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Vodafone and EE ship Apple's Watch 4, but not without LTE teething issues

By popular opinion, Apple's most accomplished product of 2018 – and maybe even in years – has been its Watch Series 4. But wait, if you live in the UK, there are some things you should know about well before you pull out your wallet. While fanbois can swan into an Apple Store today and emerge more than £1,000 poorer for the …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2018
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Vodafone sues Ofcom to reclaim 'overpaid' mobe spectrum fees

Vodafone has taken UK comms watchdog Ofcom to the High Court in England to reclaim overpaid spectrum access charges imposed by the telecoms regulator in 2015. The early stages of Voda’s claim against the regulator are, The Register understands, based on the victory scored by BT-EE late last year. Back in 2015 Ofcom decided to …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2018
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Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

Lucky Milton Keynes. The UK's modernist fantasy town is finally set to reap the fruits of Vodafone's partnership with wholesaler CityFibre, announced last November. Vodafone today confirmed that gigabit – or near enough – broadband will launch in the town at four speeds, detailing aggressive pricing and discounts for Voda …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Sep 2018
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Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

Vodafone was today slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for quoting router sync speeds instead of throughput speeds in its advertising following a complaint from rival BT. The ad featured Hobbit star Martin Freeman engaging in some mild consensual online gaming action interrupted by a broadband-induced failure. Here' …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Sep 2018
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Belfast's networks are hella fast, London's are in the bog

As if you needed another reason to love Belfast, residents of the Northern Ireland capital enjoy the fastest and most reliable mobile network performance in the UK, while Londoners are stuck in the slow lane. RootMetrics' survey of 16 UK metro areas found Belfast to have the most reliable mobile performance – while only …
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Vodafone, TPG propose 'merger of equals'

One of Australia's most acquisition-hungry telcos, TPG, is to merge with mobile carrier Vodafone Australia. It's spun as a “merger of equals”, which is nearly true: TPG will own 49.9 per cent of the new TPG Telecom Limited, while Vodafone Group and Hutchison (the international businesses who own Vodafone Hutchison Australia, …
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Vodafone's spending pays off - but EE hangs on to UK network crown

EE is being strongly challenged by rival networks that have improved their reliability, and in some cases their data performance too. Network performance monitor Rootmetrics' nationwide survey for the first half of 2018 placed EE top in the five main categories - as it always has. But more interestingly – now that network …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Aug 2018
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Vodafone emits new wearable ... kid-trackers

The best thing in two new consumer wearables Vodafone launched today is not mentioned by the firm itself: each does away with the need for a smartphone. The two wearables – a band and a watch – extend Voda's range of consumer services, "enabling parents to stay in contact with their child when they start to give them more …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jul 2018
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Vodafone drank Facebook's network Kool-Aid … and LIVED!

Vodafone has become the latest carrier to white-box its optical traffic. The trial, which Voda has declared a success, is a handy bit of validation for Facebook, whose Voyager packet-optical switches try and take on one of the toughest segments of networking. “The goal of the live trial was to showcase the future of applying …

Vodafone pinches mobe network nerd metrics from the mighty EE

Vodafone earned a fine for its rotten customer service, but it can now claim bragging rights as the best data network in three cities, as well as the lowest overall latency and ping rates on 4G. Tutela's latest crowdsourced network survey for May shows Vodafone narrowly ahead of the other big UK networks for packet trip time …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2018
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Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons

Chinese brands have been eyeing Western markets for some time, but in the UK customer inertia means many punters stick with what they know. RootMetrics' consumer survey of UK mobile shows just how much. More than half of the UK's big four mobile network customers have been with their carrier for two years or more. O2 …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jun 2018

EE seeks guinea pig millennial hipsters for 5G experiments

Millennials are notoriously fearful of handling raw meat – but EE hopes they'll be less wary fondling experimental radio equipment. Bragging rights for 5G have begun, and EE is targeting the Nathan Barleys, Steve Bongs and hipster millennials around Shoreditch. A trial will permit "five small businesses and five homes in the …

Vittorio Colao to say ciao to Vodafone as firm goes back to black

Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao has confirmed he is quitting the telco just a week after agreeing to spend €18.4bn (£16.1bn) on Liberty Global’s European assets. The CEO, who ran Vodafone for a decade and has set a departure date for October, is to be replaced by current finance director Nick Read, who joined the organisation in …
Kat Hall, 15 May 2018
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Project Lightning, you say? Virgin Media's fibre rollout is pretty glacial

Virgin Media reported another quarter of low growth for its troubled £3bn fibre programme Project Lightning, adding just 111,000 premises in the first three months of 2018 – the lowest for the last four quarters. So far VM has managed 1.2 million connections, with the aim of connecting 4 million premises by the end of 2019 to …
Kat Hall, 9 May 2018
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Measure for measure: Why network surveys don't count what counts

Interview If you can't measure something, does it actually exist? That's a question raised by Dr Paul Carter, founder of the oldest mobile network performance operation, GWS. Carter's company has been doing labour-intensive drive-testing of the networks for over 20 years, which is not cheap, but it is thorough. The more rigorous, …
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O2 UK wafts 4G coverage over 1,000 new Brit sites

O2 is enlarging its 4G footprint across Blighty to an extra 1,000 sites, after splurging £205m gobbling up all the available LTE spectrum at Ofcom's recent auction. Places earmarked for the extra coverage include Leeds, Nottingham and London, with 60 sites in the capital currently using the new spectrum after Ofcom made it …
Kat Hall, 26 Apr 2018
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Bargain-happy Brits snub big four mobile network operators

You can stuff your VoLTE and Notched iPhones – bargain-conscious Brits are shunning the big mobile operators for cheap-as-chips virtual network operators instead. The virtual upstarts have not typically offered great deals on expensive flagships, or advanced network features. But they have outsmarted the big four. Which? …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Apr 2018
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Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

Vodafone has come in for criticism for the "catastrophic failure" of its National Mutual Aid Telephony system (NMAT) in today's review of the deadly suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena last year. Twenty-two people were killed and over 100 injured in the attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the northwest England indoor …
Richard Speed, 27 Mar 2018

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