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14 December, 2009 - 7:50 AM
ISP Aquiss Broadband has announced a Christmas end of year promotion, which includes FREE Setup or Migration, 2 months FREE broadband service (1 month minimum contract period), up to 24Mbps download speeds and unlimited monthly download limits. The offer applies to their Premium Unlimited Broadband Option 1 and 2 packages.

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14 December, 2009 - 7:01 AM
Mobile operator O2 UK (Telefonica) has announced the first successful live trial of next generation Long Term Evolution ( LTE ) Mobile Broadband technology in the Slough area, where the operators headquarters are based. A peak cell download speed of 150Mbps (Megabits per second) was measured during the trial, though future 4G generations of LTE could hit 1Gbps.

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13 December, 2009 - 11:46 PM
Broadband provider TalkTalk ( AOL , Tiscali etc.) has announced a number of new service and price changes that will take effect on or after 1st January 2010. Firstly the price of their Essentials phone and broadband package will rise from £17.74 to £18.48 per month, which is mostly due to the return of a higher 17.5% rate of VAT. There will also be a speed increase for all customers.

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13 December, 2009 - 11:18 PM
Analyst firm Point Topic has posted an interesting breakdown of how it expects the governments £0.50p +vat per month tax (Next Generation Fund) on all fixed phone lines (except low-income social telephony services) to work. The tax itself is designed to help finance the roll-out of future broadband services to 90% of Britain by 2017 (raising an estimated £175m per year).

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12 December, 2009 - 7:13 AM
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which does not include countries such as China and Russia, has updated its latest semi-global broadband subscriber statistics with data covering the period to June 2009. The top 5 largest countries by broadband subscriber size were - 1. USA (81,170,428), 2. Japan (30,927,003), 3. Germany (24,043,0000), 4. France (18,675,000) and the UK held 5th place on 17,742,676.

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11 December, 2009 - 1:04 PM
The UK HM Treasury has finally opened a consultation to examine implementation of its new £0.50p +vat per month Landline Duty / tax (Next Generation Fund) on all fixed phone lines, which is designed to help finance the roll-out of Next Generation Access to 90% of Britain by 2017 (raising an estimated £175m per year).

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11 December, 2009 - 12:12 PM
Regulator Ofcom has ruled to open spectrum in the 59 - 64GHz band for use by Fixed Wireless Systems (FWS) under a licence exempt authorisation approach. The move coincides with an announcement by the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), which has just developed the first specification for a new Wi-Fi (802.11) compatible wireless network that can support data transmission rates of up to 7Gbps via the 60GHz band.

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11 December, 2009 - 8:13 AM
Liberal Democrat peer, Tim Clement-Jones has tabled an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill to delete controversial Clause 17 which would allow the Government's Secretary of State (i.e. Peter Mandelson) to change Internet related copyright law in the future without any further debate or scrutiny.

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