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Broadband: The term broadband is used to describe a type of data transmission in which a single medium (wire) can carry several channels at once. Cable TV, for example, uses broadband transmission. In contrast, baseband transmission allows only one signal at a time.  Most communications between computers, including the majority of local-area networks, use baseband communications. An exception is B-ISDN networks, which employ broadband transmission. (Source: Webopedia)

2000 Times Faster Broadband?


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Scientists at Bangor University in North Wales are working on a three-year project dubbed ‘Ocean’ in order to see if they can create broadband speeds of up to 2000 times faster than those today, using existing fibre optic cables. So far the researchers have managed to cram 20GB of data per second down cable and hope to make the project "commercially viable” by the time the project comes to an end. However, as more and more cable is laid around the UK and cables become longer, ...   read more

BT Kills Off Traffic Management


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BT has announced that it is to make all but its cheapest products truly unlimited with no restrictions on speeds to be made even at peak times. The move is intended to allow customers better streaming, gaming and using "other bandwidth-eating applications” without going over their download limits or receiving an inferior service. Whilst BT currently offer unlimited packages already, these are often restricted at busy times of the day so that people have trouble using s ...   read more

BT Quizzed Over Investment Shortfall


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MPs yesterday demanded some answers from BT over why the telecoms giant has reduced its investment into the UK’s subsidised broadband deployment. The news comes amid claims that rival companies dropped out of the bidding for projects around the UK, following rules being "set and altered in ways that favoured BT” and TalkTalk boss Dido Harding added that subsidies and "slack regulations” are conspiring to help BT rebuild a monopoly. "There was no way we could join in th ...   read more

Competition Increases in UK Broadband Market


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Telecom regulators Ofcom has announced today that the UK broadband market has reached a new milestone in the level of competition, with ‘unbundled’ lines using BT’s copper network reaching 9 million. Superfast broadband, which uses fibre optic cables to the cabinet is also beginning to see competition take hold, as the technology becomes more freely available around the country. This is expected to see a rapid increase over the course of the coming months, read more

EU Proposes Mobile Roaming Charges to be Scrapped


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Expensive roaming charges may soon be scrapped across Europe, if a proposal from the European Commission goes ahead, with charges for incoming calls the first to be being banned by as early as July next year. The proposal needs first to be approved by the 28 members of the EU and European lawmakers before any changes can take place. The move comes as telecom companies struggle with falling revenues and concerns grow over the development of Europe’s broadband infrastructure. ...   read more

EU Regulation Will Increase Cloud Adoption


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New research from IDC, commissioned by the EU, has found that creating policies that take away barriers to cloud adoption would increase spending in the public cloud to around €77.7bn by 2020, currently worth around €35.2bn. At the moment, IDC found that obstacles to   read more

First UK Cities to get Superfast BB Cash Announced


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The government has announced which UK cities are to get cash for superfast broadband first, with the biggest chunk of the £114m pot going to London, which will receive £25m. The fund, intended to help cities create networks for superfast broadband, has been split and allocated to ten UK cities with Leeds and Bradford getting the next highest award at £14.4m. It’s all part of the UK govs scheme to make Britain one of the fastest broadband infrastructures in Eu ...   read more

Gartner revise IT spending down for 2013


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New analysis from technology research house Gartner has predicted that global IT spending will see a 2% increase this year, compared to 2012. Overall, the market is expected to total $3.7 trillion and whilst previous forecasts put US spending at 4.1%, this has now been adjusted due to fluctuations in dollar exchange rates. "Exchange rate movements, and a reduction in our 2013 forecast for devices, account for the bulk of the downward revision of the 2013 growth," read more

George Osborne outlines high-speed connectivity investment boost


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In his Autumn Statement, the chancellor George Osborne has outlined plans to invest £5 billion in national infrastructure projects - including a multi-city rollout of high-speed broadband connectivity solutions. Ten cities across the UK will benefit from the fibre optic  read more

Icann will use Raffle to decide new Suffixes


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Internet name regulator Icann is to decide today which order it will use to organise applications for new suffixes today; in a raffle for new top-level domains (gTLDs). The raffle will take place later on today and is expected to last around 6 hours. 1,930 applications   read more

Lords Criticise Gov Broadband Plans as Misguided


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Government plans to roll-out superfast broadband has been criticised by a Lords Peer Committee as focusing too much on speed and not enough on reach. The UK government wants the country to have the best superfast broadband services in Europe by the end of 2015. Currently, the UK does not "have a place on the podium”, according to the Lord’s report. At the mom ...   read more

Major Rethink Needed on UK Broadband, FSB Say


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A report produced by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) says that the UK government need to have a major rethink on the country’s broadband target, calling it "not fit for purpose”. The report found that 94% of small business owners believe a stable internet connection to be vital to the success of their company. However, it was also found that as many as 45,000 businesses in the UK are still using dial-up speeds and just 15% are happy with their current broadband offerin ...   read more

O2 launches super-fast 4G network in London


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Mobile telecoms operator O2 has switched on the first 4G LTE network in London in a trial that is expected to last nine months and lead to a major boost in connectivity in the capital. The technology will be accessible to consumers, businesses and venue owners in an area of London encompassing Hyde Park, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, the South Bank and Kings Cross. Placeho ...   read more

Ofcom Improve Customer Complaints Rules


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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has approved new measures to help consumers when they put in a complaint about a company when they are having problems with landline, mobile phone and broadband. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) schemes act as a "middleman” in the event that no resolution to a complaint can be found. The two new organisations, "Ombudsman Services: Communications (OS) and the Communications and Internet Services Adjudication Service (CISAS), must follow a set of comm ...   read more

Ofcom plans to boost superfast broadband competition


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Telecoms regulator Ofcom today announced new plans intended to boost competition for superfast broadband. This will include plans to make it easier for consumers to switch between providers, as well as implementing separate measures to speed up installation and repair times. The plans have been announced as part of a "major review of wholesale telecoms services”. It’s thought that under new proposals for consultation, the wholesale cost of switching supplier would fall by around ...   read more

Ofcom Publish Broadband and Pay TV Complaints Data


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The latest complaints data on broadband and Pay TV has been released by regulators Ofcom today for the period between October and December last year. According to Ofcom, complaints continued to fall in that period, for the sixth consecutive quarter. However, whilst complaints regarding landline telephone, broadband PAYG mobile and Pay TV all showed a decline, pay monthly mobile complaints rose slightly. The report is intended to help consumers make "informed decisions” ...   read more

Ofcom Publish Broadband Report


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Telecommunications regulator Ofcom has today released a report for the government on how the UK’s fixed broadband coverage, take-up, usage and price compares to the rest of Europe. The report concentrates its findings on the EU’s five leading economies: France, Germany, Italy and Spain and the UK, known collectively as the EU5 for the purposes of the report. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport proposed the report, read more

Ofcom publish telecoms complaint levels


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Telecom regulator Ofcom today published the level of reported complaints for major companies for the period between January and March this year. The 9thquarterly report  read more

Ofcom Research Reveals Faster Broadband Speeds


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New research carried out by telecoms regulatory body Ofcom has revealed that the government initiative to get superfast broadband to every area by 2015 has already resulted in faster speeds for consumers, due to network upgrades that have been carried out across the UK. On average, consumers are now enjoying speeds of 9.0Mbps, which is more than twice that than the average home was receiving in 2008, when read more

Ofcom: Broadband Speeds on the Rise


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A new report from telecoms regulator Ofcom has found that the proportion of superfast connections in the UK has risen from 5% in November 2011 to 25% in November 2013. Further to that, the speed of the average superfast connection continues to rise, with many now enjoying speeds of around 47 Mbit/s. The report  read more

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