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EE on top for data performance in Manchester, report shows

A report created by RootMetrics has shown that in Manchester, EE is currently offering the best data performance of all the major networks.

V3.co.uk cited the results, adding that despite its impressive data performance, EE is still being pipped to the post by O2 and Three when it comes to call performance.

Over 30,000 scientific tests were undertaken in the area to collate the findings, which showed that EE and its 4G signal is streets ahead; with speeds faster than any others on offer. While it offers a download speed of 15.2 mbps (megabits per second) and an upload speed of 9.4 mbps, the likes of O2 can only reach 1.5 mbps on uploads. Likewise, Three is crawling behind at 1.9 mbps.

RootMetrics’ director of international marketing, Jeremy Kuhn, commented: “4G is really doing quite well and it’s great to see that, as we want to see consumers getting a better service.”

Despite the great results, yesterday (May 20th), EE was forced to acknowledge an outage of its service throughout the UK. Many of its 4G sim users were left without a 4G signal for much of the day, pcpro.co.uk reports, with a ‘PDP authentication failure’ to blame.

Many upset customers took to Twitter to voice their anger over the situation, although were made even angrier by the fact that EE didn’t seem to reply to their tweets. One Twitter user said: “How long before we get data back on your network? No data signal since around 10am. That’s a lot of money to be paying for a 2G service.”

The best performance results on the EE network were obtained using embedded 3G and 4G routers that let you insert the SIM card into the SIM card slot of the router and connect multiple devices.  When used with a high gain, full band antenna for optimum signal reception users were able to achieve 4G download speeds of around 40Mbps.

4G Freeview TV Interference fears unfounded

4G Freeview interference fears unfounded

Trials of the new 4G platform have confirmed that it will not disrupt Freeview digital television signals, despite initial fears, itproportal.com reports.

Tests performed by at800, a group created by Three, Vodafone, EE and O2, discovered that activating the masts did not interfere with Freeview outputs. A trial carried out across parts of west and south London in April resulted in not one single complaint.

There had been concerns that activating the masts would have an adverse impact – or ‘TV apocalypse’ as some have termed it – due to the ‘close proximity of the 800MHZ LTE (4G) frequency to the UK’s Freeview signal’. However, a second trial in the West Midlands had the same positive outcome – which is great news for 4G operators and homeowners keen to install 4G routers.

Speaking specifically about the London test, at800 chief executive Simon Beresford-Wylie said: “London is a big and important market for 4G services and also has millions of Freeview viewers. Clearly it was essential for the broadcasters and the mobile operators that we run trials in London before a roll-out of 4G at 800MHz.

“Whilst it seems unlikely that there will be issues for the vast majority of television viewers in the capital, we will remain alert to any possible interference when roll-out commences.”

A further is taking place currently across the far hillier terrain of Brighton, according to bbc.co.uk. Though a ‘handful of issues’ have been highlighted so far, should the test ultimately prove successful, then the 4G roll-out could take place in the summer.

EE delivers 4G to an additional 12 towns

Telecommunications firm EE has rolled out 4G to an additional 12 towns, bringing the number of cities and towns covered to 62.

Reported by imore.com, the latest towns to receive 4G coverage are Aylesbury, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Blackpool, Brentwood, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Lytham St Annes, Marlow, Pontefract, Thame and Windsor.

Now, EE claims that more than half of the UK’s population is covered by its 4G service. Furthermore, it has reiterated its desire to launch 4G services across the whole UK – those with 4G sims in a further 18 towns will be able to access 4G in June, bringing the total coverage to at least 80.

By the end of the year, EE wants 70 per cent of the UK to be able to access 4G, adds t3.com.

Olaf Swantee, chief executive of EE, commented on the rollout: “Consumers and businesses in the UK use mobile internet more than any other market and rely on it for long commutes. We’re committed to rolling out 4G to 98 per cent of the population by the end of 2014.”

Furthermore, EE will also be upgrading its 4G network to operate at speeds of 100Mbps and higher over the next year to ensure that it doesn’t fall behind when other UK telcos start to roll out their own respective networks.

4G users spend more online thanks to faster speeds

Consumers with 4G mobile devices are more likely to spend more online as a result of their faster connections, thedrum.com reports.

A new study by eDigitalResearch and IMRG found that a third of 4G users have claimed they are ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to make more purchases on their mobile devices thanks to their quick internet speeds.

The research, which involved quizzing 2,000 consumers, found that 77 per cent of those with 4G connectivity had already used their devices whilst out shopping, to check prices, availability or read reviews. Tellingly, this figure was at just 53 per cent for those with only a 3G connection.

Elsewhere, the study also found that users of 4G were also more tech-savvy and more engaged with developments in the mobile world than their 3G-using peers. It also found that 14 per cent of all mobiles now came with 4G sims, although not all of them are currently in use.

The usage and effectiveness of 4G was also considered, with the result that 82 per cent of those surveyed who’d used 4G claimed it made browsing ‘faster’ or ‘considerably faster’.

Commenting on the findings, commercial director at eDigitalResearch, Derek Eccleston told ichannel.com: “The introduction of 4G technology looks set to have a considerable impact on retail markets.

“With faster internet speeds and a better all-round browsing experience, more and more shoppers are likely to turn to their 4G-enabled device to help them through their multichannel purchase journey. Whilst the thought of this might scare some, brands need to embrace this next step of the mobile revolution and ensure that their entire end-to-end customer journey across all channels is set for more mobile.”

British businesses urged to prepare for arrival of 4G

British businesses have been urged to do more to prepare for the arrival of 4G.

Sean Duffy, who is head of technology at Barclays Bank, has claimed that the arrival of super-fast internet in the UK will encourage even more consumers to shop online using mobile devices.

In an interview with bmmagazine.co.uk, he encouraged businesses to prepare for the proliferation of 4G routers by ensuring their website is fully-optimised for mobile devices.

He said: “We’re already seeing a growing trend for consumers to browse on their mobile or tablet rather than their PC and while the introduction of 4G networks is unlikely to cause technical problems for online businesses, it is likely to accelerate this trend.

“Companies that are already prepared for consumers to use their sites from a mobile device stand to gain a significant competitive advantage. It isn’t enough to simply replicate the big screen PC experience for mobile devices.”

According to cable.co.uk, Duffy was reacting to research that suggested nine out of ten online businesses were yet to optimise their website for mobile devices. That’s despite over a third of businesses reporting growth in mobile traffic since the turn of the year.

The research, conducted by Barclays, revealed that more than half of Brits bought a product online using a mobile device last year.

4G rollout set to fuel high-tech adverts

The rollout of the 4G network is set to spark advances in the adverts appearing on smartphones, reports ft.com.

Reporter Robert Cookson explained that the ultrafast nature of this next-generation internet access will supply the bandwidth for marketers to create some truly advanced content – adverts that are personalised to the user and that are able to ask them questions.

Mobile advertising spending more than doubled in 2012 in the UK, according to Mr Cookson, with this investment not forecast to let up. Among the innovations due to appear thanks to 4G routers and sims is speech recognition technology within adverts.

Victor Malachard, chief executive of Adfonic, said: “I’d say what makes mobile different is first and foremost the personal nature of the device. If you’re engaging with a person through a smartphone or tablet, you’re going to have that person’s attention far more than if you were engaging with them through desktop or television or print.”

The possibility of using the 4G network for such rich media adverts largely relies on consumer take-up of the service and mobile network EE is confident of hitting its target of one million customers by the end of the year, reports theregister.co.uk.

It has signed up 318,000 people for 4G so far – it currently has a monopoly on the service but rivals will join the fray later this year.

Internet access more important than water, TV and heating, claims poll

Britons would be more ‘stressed out’ by not having internet access than if their heating was switched off, their TVs didn’t work or they didn’t have water, according to a new study.

A survey of 1,000 London commuters by Infosecurity Europe, reported by freshbusinessthinking.com, found more people would worry about not having internet access than some of the most valuable utilities used in everyday life.

The report suggests 38 per cent would be stressed out through lack of internet, followed by 32 per cent claiming lack of water would hinder their stress levels. Furthermore, 18 per cent cited lack of heating while no TV and no washing machine would be a bugbear to eight per cent and four per cent of commuters respectively, adds dezeen.com.

However, with the introduction of 4G to the UK, those worried about lack of internet access can use a 4G sim in a compatible mobile device in order to access their favourite sites or play games online.

Claire Sellick, event director for Infosecurity Europe, commented on the figures: “It is not just at home that the Internet has become a ‘must have’ – the same sentiment falls into the workplace too.

“Having an internet connection is part and parcel of our everyday lives [and is] becoming more important than even heat and water at home, which does seem phenomenal but shows just how dependent we are on the internet,” she added.

How Fast Is 3G?

With the recent hype from Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) about their new 4G LTE Service which they are calling 4GEE, many comparisons are being made between existing 3G and the new 4G wireless broadband services.  EE (Everything Everywhere) are using some Ofcom report which states that the average 3G Speed in the UK is only 1-2Mbps and their new 4G service will be five times faster (I suppose that means 5-10Mbps).

This 1-2Mbps is not the reality for most users and since Three.co.uk updated their 3G network to the new HSPA+service which offers download speeds up to 21Mbps, many users find that their download and upload speeds on 3G are around 5-6Mbps for download and 2Mbps for upload and many users of traditional fixed line ADSL broadband services in rural and semi-rural locations do not get this kind of speed and are moving to 3G wireless broadband internet.

When we tested our 3 Mobile SIM card inside a Zalip CDG561WE 3G Router which is a HSPA+ Router we consistently got 12Mbps download speeds and 2Mbps upload speeds which we thought was very impressive.

How Fast Is 3G - CDG561WE Speedtest with 3 Mobile SIM

So when you are asking the question How Fast is 4G then you should also ask How Fast Is 3G so you can make a proper comparison when deciding whether or not to invest in a new 4G LTE Router or 4G Modem and whether existing 3G mobile broadband is enough for you especially as many networks still cap your 3G data limits when using a 3G Modem, 3G Dongle or 3G Router with many of the uncapped 3G data plans only available for use in 3G Smartphones.

iPhone 5 Release Date – 12th September 2012

The Apple iPhone 5 will be with us in the next few days and we can anticipate the usual rush for Apple fans to get their hands on this latest version of the popular smartphone.  Long queues outside Apple Stores and the endless quest online searching for the best mobile phone network plan to reduce the initial cost of owning this desirable smartphone.

However, this year you will now be able to get lightning fast 4G LTE services on your iPhone 5 because Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) have also launched their 4G LTE network in the UK offering download speeds up to 25Mbps using their 1800Mhz spectrum.  This means that when you are choosing your iPhone 5 4G LTE service provider then Orange and T-Mobile are going to be the networks of choice, leaving O2 and Vodafone loyalists with ‘slow’ 3G connectivity.  Will this perfect timing of 4G LTE network upgrade and the launch of the iPhone 5 LTE create a perfect storm for the UK mobile phone operators and users with a swing towards Orange and T-Mobile as the leading UK mobile phone operator, burgeoning their already huge customer base of over 28 million customers?

Like any 3G or 4G technology, the speed available using the new 4G LTE network with your 4G LTE Phone will depend upon the distance to the tower and the number of connected users downloading content at the same time.  In the USA, many users of Verizon’s 4G LTE Network report an average download speed of only 8Mbps which many users of existing 3G HSPA+ technology in the UK already report so 4G LTE may only offer slightly higher average data speeds.

Whilst this is all good new for the iphone 5 launch and the launch of the new 4G LTE Network, lets not forget that that high speed 4G LTE service could also be used to provide internet for the home and in recent 4G LTE trials using a 4G LTE modem (4G Dongle) users found that they could get a high speed mobile broadband connection which means that the 4G LTE Network needs new 4G hardware in the form a an LTE Router to enable users to insert their 4G LTE SIM Card into the router to get high speed mobile broadband to share in their home or business or a 4G LTE Travel Router to enjoy high speed mobile broadband on the go.

ZTE MF80 4G Modem 42Mbps Wireless Hotspot Travel Router

The new ZTE MF80 is the latest DC HSPA+ router providing up to 42Mbps modem download speeds. The ZTE MF80 is a 4G Router that creates a wireless hotspot so you can connect up to 10 wireless devices and share your high speed mobile broadband.

O2 are due to roll out their DC HSPA+ network towards the end of 2012 so it won’t be long before you can start to enjoy super fast mobile broadband with this 4G Travel Router. In fact the ZTE MF80 will work with existing HSPA+ networks so you can enjoy around 14Mbps download speeds or just buy the ZTE MF60 21Mbps 3G router which should be plenty fast enough for your mobile browsing especially when most 3G data plans are capped at 15Gb which means that you will not be using these modems as your primary Internet service for the time being.