Articles

From time to time a member of the ISPr team, or one of our own readers, will write a general article related to the ISP industry. These are more professionally written editorial items than the general clutter of everyday news. Below can be found interviews, helpful guides and other interesting pieces.

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Date Author Title
09/06/14 Mark.J Interview Ė CityFibre Talks 1Gbps FTTP Broadband Rollout with Sky and TalkTalk
ISPreview.co.uk's chats with CityFibre's Director of Strategy and Policy, Mark Collins, about their roll-out of 1000Mbps fibre optic broadband with Sky and TalkTalk in the UK city of York.
23/04/14 Mark.J 4G Mobile Broadband Could Doom Public WiFi Wireless Internet Hotspots
Can public wifi hotspots survive the growing power of Mobile Broadband connectivity or will they ultimately become the victim of their own fiddly sign-up forms, slow speeds and sporadic coverage?
17/04/14 Mark.J The Tricky Question of Censorship and Age Verification via Broadband ISPs
ISPreview.co.uk examines the difficulty, primarily from the perspective of websites and ISPs, of being able to accurately identify how old a specific customer or visitor actually is.
03/02/14 Mark.J GUIDE: The Importance of Connecting ADSL and FTTC Broadband via Twisted Pair Cable
It's possible to improve the performance and stability of your broadband ISP connection by simply changing the cable between your router and wall socket to a shielded twisted pair. We explain why.
06/01/14 Mark.J The Best Broadband ISPs for 2014 Ė ISPreview UK Editors Pick
An annual ISPreview.co.uk editorís choice selection, which reviews some of the Best Broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom for consumers to choose in 2014.
02/01/14 Mark.J Roundup - Broadband Router Options for UK FTTC ISPs (Integrated VDSL Modem)
A quick summary of the top ISP routers for subscribers to superfast broadband services, which are based off hybrid Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology (VDSL / VDSL2).
27/12/13 Mark.J Do UK Broadband ISPs Try to Hide Complaint Contacts and ADR Info.
ISPreview.co.uk investigates how easy it is to find contacts and information about the official consumer complaint process on the websites of major broadband ISPs.
09/12/13 Mark.J Point Topic Interview
ISPreview.co.uk interviews the bosses of telecoms analyst Point Topic about the current problems with broadband provision in the United Kingdom and how they could be solved.
04/11/13 Mark.J Gigaclear Interview
ISPreview.co.uk interviews Gigaclear's Sales Director, Joe Frost, about the government's approach to superfast broadband deployments and making fibre optic (FTTH) services available in rural areas.
07/10/13 Mark.J AB Internet Interview
We interview the Sales and Marketing Director, Neil tucker, of wireless ISP AB Internet about the challenge of providing broadband to UK rural areas and the threat from a new tax on wireless networks.
07/08/13 Mark.J GUIDE: UK Student Broadband and Phone Solutions for a New Term
A short and simple guide that runs through some of the basic considerations, options and offers for student focused broadband and phone solutions.
22/07/13 Mark.J A Look at the Future Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp) Broadband Tech
ISPreview.co.uk takes a look at the future Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) broadband ISP technology, which over the next few years could be used by BT to boost internet speeds.
09/07/13 Keith Oddy 8 Top Tips for Keeping Your Wireless Broadband ISP Router / Modem Cool
ISPreview.co.uk offers up a bunch of tips to help you keep your broadband ISP routers and modems running smoothly during the hot summer months.
13/05/13 Mark.J Study: Big UK ISPs Should Make Support Contacts Easier to Find
ISPreview.co.uk asks whether or not some of the markets best known broadband ISPs do enough to make their support contacts easy for consumers to find.
03/04/13 Mark.J The Best Home Alternatives to WiFi Wireless Networks
ISPreview.co.uk takes a look at some of the best alternatives to traditional home wifi wireless networks.
23/01/13 Mark.J The Danger of Adopting IPv4 Internet Address Sharing (CGNAT)
ISPreview.co.uk investigations the potential pitfalls of adopting internet address IP sharing (Carrier Grade NAT) instead of IPv6 (includes feedback from several UK ISPs).
02/01/13 Mark.J The UK Best Broadband ISPs for 2013 Ė ISPreview.co.uk Editors Pick
The annual ISPreview.co.uk editors choice pick of the Best Broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom for 2013.
02/01/13 Mark.J Will the Real Fibre Optic Broadband Service Please Stand Up
ISPreview.co.uk examines how "fibre optic" broadband is being advertised by UK ISPs and questions whether or not consumers are being misled by some of the claims.
27/12/12 Mark.J How to Identify Slow Speed as a Fault on FTTC Superfast Broadband Lines
Many consumers of BT's new FTTC superfast broadband ISP products do not know how to identify when slow service speeds should be reported as a fault. We explain the key facts.
10/12/12 Mark.J A Look at Virgin Media UK's Plan for DOCSIS 3.1 and 10Gbps Broadband
National UK cable ISP Virgin Media reveals its future plan to adopt the new DOCSIS 3.1 (DOCSIS NG) standard and possible 10Gbps broadband speeds.
03/12/12 Mark.J ASK4 UK ISP Interview
ISPreview.co.uk interviews the Chief Operating Officer of Sheffield-based UK ISP ASK4, Ross Bray, about the uncertain future of Yorkshire's Digital Region network and the years other main broadband related developments.
31/10/12 Mark.J Shetland Telecom UK ISP Interview
ISPreview.co.uk interviews the project manager of Shetland Telecom, Marvin Smith, about the project to bring fibre optic connectivity to the Shetland Islands and the UK government's current broadband strategy.
17/09/12 Mark.J Broadband For the Rural North (B4RN) UK ISP Interview
ISPreview.co.uk questions a founder of B4RN, a unique community-built and owned ďhyper-fastĒ fibre optic (FTTH) rural broadband network in Lancashire, about the project and this year's other main telecoms developments.
17/08/12 Mark.J A Closer Look at Latency and Packet Loss on the UK's Biggest Broadband ISPs
ISPreview.co.uk takes a look at what the latest data from Ofcom can tell us about the impact of high network latency and packet loss on consumers at eight of the UK's largest broadband ISPs.
06/06/12 Mark.J Big UK ISPs Respond to IPv6 Readiness Fears
Several of the United Kingdomís largest consumer broadband ISPs have spoken to ISPreview.co.uk about the increasingly urgent issue of Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6) adoption and their current state of readiness.
05/06/12 Mark.J Technicolor Broadband ISP Router Manufacturer and IPv6 Interview
ISPreview.co.uk runs a short interview with Pascal Portelli, a Senior Vice President of global media and technology firm Technicolor, concerning IPv6 adoption and related support within the broadband router market.
12/04/12 Mark.J UK Comparison of Broadband Movie Download and Web Streaming Services
ISPreview takes a look at the various UK based broadband movie (film) video streaming services that have surfaced over the past couple of years and attempts to pick the best.
11/04/12 Mark.J Lack of Fast Broadband is NOT Just a Problem for UK Rural Areas
ISPreview explains why the lack of good broadband ISP connectivity, despite what some people might think, is most definitively not just an issue that has confined itself to the UK's many rural areas.
10/04/12 Mark.J How to Keep Your Data Private and Browse the Internet Anonymously
ISPreview takes a look at the various different methods of keeping your internet connect and personal data private and secure while going online.
09/01/12 Mark.J Editors Pick - The UK's Best Broadband ISPs for 2012
The ISPreview Editors pick of the best broadband ISPs in the UK for 2012, based on their previous performance throughout 2011 and reader feedback.
07/11/11 Mark.J Hyperoptic UK ISP Interview
ISPreview UK interviews the Managing Director of fibre optic broadband ISP Hyperoptic, Dana Pressman Tobak, about its new 1Gbps capable FTTH superfast broadband service, IPv6 support and many of the years other main developments.
17/10/11 Mark.J Fluidata UK Business ISP Interview
ISPreview UK interviews the Managing Director of business ISP Fluidata, Piers Daniell, about UK superfast broadband deployments, IPv6 uptake and its plans to help rural communities gain access to more internet access providers.
05/09/11 Mark.J GUIDE How to Choose a Broadband Internet Provider
A guide designed to simplify the process of choosing a new UK ISP by enhancing your knowledge of the broadband market, its different solutions and any potential pitfalls that you might encounter along the way.
08/08/11 Mark.J CityFibre Holdings UK Interview
ISPreview UK interviews the CCO of CityFibre Holdings, Mark Collins, about the firms plans to restart their ultrafast fibre optic FTTH broadband network in Bournemouth and put right the i3 Groups mistakes.
06/06/11 Mark.J The First Year of Superfast FTTC Broadband - UK ISP Experiences
ISPreview UK takes a look back the first year of fttc fibre optic broadband internet access technology and questions ISPs about their experiences, before looking at what the future has in store.
26/04/11 Mark.J NETGEAR Broadband ISP Router Manufacturer Interview
ISPreview UK interviews the NETGEAR worldwide networking kit manufacturer about IPv6 adoption and its future broadband isp product plans.
01/02/11 Mark.J WiBE UK Mobile Broadband Signal Booster REVIEW
ISPreview UK reviews the Deltenna WiBE Wireless Broadband Enabler, which claims to deliver vast improvements to Mobile Broadband signal reception and performance, even in some of the most rural locations.
17/01/11 Mark.J UK ADSL Broadband Internet Connection Tips and Tweaks
Simple UK ISP tips and tweaks guide to help improve the performance or stability of your ADSL (up to 8Mbps) or ADSL2 (up to 24Mbps) based broadband internet access connection.
05/01/11 Mark.J Editors Pick - UK Best Broadband ISPs for 2011
The ISPreview Editors personal pick of the best broadband ISPs in the UK for 2011, based on their previous performance throughout 2010 and reader feedback.
20/12/10 Mark.J Interview with UK Community Fibre Optic Developer Fibrestream (NextGenUs)
Exclusive interview with Guy Jarvis, the founder of community broadband developer Fibrestream (NextGenUs), concerning UK next generation broadband developments in 2010/11 and the future market impact.
29/11/10 Mark.J Interview with UK Hull Broadband ISP KC (KCOM Group)
Exclusive interview with Nick Thompson, the Director of Consumer Affairs for broadband ISP KC, concerning UK next gen broadband developments in 2010 and the operators attitude towards competition in the Hull (Yorkshire) region.
01/11/10 Mark.J Interview with UK Business Broadband ISP Timico
Exclusive interview with Trefor Davies, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of business ISP Timico UK, which covers all of the years main events from next gen broadband to how the government intends to tackle illegal copyright file sharing.
25/10/10 Mark.J The Definition of UK Superfast Next Generation Broadband
ISPreview investigates the various different UK definitions of superfast Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband and how incorrect or weak interpretations could fail the entire market.
20/09/10 Mark.J Broadband Solutions for Remote and Rural UK Communities
ISPreview investigates the potential current / future solutions and challenges facing parts of the UK, especially rural areas, where a fast broadband service has yet to reach.
25/06/10 Mark.J Examining BT's 100Mbps FTTP Fibre Optic UK Broadband
ISPreview.co.uk takes a close look at what consumers can expect from 100Mbps next generation fibre optic UK broadband ISP services, with a particular focus on the BT Fibre-to-the-Premises FTTP product from BT.
04/05/10 Mark.J Interview with UK Rural Broadband ISP Rutland Telecom
ISPreview.co.uk interviews David Lewis, Managing Director (MD) of UK rural broadband ISP Rutland Telecom, about the challenges of bringing superfast internet access to remote locations.
07/04/10 Mark.J, Zen Internet Uncovering UK Broadband ISP Fair Usage Policies and Traffic Shaping
ISPreview.co.uk and UK ISP Zen Internet examine the Fair Usage Policies and Traffic Shaping or Management measures employed by some broadband providers.
15/02/10 Mark.J Exposing Hidden and Confusing UK Broadband ISP Charges
ISPreview exposes the unusual stealth, hidden and downright confusing additional charges that some UK broadband providers will levy against their consumers, often unfairly.
04/01/10 Mark.J Editors Pick - Best UK Broadband ISPs for 2010
The ISPreview Editors personal pick of the best UK broadband ISPs to choose in 2010, based on their previous performance throughout 2009 and reader feedback.
21/12/09 Mark.J TalkTalk UK Broadband ISP Interview
Exclusive Independent interview with UK Broadband ISP TalkTalk. This article covers next generation broadband, illegal file sharing and the promise of universal 2Mbps broadband for everybody.
01/12/09 Mark.J UK ISPA Interview with James Blessing
Exclusive Independent interview with James Blessing on behalf of the UK Internet Service Providers Association ISPA. This article covers next generation broadband, illegal file sharing, universal 2Mbps broadband and more.
16/11/09 Mark.J Top Tips for Improving Mobile Broadband Performance
Some handy tips, tricks and tweaks you can make to improve your chances of getting a good Mobile Broadband signal..
19/10/09 Mark.J Andrews and Arnold AAISP UK Broadband ISP Interview
Exclusive Independent interview with Adrian Kennard of UK ISP Andrews and Arnold (AAISP). This article covers next generation broadband, illegal file sharing, universal 2Mbps broadband and more.
12/10/09 Mark.J Ericsson Next Gen UK LTE Mobile Broadband Interview
Exclusive Independent UK interview with John Cunliffe of mobile kit manufacturer Ericsson about future Long Term Evolution (LTE) 3G and 4G Mobile Broadband technology.
01/06/09 Mark.J Avanti UK Rural Satellite Broadband ISP Interview
We interview Avanti, a UK satellite broadband ISP, about their new services and the possibility of satellite being used to help close the country's rural digital divide.
26/05/09 Mark.J UK Broadband ISP Email Support Quality Rated
We test the email based customer services/support quality of 19 UK broadband ISPs to find out who does the best.
02/03/09 Mark.J How to Use Mobile Broadband - Vodafone
Simple guide to help explain what Mobile Broadband (3G) services can and can not do in terms of speed, latency and connection limits.
02/02/09 Mark.J UK Music - Illegal File Sharing Interview Part2
ISPreview interviews UK Music, an organisation representing the UKís commercial music industry, about combating illegal file sharing (SECOND PART).
22/01/09 Mark.J UK Music - Illegal File Sharing Interview Part1
ISPreview interviews UK Music, an organisation representing the UKís commercial music industry, about combating illegal file sharing (FIRST PART).
12/01/09 Mark.J Editors Pick - Best Broadband ISPs for 2009
This is my own personal unscientific choice of the best ISPs for 2009, based on their previous performance throughout 2008 and reader feedback.
13/11/08 Mark.J Entanet Interview Q4-2008
ISPreview interviews Darren Farnden, Entanetís Head of Marketing, about Phorm, anti-piracy measures, 24Mbps services, next-gen fibre broadband services and market problems.
21/10/08 Mark.J Be Broadband Interview Q4-2008
ISPreview interviews Oli White, Head of Marketing for Be Broadband, which is now owned and operated by O2 Group.
14/10/08 Mark.J ZyXEL UK Interview Q4-2008
ISPreview interviews James Harris, Head of Product Management for ZyXEL UK, a manufacturer of xDSL, Security, VoIP, IP DSLAMS, Wireless, Home Plug, Routing and IP switching equipment.
13/10/08 Mark.J IDNet Interview Q4-2008
ISPreview interviews IDNetís director, Simon Davies, about its forthcoming services and recent industry events (next-gen broadband, File-Sharing rules and 24Mbps etc.).
19/08/08 Mark.J BT's 100Mbps Fibre Broadband Interview
ISPreview interviews BT about its £1.5bn plan to bring 100Mbps next-generation fibre optic (FTTC, FTTP) broadband services to 10m homes by 2012.
21/07/08 Mark.J Top 10 Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips
Ten useful tips to help you secure your home and or business wireless (Wi-Fi) network against malicious hacking attempts.
25/06/08 Mark.J Alexander Hanff (Anti-Phorm Campaign) Interview *UPDATED*
ISPreview interviews anti-Phorm campaigner Alexander Hanff about his views on the controversial advertising technology.
27/05/08 Mark.J ISPs Raise Concerns Over Data Retention Proposals
ISPreview has consulted with several UK Internet Service Providers to unearth their thoughts on the governmentís new personal privacy invading data retention proposals.
21/05/08 Mark.J Mini-Interview with BT (Phorm, iPlayer, FTTx etc.)
ISPreview interviews BT's Group Communications Director, Peter G Morgan, regarding next generation broadband solutions and its pro-Phorm stance.
11/03/08 Mark.J To Ban or Not to Ban (Illegal File Sharers)
ISPreview investigates how the government and industry plan to tackle online file sharing (P2P) piracy. Includes exclusive feedback from several UK Internet Service Providers.
16/01/08 Mark.J Small ISPís Concerned By Unrealistic Consumer Expectations
Using feedback from several ISPís, we examine the growing difficulty that smaller providers have in keeping up with the largest players.
02/01/08 Vincent Morin Guest Author: Evolving ISP Networks
This article is a GUEST piece written by Vincent Morin, a Senior Director (Systems Engineering) for Ciena EMEA.
19/11/07 Mark.J PlusNet Interview
ISPreview interviews Neil Laycock, PlusNet's CEO, regarding next generation broadband, IPTV and ADSL2+ services.
12/11/07 Mark.J Vispa Internet Interview
ISPreview interviews James Ormerod, the MD of Vispa Internet, regarding next generation broadband, IPTV and ADSL2+ services.
05/11/07 Mark.J Entanet Interview
ISPreview interviews James Blessing, the COO of Entanet International, regarding next generation broadband, Ofcomís migration rules and ADSL2+ services.
23/10/07 Mark.J VirginMedia Interview
ISPreview interviews VirginMediaís head of Product Management & Development for communication services (e.g. broadband and voice), Paul Elworthy.
16/10/07 Mark.J Mobile Broadband Interview - part 2 (Orange)
We interview two of the UKís major mobile phone operators to find out what is in store for the new generation of Mobile Broadband (3G) services.
08/10/07 Mark.J Mobile Broadband Interview - part 1 (T-Mobile)
We interview two of the UKís major mobile phone operators to find out what is in store for the new generation of Mobile Broadband (3G) services.
08/05/07 Mark.J Broadband Congestion (Slow Speeds)
ISPreview investigates the problem of broadband congestion and why itís causing broadband services to slow down or restrict their products.
07/02/07 Mark.J ISP's Talk Migration, ADSL2+ & MAX
We interview three UK ISP's about some of the modern issues they face, from new migration rules to ADSL2+ technology.
16/01/07 Mark.J Tips For Avoiding SPAM *UPDATED*
We suggest some helpful hints design to prevent junk e-mails from clogging up your inbox.
16/01/07 Mark.J Choosing an ADSL ISP *UPDATED*
ISP Review's mini-guide for new surfers looking to get hooked up with broadband ADSL for the first time.

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