Feeds

Vodafone makes 3G work!

So there's at least two phones in existence

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Vodafone was very excited this morning when it put out a press release saying it had made the UK's first voice call over a 3G mobile network - a year before the launch of the service.

Isn't that great? The first call made over the 3G infrastructure in West London.

Well, no, it isn't. What's so great about making a mobile phone call? We've been able to do it for at least 10 years. But this is over the 3G network, you say. So what? Why is 3G going to be so wonderful? Yes, because apparently we'll get video and music over it. Vodafone has said nothing about this - you'd think it would have if it had got it working.

The call took place over the operator's initial 30 base stations in the Thames Valley. Incredible. So what have we learnt? That if you only want a 3G phone for voice calls and have 30 base stations to yourself then you have spent your money wisely.

And why wasn't the press invited to this revolutionary achievement?

The fact is that 3G's future looks very shaky. A huge number of new masts are needed to get the service running. This costs a lot of money - on top of the ludicrous sums paid for a licence to even run the service in the first place. Then there is the growing opposition to phone masts - people don't want them anywhere near their homes. And then there's the large delay in putting masts up thanks the foot-and-mouth epidemic.

If a company whose future relies on 3G has just managed to get voice calls working, will it really be able to put thousands of customers on a data-based service by the middle of next year? The very fact that this is deemed newsworthy just goes to show that 3G is going to be a very rocky road for both operators and consumers. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.