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26th November, 2020 (1 Comment)

UK ISP Pulse8 Broadband has reduced some of their monthly prices and, unlike other providers at this time of year, these reflect changes to their standard pricing (i.e. not temporary discounts). The main change is on their FTTC based plans, although they also offer FTTP and G.fast via Openreach’s network.

26th November, 2020 (0 Comments)

Broadband ISP BT has today announced their new “Smarter Living Challenge” project with Hubbub, which over the next 3 months will trial the use of various smart devices in order to help show whether they can help 60 diverse UK households to both cut their bills and carbon emissions.

25th November, 2020 (21 Comments)

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has today published his 2020 Spending Review and in so doing has kicked off the new £5bn UK Gigabit Broadband Programme, which previously aimed to ensure that “every home” could access a 1Gbps capable connection by the end of 2025 but now expects a “minimum” of 85% coverage by that date.

25th November, 2020 (0 Comments)

A new study by Global Wireless Solutions (GWS), which was conducted by Censuswide with 2,007 UK adults during September to early November 2020, has determined that only 64% of properties have a “decent broadband” (10Mbps+) service and a third (30%) are suffering from “inadequate throughputs” (i.e. sub-2Mbps speeds).

25th November, 2020 (8 Comments)

At some point in the near future Amazon plans to introduce a new feature to their smart devices (Echo, Echo Show, Ring etc.) called ‘Sidewalk‘, which by default will create new wireless network – this has access to both your broadband ISP connection and that of your neighbour’s (if they have similar kit) – to improve connectivity.

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25th November, 2020 (9 Comments)

A number of UK Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) on BT’s (EE) national UK mobile network, such as the mobile solutions offered by broadband providers like Plusnet and The Phone Co-op, may soon gain access to modern features (ultrafast 5G etc.) as a result of an expanded deal with Transatel (NTT Group).

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24th November, 2020 (1 Comment)

Rural broadband builder Broadway Partners (aka – UK ISP Broadway Broadband) appears to have extended their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) rollout in Wales to include rural communities in parts of Powys, starting with the small villages of Llanafan Fawr (population of 470+) and Llanwrthwl (population of 190+).

24th November, 2020 (0 Comments)

Communications and managed services provider Connectus has today launched a raft of new bonus features, services and cost-savings to help UK business customers ride out the second lockdown wave. Top of that list is a price freeze for all existing contracted customers until the end of March 2021.

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24th November, 2020 (3 Comments)

Fibre optic ISP Truespeed, which is deploying a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across rural parts of South West England, has today introduced a series of new packages that, among other things, push the provider’s top median average speeds to 900Mbps (gigabit class).

24th November, 2020 (11 Comments)

The Government will today publish their Telecommunications (Security) Bill, which imposes new rules to improve the security of UK networks (mobile and broadband) and ban “high risk vendors” like Huawei, while also threatening fines of up to £100k a day (or 10% of turnover) against operators that fail to meet the standard.

24th November, 2020 (10 Comments)

Customers of UK ISP BT and its various home broadband packages, which come bundled with an included McAfee internet security solution called Virus Protect (can be installed on PCs, Android phones and tablets), are finding that the software fails to function properly or get updates on the latest release of Mac OS (v11 Big Sur).

23rd November, 2020 (1 Comment)

Canterbury-based UK ISP Orbital Net (Vfast) has today signed a new multi-million pound deal with Park Holidays UK, which will see 13,000 holiday homes across Britain being provided with access to a new “high-speed broadband” connection.

23rd November, 2020 (0 Comments)

The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the telecoms industry has gone from last year’s report, when it was the fastest growing sector for R&D spending (up 25.4% to total £947m by the end of 2018), to this year (2019) when spending on research and development grew by just 0.95% to total £956m.

23rd November, 2020 (0 Comments)

UK ISP Hyperoptic, which specialises in building 1Gbps capable “full fibre” (FTTP/B) broadband networks to large residential (MDU) and office buildings, has today announced a new partnership with Metropolitan Thames Valley (MTV) to rollout their “hyperfast” service across a “large proportion of its housing portfolio.”

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23rd November, 2020 (4 Comments)

UK broadband ISP iDNET has today announced that they’ve signed a 5-year deal with BTWholesale to help migrate their entire “phone network” to an all-IP solution in advance of the 2025 digital switch-over (when old analogue phones services are due to be withdrawn).

23rd November, 2020 (4 Comments)

Mobile network operator Vodafone has today become the latest telecoms giant to make a major climate related commitment, which will see them reduce their total global carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2040 (i.e. removing as many emissions as they produce) – ten years sooner than previously planned.

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21st November, 2020 (9 Comments)

European space firm Eutelsat has released details of what their new KONNECT based satellite packages will look like for UK consumers, which will offer a top download speed of 100Mbps and “unlimited” data usage. But admittedly there are a few caveats to consider.

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