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30th Jun, 2009 16:09 PM
Mozilla has just released the latest version of its highly popular free website browsing software - Firefox 3.5. This release boasts the usual bug / security fixes and is also known to be considerably faster than the previous FF3 when it comes to JavaScript rendering; not to mention HTML5 support, location-aware browsing, downloadable fonts and private browsing.

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30th Jun, 2009 12:18 PM
The European Union's (EU) antitrust authorities have today given final approval for TalkTalk ( The Carphone Warehouse , AOL UK , Opal etc. ) to complete its £236 million acquisition of rival broadband ISP Tiscali UK.

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30th Jun, 2009 11:42 AM
Ofcom has today confirmed plans to clear the 800MHz band (790-862MHz) of radio spectrum, which is currently being used for the old analogue television (TV) services. The move opens the way for next generation Mobile Broadband services to utilise the frequency, thus delivering faster and cheaper wireless Internet access over an even wider coverage.

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30th Jun, 2009 08:38 AM
Ofcom's mandatory broadband migration rules (General Condition 22) have done a lot to improve the UK ISP market, yet very little has been done in the years since its inception to make it easier for consumers with bundled services (broadband, line rental and voice packages etc.) to switch providers. Today the Communications Consumer Panel (CCP) is calling for that to change.

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30th Jun, 2009 07:59 AM
The latest print edition of Which?, a prominent consumer group, has raised fresh concerns about the fallibility of evidence against "suspected" illegal file sharers that is being provided to UK broadband ISPs via organisations like ACS:Law solicitors. So much doubt has been cast that even the UK's Internet Service Providers Association ( ISPA ) has now raised its concerns.

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30th Jun, 2009 07:19 AM
Mobile operator Three (3) UK has introduced what appears to be one of the country's lowest priced standard 'per MB' (MegaByte) Mobile Broadband EU data roaming rates - £1.25 per every 1MB. By comparison the EU proposed a wholesale cap of 1Euro (£0.84) per 1MB (related news). Three (3) has also provided a useful price comparison graphic for the UK's five main operators.

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30th Jun, 2009 06:23 AM
The UK Parliament's cross-party Business and Enterprise Committee has agreed to carry out an inquiry examining broadband speeds in the UK. The move follows Lord Carter's recent Digital Britain report, which pledged to provide a 2Mbps universal minimum UK broadband speed by 2012 (USC) and put forward a broadband tax on fixed phone lines to help fund the rollout of next generation technologies.

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29th Jun, 2009 12:32 PM
Europe's (EU) new mobile Internet and text usage rules/charges, which have been designed to help prevent "bill shocks" and make the market easier to understand, will come into effect from Wednesday 1st July this week. A full summary of changes can be found below, with new prices adjusted to UK pounds.

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29th Jun, 2009 11:26 AM
Mobile operator Vodafone UK has enhanced its existing Mobile Broadband packages to include a new 6 month contract option that costs from £15 per month and includes 3GB (GigaBytes) of monthly data usage allowance; extra usage costs £15 per 1GB.

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29th Jun, 2009 07:28 AM
Mobile operator O2 has announced a new partnership with Wi-Fi (wireless broadband) provider BT Openzone, which will see O2's Mobile Broadband customers being given access to 3,000 additional BT Wi-Fi Hotspots. The changes will require existing customers to upgrade their Connection Manager Software, which is currently only available for Microsoft Windows users.

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29th Jun, 2009 06:28 AM
Last month we reported that the German owners of Mobile Broadband operator T-Mobile UK, Deutsche Telekom, had come under pressing from two main shareholders to sell the operator (here). Today reports are starting to come in that the world's largest mobile phone firm by revenue - Vodafone , is considering a bid.

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29th Jun, 2009 00:35 AM
Broadband Internet provider Supanet has unveiled a new look website, complete with a film trailer screening room; weekly soap video spoilers; improved competitions; superior shopping resources; try before you buy music lists and more. The revamp apparently forms part of the ISP's preparation for its 10-year anniversary celebrations.

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26th Jun, 2009 11:19 AM
The chief executive of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom , Ed Richards , has said that warning letters, which are typically sent by broadband ISPs to consumers suspected of involvement with online piracy (illegal downloads / file sharing), DO have a positive effect.

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26th Jun, 2009 07:18 AM
Business ISP Vaioni has bundled FortiNet's Corporate UTM security suit with its Leased Line services. Prices start from £495 +vat per month for a 10Mbps Leased Line and go up to £680 for 100Mbps.

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26th Jun, 2009 06:24 AM
Mobile operators O2 and Three (3) have both launched a series of new Mobile Broadband discounts from half price USB Modem's (O2) to service price cuts (Three). The new deals and promotions have all been summarised below.

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25th Jun, 2009 12:43 PM
UK ISP Entanet , a wholesale voice and broadband data communications provider , has entered into the bitter row over who should pay for online content distribution - the ISP or the content developer (e.g. the BBC). Entanet claims that a fundamental issue is being missed and instead points an accusing finger at BT Wholesale for its high bandwidth prices.

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25th Jun, 2009 12:01 PM
Mobile operator Vodafone UK has made a cock-up of its attempt to correct a billing error, which saw customers being charged £5 when they signed-up for the providers free Mobile Internet Access promotion. Recognising the fault it promptly shot off an email to the 416 affected customers, only to do so by using the CC instead of BCC method - exposing all the private email addresses.

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25th Jun, 2009 10:14 AM
UK ISP Sky Broadband (BSkyB) has quietly revamped its packages to offer a mix of faster speeds and, in the case of their Sky Broadband Mid package, a shocking reduction in the monthly data usage allowance from 40GB to 10GB (GigaBytes)! Prices for all packages (when taken with SkyTalk) remain unchanged.

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25th Jun, 2009 07:14 AM
UK ISP Be Broadband has doubled the value of its Amazon voucher promotion. Price's start from £13.50 per month for Be Value (8Mbps download), £17.50 for Be Unlimited (24Mbps, 1.3Mbps upload) or £21.50 for the Be Pro (24Mbps, 2.5Mbps upload, static IP) package. New customers who enter code "24OfferBTC1" and register for a 12 month contract before 11:59pm on 30th June will receive £48 in Amazon vouchers (increased from £24).

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25th Jun, 2009 06:30 AM
Broadband ISP Tiscali UK, which is now owned by TalkTalk ( The Carphone Warehouse ), has once again re-iterated old calls for broadcasters (BBC, ITV etc.) to pay ISPs for the delivery of their online TV content. The news follows similar calls made by BT earlier this month (here) and echo's what Tiscali said early last year (here).

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