent user of mobile data nowadays going back to 3G speeds. Now, the US is […]

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Operators Opinion

Big data – what it means for mobile operators

There has been a lot of hype about “big data” in recent years, but what does it mean for mobile network operators and how can they benefit from it? Big data is a catch-all term that involves new methods and technologies for collecting, managing, and analysing in real-time the vast increase in data (now typically […]

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Operators

Vodafone data: Now the equivalent of One2One GRPS

Whatever happened to Vodafone? Once the shining beacon of technical capability, Vodafone’s data connection appears to have regressed in performance to the point where it’s virtually indistinguishable from One2One at the height of it’s popularity. One2One was the previous name of T-Mobile. All those years ago. Those were the days. Do you remember them? One2One […]

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Operators

Everything Everywhere (“EE”) launch press release: Read it in full

Now and again I like to publish press releases in full when I feel the situation warrants it. I think the launch of the UK’s first 4G network qualifies, particularly since the release reveals some rather interesting offerings. First, though, have a read: – – – – – EE TO LAUNCH SUPERFAST SPEEDS, EXCITING NEW […]

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Operators

Everything Everywhere is hunting for a Social Media Data Manager

For those of you reading who’re seriously into social media — I know there’s quite a few of you — you might be interested to have a look at the job spec for Everything Everywhere’s new Social Media Data Manager role. It pays £40k, plus car allowance, plus bonus, plus flexible benefit options — and, […]

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Operators

Vodafone UK is “shocked” at the “careless disregard” of Ofcom on 4G spectrum

The team at Vodafone UK are seriously annoyed. Enough to use some rather emotive language when describing the behaviour of the industry’s regulator, Ofcom. What’s Ofcom done wrong this time? They’ve allowed Everything Everywhere (i.e. T-Mobile and Orange) to use their existing 1800 MHz spectrum for 4G services. The short story being that, theoretically, Everything […]

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Operators

T-Mobile’s Full Monty price plan: Unlimited everything — it’s brilliant and it’s the way ahead

For a long time I’ve been banging on about mobile operators simply not ‘getting it’. One of the key points I’ve been keen to assert is that dicking about charging me stupid little pennies (or, actually, huge lumps of pennies) for calls, texts and so on, was a total waste of time and resources. In […]

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Operators

Everything Everywhere removes 22 senior executives — good news, I think

Mobile News is reporting that 22 senior executives are to go at Everything Everywhere. I think this is good news — anything that will help the company move faster and quicker, without too many things being ‘stuck in committee’ can only be positive: Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee continues restructure policy axing 22 senior positions […]

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Services

WiFi hotspot services in airports: Totally fracking rubbish

I’ve been doing a bit of travel recently and that’s exposed me to the utter shit that is a modern WiFi hotspot. I don’t remember them being this bad. Every single one I’ve used recently has been a pile of stinking shite. I’ve ended up using my BlackBerry’s EDGE connection rather than dick about with […]

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Devices

T-Mobile’s new offering for micro businesses and sole traders

Now then, I’m going to withhold my usual barrage of criticism for this country’s mobile operators to bring you news from T-Mobile UK. They’re getting somewhere. Having completed research that shows that many sole traders and micro businesses reckon the next year will be tough (70% anticipate revenue staying the same or decreasing next year), […]

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Operators Opinion

Everything Everywhere: An open letter to Olaf Swantee — from a senior executive

I was contacted recently by a senior executive at Everything Everywhere in the wake of the announcement of Tom Alexander stepping down. The executive detailed mounting frustration from across the business at the lack of progress under Tom’s leadership — and some dismay that the new chap taking over from Tom, Olaf Swantee, doesn’t quite […]

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Operators

T-Mobile UK: Do you still plan on spending cash with the News of the World? #notw

Today there’s a challenging conundrum sweeping the social media desks at big brands across the United Kingdom. The Corporate Communications Directors are — as I type — looking expectantly at their social media gurus, demanding answers. Yesterday’s revelations about the News of the World newspaper hacking the voicemail of a missing (and sadly, murdered) teenager […]