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bt wifi uk

9th April, 2013 (0 Comments)

BT WiFi has signed a new deal with real-estate investment firm PRUPIM that will see eight of the United Kingdom’s biggest shopping centres deploying a free wireless internet (public wifi hotspot) service, which should reach more than 118 million shoppers.

ee uk logo

9th April, 2013 (16 Comments)

Mobile operator EE (4GEE) has announced that it will double the amount of 1800MHz radio spectrum bandwidth dedicated to its 4G (LTE) based Mobile Broadband network (from 10MHz to 20MHz at each cell), which will boost network capacity and could deliver headline speeds of 80Mbps (average speeds of 20Mbps).

fibre optic broadband cables

9th April, 2013 (24 Comments)

BT has today confirmed that its national £2.5bn commercial rollout of fibre optic based superfast broadband (FTTC / FTTP) ISP services, which is set to reach 66% of the UK by spring 2014 (18 months ahead of schedule), has now passed more than 15 million premises (the operators 2014 target is for 19m).

rural countryside uk

9th April, 2013 (6 Comments)

The 2013 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey has reported that residents of Waverley in Surrey (England, UK) have the best quality of life of any rural area in Great Britain. More generally the South East was found to have the highest level of households with access to “fast broadband“.

world wide internet traffic

8th April, 2013 (1 Comment)

The ITU and UNESCO’s Broadband Commission has called upon the United Nations to ensure that high-speed broadband internet access “features prominently” in any plans for a Post-2015 Development Agenda, which is expected to set various world targets for the next five or so years until at least 2020.

o2 uk

8th April, 2013 (1 Comment)

Mobile operator O2 UK (Telefonica) has signed a new wholesale agreement with Virgin Media that will allow its WiFi customers access to a free wireless internet service at 120 London Underground train stations from June 2013.

sky broadband uk

8th April, 2013 (1 Comment)

Customers of Sky Broadband in northern England and southern Scotland (e.g. Cumbria, Lancashire, Dumfries and Galloway etc.) were left without internet access for several days between Friday and Sunday after an unspecified “daisy chain outage” hit several telephone exchanges on the ISPs network.

bt rural fibre broadband cabinet uk

8th April, 2013 (45 Comments)

The seemingly endless tit-for-tat row between BT and TalkTalk over competition in the growing market for fibre optic based superfast broadband (FTTC and FTTP) services took another hostile turn over the weekend after BT’s CEO, Ian Livingston, accused rival ISPs of “trying to stop the fibre programme so they can sweat their own copper assets“.

uk internet statistics

8th April, 2013 (6 Comments)

The results from 1045 respondents to ISPreview.co.uk’s latest monthly reader survey has found that 80.8% would like to see the government put more public money into deploying superfast broadband around the United Kingdom (up from 68.8% two years ago) and 62.5% said the effort should re-focus on connecting rural areas first.

LED Lights

6th April, 2013 (3 Comments)

Researchers working at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin (Germany) have taken their Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology, which makes it possible to use standard “off-the-shelf” LED (Light-Emitting Diode) room lights for data transmission, to the next level by boosting the speed up to 3Gbps (Gigabits per second).

wales uk map

6th April, 2013 (0 Comments)

The Welsh Government’s £4m Broadband Support Scheme, which offers grants worth up to £1,000 to help those living in rural parts of Wales where sub-2Mbps internet download speeds or “NotSpots” still exist, has been extended by six months after it was originally scheduled to close on 31st March 2013.

sky yahoo mail

6th April, 2013 (7 Comments)

Sky Broadband (BSkyB) has told angry customers that it’s “extremely sorry” after the ISPs planned migration from their existing Google (Gmail) based email platform to a new Yahoo! webmail alternative (Sky Yahoo! Mail) ended in disaster when user inboxes become flooded with old and deleted messages.

fibre optic superfast broadband cable

5th April, 2013 (9 Comments)

A new study of more than 350 ISPs in North America by market analyst RVA LLC has claimed that operators, which upgraded from slower copper line base broadband (e.g. ADSL) networks to faster fibre optic (FTTH/P/B) platforms, saved an average of 20.4% via operational expenditure (OPEX).

best broadband

5th April, 2013 (3 Comments)

The annual Simplifydigital.co.uk Customer Choice Awards 2013, which took place this week, have awarded most of this year’s accolades to Sky Broadband, PlusNet and Virgin Media. Budget ISP TalkTalk also picked up the Innovation Award for being the first to launch a new TV service based off the YouView (IPTV) technology.

talktalk uk isp

5th April, 2013 (1 Comment)

Budget ISP TalkTalk has returned to offering their entry-level Essentials package, which bundles “unlimited” broadband with free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines, at 12 months half-price (i.e. £3.25 a month instead of £6.50). A £25 Love2shop voucher and free connection are also included.

wireless broadband rural uk mast

4th April, 2013 (0 Comments)

Fears that the new generation of superfast 4G (LTE) based Mobile Broadband services, specifically those operating in the new 800MHz radio spectrum band, could leave more than 2 million homes in the United Kingdom at risk of losing their Digital Terrestrial TV (Freeview) service could prove to be unfounded.

cumbria broadband map uk

4th April, 2013 (1 Comment)

The huge state aid supported Connecting Cumbria project, which will see BT deploy its FTTC/P based superfast broadband ISP technologies to cover over 93% of the county by the end of 2015, is facing the risk of fresh delays due to the need for an additional layer of EU competition approval before funding can be released.

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