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Ofcom survey shows 4G mobile data is twice as fast as 3G in the UK

Ofcom survey shows 4G mobile data is twice as fast as 3G in the UK

Ofcom has published its first research into the consumer experience of UK mobile broadband services since the 4G auction last year. The regulator’s own engineers conducted around 210,000 tests of 3G and 4G services on smartphones in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester between March and June 2014.

Download speed, upload speed, web page loading times and latency were all measured.

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Around half of the world's population will be using the mobile internet by 2020, says GSMA report

A new report by the GSMA forecasts that half of the world’s population will be using mobile devices to access the internet by 2020.

Almost all of the additional mobile internet users expected during the next six years will come from developing markets, according to the report.

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3G and 4G technology will dominate mobile M2M by 2018, says new report

A new research report from Berg Insight says the market for mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) communications has begun to move from the 2G to 3G and 4G technologies.

Although cellular M2M devices on HSPA and LTE networks are expected to account for under 20% of the global market by the end of 2014, they’re forecast to dominate with more than 50% by 2018. Meanwhile, shipments of 3G/4G M2M devices are expected to overtake 2G M2M in 2017.

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Ofcom cuts back on its plans to increase UK mobile spectrum fees

Ofcom has scaled back its plans to increase the licence fees paid by UK mobile networks for the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands initially used for 2G and 3G services.

It previously proposed increasing overall charges paid by the ‘big four’ mobile network operators from £39.7 million for the 1800MHz spectrum up to £170.4 million.

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Huawei and Vodafone manage to share 3G GSM and 4G LTE in the same spectrum

Huawei says it’s successfully run the world’s first GSM-LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing trial with Vodafone Spain.

It’s a technology that allows real-time changes to be made to the allocation of frequencies for 3G GSM and 4G LTE traffic.

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