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5g mobile broadband technology

20th Apr 2015 (2 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s telecoms regulator has today published an update on their preliminary work to design a regulatory approach for future 5G (5th Generation) based Mobile Broadband technology, which identifies several bands in different parts of the 6GHz to 100GHz radio spectrum range that could be candidates for the service.

lincolnshire uk map

20th Apr 2015 (19 Comments)

A tiny rural community called Metheringham Fen in Lincolnshire (England’s East Midlands) has complained that their broadband speeds have actually gotten worse since BT is alleged to have upgraded the local connectivity. The situation has forced some locals to shell out on an expensive and restrictive Satellite solution instead.

digital scotland broadband bt street cabinet

20th Apr 2015 (7 Comments)

The Digital Scotland project, which is working with BT to roll-out “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to 85% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2015/16 and 95% by the end of 2017/18, has today announced the next batch of 200 communities (145,000 premises) that will benefit from that deployment.

europes lines of broadband fibre optic laser light

18th Apr 2015 (17 Comments)

The European Commission’s new Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger, has for the first time started to discuss what targets we should aim for after the current Digital Agenda programme completes and hopefully delivers “superfast” broadband speeds of 30Mbps+ to all by 2020; with 50% also subscribed to a 100Mbps+ service.

Virgin Media 2014 UK Logo

17th Apr 2015 (2 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media has for just a few days sweetened the current deal on their top triple-play 152Mbps broadband, TV and phone (Big Kahuna and Big Daddy) bundles by giving new subscribers a FREE Samsung Galaxy table (worth £139.99). But the offer is only available until 22nd April 2015.

avonline_broadband

17th Apr 2015 (0 Comments)

One of the biggest hindrances to taking a Satellite broadband connection is the high cost of hardware and installation. The UK Government is currently mooting a subsidy scheme to tackle this, but in the meantime one ISP has said that they’ll offer free installation and activation (saving £150) to those in rural areas.

internet service providers association uk

17th Apr 2015 (0 Comments)

The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has given its verdict on the 2015 General Election Manifestos of the three main political parties. Broadly speaking the trade association welcomes many of the proposals, but they also caution against increased net surveillance and call for a “more ambitious” aim to deliver “ubiquitous superfast broadband“.

wireless internet

17th Apr 2015 (0 Comments)

The town of Caldicot in Monmouthshire (South Wales, UK), which is home to around 10,000 people, has reportedly bid to secure £1,800 of funding from the Severnside Programme Board. The money will, it’s hoped, be used to deploy a free public WiFi wireless Internet service across the town centre.

house for sale with slow broadband warning sign

17th Apr 2015 (8 Comments)

Strutt & Parker, a UK estate agent and property consultant, has published the results of their new Housing Futures 2015 survey and found that broadband connectivity is fast becoming a crucial motivation when moving home, with 35.8% of respondents listing it as important or very important in their motivations for moving.

sharon white ofcom uk ceo

17th Apr 2015 (50 Comments)

BT might be pleased to hear that the new boss of the United Kingdom’s communications and media regulator, Sharon White, is considering whether the entry of “newer players and technology” into the country’s Internet access and telecoms market should result in a “lighter approach” to regulation.

uk pirate music

16th Apr 2015 (6 Comments)

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has published its annual Digital Music Report 2015, which slams online content platforms like YouTube for not sharing enough of their revenues and claims that 20% of fixed-line Internet users regularly access services that offer pirated music.

ee uk logo

16th Apr 2015 (12 Comments)

Customers of EE’s mobile and fixed line home broadband service now have yet another bonus to keep them hooked, a free portable Smartphone charger called “EE Power” that can either be recharged at home or swapped for a fully-charged replacement bar at any EE store nationwide (apparently the swaps are “unlimited“).

sse

16th Apr 2015 (30 Comments)

Energy provider SSE (Southern Electric), which also does broadband and phone bundles, has launched a surprising discount across their entire range of unlimited broadband packages that offers “Free broadband” for two full years of service or a big half-price discount on their superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC) bundles.

general_election_uk_voting

16th Apr 2015 (0 Comments)

Over the past few days we’ve worked to highlight any broadband related commitments from the Green (here), Libdem (here), Labour (here), UKIP (here) and Conservative (here) Parties. But there are plenty of smaller, often more region specific, parties too and here’s a short summary of what we know about them.

sky broadband uk

16th Apr 2015 (0 Comments)

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is hard enough without also having to tackle debt collectors as they chase for late payments, but how late is too late? According to Sky, which through its debt collection agency BPO have been pursuing one deceased customer for an outstanding payment of £62.25 (TV service), the answer is two years.

vodafone uk broadband

15th Apr 2015 (8 Comments)

Telecoms giant Vodafone UK has quietly added a pre-registration page for their forthcoming fixed line Home Broadband and Phone service, which reveals that the new product will be called VodafoneConnect.

uk_independence_party_ukip_logo

15th Apr 2015 (8 Comments)

The UK Independence Party has today become the latest political party to publish their Manifesto for the imminent 2015 General Election. But those hoping for a firm commitment to improve national broadband connectivity may be disappointed.

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