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UK mobile broadband performance 75% slower than advertised

A five-month research project by customer experience management specialist Epitiro has found that real-life UK mobile broadband speeds reach, on average, only 24 per cent of the headline data rates advertised by carriers as maximum available throughputs.

3 offers 15GB for £15 on one month contract

Just as O2 UK takes the wind out of the iPhone 3G’s sails, by announcing plans to charge extra for tethering, Hutchison Whampoa-owned rival 3 UK looks keen to scrap with a low commitment mobile broadband offering.

Hutch to intro Twitter handset

The handset unit that emerged from the incubator of Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa is onto its second device and is sticking with the social networking theme with the Twitter phone.

BT offers free broadband upgrade

UK fixed line incumbent BT is to double the headline broadband speeds for millions of consumers and businesses with a free upgrade, the company announced this week.

O2 left out of UK N97 launch

Telefonica’s British operation O2 will be the only carrier not to offer Nokia’s new flagship the N97 when it launches in the UK on June 19th. While the Carphone Warehouse will be selling the handset with contracts to O2’s network, the N97 will not be available in O2’s stores, or from its online shop.

3, BT unite to make calls cheaper

The UK’s mobile underdog, 3 UK, and incumbent fixed line carrier BT formed an unlikely alliance this week in a bid to kill off the termination rate and bring mobile prices down for consumers.

BT cuts 15,000 jobs

UK incumbent carrier BT is to slash around 15,000 jobs as it struggles to offset weaknesses in its Global Services division.

Wifi problems due to baby monitors, audio video kit

A survey of the UK’s wifi usage, commissioned by industry watchdog Ofcom, has discovered that many of the problems commonly associated with wifi connectivity are in fact due to interference between devices and not spectrum congestion as often thought.

Eutelsat prepares to unwire UK

European satellite operator Eutelsat Communications did its bit for ‘Broadband Britain’ this week, introducing a satellite-based consumer internet service in the UK.

T-Mobile pioneers annual payment model for Blackberry

In the highly competitive UK market mobile operators are no stranger to trying out disruptive tactics to win new customers, with T-Mobile this week pioneering a ‘pay once’ model for the BlackBerry Pearl.

Orange serves up access to Wikipedia

Mobile operator Orange has struck a deal with dispute resolution tool and fact finding site Wikipedia in a bid to boost mobile data traffic.

BT gets fibre rollout underway

UK incumbent BT said this week that it will deploy fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology at 29 exchanges across the UK, ahead of a commercial launch of super fast broadband in 2010.

O2 gives iPhone away on 24 month contract

In the UK, iPhone carrier O2 has made the gadget more affordable to cash strapped consumers by launching a 24 month contract option, which will allow customers to get the handset for free in return for signing two years of their life away to O2. On the 24 month tariff the 8GB iPhone 3G weighs in at £34.26 per month and the 16GB device costs £44.05 per month

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