Weekly broadband news 26-31 August

Vodafone and O2 launch their 4G services today

O2 and Vodafone have launched their 4G offering today. This
brings more competition to the fourth generation mobile broadband
market. It is worth mentioning that the reason Vodafone and O2 are
able to launch their services on the same day is because of their
network sharing deal.

The initial goal for both providers is to
supply broadband to roughly 5m consumers across London, Leeds and
Bradford. After the completion of phase one, the mobile operators
will shift their focus to cities including Edinburgh, Birmingham,
Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry,
Sheffield and Manchester. Just like EE, Vodafone and O2 aim to make
their services available to 98 per cent of the population.

Three UK confirms December 4G launch

As EE, Vodafone and O2 have already jumped on the 4G bandwagon,
Three UK decided to follow suit and announced that it is to launch
its 4G offering this December.

While Three UK currently has a
network sharing partnership with EE for 2G and 3G services, it
hasn’t struck any deals regarding 4G mobile broadband with any of
its rivals. Three UK plans to make its service available to 50
cities throughout 2014 and reach 98 per cent of the population by
the end of 2015.

Internet Anywhere uses crowd-funding solutions to boost
broadband in notspots

Internet Anywhere, a satellite broadband ISP based in Ayrshire
(Scotland), has started using a crowd-funding platform to bring
broadband to notspots within the country. As a quick reminder, a
notspot is a location which has access to either extremely slow
internet speeds or no access to standard broadband at all.

These
are most often rural or isolated areas.

Using Squareknot, a platform which offers crowd-funded equity
and loan solutions, Internet Anywhere intends to raise 125,000
which it will use to boost satellite broadband services in more
than 300,000 Scottish businesses and households that are currently
considered notspots.

John Walters Fitzgerald, Owner of Internet Anywhere, was
reported by Business Insider as saying:

More than 300,000 premises in Scotland have either no broadband
or slow connections.

This is damaging for rural communities and has
significant negative repercussions for the country’s economy.

Our
aim to eliminate Scotland’s rural broadband problem and this
funding would put us in a position to do so.

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