Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Don’t spend hundreds on a mesh system when this $18 Wi-Fi router is fine for your apartment - BGR

Don’t spend hundreds on a mesh system when this $18 Wi-Fi router is fine for your apartment - BGR

Don’t spend hundreds on a mesh system when this $18 Wi-Fi router is fine for your apartment - BGR

Posted: 06 Jun 2019 01:04 PM PDT

If you live in a big 3,000 sq. ft. house then by all means, spend a couple hundred dollars on a mesh Wi-Fi system. We have recommended plenty of different mesh systems here and they're all terrific. But if you live in a smaller house or a normal sized apartment, you simply don't have to spend that kind of cash to get good Wi-Fi coverage in your home. Check out the TP-Link TL-WR841N Wireless Wi-Fi Router, which is on sale right now on Amazon for only $17.99.

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

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  • Two 5dBi antennas greatly increase the wireless robustness and stability. Easy Setup Assistant provides quick & hassle free installation
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  • Features parental control function managing the internet access of children or employee's computer
  • IP based bandwidth control allows administrators to determine how much bandwidth is allotted to each PC and internet devices
  • Fast ethernet ports(10/100 Mbps) allow you to directly connect your wired devices
  • Backward compatible with 802.11b/g products. TP-LINK Live 24/7 Technical Support
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Poor UK Mobile Signals Cause 21% of Brits to Stop Gym Exercises -

Posted: 06 Jun 2019 04:01 PM PDT


How about this for an unusual study. A new survey of 2,000 mobile phone using UK adults, which was conducted by Global Wireless Solutions and OnePoll, claims to have found that 21% of respondents stopped exercising at the Gym in order to try and resolve issues with a poor signal. WiFi isn't much better either.

Granted, on the grand list of important things to know, the mobile phone habits of Gym goers aren't exactly high up but this is still good for a bit of fun and 1 in 2 UK people do at least claim to visit the gym (we have our doubts). Apparently those who do visit the Gym are often "heavily reliant on their phones" to stream music (34%), record progress on apps (26%), take selfies (20%) or browse social media and the internet (17%).

Despite this the study suggests that "all of the big 4 operators are having trouble extending their networks indoors" to cater for such users. In order to test this GWS' team of engineers also tested mobile network performance by gathering nearly 13,000 test samples (covering voice and data performance) inside and outside 30 of London's top gyms (e.g. Pure Gym, Gymbox, Nuffield Health and Bannatyne Health Club).

The results of that testing recorded a 20% drop in mobile network coverage when entering a gym and it takes nearly twice as long to download a song inside gyms compared to outside, which they say could "hinder momentum when exercising" (funny I never have that problem when the tracks change, which usually gives you a short pause).

Similarly, network reliability noticeably decreases indoors, as nearly 4 out of 50 data tasks fail inside gyms. One central London location has only a 37% success rate for data tasks and only a 15% call setup success rate for voice calls inside – compared to 92% data and 100% voice success rates respectively when outside. As a general trend, 1 in 10 calls also fail inside gyms compared to a much stronger performance outside (only 2% fail).

As a result of all this 20% of respondents said they felt forced to go outside to use their phones due to poor connectivity inside and a further 21% stopped exercising to try and sort out their phone's network problems while at the gym. Overall 27% of gym-goers say that difficulties accessing the internet in the gym annoys them, with a further 19% claiming that they would switch gyms if theirs didn't have a good mobile signal.

As for WiFi, some 14% said that the very first thing they do when they get to a gym is search for a network, but GWS' engineers struggled to get connected to WiFi in a number of the gyms they tested. Consumer polling results also mirror this as 17% say that they have not been able to get onto their gym's WiFi network.

Once connected to WiFi, GWS engineers also discovered that download speeds are worse on average than on Mobile, with speeds slowing by 32% for download tasks.

Dr Paul Carter, CEO of GWS, said:

"Phone connectivity has become an integral part of our fitness routines – whether we're using our phone to record progress via apps, post selfies to social media sites or stream music. It's interesting to note that mobile network speeds inside gyms are close if not better at times to WiFi, but it still isn't good enough if consumers are being forced to stop working out to check on connection issues.

Overall, while it's exciting to see that mobile networks in the UK are deploying new technologies including 5G, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to improve basic reliability indoors – particularly as our research shows that people opt for reliability over speed at a two to one ratio when choosing a mobile network."

In fairness some responsibility must also reside with the gym owners, since mobile network operators can only do so much to improve poor indoor signals but they can't work miracles. By contrast gym owners could consider deploying femtocell style signal boosters (offered by most of the major operators) or at least improving their WiFi so that WiFi calling and VoIP are better served.

United Arab Emirates Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Markets, 2019 - - Yahoo Finance

Posted: 12 Jun 2019 07:32 AM PDT


The "United Arab Emirates - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses" report has been added to's offering.

The UAE has a very strong mobile market and it is closely guarded by the two major operators of Etisalat and du. In 2019 both Etisalat and du are demonstrating keen interest in developing 5G technology and are strongly supported by the TRA which has identified the spectrum bands which will be made available for deployment.

Both operators are majority owned by the government. In 2017 the first two MVNOs began offering services in the UAE however this has not impacted upon competition in any significant way as both are wholly owned either by du and Etisalat. The operators however are facing challenges with the saturated mobile market stifling voice growth.

Etisalat and du have both deployed sophisticated HSPA+ and LTE networks that cover most of the population, underpinning growth opportunities centred on mobile broadband, content and applications. Smart phones are becoming increasingly popular, accounting for the majority of the mobile handsets. The growing availability of low cost smart phones has driven mobile broadband penetration up sharply in the last couple of years.

The well-established fibre-broadband network in the UAE is providing the operators with opportunities to grow new services and offerings such as triple-play.

Key Developments

  • Recently the TRA was encouraging affordable roaming rates within GCC countries;
  • In 2018 Etisalat sold its 28% share of Thuraya;
  • The UAE has attracted international interest from data centre operators;
  • Licensed VoIP offerings were launched by the operators in 2017;
  • The UAE hopes to commercially launch 5G in 2020.

Companies Mentioned

  • Etisalat
  • du
  • Thuraya
  • Yahsat
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Swyp

Topics Covered

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

4.2 Market analysis

4.3 Key recent developments

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Historic overview

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.3 Draft bill for new authority

5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation

5.4.1 Second operator

5.4.2 Third operator

5.4.3 Satellite licence

5.5 Interconnect and access

5.6 Fibre access

5.7 Number Portability (NP)

5.8 Royalty payments

5.9 Censorship

5.10 Roaming tariff reduction

6. Fixed network operators

6.1 Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)

6.2 Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company/du

6.3 Yahsat

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics

7.2 International infrastructure

7.2.1 Submarine cable networks

7.2.2 Terrestrial cable networks

7.2.3 Satellites

7.3 Data centres, cloud computing

7.4 Smart infrastructure

7.5 Smart grids

7.6 Smart cities

7.6.1 Masdar City

7.7 Connected homes

8. Fixed broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.1.1 Market analysis

8.1.2 Broadband statistics

8.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)

8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

8.4 Other fixed broadband services

8.5 Fixed wireless (WiFi, WiMAX)

9. Digital economy

9.1 e-Health

10. Digital media

10.1 Video-streaming

10.1.1 Media Zones

10.2 VoIP

11. Mobile market

11.1 Market analysis

11.2 Mobile statistics

11.3 Mobile voice

11.3.1 Prepaid

11.4 Mobile data

11.4.1 SMS and MMS

11.4.2 OTT messaging services

11.5 Mobile broadband statistics

11.6 Mobile infrastructure

11.6.1 Brief intro analogue networks

11.6.2 Digital networks

11.7 Major mobile operators

11.7.1 Etisalat

11.7.2 du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company)

11.7.3 MVNOs

11.8 Mobile content and applications

11.8.1 M-commerce

11.8.2 M-payments

11.9 Mobile handsets

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