Podcast - 21st November 2012
There's plenty of talk about mobile networks in this week's podcast. We start with a new charity-focussed MVNO before moving on to Ofcom's plans for avoiding a mobile capacity crunch.
There's also talk about WiFi offloading, BlackBerry's free voice calling service, Nokia's map business and much more as well.
The GSMA and professional services firm Deloitte LLP have released a report that looks at the economic benefits of mobile telephone services.
It notes that an increase in mobile data use has led to an increase in the GDP per capita growth rate, as has a move from 2G to 3G service.
Network upgrades delivering 3G mobile data speeds of 20Mbps
Three, the Hutchison 3G network in the UK, says it’s added more than 1.04 million customers in the past 12 months. It now has 8.8 million UK customers, with 301,000 joining in the last quarter alone.
The network is also deploying DC-HSDPA technology to upgrade its network and is increasing the speed of its backhaul connection to the internet.
International figures from ABI Research show that 4G data currently costs around 20% more than the equivalent 3G tariff.
However, the research company says there are signs that competition is already causing 4G tariffs to fall.
Following an agreement that the UK’s new 4G mobile spectrum would be available for use by next summer, Everything Everywhere has confirmed a launch date for its own 4G service and its EE brand.
EE will launch 4G in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield on the 30th October 2012. A third of the UK population is expected to be covered by the end of the year.