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Fibre Optic

Fibre Optic: A technology that uses glass (or plastic) threads (fibers) to transmit data. A fiber optic cable consists of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves. (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 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

EE Announce 4G Pricing


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EE has announced its pricing and plans for its new 4G service, which is due to launch on Tuesday 30th October. The firm has also announced plans for its new superfast fibre broadband service and claim that speeds will be "typically ten times faster than today’s standard broadband plans”. EE are the first to offer 4G services, which can be up to five times faster than 3G, using their existing spectrum ahead of the Ofc ...   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

Leased Line Pricing


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For this report, we asked vendors to price three scenarios with the option of either supplying Internet access through their MPLS cloud, or connecting it to the main IT office of an organisation. Each vendor was given the same site locations to quote for.   The following is extracted from the Research Report entitled:  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

Orange take Top Spot for Broadband Complaints


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Ofcom’s latest telecoms and TV report on complaints data has revealed that Orange has been the most complained about provider between July and September 2012. Ofcom’s seventh quarterly report, publishes the latest data concerning the most and least complained about ...   read more

Rural Broadband gets EU Approval


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The EU has approved the UK’s plans to roll out broadband to rural areas as part of a state-aided project. This means that councils can start to lay cable that will bring superfast speeds, although many are yet to choose a provider for the service. Whilst the EU have been dragging their feet on the subject, last week Culture secretary Maria Miller intervened last week to speed up the process. "Superfast broadband is essential to creating growth, jobs and prosperity and ...   read more

Superfast Broadband for Rural Areas Unlikely by 2015


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The Country, Land and Business Association (CLA) has said that it’s unlikely that the UK will have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by its target date of 2015, as around 15-20% of people living in rural areas are still unable to receive speeds of 2Mbps. The CLA has been lobbying for better broadband in rural areas for the past ten years and has today published a paper, read more

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