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Mobile broadband now cheaper than wired, for 95 per cent of humanity

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released the 2016 edition of its Facts and Figures (PDF) on technology adoption, and among the many data points it contains is an odd concentration of connected “things” in countries with Fjords. Sweden handily tops the table of nations when one counts machine-to-machine …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016

Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

Ofcom is planning to nick some of the airwaves currently used by digital terrestrial telly and hand them over for the nation's mobile broadband use. The regulator said today that it would make the 700MHz spectrum available for mobile data to make services faster and cheaper, although the changes won’t come into effect until …

FCC looks to boost next-gen wireless networks with 24GHz study

The FCC is opening up a probe into a possible new class of wireless broadband services which could improve mobile network performance and reliability in the US. The watchdog said that it would be examining the possibility of opening up very high frequency 24GHz spectrum space for use by future mobile broadband networks, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2014
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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

Mobile phone networks need to learn what the word “unlimited” means. Both Three and Lyca claim to offer “unlimited” mobile broadband, neither of them do. International MVNO Lycamobile has launched what it calls “unlimited” 4G mobile data but there is a catch. After the first 10GB of data, the speed drops to 2G speeds of …
Simon Rockman, 7 Apr 2014
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Mobile downloads limp, fixed surges: ABS

Australians might be buying as many 4G devices as they can get their hands on, but the uptake isn't being reflected in their download habits. The volume of data downloaded by Australians over mobile connections slid slightly between December 2012 and June 2013, while fixed line downloads continue to surge, according to the …

Mobile broadband 'fastest growing technology in history' says ITU

Mobile networks are fast outrunning fixed broadband in terms of growth, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and that's going to put pressure on wireless spectrum's ability to cope. Singapore, Japan and Finland top the world in mobile broadband penetration on a per-100-inhabitants basis, with …
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Mobile data prices rise as capacity crunch bites – ACCC

The capacity crunch in Australia’s mobile airwaves has brought a response from carriers, with the ACCC reporting that real prices for mobile broadband services reversed their long-standing trend and rose in 2011-2012. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday delivered its annual “state of the nation” report …
The Register breaking news

Intel, Google ink patent deals with InterDigital, Magnolia Broadband

Both Intel and Google started the week in acquisitive modes, with the former announcing a massive $375m patent deal with InterDigital, and the latter acquiring over 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband for an unspecified amount. It appears that the mobile-broadband patent wars are not only continuing to churn the tech world, …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jun 2012
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Australians love mobile devices, but not mobile downloads

The next time you queue up to buy an iPad, 3G wireless broadband dongle, or an Android phone or tablet, ask yourself: why are the data plans so expensive, when they deliver so little? The latest broadband study from the Australian Bureau of Statistics tells us that servicing the data needs of mobile broadband users requires …
The Register breaking news

User explosion squeezes Oz mobile upload speeds

If all things were equal, a change in mobile speeds should be reflected equally in both directions – but according to IDC, that’s not what’s happened in Australia. The research itself is straightforward enough: IDC spent the money to conduct 1,000 point tests in and around Sydney and Melbourne, and found that while average …
The Register breaking news

Mobile chiefs warned: Ditch unlimited tariffs... or else

Analysts have warned Asia Pacific mobile operators that they risk alienating customers and incurring the wrath of regulators if they don’t ditch unlimited data tariffs and focus more on quality of service. The forthcoming Mobile Broadband Industry Survey 2011-12 from analyst house Ovum found that operators are getting the …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Feb 2012
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Asda tempts technophobes with cheap PCs and broadband

Asda is trying to drag its price conscious Luddite punters into an internet world this Christmas by chopping the price of its notebooks and mobile broadband. Amid flakey consumer spending, the supermarket chain has vowed to stack 'em high and sell 'em cheap in a bid to undercut rivals and etailers. A spokesman told El Reg it …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2011
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Fixed broadband rules downloads, mobile rules new services

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Internet Activity Survey is one of the country’s easiest sources of regular copy for tech writers: it’s published every six months on a predictable schedule, and merely reciting the data points is good for a couple of hundred words. It is also, however, an important work: a longitudinal …
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Smartphone net access rockets

Almost half of the UK's internet users - 45 per cent of them - accessed the net using a mobile phone in the past 12 months, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said today. That's 6m more people than this time last year, the ONS added. Oldies are less likely to do so than youngsters, of course. Only eight per cent of folk …
Hard Reg, 31 Aug 2011
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Three touts 21.1Mb/s mobile broadband dongle

Three UK is pitching a new 802.11n Wi-Fi enabled mobile broadband dongle, this one with HSPA+ technology on board capable of delivering download speeds of up to 21.1Mb/s. The operator does not fully supports the tech yet, though it is aiming to roll out HSPA+ on 80 per cent of its network by the end of the year. Huawei E586 …
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2011
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Ofcom told to use 4G auctions to complete UK coverage

Ofcom should look beyond revenue generation for the government and seek firm commitments to the extension of mobile coverage into today's "not-spots" when it holds the 4G spectrum auctions next year. So says the Communications Consumer Panel, an advisory board founded by the comms watchdog but independent of it. The CCP …
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2011
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Australian spectrum plan a win for carriers

Australia’s attorney-general has re-ignited the carriers-versus-emergency-services, creating a steering committee to develop a mobile broadband plan for public safety agencies. As spectrum is vacated in the digital TV rollout, Australian carriers have been drawing their wagons into a circle around the newly-available radio …
The Register breaking news

Ofcom awards fastest 3G mobe-data crown to O2

Ofcom's report on mobile broadband shows O2 has the UK's fastest 3G network, and Orange the slowest, but highlights that coverage matters a lot more than speed. Taking average download speeds over a three-month period, O2 comes in just under 3Mb/sec, while Orange languishes at half that – nearer the overall average speed of 1. …
Bill Ray, 26 May 2011

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