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Millions of Users’ Information handed over to GCHQ

Posted by Dan Pope on Nov 25, 2014 2:59:51 PM

Less than two weeks ago Fluidata wrote an article discussing how much privacy Internet users should have while at the same time ensuring that the UK remains safe from terrorist attacks and other threats organised online. During this article we noted that there is a fine line between security and privacy, however it looks as though this line may have already been crossed by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).


Topic GCHQ Internet privacy Cable and Wireless News Internet security Vodafone

Are mobile networks our next weather stations?

Posted by Dan Pope on Mar 4, 2013 1:24:28 PM

Within the telecommunication industry we are aware of some of the external problems that can affect our last mile access networks. During my 16 years working in these circles, I’ve witnessed everything from DSL slowing down due to frost, to a wireless networks poor performance being blamed on the heat.


Topic DSL EE mobile News Weather O2 Vodafone

BT entering a Niche to get a hearty slice of the 4G pie

Posted by Dan Pope on Feb 27, 2013 8:45:06 AM

At the end of a complex bidding process, the 4G auction has its victors and has raised £2.34bn for the public purse. About 90% less than the price paid at the 3G sale 13 years ago - at the height of the dot-com bubble. It's also more than £1bn short of what the chancellor estimated in his autumn statement.

The relatively modest amounts raised by the auction may well be attributable to the limited success enjoyed by EE since launching the 4G service. Results published last week for EE’s financial end of year show contract net additions actually falling by over a third in 2012 Q4. It’s been suggested that this may be down to the way EE have been pricing their data bundles; offering only the same amount of data as on 3G platforms (resulting in customers running out of data early within the contracted month). The recent reduction in the price of EE’s most basic tariff (by £5 a month) may well be a move to remedy these perceived short comings.


Topic BT EE Niche 4G News Three 3 3G O2 Vodafone

2012 Year in Review

Posted by Dan Pope on Jan 3, 2013 8:30:52 AM

In many ways the late naughties and the early part of this decade (what are we calling this one by the way?) have been characterised by what’s wrong with this country: the recession, the riots, union strikes, press misdemeanours and expenses scandals. And while 2012 has not been bereft of such of problems, it has been punctuated by events – The Jubilee, The Olympics and the Paralympics - that to many people’s surprise and even more’s delight, cut a swathe through all the gloom and cynicism and for a few short, golden weeks made everyone feel… well a bit better; about life and about Britain - Great Britain.


Topic Cisco C&W Facebook fluidata great britain Jubilee 4G News WCIT 3G Olympics Paralympics Vodafone

Is the Internet Code of Practice a good idea?

Posted by Dan Pope on Aug 1, 2012 12:58:40 PM

The topic of net neutrality has been hot in the press in recent years and more so in the past few; not only have there been legislations put in place to block illegal websites, such as pirate bay. But, last week saw the release of a new voluntary Open Internet Code of Practice (OICP); its presence is designed to tackle the concerns surrounding net neutrality. Members are to ensure that the internet is ‘full and open’. The code, however, has received a mixed response from UK ISP’s.


Topic BT OICP News Sky TalkTalk O2 Open Internet Code of Practice Virgin Vodafone

Mobile providers join forces to create joint platform for “Wave to Pay” technology

Posted by Dan Pope on Jul 4, 2011 9:00:55 AM

Over the next few years we may well be paying for our goods by using our mobile phone. This is a concept that has been around for a while, and now  looks as though it’s finally happening. Over the last fortnight Orange/ T-Mobile , Vodafone and O2 have agreed to create a single platform to support mobile transactions. This step brings the whole concept closer to market realisation - as retailers will now only need to plug in to one joint platform.


Topic Barclays McDonalds Orange Pret a Manger Contactless News NFC Starbucks Tesco O2 T-Mobile Vodafone Wilkinson