Mobile broadband survey reveals UK notspots

A new BBC survey has shown that many areas of the UK are still receiving unreliable mobile broadband connections. This survey shows that there are many mobile broadband notspots still existing across the UK, which includes a number of major towns and cities. This is the most extensive conducted survey well beyond any scale seen by the mobile industry in this country or any other.


 It includes more than 44,000 volunteers provided data for use in the analysis,which revealed that testers were only able to receive a 3G signal 75 per cent of the time, despite operator claims of 90 per cent coverage or more. The performance  from different operators varied greatly greatly from region to region.


 Broadband is becoming increasingly important as tool for both businesses and households in the UK and this survey shows how patchy it can be in more rural areas. What is also interesting that there are patchy areas even in some urban areas as well. It will place the providers in a spot light and will hopefully encourage them to be a little more honest about their respective coverage. This will mean that consumers will be able to make amore informed decision as to which network suits their needs. Such transfarency can only benefit us all in the long run.



Sixth of the UK is an m-commerce ‘blackspot’


Following on from my earlier post on m-commerce I was interested to pick up this followup article. research has shown that upto 1/6th of the UK is a m-commerce ‘blackspot’. What may surprise  you to hear is that it is not just places like The Outer Hebrides as one would expect but includes Central London with WC postcode.

The study showed that  as many as a third of conusumers failed to complete their purchase due to problems with mobile broadband. More than a third of consumers have failed to complete a purchase on their mobile due to “issues” with mobile broadband. Consumers found that the barriers to mobile shopping were , network coverage(79 percent), the reliability (85 percent) and speed (86 percent) ranked highest, they were also heavily put off by the cost of data (80 percent).

When asked their views on what should be the top priority for mobile networks and regulators, the cost of data came out top (over half), with improving coverage in second place (23 percent). One in ten think improving the reliability of internet connections in urban areas (14 percent) should be the priority, followed by providing better internet coverage on transport routes (13 percent).

ComputerworldUK.com http://t.co/wUNE2um

Broadband ‘notspots’ revealed

The UK’s broadband “notspots” have been revealed.

Just days before local authorities learn whether they will get government cash to improve connection speeds.  We Labour reaseachers reveal 18 parliamentary constituences have a majority of the population in low-speed areas, where households face frustration at their computer keyboards

In total, 11.1m people, 18.1% of the population, live in low-speed areas, in more than 5m homes. In contrast, in 17 constituencies, not a single home suffers slow broadband connections. Of those, 13 are in London, with one each in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Leicester.

So much for superfast broadband for all the UK.