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broadband internet speed uk

27th July, 2014 - 1:09 am (53 Comments)

Do we really need 1Mbps, 10Mbps, 100Mbps or even 1000Mbps (1Gbps) of Internet download and upload speed to enjoy the online world? It’s an interesting question and one with many different answers, usually depending upon both your perspective and personal expectations. But how much Internet speed is really enough?

mark collins cityfibre

9th June, 2014 - 1:25 am (16 Comments)

The Director of Strategy and Policy at urban fibre optic developer CityFibre, Mark Collins, has today revealed more to ISPreview.co.uk about their Joint Venture plans with Sky Broadband and TalkTalk to roll-out an “ultra-fast” 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP/H) broadband network for UK homes in three cities, starting with York.

fibre-optic-cable-duct

28th April, 2014 - 2:31 am (51 Comments)

BTOpenreach’s new FTTP on Demand (FoD) product offers the attractive potential for anybody within reach of an FTTC capable line to order a full fibre optic broadband connection, which can deliver stable speeds of 330Mbps (30Mbps uploads) using Fibre-to-the-Premises technology. But have cost and confusion killed the attraction.

remote_working_wifi

23rd April, 2014 - 1:11 am (9 Comments)

Public WiFi hotspots have become increasingly common over the past few years and now even the government’s £150m Super-Connected Cities Programme (SCCP) is seeking to boost their coverage. But is such investment becoming a waste of money and might we be about to witness the end of public wifi as we know it.

banned_and_forbidden_uk_internet_censorship

17th April, 2014 - 3:24 am (5 Comments)

One of the more puzzling aspects of the on-going political debate over Internet censorship (Parental Controls) is the issue of Age Verification, which has some politicians aggressively calling for a system that can verify an Internet user’s age before the ISPs network-level filters can be disabled. But is it even possible and do we really need it?

rj11_and_rj45_twisted_pair_telephone_cable

3rd February, 2014 - 1:44 am (11 Comments)

It’s often painfully easy to find yourself buying or receiving the wrong sort of RJ11 telephone cable to connect between a BT faceplate / master socket and your ISPs broadband ADSL / VDSL (FTTC) modem or router. Sadly this can have an impact on your lines performance so it’s important to understand why and if you should care.

best uk broadband isp gold star

6th January, 2014 - 1:59 am (15 Comments)

It’s no fun having to walk the United Kingdom’s minefield of often confusing broadband ISP choices, where internet speeds can vary due to a multitude of often opaque factors and service quality frequently fails to match expectations. So here’s our annual editors pick to help out.

fttc_vdsl_broadband_modem_routers

2nd January, 2014 - 1:29 am (46 Comments)

The United Kingdom is home to several million hybrid fibre FTTC superfast broadband ISP subscribers but to date most of those have been forced to connect to the service by linking an existing router to one of BTOpenreach’s VDSL modems. Now a new breed of router has emerged that integrates VDSL and here are some of the options.

complaint form uk isp adr ofcom broadband

27th December, 2013 - 1:47 am (4 Comments)

The ability to make a complaint is often essential but how many Internet Service Providers are transparent about the process and do some intentionally attempt to make the necessary contacts and information hard for novice net users to find? ISPreview.co.uk examined seven of the markets primary broadband ISPs to find out.

point topic uk logo

9th December, 2013 - 3:47 am (9 Comments)

London-based broadband analyst firm Point Topic has told ISPreview.co.uk, as part of our exclusive interview, that hybrid fibre optic (FTTC, DOCSIS etc.) services are the best way of getting affordable superfast Internet access to 95% of the country by 2017 and that smaller (altnets) ISPs should play a “major role” in connecting the final 5%.

fibre optic and ethernet network cables

4th November, 2013 - 1:50 am (19 Comments)

Gigaclear, which specialises in deploying ultrafast 1Gbps capable fibre optic (FTTP) networks into rural areas around the United Kingdom, has told ISPreview.co.uk as part of our exclusive interview that the Government needs to create a more “predictable and useful” Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme that allows more than just BT to bid for contracts.

ab internet wireless broadband mast

7th October, 2013 - 6:40 am (3 Comments)

AB Internet has told ISPreview.co.uk, as part of our exclusive interview, that the Valuation Office Agency’s review of how its business rates can be applied to fixed wireless networks could result in a “whole segment of society” being “digitally marooned“. The ISP also warned against an “all roads must lead to fibre” approach to broadband.

fibre optic broadband cable deployment HYPEROPTIC ONLY

18th September, 2013 - 9:53 am (10 Comments)

Many positive things came out of the NAO and Public Accounts Committee’s recent efforts to pick apart BT and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme (here) but not all were helpful. In particular there are four myths about the projects aims and delays that continue to persist despite being largely inaccurate.

education broadband student

7th August, 2013 - 8:58 am (3 Comments)

It’s that time of year again. No sooner than you’ve finished school, returned from college or come home from University then you’ll have to start thinking about a new broadband and phone service for the next term. Naturally BT and Virgin Media have begun promoting their own solutions with 9 month contract terms but there are other options.

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