Advanced Television


Analyst: Virgin/O2 merger competition boost

Having received provisional clearance by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the proposed merger of Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media and Telefónica-owned O2 will bring together one of the UK’s four nationwide mobile networks and the UK’s only DOCSIS cable broadband network. According to Gary Barton, a Principal Analyst at data and analytics company GlobalData, […]

April 23, 2021By Colin Mann

Ofcom 5G spectrum auction set to start

Mobile operators will begin bidding in the UK’s next spectrum auction from Friday March 12th, comms regulator Ofcom has confirmed. A total of 200 MHz of spectrum is being released through the auction, which will help improve existing mobile services and also support the continued rollout of 5G across the UK. After a pause in […]

March 10, 2021By Colin Mann

Analyst: 5G in 37% of UK, but only used a fifth of the time

Mobile network benchmarking firm Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) has released the results of its latest nationwide drive test assessing mobile network performance of the four major operators. The national test – the first conducted by GWS which incorporates 5G network performance into the company’s OneScore rankings – reveals that good progress is being made in […]

February 19, 2021

PURE ETCR nets FTA TV deal in NZ with Three

PURE ETCR has announced that the all-electric multi-brand touring car championship will be broadcast free-to-air in New Zealand in 2021 on Three. Three, part of Discovery Group, is the home of motorsport on TV for New Zealand’s five-million population, screening action from across the spectrum every week, from Monster Trucks to the popular NZ V8 […]

February 5, 2021

Survey: 7.1m Brits missing out on free broadband

Comparison site Compare Fibre reports that 57.4 per cent of lower-income households in the UK (some 7.1 million people) have not taken up, and are unaware of the help on offer to assist with maintaining connectivity under the lockdown. This includes: Free Wi-Fi vouchers to 5 million hotspots are available through the BT website. You […]

February 1, 2021

UK cellcos enhance rural coverage

Three of the UK’s mobile operators – O2, Three and Vodafone – are partnering to build and share 222 new mobile masts to boost rural coverage across the United Kingdom and deliver the first stage of the Shared Rural Network (SRN), a £1 billion programme to improve rural mobile coverage agreed by the mobile network […]

January 27, 2021By Colin Mann