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27th November, 2014 - 2:36 pm (0 Comments)

Competition between smaller alternative network ISPs is rare because they tend to keep out of each other’s way. But that’s not always the case and is proven by WarwickNet’s move to start rolling out a new fibre optic broadband network to businesses on Derby’s (East Midlands, England) Pride Park, which comes shortly after ITS Technology announced a new fixed wireless network for the same area.

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27th November, 2014 - 1:53 am (1 Comment)

Gigaclear, an independent fibre optic (FTTP) broadband ISP, has recently become the latest Internet provider to announce that their prices are rising by 4.8% (RPI + 2% at the time of calculation) from 1st January 2015, which in fairness is the first time they’ve increased their prices in roughly four years.


26th November, 2014 - 2:06 pm (3 Comments)

The European Commission has today announced a new £250 billion (€315bn) plan to improve its infrastructure, which is designed to make the continent more attractive for investment, remove regulatory bottlenecks and “get Europe growing again” by funding improvements in broadband networks, transport, education, research and innovation.

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26th November, 2014 - 1:21 pm (5 Comments)

A Digital Government Review conducted for the British Labour party, which was commissioned by Chi Onwurah MP but claims to be independent, has called for a future Labour Government to consider implementing a Universal Service Obligation (USO) for Internet access (potentially applying to both fixed line and mobile operators).

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26th November, 2014 - 12:00 pm (2 Comments)

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has put their weight behind the Government’s proposal to tackle partial mobile not-spots across the United Kingdom by requiring major mobile network operators to adopt a controversial national roaming policy, which some fear could also stifle future investment.


26th November, 2014 - 10:06 am (3 Comments)

The IT services provider and fibre optic builder, ITS Technology, has gobbled yet another Internet provider and this time it’s Wales focused fixed wireless broadband ISP Xwavia, which serves a number of remote rural communities (e.g. Conwy) with superfast Internet speeds.


26th November, 2014 - 8:27 am (1 Comment)

Residents of a well sized rural village in Monmouthshire (Wales) called Shirenewton could soon be able to benefit from a superfast fibre optic connection via Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology, which is being rolled out by Cardiff-based ISP Spectrum Internet.


26th November, 2014 - 7:28 am (3 Comments)

Mobile operator Lycamobile UK appears to have become a serial offender after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned, for a third time no less, a “misleading” promotion on their website that claimed to offer “UNLIMITED DATA NOW WITH 4G” when in fact the data usage was effectively capped to just 5GB (GigaBytes).


25th November, 2014 - 5:46 pm (14 Comments)

It’s probably fair to say that most politicians can be a bit naïve when it comes to matters that require an understanding of ISPs and Internet communications. Sadly this also appears to be true of today’s report from the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee that effectively accused ISPs of failing to help stop the murder Fusilier Lee Rigby by not handing over key communications data.


25th November, 2014 - 9:15 am (37 Comments)

Attempts to secure information about the take-up of BTOpenreach’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services and related claw-back provisions under the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme are often futile (we’ve tried asking BT, BDUK and many councils without success), yet a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request has managed to secure related information.. albeit only for Wales.

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24th November, 2014 - 12:55 pm (42 Comments)

Last week the owner of mobile operator O2 UK, Telefonica, tentatively floated the prospect of putting the FOR SALE sign up (here) and today BT has confirmed to the Spanish press that they’re already in preliminary talks about a possible purchase or merger. In addition, EE’s shareholders are said to have also approached BT for talks.

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24th November, 2014 - 12:19 pm (20 Comments)

The Government’s forthcoming Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) will this week introduce a number of new measures including a provision to help the security services identify suspects via a computer or mobile device’s individual Internet Protocol (IP) address. But what does this actually mean for broadband ISPs and their customers?

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24th November, 2014 - 8:09 am (28 Comments)

The UK Competitive Telecommunications Association, which aims to foster a more competitive fixed telecommunications market and counts most of BT’s major rivals among its ranks (e.g. Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodafone, Sky Broadband etc.), has called on Ofcom to improve competition by among other things opening up BT’s passive infrastructure to all providers and launching another market review; although one is already underway.

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22nd November, 2014 - 1:05 am (18 Comments)

Various rural parts of North Lincolnshire (England) are starting to benefit after fixed wireless broadband ISP Quickline began making use of around 30 local churches and village halls in order to deploy their so-called “AIRFibre” service, which offers Internet download speeds of up to 8-15Mbps (uploads of up to 10Mbps).

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