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8th February, 2016 - 8:18 am (2 Comments)

The EEF, which is a trade association that champions manufacturing and engineering in the United Kingdom, has claimed that over a quarter of small firms and half of medium-sized firms are paying “inflated” costs of more than £5,000 a year for broadband Internet connectivity.

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5th February, 2016 - 12:32 pm (19 Comments)

The Government has today unveiled a new agreement with BT (Openreach) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) that aims to deliver “fibre based” (FTTC/P/H) superfast or ultrafast broadband connectivity into new build properties across the United Kingdom, either for free or co-funded.

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5th February, 2016 - 9:41 am (7 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has today spoken out in favour of the proposed £10.25bn merger between mobile operators Three UK (CK Hutchison Holdings) and O2 (Telefonica), with the provider adding that “‎any competition concerns can be addressed without blocking [the deal]“.


5th February, 2016 - 9:06 am (18 Comments)

Residents of Garsdale and Dentdale in rural Cumbria (England) are debating two possible fixes for securing faster broadband, which follows last year’s dramatic failure of the Fibre GarDen (Digital Dales) scheme. One of the options involves going back to BT, while the other would call in the B4RN team.

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5th February, 2016 - 7:52 am (3 Comments)

The £37m Superfast Dorset project in England has officially announced that 90% of premises in the county can now order a superfast broadband (24Mbps+) service thanks to their on-going roll-out of FTTC/P connectivity with BT, which has hit the target several months ahead of schedule.


5th February, 2016 - 12:01 am (3 Comments)

Cross-platform Satellite broadband ISP Europasat, which offers a choice of space-based Internet access services from operators like Eutelsat (Tooway), Avanti (HYLAS) and SES (Astra), has today announced that over 1,000 homes and businesses in Wales have already taken their service.

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4th February, 2016 - 1:28 pm (4 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone UK has today published their results to the end of last year (financial Q3 15/16), which saw their fixed line broadband customers increase by +14k to total 89,000 (up from +5k added in the previous quarter) and 4G cover reach 79% of the UK (86% using Ofcom’s definition) with 6.3 million subscribers.

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4th February, 2016 - 11:13 am (5 Comments)

The parent of mobile operator Three UK (CK Hutchison Holdings) has moved to counter Ofcom’s concerns about their proposed £10.25bn merger deal with O2 (Telefonica) by making “three clear and simple promises“, which include plans for a £5bn network investment and a pledge not to raise prices for 5 years.


4th February, 2016 - 10:00 am (23 Comments)

Pure fibre optic ISPs Gigaclear and Hyperoptic have offered a unique insight into the current challenges with rolling out new ultrafast broadband infrastructure across the United Kingdom, not least in regards to the difficulties of going up against a state aid supported BT and the question of whether or not to separate Openreach.


4th February, 2016 - 9:04 am (9 Comments)

As the United Kingdom continues to fight over the coverage of so-called “superfast broadband“, where download speeds must be greater than 24Mbps (0.024Gbps), Singapore has decided to up its game even further by offering home customers of Singtel a 10,000Mbps (10Gbps) FTTH package!

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3rd February, 2016 - 2:47 pm (1 Comment)

Cisco’s annual Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (2015 – 2020) has today been published, which found that mobile data traffic in the United Kingdom reached 86.2 PetaBytes per month in 2015 and the average mobile connection speed topped 5.8Mbps (forecast to reach 18.1Mbps in 2020).

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3rd February, 2016 - 12:19 pm (22 Comments)

The Government has today published a new report on the “successful” outcome of their recent Market Test Pilots, which were setup in 2014 to help trial alternative network solutions (fibre optic, satellite, wireless etc.) for bringing superfast broadband (24Mbps+) to remote rural areas.

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3rd February, 2016 - 9:13 am (5 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority has reversed an old decision by choosing to ban an early 2014 press advert for one of O2’s mobile tariffs, which was found to mislead because of small print that contradicted the headline cost by pointing to an RPI (inflation) linked price rise.

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3rd February, 2016 - 8:37 am (3 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a banner advert for Three UK’s service after it misleadingly claimed to offer the “UK’s lowest price” on a tariff that bundled in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone for £35 per month. Except it wasn’t the cheapest.

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