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ISP News Archives for March 2016

 
City of london square mile united kingdom

31st March, 2016 (23 Comments)

The Foundation for Information Society Policy (FISP) think-tank has said that some 20 cities in the United Kingdom are on their way to rolling out Gigabit (1000Mbps+) class broadband services, but London isn’t one of them and they want the capital’s mayoral candidates to change that.

wireless mobile broadband mast vodafone uk

31st March, 2016 (4 Comments)

A new study has examined the 3G and 4G based Mobile Broadband performance of mobile operators O2, EE, Three UK and Vodafone across five major cities including Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London and Norwich. Overall EE delivered the fastest Internet download and upload speeds in all cities, except Norwich.

plusnet uk

31st March, 2016 (2 Comments)

Budget ISP Plusnet has reintroduced their offer of 12 months free unlimited home broadband (up to 17Mbps) for new subscribers (normally £9.99 per month) and added in a £50 Cashback discount, although as usual you still have to pay the line rental charge on top (from £15.49 per month).

bt uk isp logo

31st March, 2016 (2 Comments)

Subscribers to BT’s Premium Mail (email) service, which is offered to customers who don’t want the ISP’s consumer broadband product any more (e.g. because they’ve switched providers) but still wish to keep their email address alive, will be hit with a big price hike on 6th May 2016.

3g 4g mobile broadband network ec sourced image

31st March, 2016 (5 Comments)

The on-going effort to re-purpose the 700MHz radio spectrum band (currently used by UK Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV) services) and make it available for use by Mobile Broadband (4G, 5G etc.) in time for 2020 (Q2) could force 100,000 – 160,000 UK households to replace their aerials.

uk region map

31st March, 2016 (4 Comments)

The national telecoms regulator has today launched a new tool that aims to give consumers a better idea about the performance and coverage of local mobile (2G, 3G and 4G) and fixed line broadband services. But it only uses data from the “major communications providers” and is very basic.

complaint UK consumer broadband isp and phone gripes

30th March, 2016 (2 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has released their latest complaints report to the end of 2015, which reveals what mobile, TV, phone and broadband providers in the United Kingdom attracted the most consumer complaints. EE topped the naughty list for broadband, while TalkTalk dominated for fixed line phone gripes.

5g uk mobile broadband

30th March, 2016 (0 Comments)

Future 5G based Mobile Broadband networks are expected to be extremely fast (peak speeds of up to 10Gbps), but new EU supported research taking place at the University of West of Scotland (UWS) could also make them “self-healing” to boost performance, protect against DDoS attacks and recover faster from outages.

wireless radio spectrum mast

30th March, 2016 (0 Comments)

Rural Dorset (England) ISP Juice Broadband, which offers a 40Mbps capable wireless broadband service to parts of Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas, is the latest to be named as an approved supplier for the £60m “2Mbps for all” rural broadband subsidy.

virgin_trains_uk1

30th March, 2016 (5 Comments)

Reports suggest that Network Rail’s large track-side fibre optic infrastructure, which carries all sorts of transport, video (CCTV etc.) and data communications, could be sold off or shared out through a wholesale or joint venture agreement in order to raise money for more railway improvements elsewhere.

uk internet video streaming

30th March, 2016 (11 Comments)

Competition is a notoriously complicated animal and if done correctly it can foster a more affordable and dynamic market. But equally there are times when it may have the opposite impact, which is something we’re starting to see in the TV content market and if left unchecked there is a risk that it may push consumers into the more accessible arms of Internet piracy.

fiber optic cable bright

29th March, 2016 (3 Comments)

The city of Liverpool is already well covered by “superfast” (24Mbps+) capable broadband services, but the local authority are now looking to further boost connectivity to “ultrafast” levels (usually 100Mbps+ or Gigabit territory) by renting out their underground cable ducts to private investment.

Television iptv video streaming uk

29th March, 2016 (5 Comments)

Internet video content represents a huge slice of online traffic (approx. 64%) and its quality is always improving, yet contrary to logic you don’t always need a faster broadband speed to keep up. In fact today a slower connection can view content that yesterday would have required something much faster.

money pounds sterling uk

26th March, 2016 (7 Comments)

It’s not easy to compare prices between the different unlimited superfast broadband ISPs, not least due to the huge variety of special offers, features, vouchers and discounts that pervade the market and change on an often weekly basis. In this article we examine how tricky it is to find the “cheapest“.

broadband isp download speed uk progress

25th March, 2016 (10 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has today published their re-jigged annual 2016 report into the Internet performance of the United Kingdom’s largest fixed line home broadband ISPs and their customers, which reveals that the average home download speed has jumped from 22.8Mbps last year to 28.9Mbps now. But the gap between rural and urban areas is still significant.

micro_fibre_cable_openreach

25th March, 2016 (5 Comments)

Openreach (BT) looks set to further boost capacity on their UK fibre optic network and harness spare space in some existing cable ducts by overblowing a new-ish type of super small fibre optic cable (72-fibre at 5mm diameter), which could save a bit of time and money.

wireless rural broadband field mast

24th March, 2016 (6 Comments)

One of the historic problems with improving mobile network (2G, 3G and 4G etc.) coverage has been the fact that local laws often limit their height in order to placate NIMBYs. But this is slowly changing and the Welsh Government are looking to follow suit.

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