National Infrastructure Commission Reveals Britain is 54th In Global 4G Coverage (USA 10th)

The National Infrastructure Commission, the British agency in charge of advising the government on matters of infrastructure such as the energy market and transport has released their report on mobile connectivity. In March of 2016 the Commission was tasked with answering the question “What does the UK need to do to become a world leader in 5G deployment and to ensure the UK can take advantage of 5G applications?” their report attempts to answer this but also reveals some shocking truths about the state of mobile connectivity in the country.

“The Commission’s central finding is that mobile connectivity has become a necessity. The market has driven great advances since the advent of the mobile phone but government must now play an active role to ensure that basic services are available wherever we live, work and travel, and our roads, railways and city centres must be made 5G ready as quickly as possible.”

The report also found that:

  • 20% of urban premises and almost 80% of rural premises are in a not-spot for 4G coverage
  • In rural areas 3% of the population do not have any coverage outside their homes (complete not-spots)
  • Coverage on our road networks is poor even for voice coverage (2G)
  • 17% of A and B roads are in complete not-spots and an additional 42% have only partial coverage.

The NIC advised that the government must also ensure that the railway network sees improved connectivity, which it advised is provided via a trackside network. Don’t get excited about huge jumps in your daily commute’s coverage any time soon though, the NIC has stated that the Government should provide a plan by 2017, and the infrastructure be in place on main train routes and motorways by 2025.

5G is the future – ultra-fast, and ultra-reliable it has the potential to change our lives and our economy in ways we cannot even imagine today. But the UK is currently languishing in the digital slow lane. Britain is 54th in the world for 4G coverage, and the typical user can only access 4G barely half the time. Our 4G network is worse than Romania and Albania, Panama and Peru.

Our roads and railways can feel like digital deserts and even our city centres are plagued by not spots where connectivity is impossible. That isn’t just frustrating, it is increasingly holding British business back as more and more of our economy requires a connected workforce. 5G offers us a chance to start again and get ahead. If government acts now we can ensure our major transport networks and urban centres are 5G ready in time to give British industry every chance to lead the world in exploiting its applications.

But none of this will matter unless we bring our mobile network up to speed. The existing system does not provide the level of coverage we will need in our connected future. We need a new universal service obligation which ensures that the mobile essentials – like text, talk and data – are available to us wherever we need them. From connected vehicles to the internet of things, 5G will support a whole new way of communicating and doing business. The UK must not be left behind.” – Lord Adonis – Chair of the NIC

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Download the full report here (3.4MB .PDF)

AT&T launching LG K10 and G Pad X 8.0 on July 22

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AT&T is expanding its affordable device lineup with the addition of the LG K10 and LG G Pad X 8.0 from the end of this week. Beginning Friday, July 22, the carrier will offer both devices to postpaid customers signing up to an installment plan.

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The LG K10 was launched earlier this year and is a budget smartphone offering a 5.3-inch 720p IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and is powered by an octa-core processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage that can be expanded using microSD. On the back it has a 13MP main camera with single LED flash while the front facing camera is a 5MP snapper. The whole package runs on Android 5.1.1 Marshmallow (with a presumed upgrade to Android Marshmallow) and is powered by a 2300mAh battery.

The LG G Pad X 8.0 sports an 8-inch Full HD display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage that can be expanded by up to 25GB. A pair of 5MP camera adorns either side of the tablet, offering some form of video calling capabilities while an array of connectivity options include dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 and LTE. The whole package runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is powered by a 4,650 mAh battery.

AT&T hasn’t confirmed upfront pricing for either device, but both will be available as part of the AT&T Next installment plan. The K10 is expected to be available for $6.00 per month over 30 months while the G Pad X 8.0 will start at $49.99 per month over a two year contract. Full press release below.

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AT&T Offers Affordable LG Devices with LG K10™ Smartphone and LG G Pad™ X 8.0 Tablet

DALLAS, July 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* is heating up summer with the launch of the LG K10 and the LG G Pad™ X 8.0. Starting Friday, July 22, customers can purchase both devices at AT&T stores and www.att.com. Purchase the LG K10 smartphone on AT&T Next® for $6.00 per month for 30 months when you have eligible service. And hurry in to get the LG G Pad X 8.0 tablet starting at $49.99 with a two-year agreement and eligible service.

LG K10 The LG K10 has a contemporary, stylish design and will help you stay entertained and productive with Advanced Messaging, Video Calling and Wi-Fi Calling capabilities.

The LG K10’s 5.3 inch HD display shows sharp, vibrant video comfortably in the palm of your hand – even outdoors.

You can also use the K10 to document all those summer memories with its 8 megapixel camera with 4x zoom. The 5 megapixel front-facing camera comes with Gesture Shot™, which lets you snap photos without pushing a button. Just raise your hand, align it with the front-facing camera, and the K10 will detect you and everyone else in the shot. You can also use the voice shutter by simply saying “Cheese” or “Smile” to take photos with your voice.

Need more room for those photos and videos? Add up to 32GB of extra storage with the microSD card slot. The LG K10 also comes with a removable 2,300 mAh battery that lets you watch video, surf the web and answer emails on-the-go.

LG G Pad X 8.0 The LG G Pad X 8.0 is a tablet that brings you great specs at an amazing value.

The 8-inch full HD display is ideal for games, videos or presentations. A dedicated DIRECTV button gives you instant access to your shows and movies. In addition, AT&T NumberSync lets you make and receive video calls using the same mobile number as your smartphone, even if your smartphone is powered off.

Take your entertainment with you to unwind. Or, stay connected with complete video calling and data connectivity9 – all in a portable solution at a price you won’t want to miss. To see the G Pad X 8.0 in action check out this video.

“The LG K10 and G Pad X 8.0 offer high performance, portability, and convenience, but at a price that won’t put a dent in your wallet,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device and Network Services Marketing, AT&T. “Our customers want to enjoy the features of high end products, without having to pay an arm and a leg. We’ve heard their feedback, and have worked with LG to give them what they want.”

For more information, check out www.att.com.