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Government and UK mobile networks agree a £5 billion coverage deal

No sign of mandated national roaming in ‘landmark deal’ for mobile phone users

Sajid Javid MP, the UK Government Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has announced what’s described as a “landmark deal” with the ‘big four’ mobile networks to improve coverage.

It follows a three-week consultation period that involved the government proposing mandated ‘national roaming’ as one of the options to improve rural coverage in areas where some networks provided service but others didn’t.

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Vodafone to boost mobile coverage with small cells on advertising billboards and street furniture

Vodafone to boost mobile coverage with small cells on advertising billboards and street furniture

Vodafone has signed a 15-year agreement with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux to deploy ‘small cells’ on street furniture and billboards, which will improve network performance.

It’s a global deal that follows a successful pilot programme where Vodafone Netherlands installed over 160 small cells on bus shelters in Amsterdam.

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New UK mobile benchmark says EE is best for data while Three is best for voice

A new survey from testing services company P3 communications has ranked EE as the ‘best in test’, noting that it offered the best national data performance.

Three was ranked second overall but had the best voice performance in the test.

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TalkTalk signs a new UK MVNO deal with Telefonica

TalkTalk signs a new UK MVNO deal with Telefonica

Telecoms business TalkTalk has set up a  new multi-year MVNO agreement with Telefónica UK, the company behind O2.

TalkTalk’s current virtual network agreement is with Vodafone.

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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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