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Computing magazine PC Pro has announced the winners of its annual PCPro Excellence Awards 2012, which saw Zen Internet win the Best ISP gong for a ninth time (overall satisfaction score of 93%). Meanwhile BE Broadband (83%) and PlusNet (83%) walked away as runners up. Sadly other ISPs didn’t do quite so well.
Mobile operator Everything Everywhere (Orange UK and T-Mobile) has today announced the launch of a third new network and new brand, EE (4GEE), to support the forthcoming launch of its new superfast 4G (LTE) 1800MHz based mobile broadband and fixed line “fibre broadband” ISP services.
Consultancy firm Analysys Mason has warned that plans to adapt the telephone settlement system, which established how phone operators compensate each other for terminating international voice calls (i.e. settlement payments), to the internet through the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) could “halt growth and find users cut off“.
Tim Johnson, a telecoms analyst for Point Topic, has called the UK government’s target for having the “best superfast broadband in Europe by 2015” both “not relevant to Britain’s needs” and “not achievable“. Johnson instead called for the new Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, to replaced it with a more “intelligent” goal.
Everything Everywhere (Orange UK and T-Mobile), O2, Vodafone and Three UK have agreed, under direct pressure from the government, to stall any legal challenges that could have resulted in further delays to Ofcom’s auction of the superfast “4G” mobile broadband compatible 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.