Free broadband for Tesco Mobile customers

Tesco, one of the best mobile service providers in the UK, has made an announcement of one year’s worth of FREE unlimited broadband for all Tesco mobile customers. It is understood that Tesco Mobile has a very strong customer base of about 3.2 million in the UK. It has got Pay monthly customers, pay as you go customers and SIM Only customers and the new deal is open to all these Tesco customers.

According to the firm, as far as the mobile networks in the UK are concerned, it is the first time a firm is offering unlimited broadband to customers. A spokesman for the company said that the company always pay attention to its customers, hear their complaints and suggestions and always find solution to customer’s complaints at the earliest. Not only that the firm always seek the possibility of offering better value to its customers.

The latest broadband deal is the best offer the Tesco Mobile customers could get. Along with the deal, it brings Clubcard points which would help customers to make remarkable savings over their monthly bills and top-ups.

The deal offers one year’s free broadband with unlimited downloads. Customers who want to join the scheme should take a Tesco Broadband line rental which would cost them £13.75 a month. Usually Tesco Broadband charges 6.50 Pounds a month. Hence £78 a year could be saved if a customer opts for the new deal. Tesco Mobile customers are requested to contact www.tescobroadband.com/mobile. The new deal is available till 31st December 2012.


Only businesses would be benefited by 4G

It has been claimed that initially only businesses will be benefited by the introduction of 4G mobile broadband services in the UK. The Managing Director at Claranet, Michel Robert said that the short battery life and the uneven coverage stand as an obstacle for providing the 4G mobile broadband services to the common man. It means that the common man’s dream of getting the best out of 4G services is not going to be materialized in the near future.

He stated that when compared to other major economies in Europe, the UK is far behind in terms of 4G roll out and when Everything Everywhere (EE) announced that it is going to introduce 4G mobile broadband in the UK, people were much excited. The Government’s announcement that it is going to conduct spectrum auction also gave hope to the people. In his opinion, unless the battery life is improved, the chances of consumers getting 4G services on their mobile devices are remote.

For data-intensive communications and to switch between 4G and 3G networks in patchy covered areas, 4G requires a combination of the increased processing power and in Mr Robert’s opinion 4G kills batteries. Till this battery problem is solved, only businesses will be benefited from 4G services as they can make use of fixed 4G devices. Even if something goes wrong with their main network, businesses can access cheap, fast and effective back-up connectivity by making use of a 4G-enabled router.

He claimed that it would be better for the businesses to have a connection via super fast mobile connection rather than investing in unnecessary physical networks. For businesses the service over the mobile spectrum would be available at a fraction of the cost of a cable connection. The battery life problem doesn’t arise here as it employs main powered devices.


Mobile broadband service, a boon to communities in Amazon

It is reported that the lives in the Amazon rainforest is changing for the better with the advent of mobile broadband services. BBC reports that for establishing communication lines with some of the communities in remote regions in Brazil, 3G connectivity has been used.

Currently, in the Amazon rainforest, about 170 villages are having GSM and 3G connectivity and this provide excellent external communication facility along with an opportunity for the people to pursue their education. In the field of education, the services rendered by charities are worth mentioning. Laptops are donated to schools in the region and children are being offered their first unforgettable encounter with online learning tools and internet.

Ericsson, one of the leading providers of telecommunications equipments, has gifted two masts for this project. According to a spokesman for Ericsson, the internet access in the Amazon forest would help about 25 million people in their education.

The Project Manager at Ericsson Connect to Learn, Sergio Lopez Ramos said that they are going to introduce Cloud computing for educational purposes after removing the other complex systems. Local charity Health and Happiness announced that the introduction of broadband service in the Amazon region will in no way affect the culture and heritage of Amazon. On the other hand mobile broadband would allow the people to show to the world their culture, traditions and all. At the same time broadband service would also help them to better their lives.


Discussions Concerning 4G into the Conclusive Week

The meetings and discussions taking place between the government, the companies providing the basic necessities for the operations, the operators and the telecommunications regulator, Ofcom has ultimately entered the last week, and the net result of these discussions is that there is as yet possibility that the implementation could be delayed by legalities.

According to what Mobile informed the previous week, the discussions consisted of attempts to find ways and means of doing away with obstruction of the spectrum at the earliest and ensuring that the requisite infrastructure is set up faster. The anticipation is that all the four major operators would be able to release their respective 4G facilities by the spring instead of the earlier planned launch in autumn.

Everything Everywhere has ideas of introducing their own 4G facilities towards the later part of the current year, an action that is still ranking its competitors. As per what the Financial Times has to say, the discussions also consisted of the government’s wish to try and end for good the problems that have been brewing among the four operators. However there does not seem to be any specific decision on that front as yet. As of the present the government has negotiated a contract lasting for a month that ensures that any there will be no lawsuits or launches of the 4G services.

It has been stated that someone who has been in the know of the facts that have been happening during the discussions remarked that there was danger that many years of legal disputes were still left behind, in spite of efforts to arrive at some sort of a pact. Over and above this anxiety that legal actions could prevent the release of the 4G services planned by Everything Everywhere, there is also worry that lawsuits in all probability have an effect on the sale of the 4G spectrum that is anticipated to occur in the early months of the coming year.


Virgin targets to rollout nationwide network

Virgin Media has dropped its scheme to bid for the 4G spectrum in order to focus to develop a small cell network and nationwide Wi-Fi which it targets to wholesale to the other operators.

Jamie Heywood who is the Virgin Media director of mobile while speaking to Mobile said that the firm is planning to extend Wi-Fi and small cell network in the main city centres of the UK after the successful introduction of their Wi-Fi service across 70 underground stations of London in the last summer as well as a separate test on small cell in the Oxford Street of London in the beginning of this year. He also said that they are seeking means to extend their networks to regions further the London underground for both outside and inside the household.

Heywood told that the small cell network that will carry the next generation 4G services which suits particularly the urban areas where the data usage levels are very high. He also included that the MVNO is talking with other major cities of the UK about their Wi-Fi and 4G ambitions.

Access to the Wi-Fi services of Virgin Media in the Tube underground stations is presently available only for the customers of Virgin Media but he said that the firm is looking to reduce the wholesale contracts with the other operators while they develop the network outside. He disclosed that Virgin will try to sell the access to their small cell networks to other operators willing to enhance their 4G service in the urban regions.

Heywood said that the important decision for not bidding for the 4G spectrum is notably prompted by their host EE network that won the approval to rollout the new 4G service in the previous month. He further added that they do not find any advantage for them to bid for the 4G spectrum.

Virgin media schemes to rollout their Wi-Fi services to around 120 Tube stations by this year by opening the service up to other networks. He told that extend was an amazing success with the Virgin consumers accessing its service over the eight million sessions during the Olympic game period. He also added that the best chance they have is to drive big boost in traffic across their network. It benefited their consumers with faster internet speed as well as it benefits them by saving more on payments to their host network operator.

Analysts told that the plans of Virgin Media to utilize its small cell and Wi-Fi network to provide wholesale contract chimed with the increasing demand from the operators for more coverage in the cities. John Delaney who is the analyst of IDC telecoms said that there is a good chance for Virgin to deliver its small cell and Wi-Fi network on the basis of unified wholesale to the other operators who wish to extend the networks to deliver additional coverage for high demand in the urban regions.


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