AOL is planning to launch a self-installation broadband product this summer. The ISP has told ZDNet UK that it is close to resolving the issues that have preventing it joining rivals such as BTopenworld and Freeserve in offering a high-speed Internet access product to UK consumers. "We've been making lots of progress in our work with BT to resolve our concerns over the provisioning process for broadband. We're hopeful that we'll be able to launch in the near future....in weeks, rather than months," said Matt Peacock, communications director at AOL UK. AOL is understood to be concerned about potential problems arising when one of its customers applies for a broadband service. Customers are likely to blame AOL for any delays or technical problems, even though these could be the fault of BT's wholesale division. In theory, AOL could launch its broadband product tomorrow. The service is up and running, and some AOL customers already have a broadband connection, but a full launch complete … [Read more...] about AOL broadband to hit UK soon
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One in 10 home Internet users in the UK now use broadband connections, while 90 percent of all Net users say they are happy with the services they buy. Those are the latest figures from Oftel -- and the industry regulator is clearly pleased with progress. In a release issued on Monday, Oftel notes there are 30,000 new broadband subscriptions every week right now, meaning the UK has over 1.4 million households with high-speed Net access. Oftel director general David Edmonds also said consumers still benefit from "good deals on unmetered dial-up access." The government, BT and others have long maintained low broadband penetration rates in the UK are partly to do with good-value narrowband on offer. Separate research has shown broadband adoption growing at these rates while narrowband dial-up levels remain almost static. However, it isn't that new users are jumping straight to broadband, rather that as new narrowband surfer come online they replace an equal number of consumers … [Read more...] about Broadband reaches one in 10
Cable company NTL has released more details about new limits on the use of its broadband service, following a storm of protest from its customers. In a statement published on Monday, NTL apologised for the way that details of its "new guidelines on Internet use" were released, and attempted to calm the fears of users. It confirmed, though, that it will be targeting users who regularly download more than 1GB of data per day. Aizad Hussain, managing director of the NTL:home service, explained that NTL was bringing in a limit on the amount of data its broadband customers could download in an attempt to maintain a decent service for all users. "The purpose of the new guidelines is to ensure that all our Internet customers receive fair access to the Internet at high speed and at all times. In essence, it will ensure that the tiny minority of exceptionally heavy users do not cause network congestion and affect the enjoyment of others," said Hussain. NTL insists, though, that customers … [Read more...] about NTL moves to calm broadband limit fury
BT is to hook up Surrey businesses and communities with high-speed broadband access, in a £33m deal with Surrey County Council. According to BT and the council, the project will make Surrey the "best-connected county in the UK", with almost all businesses and homes given access to up-to-80Mbps connectivity by the end of 2014. £20m of the cash will come from the council, £1.3m from the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) fund and £11.8m from BT itself. "This will be a great boost for business, from start-ups in small offices through to multi-nationals," the council's deputy leader, Peter Martin, said in a statement. "It can be crucial to the continued success of Surrey businesses and a huge attraction to those looking to move in." In a figure estimated on the basis of World Bank research, Martin said the deal could boost the Surrey economy by £28m a year. The deal was needed because, while BT is rolling out super-fast broadband on a purely commercial … [Read more...] about Surrey signs with BT to become ‘best-connected’ UK county
Most broadband in the UK starts with a telephone cable, a twisted pair; two cables (copper encased in plastic) that are twisted into a pair of cables with one carrying a signal one way and the other carrying a signal the other way. Now here’s the trick - the copper can carry more than one signal. If you modulate a signal you can vary it so that one cable can carry more than one signal - in fact, it and carry hundreds of signals. So now you can have many different signals on one piece of cable and that is how you get broadband – a broad range of signals across a full, electrical bandwidth. That means operators can offer a range of different types of broadband. These include: ADSL Broadband Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology is one of the most common forms of broadband. The asymmetric piece simply means that data is downloaded (to you) at a faster rate that it is uploaded. There are different versions of ADSL (ADSL2, ADSL2+, etc) that can offer faster speeds … [Read more...] about Broadband Britain: How does it really stack up?
Last February BT announced plans to buy its competitor EE for £12.5bn: last week the takeover was cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The CMA said the merger would not result in a substantial lessening of competition in any market in the UK, including retail mobile, wholesale mobile, mobile backhaul, wholesale broadband, and retail broadband services. The CMA's decision paves the way for BT to complete the acquisition of EE in the coming weeks, but that's not quite the end of the story. Wholesale broadband services in the UK are largely supplied by BT, thanks to Ofcom's 2003 strategic review of broadband in the UK. At that time, it was decided that in the best interests of the consumer, the various elements of the existing BT broadband services should be combined into one unit called BT Openreach, which would provide a wholesale service to other companies (some providers also have their own fibre networks too). The regulator Ofcom is currently looking at … [Read more...] about BT-EE deal gets go ahead
BT's latest quarterly financial results were overshadowed by what's known as "the Italian accounting scandal," which made headlines across both general news and tech outlets. There was very little coverage of the important stuff, which is BT's ongoing mission to install fast broadband throughout the UK. To settle "the Italian accounting scandal," BT paid £225 million ($295m) to Deutsche Telekom and Orange, who became BT shareholders following its £12.5bn cash-and-shares deal to buy the EE mobile phone company. The one-off payment resulted in a 42 per cent fall in quarterly profits to £418m ($549m) on sales of £5.83bn ($7.66bn). However, far more money is involved with installing broadband, and the top item in BT's results release was Openreach's consultation with Ofcom "on building the investment case for a large-scale FTTP network." In its earnings call with financial analysts, BT's CEO, Gavin Patterson, said that when installing superfast broadband, "we've … [Read more...] about BT warns Ofcom against disincentivising its investments in ultrafast broadband
November 26’s Cyber Monday may be but a distant memory for shoppers in the US, but in the UK this Monday online retailers are expecting their best ever day of trading as shoppers use their final pre-Christmas paycheck to go on a spending spree from the comfort of their couch.Despite the UK being hit hard by the global economic crisis, Brits are expected to shop with gusto Monday night, spending over £200k ($320k) a minute during the peak buying period, likely between 8pm and 9pm. According to information services group Experian, some £320 million ($513m) is expected to be spent by online shoppers on Monday with 115 million website hits forecast, marking a 21 percent increase on last year.Having hired over 10,000 seasonal workers this shopping season, Amazon for one is certainly hoping for a bumper Christmas.“Monday 3 December could be the busiest day in the history of Amazon.co.uk,” Christopher North, the managing director of Amazon UK, told the Independent. … [Read more...] about UK’s Cyber Monday expected to break all records
I've been keeping an eye on various mobile broadband offerings and noticed they are much more readily available these days. What's more, it seems they are affordable and very usable when compared to the previous generation of mobile data services. The majority of mobile phone networks in the UK now offer HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), which is a 3G-based mobile broadband capable of up to 14.4 Mbit/s down-links.From what I can see, the fastest available at the moment is offered by Vodafone: 7.2 Mbit/s using a USB modem with a data limit of 3GB per month. You have to buy the modem for £49.99 and subscribe for 18 months at £25 per month. That all adds up to a total of £499.99 (~1034 USD).Three are offering a slower 2.8 Mbit/s service with the same 3GB limit as Vodafone but for only £15 per month. The USB modem is free with a minimum contract of 24 months making the total cost £360 (~745 USD).T-Mobile are offering a free USB modem with their … [Read more...] about Affordable mobile broadband?
UK telecommunications provider BT (British Telecom) has offered to invest 600 million pounds, or $778 million, to provide broadband internet to remote areas, Britain's government announced on Sunday.BT's goal is to provide all houses in Britain with internet speeds of at least 10Mbps, "typically enough for a family to stream films, carry out video conferencing and browse the web at the same time," according to a Reuters report. In its proposal, BT sets out to offer coverage of at least 10Mbps to about 99% of homes and businesses by 2020, reaching complete expansion within two years after that. The idea is that company would make its money back in charging for access to its local networks, according to Reuters. SEE: The Internet Marketplace Entrepreneur Bundle (TechRepublic Academy)"We already expect 95 percent of homes and businesses to have access to superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps or faster by the end of 2017," BT's chief executive Gavin Patterson told Reuters. "Our latest … [Read more...] about British Telecom’s $778M broadband investment could improve remote work for rural UK workers