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o2 uk mobile sim

26th July, 2017 - 10:49 am (12 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 UK has admitted that they are throttling internet data traffic on their 3G (Mobile Broadband) connections for pay monthly contract customers who go roaming around the European Union. Some operators also struggled to deliver a good 4G connection while abroad.


23rd June, 2017 - 12:02 pm (4 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has published its first annual report to the European Commission on their monitoring of the EU’s new rules for protecting Net Neutrality (open internet access). The report finds that “there are no major concerns regarding the openness of the internet in the UK.”

euros currency

15th June, 2017 - 12:01 am (4 Comments)

From today anybody choosing to use their Mobile phone (SIM) to make calls, text or use data (Mobile Broadband) while roaming around the European Union should be able to do so for the same price as they pay their UK operator (i.e. no extra roaming charges), albeit with a few caveats for data.

wales uk counties map

14th June, 2017 - 8:56 am (1 Comment)

The Welsh Government (WG) has launched a 30 day public consultation into their proposed £80 million plan to extend the roll-out “fast reliable broadband” (defined as 30Mbps+) to “every property” in Wales by 2020, which could see a further 98,145 premises being covered by the service.

Virgin Media 2014 UK Logo

30th May, 2017 - 2:32 pm (10 Comments)

Cable operator Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media, has claimed that the “economic effects” of their investments in the UK (i.e. higher broadband speeds, improved productivity and price competition) between 2013 and 2017 have delivered a “total social benefit” worth £1.38bn.

uk wifi wireless internet access for free

30th May, 2017 - 8:27 am (3 Comments)

A new deal has been reached between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on last year’s proposed £104 million WiFi4EU initiative, which aims to equip “every European village and every city with free [WiFi] internet access around the main centres of public life” by 2020.

eu nga broadband coverage map june 2016

15th May, 2017 - 4:06 pm (8 Comments)

The European Commission has published their annual 2017 European Digital Progress Report, which confirms that Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Greece all lag behind the rest of the 28 EU member countries when it comes to ultrafast “full fibre” (FTTH/P/B) broadband coverage.

european broadband awards logo

15th May, 2017 - 11:39 am (0 Comments)

The European Commission (EC) has kicked off their third annual ‘European Broadband Awards‘ event, which means they’re on the hunt for a short-list of any innovative projects that are helping to provide citizens with access to high-speed broadband internet.

o2 uk mobile sim

9th May, 2017 - 1:52 pm (3 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 has today become the latest to confirm that existing subscribers will, effective from 15th June 2017, be able to use their 2G, 3G or 4G Pay Monthly, Pay As You Go and Business tariff’s inclusive calls, texts and data bundles while travelling around Europe “at no extra cost.”

ee sim mobile broadband

4th May, 2017 - 9:07 am (1 Comment)

Mobile operator EE (BT) has today stolen a march on the EU’s forthcoming removal of roaming charges next month by announcing that all existing Pay Monthly and pre-paid Pay As You Go (PAYG) subscribers will soon enjoy roaming to 47 European destinations “at no extra charge“.

fibre optic fiber optic cables

12th April, 2017 - 4:07 pm (11 Comments)

The FTTH Council Europe has revised downward last year’s Comsof estimate for the cost of deploying ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) based broadband networks across the EU (currently this still includes the UK) by 2025, which makes it €137 billion (£116bn) instead of €156bn (£132bn).

europes lines of broadband fibre optic laser light

12th April, 2017 - 2:09 pm (2 Comments)

The Broadband Stakeholders Group, which acts as a think-tank for the government, has published a new report that summarises the risks and challenges of Brexit for Internet and digital communications across the United Kingdom (broadband, mobile, USO, state aid policy etc.).


8th March, 2017 - 10:36 am (1 Comment)

Inmarsat’s plan to improve broadband connectivity on aircraft appears to have taken a hit today after rival Satellite operator ViaSat accused the London-based ISP of “misusing spectrum” and gaining an “unfair competitive advantage” by “creating a monopoly for European in-flight connectivity.”


3rd March, 2017 - 1:44 pm (1 Comment)

The European Commission has released their 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which uses data from 2016 to reveal the United Kingdom’s progress towards the EU’s Digital Agenda goals (e.g. NGA 30Mbps+ broadband for all by 2020). Sadly we’ve dropped from 6th to 7th place.


22nd February, 2017 - 12:01 am (0 Comments)

A new voucher scheme has been launched for businesses in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire and the Borough of Telford & Wrekin (England), which offers local SMEs up to £25,000 to help fund the installation of a 30Mbps+ “superfast” Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband connection.

fibre optic orange cable blast 2016

25th January, 2017 - 9:52 am (3 Comments)

The cost of deploying ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) broadband networks throughout the EU, which currently still includes the United Kingdom, has today been revised by Comsof on behalf of the FTTH Council Europe and the new estimate is £134 billion (€156bn).

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

21st December, 2016 - 11:04 am (14 Comments)

The Court of Justice of the European Union has struck a blow to the UK’s controversial Internet snooping Investigatory Powers Act 2016 by ruling that EU law does not allow “general and indiscriminate retention of traffic data and location data,” except for “targeted” use against “serious crime“.

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