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4g mobile broadband uk wireless lte technology

1st October, 2012 (3 Comments)

The government’s culture secretary, Maria Miller, will this week make a final play to prevent legal wrangling between the country’s big mobile operators from delaying Ofcom’s auction of superfast 4G compatible mobile broadband spectrum (800MHz and 2.6GHz). The offer of an earlier spectrum release could be on the cards.

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

26th September, 2012 (3 Comments)

The communications regulator, Ofcom, has today revealed its latest customer complaints data for the UK’s largest fixed line broadband and mobile providers (those with a market share of +4%), which covers the second quarter (Q2-2012). Happily ISP complaints saw a sharp fall but TalkTalk remains the provider with most complaints.

cityscape uk

25th September, 2012 (8 Comments)

The director of Informa Telecoms & Media’s global broadband and TV research, Rob Gallagher, has warned that any UK cities which win State Aid to boost their superfast broadband availability must pick “safe bet” BT to do the job or risk being left with no ISPs and “networks based on technologies that failed to keep pace with the wider market“.

bt rural fibre broadband cabinet uk

21st September, 2012 (4 Comments)

Ofcom has approved BTOpenreach’s request to extend a connection price discount for its superfast broadband (FTTC) lines by two months, which cut the one-off cost from £80 to just £30 +vat when taken alongside a new phone line (WLR or MPF). Sadly only ISP customers in certain parts of England (UK) will benefit.

cambridgeshire fibrewave fibre optic uk network

12th September, 2012 (0 Comments)

As expected Ofcom has today officially granted code powers to ISP Fibrewave Networks, which allows them to carry out street works as part of their plans to roll-out a new rural fibre optic based Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) superfast broadband network in Cambridgeshire (initially covering the villages of Earith, Bluntisham and Colne).

consumer opinion

3rd September, 2012 (0 Comments)

The boss of Charter UK, which is itself a provider of complaints management software, has today criticised the communications regulator (Ofcom) for being unable to handle individual complaints about landline, mobile phone and broadband providers and instead using two separate ADR schemes.

4g mobile broadband uk wireless lte technology

31st August, 2012 (5 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 UK (Telefonica) has given notice of its plan to lodge a challenge at the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT), which aims to halt Everything Everywhere (Orange UK and T-Mobile) from an early deployment of superfast “4G” Mobile Broadband services over their existing 1800MHz radio spectrum.

ofcom 2012 consumer uk telecoms complaints august report

29th August, 2012 (1 Comment)

The UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has today published its latest quarterly consumer telecoms complaints data report. Overall complaint levels have been falling since last year, although the number of people complaining about how ISPs actually handle their complaints shot up during July 2012.

internet law uk

25th August, 2012 (5 Comments)

The Competition Commission (CC) is to investigate Ofcom’s March 2012 decision to cut the annual price of BT’s Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) and Unbundled (LLU) broadband and telephone lines for rival ISPs, such as TalkTalk and Sky Broadband.

data centre network cables uk

23rd August, 2012 (21 Comments)

Communications provider Entanet UK has warned that the new generation of superfast broadband (25Mbps+) services “will only be sustainable” if BTWholesale is forced by the telecoms regulator to cut wholesale bandwidth charges for ISPs.

uk internet isp discussion

23rd August, 2012 (0 Comments)

The boss of broadband provider AAISP (Andrews & Arnold) has warned that Ofcom’s new “decision making principles“, which are designed help the Alternative Dispute Resolution consumer complaint handlers reach a “fair and reasonable outcome” for both ISPs and customers alike, might not have much of an impact.

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

22nd August, 2012 (1 Comment)

The UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has today introduced new “decision making principles” to help its two Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) consumer complaint handler schemes reach “better outcomes” and award “fair” compensation for customers affected by poor broadband or phone services.

mobile broadband uk

21st August, 2012 (9 Comments)

The communications regulator, Ofcom, has today ignored threats of legal action from rival mobile operators by allowing T-Mobile and Orange UK (Everything Everywhere) to deploy superfast “4G” Mobile Broadband services over their existing 1800MHz radio spectrum.

internet binary data transfer

17th August, 2012 (57 Comments)

Ofcom’s latest broadband speeds report (released this week) also includes a unique and useful insight into the Latency (Ping) and Packet Loss performance of the UK’s largest ISPs, which can have a serious impact upon the performance of specific internet applications (e.g. online video games, Skype etc.). But which provider is best?

Slow Broadband Speed UK Internet Download

15th August, 2012 (20 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today published its latest study of the United Kingdom’s average fixed line internet performance. The report, which is based on data from May 2012, reveals that the average broadband download speed has jumped from 7.6Mbps (Megabits/sec) in the last survey to reach 9Mbps now (+19%).

internet websites

15th August, 2012 (0 Comments)

An Ofcom commissioned CSMG investigation into the impact of IP address sharing upon website blocking measures, which makes such methods “technically complex” for ISPs to implement, has found that 97% of “top-level domains” (.com, .net and .org) reside on addresses that are shared with other sites. Block one and you risk hurting others.

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

14th August, 2012 (1 Comment)

The communications regulator, Ofcom, has confirmed in its latest quarterly Telecoms Market Data Tables Q1 2012 report that the UK is now home to a total of 20.89 million fixed line home and small business broadband ISP connections (up from 20.43m in Q4-2011), which includes 552k superfast fibre optic based services (e.g. FTTC).

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