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now tv bskyb uk

19th September, 2014 - 12:33 pm (3 Comments)

Back in the spring Sky’s broadband-based NOW TV video streaming service announced that plans for a sudden 40% price hike of their popular Entertainment Pass, which gives customers access to 10 major live premium TV channels (e.g. Sky One and Sky Atlantic), would be put on hold (here). Now the bad news.. that price hike is back.

hyperoptic uk fttb

19th September, 2014 - 12:12 pm (3 Comments)

Fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic has confirmed that the next UK city to benefit from access to their 1000Mbps (Megabits per second) capable home and business Fibre-To-The-Building (FTTB/H/P) network will be none other than Glasgow in Scotland.

fiber optic cable blue

19th September, 2014 - 8:26 am (2 Comments)

A new study from the Analysis Group, which was conducted on behalf of the American Fibre-to-the-Home Council, has claimed that communities with widely available 1Gbps (1000Mbps) broadband access through FTTH style fibre optic connectivity have per capita GDP that is 1.1% higher than communities with little to no availability of gigabit services.

south_yorkshire_uk

19th September, 2014 - 7:36 am (1 Comment)

As expected BT has now officially signed a new Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) contract that will aim to roll-out FTTC/P based “fibre broadband” services to 98% of South Yorkshire (i.e. Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) by the end of 2017.

fibre_optic_cable_laying_ship

18th September, 2014 - 4:46 pm (1 Comment)

Efforts to deploy 20 new submarine fibre optic cables around the western side of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands region (here) have suffered a setback after the French cable-laying ship Rene Descartes (Orange Marine) lost an 8 tonne submersible plough worth £3.6m.

ee_content_block_internet_censorship

18th September, 2014 - 2:44 pm (3 Comments)

Customers of EE’s mobile service in the United Kingdom, specifically those who may be attempting to surf the Internet using their 3G or 4G based data connections (Mobile Broadband), are today being hit by sporadic problems that can result in legitimate websites being wrongfully blocked.

award best broadband uk ISP gold trophy

18th September, 2014 - 9:28 am (3 Comments)

Consumer magazine Which? has today published the results of their latest biannual reader survey of broadband ISP satisfaction, which ended up handing their top ‘Recommended Provider’ status to Utility Warehouse, Zen Internet and John Lewis. By comparison most of the markets largest providers were pushed to the bottom.

inflight wireless internet

18th September, 2014 - 8:41 am (0 Comments)

Travellers looking to fly with Virgin Atlantic may be pleased to learn that Richard Branson’s airline has become the first European carrier to deploy Gogo’s new in-flight connectivity technology (2Ku), which uses a mix of ground and space (satellite) based stations to deliver on-board Internet access speeds of up to 70Mbps over a local WiFi network.

hayes_apartments_in_cardiff

18th September, 2014 - 12:03 am (0 Comments)

It’s been seven months since Hyperoptic announced that their “hyper-sonic” 1000Mbps (Megabits per second) capable home and business Fibre-To-The-Building (FTTB) network would be expanding into the city of Cardiff in Wales (here) and now residents of the Hayes Apartments will be the first to officially benefit as the service finally goes live.

europe digital agenda

17th September, 2014 - 3:39 pm (1 Comment)

Ofcom’s carefully crafted control of the United Kingdom’s market for broadband and phone services might face a challenge next month. A leaked proposal suggests that the EU’s new rules, which are designed to foster a Single Telecoms Market, could seek to remove some of the charge controls on BT’s services.

bt rural fibre broadband cabinet uk

17th September, 2014 - 12:55 pm (4 Comments)

BTOpenreach has proposed a new product option (‘Single-Order GEA-FTTC’) that could allow customers to take a Fibre-to-the-Cabinet based superfast broadband service, albeit without also needing to have a traditional phone solution for voice calls (aka – Naked FTTC).

suffolk uk broadband intervention map

17th September, 2014 - 9:25 am (10 Comments)

Time and again we’ve been told that the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme with BT is running way behind schedule (example) and yet actual progress on the ground consistently appears to suggest otherwise. The latest example comes from the Better Broadband for Suffolk project in England, which has just reached the 50,000 premises passed mark and now claims to be more than 6 weeks ahead of schedule.

huawei gci 2014

17th September, 2014 - 8:28 am (2 Comments)

Strong Mobile Broadband penetration, good average download speeds and fixed broadband subscriber growth are all considered “strengths” that have helped to push the United Kingdom into 3rd place on Huawei’s new Global Connectivity Index, ranking us just behind the USA (2nd) and Germany (1st). But our telecoms investment as a % of GDP could apparently be better.

uk advertising standards authority

17th September, 2014 - 7:42 am (4 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a TV, website and several press adverts for Virgin Media’s cable broadband service after rival ISPs, BT and Sky Broadband (BSkyB), complained that the promotions “misled” consumers by claiming the service offered Internet download speeds that were “5x faster than Sky and BT’s regular broadband“.

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