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bt sport tv and broadband

19th November, 2015 - 7:53 am (9 Comments)

The 2010 decision that helped to grow BT’s broadband based TV business, which involved Ofcom imposing regulation that required Sky to offer wholesale access (“Wholesale Must Offer“) to their Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 channels (at prices set by the regulator), has today been removed.

bt urban tower

18th November, 2015 - 7:46 am (4 Comments)

Rivals are today hoping that BT may have dented its position in Ofcom’s on-going Strategic Review after the UK telecoms regulator revealed that the operator had billed £1.7m from part of their EE mobile merger to its “functionally separate” Openreach division, which was called “inappropriate“.

fast broadband uk

7th November, 2015 - 7:18 am (120 Comments)

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has confirmed that the Government will introduce a new Universal Service Obligation (USO) that should give everybody the legal right to request a broadband connection capable of delivering a minimum speed of 10Mbps (Megabits per second) by 2020.

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

6th November, 2015 - 11:20 am (20 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator has today decided to launch a wider investigation after Vodafone complained that BTOpenreach had failed to meet its obligations to them by both “delaying provision” of its Ethernet (high-capacity data line) services without their consent and then “failing to compensate“.


4th November, 2015 - 8:09 am (28 Comments)

BT has launched a new salvo in its efforts to defend against calls for them to be split from control of their national telecoms network by highlighting the results of an “independent” study, which found that the operator is responsible for generating £1 in every £80 produced in the United Kingdom.

sky broadband uk

2nd November, 2015 - 11:02 am (5 Comments)

Ofcom has said that they’re in contact with Sky Broadband after the ISP earlier announced that they planned to unilaterally move their existing free Sky Talk (voice calls) customers on to a new £4 per month package, albeit via the controversial approach of presumed consent.

wireless internet radio spectrum frequency

29th October, 2015 - 11:18 am (0 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s telecoms regulator has today set out what position they will be taking at next month’s World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15), which among other things will seek to decide the radio spectrum frequencies for future WiFi and 5G based Mobile Broadband services.

high uk prices and costs

28th October, 2015 - 12:01 am (3 Comments)

A new study claims that broadband and home phone prices for “loyal customers” (i.e. those who prefer to stay with the same ISP rather than switch) have increased by an inflation-busting 40% since 2011 and are thus paying on average £8.59 a month (£103 a year) more now than they were four years ago.

europes lines of broadband fibre optic laser light

27th October, 2015 - 1:04 pm (3 Comments)

As expected the European Parliament has, without further change, today given the final approval needed for new rules to be introduced that aim to protect open Internet access (Net Neutrality) from unfair restrictions and put an end to costly mobile roaming charges, but there are plenty of loop holes.

wireless microwave link uk

26th October, 2015 - 10:44 am (2 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator has today confirmed the final details for their “early” 2016 auction of 190MHz worth of high-capacity spectrum in the 2.3GHz (2350MHz to 2390MHz) and 3.4GHz (3410MHz to 3600MHz) bands, which could be used for mobile (4G) and or other fixed wireless broadband services.

europe digital agenda

22nd October, 2015 - 2:29 pm (9 Comments)

The European Commission’s (EC) Digital Agenda project has today published three separate studies that examine the real-world Internet speeds, coverage and prices of broadband services across most of the EU states, which also reveals how well the United Kingdom is doing.


22nd October, 2015 - 8:15 am (3 Comments)

The Government has today called for consumers to give their feedback on a new set of “Switching Principles“, which among other things proposes that you should able to switch your electricity, gas, bank accounts, telephones, broadband and or TV providers both “quickly” and “without charge“.

telephone support rage and complaints

21st October, 2015 - 4:48 pm (0 Comments)

Ombudsman Services, one of Ofcom’s two approved Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) consumer complaint handlers, reports that it has so far received a total of 15,542 complaints about UK phone, mobile and broadband providers in 2015 and Q3 complaints were up 35% from three years ago.

vodafone uk broadband

19th October, 2015 - 2:36 pm (10 Comments)

Telecoms giant Vodafone has today published a detailed summary of their submission to Ofcom’s Strategic Review, which is considering whether or not to separate BT from control of their national UK telecoms network (Openreach). Unsurprisingly the mobile giant is in favour of big changes.

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