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11th April, 2014 - 1:10 pm
o2-uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Mobile operator O2 (O24G) has announced that their new 4G (LTE at 800MHz) based Mobile Broadband network can now cover 41% of the United Kingdom’s outdoor population (around 33% for indoor users) in 191 Towns and Cities, which apparently equates to about 20 million people.

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11th April, 2014 - 9:29 am
public-internet-file-sharing

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The Open Rights Group (ORG) has written a new open letter that calls upon BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to clarify their positions on the storing of personal customer data / access logs, which follows a decision by the European Court of Justice to rule that the EU’s Data Retention Directive was now “invalid“.

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11th April, 2014 - 8:14 am
superfast-cornwall

Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

The £132m “Big BuildSuperfast Cornwall scheme, which involves a public and private partnership where BT are aiming to make their “high-speed fibre optic broadband” (FTTC/P) network available to 95% of Cornwall in England and the Isles of Scilly by the end of 2014, has reached another crucial milestone by covering 90% of local premises.

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11th April, 2014 - 7:39 am
bt-vision-iptv-box

Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

Customers of the BT TV service have been told that the operator intends to ”close” their original silver BTVision broadband IPTV box service. Owners of the related set top box devices will instead be offered an upgrade to the new YouView based STB kit “at no extra cost“, but you’ll have to re-contract both your TV and broadband for another 18 months first.

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10th April, 2014 - 12:22 pm
virgin-media-business-uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Cable provider Virgin Media Business has signed a new 3-year and £350k deal that will help local ISP LN Communications to deploy super-fast broadband into 8 sites across Yorkshire (England) by the end of April 2015; including Castle Howard, Darlington, Barlby, Darley, Kettleworth, Bradley, Northallerton and Stokesley.

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10th April, 2014 - 11:57 am
scotland-map

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

BT has revealed that its UK-wide £2.5 billion roll-out of “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) connectivity has achieved a significant milestone by making the service available to 1 million homes and businesses in Scotland (premises passed), with another 400,000 expected to be done before their commercial deployment is completed.

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10th April, 2014 - 1:12 am
virgin-media-uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Cable operator Virgin Media has moved to improve its customer support by offering deaf customers access to an online and fully qualified sign language interpreter, which can then be used to relay the customer’s problem to Virgin’s front line support staff.

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9th April, 2014 - 1:39 pm
4g-mobile-broadband-uk-wireless-lte-technology

Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

Mobile operator Lycamobile, which uses O2′s Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) platform, has launched a new 4G based top-up (UK Plan 12) that claims to offer 500 UK minutes with “unlimited” texts and data for just £12. Sounds good, until your connection gets throttled back to almost dialup speeds.

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9th April, 2014 - 1:06 pm
wansdyke_telecom

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

Wansdyke Telecom, which is building a 1000Mbps capable rural fibre optic broadband (FTTP/H) network that aims to connect “every community in [North East] Somerset that wants it” (provided they can find the £2m needed), has today revealed how much their first package will cost and effectively pledged to guarantee the speeds they offer.

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9th April, 2014 - 11:59 am
dcms_superfast_broadband_britain

Author: Mark Jackson | 11 Comments

A recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request, which was served upon the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has managed to extract a full copy of some recent Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) guidance; this was issued to councils in order to encourage the release of better broadband coverage maps / data and clarify the approach for alternative ISP projects.

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9th April, 2014 - 11:18 am
fibre-optic-cable-storm

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The world became home to a total of 678.6 million broadband lines at the end of 2013 (up by around 1.5% in the final quarter vs 1.8% in Q3), which is being driven by continued growth in the uptake of Next Generation Access (NGA) style superfast fibre optic (FTTH/P) and hybrid fibre (FTTC) connections.

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9th April, 2014 - 9:12 am
netflix-uk-unlimited-broadband-movie-streaming

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

Broadband ISPs might eventually have to brace themselves for higher data demands after it was confirmed that Netflix had officially started to roll-out Ultra HDTV 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) quality video streams across their Internet-based unlimited movie and TV streaming service. Now all you need is a compatible 4K TV and a 15.6Mbps Internet speed.

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9th April, 2014 - 8:32 am
uk-region-map

Author: Mark Jackson | 19 Comments

The Government’s national £1.2bn Broadband Delivery UK scheme, which aims to make fixed line superfast broadband speeds of “greater than 24Mbps” available to 95% of the population by 2017, has at the end of February 2014 passed around 370,000 homes and businesses. Meanwhile the DCMS Secretary of State, Maria Miller, has left the building and been replaced by Sajid Javid.

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9th April, 2014 - 7:57 am
bt-building-logo

Author: Mark Jackson | 36 Comments

BT’s stock market price has been sent tumbling (falling from 381 on Monday to 360 on Tuesday) after industry rumors began to spread that the telecoms giant might soon be forced to cut the wholesale cost of its superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC) lines by £2 per month, with Ofcom expected to launch a consultation on the subject in May 2014.

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