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ISP News Archives for February 2016

 
dinosaur_openreach_van

13th February, 2016 (68 Comments)

Instead of going on a charm offensive BT’s CEO, Gavin Patterson, appears to have taken a more confrontational approach by privately writing to every (650) elected UK Member of Parliament and highlighting how he felt that many of their recent claims against the operator were “inaccurate and misleading“.

kc lightstream engineer van

12th February, 2016 (3 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator has started a new probe into KCOM Group’s (KC) compliance with their rules due to a “temporary reduction in the availability of its network“, which was formally notified to Ofcom by the operator. But don’t worry, it’s nothing bad.

talktalk uk isp

12th February, 2016 (4 Comments)

Internet provider TalkTalk are continuing to try and win back the trust of subscribers and today’s effort involves offering both new and existing customers of their SimplyBroadband and Essentials TV bundles a free Mobile SIM worth £90 (100 minutes, 250 texts and 200MB of data).

fibre topic cable fiberevolution.com

12th February, 2016 (3 Comments)

A team of researchers working out of the University College London have given fibre optic communications technology a further boost by achieving the highest data throughput ever reported (1.125 Terabits per second) for a single coherent optical receiver.

Isle of Skye

11th February, 2016 (0 Comments)

More than 2,000 homes on the Northern side of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, which will not be reached by BT’s roll-out, could soon benefit from superfast broadband (30Mbps+) services after a local community project secured the necessary public investment from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

award golden cup for top broadband isp

11th February, 2016 (7 Comments)

The annual uSwitch Mobile Awards 2016, which took place this week at The Barbican venue in London, have crowned giffgaff as the “Best Network of the Year” after it won several categories. A number of other operators also picked up awards, although it wasn’t such a good night for the big boys.

openreach bt cable duct manhole

11th February, 2016 (0 Comments)

The Superfast Staffordshire project in the West Midlands (England), which includes Stoke-on-Trent, has today announced that 90% of premises in the county should be able to order a superfast broadband (24Mbps+) service.

wireless internet radio spectrum frequency

11th February, 2016 (4 Comments)

Last week we reported that Japanese scientists had managed to build a wireless network that could send data at a speed of 56Gbps (Gigabits per second) using the 72-100GHz (GigaHertz) radio frequency bands (here) and now another team claims it can hit 100Gbps by pushing into the TeraHertz (300GHz+).

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

11th February, 2016 (6 Comments)

The cross-party Joint Committee, which was setup to review the Government’s controversial Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) that aims to force broadband ISPs into logging and monitoring a bigger slice of your Internet activity, has criticised the bill and said that “significant” work will be needed to fix it.

bt uk isp logo

11th February, 2016 (13 Comments)

Nobody likes receiving unwanted marketing calls, unless they’re exceptionally lonely. In keeping with that BT has today launched a new blacklist service, which aims to redirect related calls to a junk voicemail box and thus prevent them from irritating their customers.

fttc-uk-bt-superfast-broadband-street-cabinet

11th February, 2016 (12 Comments)

The £12.2 million Black Country Broadband Project (England’s West Midlands) has made good progress since it began deploying last year and has already expanded BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to an additional 10,000 premises. Today the next batch of upgrades have been confirmed.

satellite internet dish 90cm

11th February, 2016 (5 Comments)

Satellite operators Eutelsat and ViaSat have announced that they’re teaming up via a Joint Venture. On top of that ViaSat has also announced plans to build three new ViaSat-3 spacecraft, which could deliver broadband speeds of 100Mbps+ to customers around Europe and possibly the UK.

talktalk uk isp

11th February, 2016 (3 Comments)

Customers of TalkTalk’s Internet and phone services could be forgiven for feeling a little uneasy this morning after several of their websites appeared to wobble. Meanwhile a number of email problems have also hit the provider.

uk broadband mast swindon UK

10th February, 2016 (48 Comments)

The state aid supported plan to bring superfast broadband (24Mbps+) services to North Swindon (Wiltshire, England) has been dealt a blow after the local planning committee rejected UKB Networks proposal to erect five new 15 metre tall masts in Taw Hill, Oakhurst, Haydon End and Redhouse.

wireless mobile broadband mast vodafone uk

10th February, 2016 (6 Comments)

RootMetrics has today published their latest biannual report into the reliability, call / text performance and Internet (3G and 4G data) speeds of the United Kingdom’s four primary Mobile Network Operators (MNO), which saw EE pick-up the most wins and Three UK come a more distant second.

award best golden cup broadband isp

10th February, 2016 (8 Comments)

The latest annual UK Home Broadband Genie 2015 survey has announced that Virgin Media came out top as the overall “Best Broadband Provider“, although Sky Broadband and PlusNet also managed to pick up a few awards in different categories. Sadly TalkTalk often found itself at the bottom of the pack.

high uk prices and costs

10th February, 2016 (6 Comments)

Ofcom has today published their tenth annual Consumer Experience Report, which among other things helps to reveal the growing gap between what UK ISPs pay for their line rental and how much they charge their subscribers.

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