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31st May 2013 (3 Comments)

Internet and phone provider TalkTalk has confirmed that its Plus and entry-level Essentials fixed line broadband products will no longer apply Traffic Management during peak times, which effectively makes the products “totally unlimited” instead of merely “unlimited“. Yes there’s a difference.

31st May 2013 (5 Comments)

The East Sussex County Council (ESCC) in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Councils (Southern England) has signed a new £35.44 million state aid supported contract with BT to roll-out superfast broadband (25Mbps+) ISP services to 96% of local premises “within the next three years” (mid-2016).

31st May 2013 (7 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has today announced the official launch of its new SuperHub V2 wireless broadband modem and router, which it describes as being the “fastest wireless hub in the UK” thanks to their new concurrent dual band wifi (5GHz and 2.4GHz) technology.


31st May 2013 (4 Comments)

Part of North Yorkshire’s (England) state aid supported rollout of superfast broadband services came to a grinding halt recently but it wasn’t because of funding concerns or bureaucratic delays. No. This time BTOpenreach’s telecoms engineers were stopped in their tracks by Badger setts, which may or may not contain said Badgers.

31st May 2013 (9 Comments)

Management consultancy giant Arthur D. Little has published a new paper that examines the importance of investing in better telecoms infrastructure. It also predicts that the UK might need to adopt ultrafast (100Mbps+) fibre optic FTTH broadband “over the next five years“, unless G.Fast is realised to expand the life of FTTC.

31st May 2013 (11 Comments)

Budget ISP Direct Save Telecom has moved to undercut its rivals by slashing the cost of their super-cheap broadband and phone bundle to £1.95 per month (plus line rental from £9.95 per month), which now comes with an “unlimited” usage allowance, free UK weekend / evening calls and a free router.


31st May 2013 (5 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 UK has abandoned their existing agreement with BTOpenzone (BTWiFi), which gave their customers access to thousands of BT’s additional national UK hotspots, in favour of their own O2Wifi network (8,000 free hotspots).

31st May 2013 (1 Comment)

Cable ISP Virgin Media UK should today completed the national roll-out of their latest R38 Firmware update for the troubled SuperHub (NetGear) wireless router and modem device, which fixes a couple of nasty bugs.

30th May 2013 (0 Comments)

Bell Labs, the New Jersey (USA) based research and development subsidiary of telecoms giant Alcatel-Lucent, has found a way of boosting data speeds down fibre optic cables by using two light beams in opposing phases to cancel out interference that would ordinarily slow the transfer.


30th May 2013 (0 Comments)

Fixed wireless ISP Airband has announced that over 100 customers in three parishes across rural parts of Worcestershire (England’s West Midlands) can now access faster broadband connections “for the first time” thanks to a £700k scheme supported by the Worcestershire County Council (WCC).

30th May 2013 (40 Comments)

The publication of BT’s new Better Future programme has caused confusion after one of its aspirations promised to make their “fibre based” (FTTC/P) superfast broadband ISP products available to “nine out of ten premises” in the UK by 2020, which appears to be three years behind the original aim of 2017.

30th May 2013 (3 Comments)

Customers of BT Retail’s fixed line broadband service have today been told that they will be moved to the operators new BTMail service (an email solution supplied by Critical Path) later this year, which will follow the imminent closure of their existing BTYahoo! portal this summer.


30th May 2013 (0 Comments)

Telecoms analyst Point Topic reports that, at the end of last year, superfast broadband ISP connections had passed 19.6 Million premises in the United Kingdom (up from 16.9m in June 2012) and 3.3 Million had subscribed to one of the related services.

30th May 2013 (0 Comments)

Scotland’s Highlands and Islands Enterprise has “guaranteed” to help connect “at least” 75% of homes and businesses on the remote Shetland Islands to a new superfast broadband network by the end of 2015, which forms part of HIE’s wider £146 million investment into new fibre optic based infrastructure.

30th May 2013 (0 Comments)

Cisco has published its annual 2013 Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast, which predicts that global internet (IP) traffic (fixed line and mobile) will grow from 44 Exabytes per month in 2012 to 121 Exabytes by 2017 (annual run rate of 1.4 Zettabytes). As usual this will be driven by faster broadband ISP technologies and online video content, especially in the UK.

30th May 2013 (2 Comments)

Sky Broadband’s (BSkyB) Director of Communications Products, Lyssa McGowan, last night held an “Ask the MD” session on BE Broadband’s forum that revealed a little more about the operators plans for BE and O2’s fixed line broadband customers. Some of the news was good, some bad.

29th May 2013 (0 Comments)

The House of Commons has advised the President of the Council of the European Union that it objects to the European Commission’s proposals to cut the cost of broadband related civil engineering tasks (e.g. digging up roads to lay new fibre optic cable) because the measures “do not comply” with the principle of subsidiarity.

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