30 January, 2010 - 7:17 AM
The Pennsylvania State University has developed a new method of indoor Optical Wireless network that does not require a line-of-sight and runs at speeds of 1Gbps+. The setup uses multi-element transmitters and multi-branch optical receivers in a quasi-diffuse configuration (*head explodes*) and could eventually replace Wi-Fi.

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29 January, 2010 - 11:55 AM
ISPreview community member and editor of the BE Usergroup, drsox, has posted an interesting video that compares the broadband speed of a BT Total Broadband connection with that of Be Broadband during peak usage hours. The test highlights how serious the impact of Traffic Management (Throttling) can be on a BT connection for even basic non-P2P downloads.

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29 January, 2010 - 7:10 AM
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has criticised solicitor firm ACS:Law for sending threatening letters to customers of UK broadband ISPs whom are "suspected" of involvement with illegal piracy downloading. Those targeted are frightened into paying a settlement fee (£300-£500) or warned that they could face legal action.

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28 January, 2010 - 7:58 AM
Analyst firm Point Topic has warned that it will be difficult for the government to strike the right balance of investment in Next Generation Broadband Access (NGA). In particular they highlight the dangers of having a patchwork with many individual players and have supported calls for a more standardised approach.

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28 January, 2010 - 7:43 AM
Mobile operator Three (3) has activated its 10,000th 3G site as part of a programme to improve and extend their existing UK Mobile Broadband network coverage. The 10,000th site was connected in Shooters Hill, South-East London, bringing better 3G coverage and more capacity to the area. The site officially went online last Friday evening.

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28 January, 2010 - 7:00 AM
BSkyB ( Sky Broadband ) has released its latest set of quarterly results to 31st December 2009. The group’s broadband service maintained a steady level of +101,000 quarterly net additions, taking its total ISP subscriber base up to 2,404,000. Some 18% of Sky's customers now choose the operator for all three of TV, broadband and telephony, up +1% on Q3-2009.

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27 January, 2010 - 12:29 PM
The UK governments Independent Spectrum Broker (ISB), Kip Meek, has said that an auction of the 2.6GHz spectrum band is unlikely to happen this year. The band is ideal for use by future 4G Mobile Broadband technology, such as Long Term Evolution ( LTE ), which promises peak download speeds of up to 1000Mbps (1Gbps).

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27 January, 2010 - 11:46 AM
BT Wholesale has just clarified to us that the minimum download speed consumers can expect to receive from its new 'up to' 40Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) fibre optic broadband technology is 15Mbps. In addition the operator confirmed that VDSL2 (not VDSL) is being used to deliver the "last mile" connection over existing copper wire and into people’s homes.

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