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4th May, 2016 - 2:38 pm (0 Comments)

An American firm called MultiNet has built a new device called the ResetPlug, which describes itself as a “smart plug” that monitors your WiFi router and “resets power if WiFi fails“. On the surface this might seem a good idea, but not if you’re on a DSL (ADSL) based broadband line like most of us.


4th May, 2016 - 8:57 am (4 Comments)

Earlier this year the city of Aberdeen in Scotland signed a major £250m City Deal with the Government (here) and we’re now starting to get the first details on what this could mean for digital connectivity, with free city centre wifi and fibre optic upgrades being high on the agenda.

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4th May, 2016 - 8:12 am (0 Comments)

Telecoms giant BT has landed itself in hot water again after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) was forced to ban three of their TV adverts for making “misleading” BTInfinity (FTTC) “fibre broadband” quality claims versus rival UK ISPs Sky Broadband and Virgin Media.


4th May, 2016 - 12:01 am (5 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority has today confirmed that fixed line broadband providers in the United Kingdom will, with effect from 31st October 2016, be required to offer clearer advertising of their service prices by including the cost of line rental into their total monthly fee.

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3rd May, 2016 - 12:43 pm (3 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will this week unveil their final proposals for clearing up misleading broadband prices and TalkTalk is the first to jump, with the ISP pledging to adopt a single “all-in pricing” for their bundles of broadband, phone (line rental) and / or mobile and TV.


3rd May, 2016 - 10:22 am (8 Comments)

Once again the UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has announced the official finalists for their forthcoming 18th annual 2016 Internet industry awards, which sees Vodafone leading the way with 6 nominations and BT short-listed for “Best Consumer Fixed Broadband“.

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2nd May, 2016 - 10:39 am (6 Comments)

Industry sources have reportedly revealed that Cityfibre are working with BT (Openreach) to test a major deployment of Ofcom’s newly proposed Duct and Pole Access (DPA) solution, which could help ISPs to build alternative networks by giving them better access to BT’s cable ducts and poles.


2nd May, 2016 - 9:39 am (12 Comments)

Sometimes being a major builder of new fibre optic infrastructure means upsetting the locals with civil works and today it’s Virgin Media’s turn to take some flak, which has seen local York councillor Mark Warters criticise the operator for conducting “disruptive and shoddy” reinstatement work.


30th April, 2016 - 7:19 am (8 Comments)

The price of making a call, sending a text or surfing the Internet (Mobile Broadband) from your mobile phone while roaming abroad within Europe has today dropped another level following last year’s regulatory changes (here) and the extra charges will be completely removed from 15th June 2017.


30th April, 2016 - 1:50 am (12 Comments)

BT Wholesale has given a small, but useful, update on the progress of the native Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology trial in Bradford, which among other things confirms that the full network build should now be practically complete (subject to landlord permissions and further testing).


29th April, 2016 - 1:16 pm (1 Comment)

BTOpenreach has today detailed the second phase of reductions to their business and ISP focused Ethernet products, such as Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) and Ethernet Backhaul Direct (EBD), which are due to be introduced from 1st May 2016 (some others will follow on 1st August 2016).

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29th April, 2016 - 12:48 pm (0 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator is consulting on a request from TalkTalk to vary concurrent spectrum access licences for 3.3MHz of radio spectrum in the 1800MHz band, which would support the ISP’s plan to launch a new broadband router with small cell based 4G (LTE) mobile femtocell technology inside.

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29th April, 2016 - 7:44 am (41 Comments)

The retail division of BT has, in an earlier than expected move, today unveiled a raft of new inflation busting price hikes (increases range from +5.6% to +20%) for their consumer phone, TV and broadband services that will come into force from 3rd July 2016. Line rental is now £18.99 a month.


28th April, 2016 - 8:32 am (8 Comments)

As expected the European Commission has approved Ofcom’s Business Connectivity Market Review 2016 (BCMR) proposals, which among other things pledged to open up access to BT’s national Dark Fibre network, cut leased line (Ethernet) prices and deliver quicker installations. But the regulator did reject two of the EC’s proposed tweaks.

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