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Wales Economy Being Brought Down by Poor Broadband: A Welsh affairs committee has stated that the economy of Wales is being harmed by poor broadband and this could be leading to less investment. The committee has suggested that the Welsh and UK governments should join forces to ensure that there is better broadband access in Wales. David Davies, the MP for the Monmouth area has pointed out that there are still some parts of Wales where th...


Everything Everywhere Launches 4G for 16 Cities in the UK: Everything Everywhere officially launched their new 4G mobile service this week and announced they expect it to be available in 16 UK cities by the end of the year. Subscribers to the 4G service will have the advantage of being able to access the Internet at speeds which are five times faster than those currently available. In addition, users may have access to the new iPhone 5 with a 4G...


Customers Overpaying £1billion in Broadband Fees Because They Don't Ask: A study conducted by uSwitch has indicated that broadband customers could be overpaying by £120 a year because they have never switched their provider. The company estimates that half of the 21 million households in the UK have never switched and that this amounts to £1.1 billion wasted each year. One third of people are paying £20 a month or more for their broadband wh...


'Digital Divide' in the UK is Growing as Rural Areas get Left Behind: It has been suggested that the digital divide in the UK is getting wider as investment in broadband networks is still being confined to urban areas. Mark Jackson from ISPReview has commented that major towns and cities are already moving on to super fast broadband speeds while those living in rural areas are struggling with speeds which are significantly slower or they have no service at...


UK to be Fastest Broadband Country in Europe with 24Mbps to 90% of Customers by 2015: The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated that the UK will have the fastest broadband of any European country by 2015. He defined fast broadband as anything over 24Mbps and said it will be available to 90% of the country by then. His comments have been met with heavy criticism after they were made at a speech at Google's London campus this week. Mr Hunt was defending himself after a Lords repor...


CMA Suggests Opening the Dark Fibre Network: The chief of the Communications Management Association (CMA) has suggested that opening up the dark fibre network could reap rewards for the telecommunications industry and help to spread faster broadband throughout the UK. Dark fibre is a term for those stretches of network which are not used by any provider in particular and allow the user to choose which provider they want. David Harr...


Lords Communication Committee Says Government Focus on Speed is Harmful: A Lords Communication Committee has released a report which indicates that the government's broadband strategy is focusing too heavily on speed and is ignoring the fact that many communities are failing to receive a decent service at all. The government has said that it wants to have the fastest broadband service in Europe by 2015, however the Lord's report suggests that there is a risk...


Broadband Speeds in Scotland Are Falling says uSwitch: The comparison site uSwitch has released a survey which indicates that broadband speeds in Scotland have actually fallen this year and many UK households are stuck with slow speeds. The average UK broadband speed has actually risen by 16% over the past year, according to their figures, but almost 30% of the UK still has speeds of less than 3Mb. 21% are still dealing with slow speeds of l...


Broadband Providers Fighting it out by Complaining About Each Other's Adverts: Virgin has been told off by the Advertising Standards Authority after they brought a complaint to them regarding the most recent Sky ads for unlimited broadband. Virgin argued that Sky cannot claim to have unlimited broadband because the speed of their service was so slow. The ASA pointed out that this was not misleading because most consumers would be aware that the speed of their Inter...


New Free Mobile Broadband Service Available - Watch Adverts Then Surf Free: A new mobile broadband service is being offered by Samba and it will be free. The service will offer free, advertising supported data for mobile computer users. Subscribers will need to buy a sim card from Samba and an optional dongle. As long as they watch videos from advertisers, their credit will start to build up. However the service is tracked and users are warned that their interne...


UK Government Spends £3million on Broadband 'Consultants' - EU Investigates: The Government has been forced to put its broadband rollout on hold while the plan is investigated by the European Commission. The Broadband Delivery framework was designed to rollout superfast broadband across the UK by 2015, giving the UK the best broadband in Europe. However just two providers have been chosen to put in bids for the work - Fujitsu and BT. The European Commission feel ...


Talk Talk the 'Most Complained About' Broadband Provider: The latest figures from Ofcom have revealed that Talk Talk still receives more complaints than any other broadband or fixed line provider. Sky, Virgin Media and O2 have the lowest number of complaints. During the first quarter of 2012, Talk Talk received 0.56 complaints per 1,000 customers, while BT received 0.38 and Sky received just 0.15. It is thought that the failing of Talk Talk is ...


Broadband is like Water & Electricity - You Could be Wasting It!: Broadband provider Talk Talk has suggested that simple home maintenance could be enough to improve download speeds for some customers. The provider believes that as many as half a million broadband users could be losing up to 4Mbs simply because their in-home set up is poor. Dan Dowham from Talk Talk has stated that changing wiring, routers and phone sockets could be enough to speed up I...


Broadcasters & Broadband Providers Get Together for YouView - Download TV Programs: The chief executive of Virgin Media Neil Birkett has spoken to the London Evening Standard this week regarding the introduction of YouView which is expected to be launched this year. The service will be subscription free and will allow the downloading of television programs from the major channels. It is a joint venture between the major broadcasters and broadband providers such as Talk ...


Farmers Don't Need Fast Broadband, Surely? Posh Folks Problems Must Come First: A suggestion that people living in rural areas and in particular farmers, do not need high speed internet access has led to fury among farming populations. Graham Jones, the MP for Haslingden and Hyndburn has suggested that the funding for broadband is best spent in urban areas because investment in rural areas will not lead to more jobs. The Countryside Alliance has hit back at the comm...


Talk Talk & Microsoft Partner to Offer Low Income Households a Computer and Broadband: Talk Talk has joined together with Microsoft to offer broadband and a PC to those people who cannot afford to get connected. The scheme could see people offered computers for as little as £49 plus a Talk Talk broadband connection for just £5 a month. A laptop could cost just £149 with £30 off for those on benefits. The PC's will come with Microsoft software instal...


BT to be Split into Two Companies? The Fiber Optic Broadband 'Monopoly' Being Targeted: The shadow business minister Chi Onwaurah has suggested that BT may need to be split into two companies due to the fact it seems to be part of a monopoly in superfast broadband. She made the comments to the House of Lords select committee looking into broadband. It was pointed out that the government has earmarked £980 million to be spent on upgrading old copper wires to fibre and ...


BT Can Provide 300MB Broadband But Their Speed Checker is Flawed ... And They Ruin Your Grass!: Internet service providers will be able to sign up customers to a 330Mbps broadband service from June 11, following the end of a BT trial of the fibre-to-the-premises service. There will be three categories of the service, one with 80Mb download rates and two with 330Mb - each with a different upload speed. Next year a 220Mb service will be available. A mystery shopper tes...


Does BT Have a Strangehold on Fibre Optic Broadband Services in the UK?: The Chief Executive of Talk Talk has asked Ofcom to review the price structure for the fibre network in a bid to increase competition in the market. She has even suggested that the fibre broadband network could end up empty unless something is done. Dido Harding has said that the prices which BT charges to their rivals to resell superfast internet connections is double that for basic int...


Average UK Broadband Speed is Down Ranking us 25th in the World: The most recent Akamai State of the Internet report has indicated that the UK average broadband speed has dropped by 3.5%, putting the UK in 25th place globally. The report, which looks at the last quarter of 2011 also showed that this appears to be part of a worldwide trend with other countries, including the US, having a similar fate. However the news was not all bad, with 90% of UK co...


Virgin Media's Superfast Broadband Small Print Deemed 'Too Small'!: The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that an ad used by Virgin Media has misled the public due the fact that its small print contained information which was not clear. The ads for superfast broadband which featured the sprinter Usain Bolt were described by the watchdog as being impossible to read because the small print was too fine. The small print pointed out that there ...


People In Rural Areas Have Started Digging Up the Roads to Encourage New Broadband Lines: It seems that one community in the North of England have taken matters into their own hands and started digging a required trench in order to get long awaited super fast broadband. After waiting for private companies to lay the fibre for them, without success, the volunteers have gotten out their garden spades and have started digging the 51 mile trench. The trench will connect up severa...


90% of Customers Will Not Get the Broadband Speed Being Advertised: Despite last weeks change to the advertising expectations of UK broadband providers and the requirement to match advertised speeds to what can realistically be achieved, it seems that consumers are still not impressed. New guidelines have stated that at least 10% of customers need to be able to get a speed before it can be advertised, but these new rules are proving meaningless for the c...


UK Government Wants New Laws to see What You're Looking at and Doing on the Internet: The government has announce that it may be looking at adjusting the law to allow them to look at all the Internet traffic including personal emails, website usage and Internet activity of anyone in the UK. However it is thought that unless safeguards are put in place the plans may be scuppered by the European courts. Currently this type of monitoring is only allowed if there is sufficien...


Smaller Broadband Providers Like Call Flow Solutions & Rutland Telecom The Future?: Analyst firm Point Topic has released figures which show that small broadband providers are starting to find their niche in the sector. In fact, they believe that their varied approach may bring faster broadband to areas which are currently under-served. Since the middle of last year there has been an increase of 85% in the customer base of these smaller networks such as Call Flow Soluti...


Unambitious Government Means the UK is Missing Out on its Next Industrial Revolution: The former boss of BT Peter Cochrane has stated that the UK risks missing out on the next industrial revolution because the governments plans for broadband are not ambitious enough and are not properly funded. Cohrance was part of a group who gave evidence at a House of Lords inquiry into the national broadband strategy this week. He points out that the governments ambitions to have 90% of...


4G Networks Across the UK by the End of the Year from 'Everything Everywhere': Ofcom have stated that the UK could see 4G networks by the end of this year after they accepted the plans from Everything Everywhere to use 2G spectrum to deliver the network for mobiles. In 2011, Ofcom said that 2G spectrum could be used for 3G and has now gone further and said that it can be used for 4G as well. It is thought that this ruling could mean better broadband services for ru...


Unlimited Broadband? Unlimited Landline Calls to 30 Countries? 500 Minutes Included Mobile Calls?: Broadband provider Orange has launched a new broadband deal which is the first of its kind in the UK. The deal will include unlimited broadband and landline calls to 30 different countries. In addition the subscriber will get 500 inclusive minutes to mobile phones each month. Finally for those customers who sign up before the end of this month the deal will be sweetened with 1000 free mo...


BT Launch Music Streaming Service for Free Music Downloads: BT is to launch a music streaming service which will offer BT customers the opportunity to have access to free music downloads. The plans for this service were originally announced in November 2011 and it now appears that the service will be available from the end of this year. Gavin Patterson from BT has commented that the margins BT will gain from the service will not be great as they ...


BT Infinity is the Best Superfast Broadband but PlusNet has the Best Customer Service. Decisions?: A poll conducted by PC Advisor has found that BT Infinity is the best super-fast broadband connection available. The Home Broadband Survey 2012 discovered that users liked the reliability, the speed and that they would be happy to recommend the product to their friends. 30% of respondents even said they would be unlikely to move to another provider. The survey also found that PlusNet was...


Tesco Broadband Just £2.50 a Month? Sounds to Good to be True: Tesco has launched an incredibly cheap 12 month broadband deal. At £2.50 per month the subscription is about the lowest on the market, but experts are warning that customers should look at the contract length, download allowances and connections speeds before they sign up. The deal is being classed as an "unlimited" contract and will be available to Clubcard holders only and is par...


57% of UK People Say They Would Pay More for a House With Good Broadband Speed: A new study has shown that 57% of UK internet users say that they would pay more for a house if it had a good internet speed and in particular for those with superfast broadband. The ISPreview study looked into whether faster internet access would affect the value of a house and it was discovered that good broadband could indeed improve a homes value. More than 75% of those questioned fe...


Lots of Studies, Research & Polls for Broadband but do they Tell us Anything?: A study by uSwitch has indicated that London has the slowest 3G speed out of the nine largest cities in the UK. The average rate in the capital is just 2.71Mb which is 24% slower that the average rate in Portsmouth which stands at 3.56Mb. Portsmouth boasts the fastest speeds in the UK. The slowest city in all of the UK is Wolverhampton where users struggle with just 2.46Mb. The study loo...


Councils Have till the End of the Month for Broadband Funding Plans: Local councils have until the end of next month to submit their plans for improving their broadband coverage and ensuring 90% access to a basic 2MB service. The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned councils that they may lose the funding if they do not have a plan in place to deliver superfast broadband in time. He has pointed out that councils cannot hold up the process of moving to...


Virgin Media's 120 Mbps 'Double Broadband Speed' Roll-Out: Virgin Media customers have been hit by disruptions to their broadband and phone connections this week. In fact, Virgin media have confirmed that the problem was a nationwide fault with the ADSL broadband service. Their website warned customers not to make changes to their router settings and that turning the router off and on a few times may fix the problem. Virgin are yet to explain wh...


O2 to Roll Out Free Wi-Fi Across Parts of London: A deal which has been struck between O2 and The Westminster and Kensington councils has meant that free wireless broadband is to be rolled out across much of central London. Millions of residents and visitors will be able to take advantage of the largest free wireless hub in Europe. The installation will start this month and will start in limited areas, however it is expected that the en...


Talk Talk Misleading Advertisement Complaint Upheld: The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has criticised a Talk Talk advertisement for their HomeSafe internet security system. The ad claims that HomeSafe is "the UK's safest broadband" while BT and two members of the public, who brought the action, have said that the security offered is just basic. The ASA have agreed that this is the case. The security service blocks children from bei...


BT & Virgin 100 Mb Service in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield: It has been announced that the 15 cities which will be given "super-connected" status by the government as part of their broadband plan will be those cities which have more than 150,000 dwellings. While it has already been announced that London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast will have the upgrade, other cities which could be in the running are Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Nott...


Brits Buy Everything Online .. Except Better Broadband: A recent report from Ofcom has shown that just 4% of UK homes are taking advantage of superfast broadband, however UK Internet users are shopping online more than any other European country. In addition the UK has cheaper broadband prices than elsewhere in in Europe, with just France having lower prices. Ofcom's international communications report compares the UK with other nations aroun...


90% of the UK to Have Fibre Optic Broadband Within Six Years: It has been suggested by BT that it could take as little as six more years to bring fibre optic based broadband to 90% of the UK. BT CEO Ian Livingstone made the announcement to the Prime Minister this week. He suggested that speeds of more than 100MB could be available to the majority of that 90%. In addition current spending and research into new methods for the delivery of broadband m...


Edinburgh, Cardiff & London to Become "Super-Connected" Cities: George Osborne, the Chancellor, has this week announced further measures to invest funds into urban broadband. The £100 million boost will be used to create ten super-connected cities. These cities will include Edinburgh, Cardiff, London and Belfast. The announcement is part of a £5 billion investment in infrastructure in the UK. It has been stated that those cities which are...


Slow Broadband a Disadvantage for School Homework Assignments: It has been suggested by the Labour MP Helen Goodman that some children in the UK are unable to complete their homework due to poor Internet speeds. She has pointed out that in some parts of her constituency, there are broadband "not spots", even in areas which are otherwise well served. She says that children who are expected to do their homework online simply cannot do so. She has said...


BT's 100Mb Broadband and O2's 50Mb Service is Here: BT has made their 100Mb service available publicly this week. BT Infinity Option 3 will be available in parts of London, Middlesex and Exeter. The service uses fibre-to-the-premises technology which had previously only been available in Milton Keynes where it was trialled. John Petter from BT has said that they are seeing an encouraging take up of the service and they now have more than ...


Cornwall Broadband Venture is Project of the Year: The Cornwall Superfast fibre roll-out project has been hailed as the project of the Year at the World Communications Awards this week. The project which cost £132 million has allowed many rural parts of the area to receive fast broadband and has ensured a higher than average number of connections. The project also boasts a website which is updated with news and already has a piece ...


BT Promises 70-100Mbps Broadband to Two Thirds of the Country by 2014: BT has promised it will offer high speed Internet to two thirds of the country by the end of 2014 - this is one year ahead of its original plan. The company has said that its main offering will be at around 70-100 Mbps and that they are employing 520 new engineers to help with the install. The total investment will be £300 million. Currently around six million homes in the UK have ...


Hyperoptic Unveils UK's First 1Gb Superfast Fibre Optic Broadband Connection: UK broadband provider Hyperoptic has this week unveiled the UK's very first 1Gb broadband connection. The superfast broadband is 140 time faster than the average connection in London where it is currently available. The first installation offers 133 riverside apartments the opportunity to access the network. Hyperoptic have said they hope to roll-out the service to other developments in ...


EU Could Actually be Sending back £8billion to help with Broadband Development in the UK: It is thought that the UK could stand to benefit from an EU investment of £8 billion in superfast broadband technology. The money is being set aside to pay for an EU wide rollout of high speed broadband networks. This shows the importance which has been placed on the role broadband has to play in the recovery of EU economies. It is thought that some of this money could reach the UK...


Blackberry users in the UK without Internet Access for 3 Days: Blackberry users in the UK, Europe, India and Africa have experienced three days without email and Internet service this week due to a problem which RIM have blamed on a core switch failure The issue has also extended as far as North America, and parts of South America. RIM have said that the problem is being rectified and the backlog of emails is being worked through. Experts have sugge...


BT Announces Areas that will Receive its 300Mbps Service: BT Openreach has announced it will be launching a number of updates to its service from Spring of next year. These will include a 300 Mb service and a Fibre to the Premises service with 110Mb downloads. The first parts of the country to get these speeds will be Ashford in Middlesex, Bradwell Abbey and Milton Keynes, Highams Park in London and and parts of Chester, Cornwall and York. BT s...


Advertising Regulators Only Demand 10% of People Can Actually Buy What is Being Advertised: The advertising regulator has said that broadband providers must advertise speeds which are available to at least 10% of their customers. It is thought that this will give customers a more accurate idea of what they can receive. The Committee of Advertising Practice and the Broadcast Committee of Adversing Practice have completed a study into the way broadband speeds are advertised and d...


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