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19th Apr 2013 (11 Comments)

The anticipated £180m+ acquisition by BSkyB (Sky Broadband) of O2 UK and BE Broadband’s fixed line internet and phone customers (full details), which was originally due to complete by the end of April 2013 (subject to regulatory clearance), could suffer a delay.

19th Apr 2013 (91 Comments)

BTWholesale has revealed the seemingly imminent launch of a new ISP trial to test the operators first wires-only self install superfast broadband service (no engineer required), which could dramatically cut the setup cost and contract length of UK FTTC lines. A trial of VDSL Vectoring (faster FTTC speeds) is also on the cards.

18th Apr 2013 (9 Comments)

Budget ISP TalkTalk has once again got itself into hot water with the national communications regulator, Ofcom, which has today fined the provider £750,000 for making an “excessive number” of abandoned and silent calls to potential customers during 2011.


18th Apr 2013 (0 Comments)

Can you commit copyright infringement (piracy) simply by viewing web-pages on a website? Five judges at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom have this week ruled to protect millions of innocent internet users from incurring unfair civil liability for merely coming upon a web-page that happens to contain copyright material.

18th Apr 2013 (0 Comments)

High Street retailer John Lewis has celebrated the one-year anniversary of its new internet access and home phone service by offering 6 months free broadband and calls when new customers buy any “qualifying internet-enabled product” (e.g. Tablets, Smart TVs, Radios, Cameras and Mobiles with internet capabilities etc.).

18th Apr 2013 (0 Comments)

The latest Experian Hitwise statistics have revealed that the UK spent 37 billion hours online in 2012 and 22% of all that time was spent on a social network (e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.), which equates to about 13 minutes of every hour online. Entertainment websites and online shopping were also popular.


17th Apr 2013 (1 Comment)

ISP BT Retail has changed the terms of its Yahoo! Mail (e.g. @btinternet.com and @openworld.com addresses) based email accounts so that, effective from 17th June 2013, any customers who have not used their mail accounts for more than 150 days will find the account closed.

17th Apr 2013 (3 Comments)

The Northumberland County Council (NCC) in North East England has today signed a new £18.9 million state aid supported deal with BT that will make superfast broadband (25Mbps+) speeds available to 91% of premises by early 2016 (95% will be covered by the fibre optic based FTTC network but some won’t be “superfast“).

17th Apr 2013 (2 Comments)

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned several ads for TalkTalk’s YouView TV product, which misleadingly described the set-top-box as being “free” despite a £50 install fee. The watchdog also banned an ad for T-Mobile’s (EE) £36 Full Monty Plan after it promoted “Unlimited internet” despite a Traffic Management policy.


17th Apr 2013 (0 Comments)

The at800.tv (DMSL) group, which was setup by UK mobile operators as part of a £180m effort to stop new 4G (LTE) based mobile services in the 800MHz band from knocking out digital terrestrial TV (Freeview) services, has announced a third interference trial in Brentford and Isleworth (London Borough of Hounslow).

17th Apr 2013 (5 Comments)

BT’s strategy to retire their older 20th Century Network (20CN) based broadband ISP services (e.g. 8Mbps ADSL / IPStream Connect products) remains on course to begin its final phase in October 2013, which by 31st March 2014 should see related services being removed from a total of 2549 telephone exchanges around the United Kingdom.

16th Apr 2013 (1 Comment)

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has criticised ISPs in the UK and Europe for failing to implement measures that could have helped to tackle one of the biggest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks ever seen, which hit anti-spam group Spamhaus in March 2013 and impacted global internet traffic.


16th Apr 2013 (3 Comments)

Gigaclear and sibling ISP Rutland Telecom have completed the three month long build of a new 1000Mbps (Megabits per second) capable fibre optic broadband (FTTP) network in the rural market town of Uppingham (Leicestershire, England), with prices starting at £37 a month for a symmetric 10Mbps package (£100 installation).

16th Apr 2013 (0 Comments)

The latest Point Topic and Broadband Forum statistics for Q4-2012 reveal that the total number of global broadband subscribers has grown to 643,770,042 (up from 635.9m in Q3-2012), which is being fuelled by deployments of fibre optic (FTTH, FTTC etc.) connectivity growing “faster than all other access technologies“.

16th Apr 2013 (8 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has today introduced a “more flexible and responsive” Traffic Management policy for customers on its 30Mbps and faster “unlimited” superfast broadband packages, which will cut the ISPs download speed throttling to just 30% for some and rising to at most 40% but for a shorter period.

15th Apr 2013 (17 Comments)

Japanese ISP So-net, which is supported by Sony and launched its first Internet connection services in 1996, appears to have introduced one of the world’s fastest live commercial Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) based broadband packages with a download speed of 2Gbps (1Gbps uploads) or around 2,000Mbps in megabits.

15th Apr 2013 (3 Comments)

The National Audit Office (NAO), which is responsible for scrutinising public spending on behalf of Parliament, has confirmed that it will investigate whether or not Ofcom’s underperforming auction of the 4G (LTE) based 800MHz and 2.6GHz mobile broadband spectrum has delivered “value-for-money“.

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