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BT to trial new broadband system in London's still painfully slow Tech City

Pilot of fibre to the remote node system in area where hopes of creating UK answer to Silicon Valley dented by poor connections<p>BT is to tackle the slow broadband speeds that have hit businesses in London's flagship Tech City area by trialling in October a new system that could eventually be used …

Virgin Media's superfast UK broadband expansion kicks off in Manchester

Despite recent growth, Virgin Media has work to do if it's to make inroads into BT's broadband dominance. The company knows this, so in February it launched "Project Lightning," a £3 billion investment to bring cable broadband to 4 million additional UK homes over the next five years. Today, Virgin …

BT’s Openreach slammed for phone and broadband connection delays

Readers furious at ‘endless’ delays for phones and broadband in new homes<p>The attraction of new-build homes is that they are designed for a modern lifestyle. It was for this reason that Jonathan Middleton moved into a new development in Cambridge expecting to enjoy all the usual mod cons. Only there …

Telecoms

Home broadband speeds double in two years as UK overtakes EU competitors

Britain now ranks ahead of Germany, Italy, France and Spain for access to broadband, according to watchdog Ofcom<p>The average home broadband speed has doubled in less than two years, reaching nearly 18 megabits per second (Mbps) and helping to propel Britain's digital infrastructure ahead of Europe's …

Boris Johnson hits back at Merkel broadband jibe

The German chancellor is ‘jealous’ of London, claims the mayor<p>Boris Johnson has called the German chancellor Angela Merkel “jealous” after she poked fun at the slow rollout of broadband to Britain’s rural areas.<p>Speaking at the launch of the new TechHub incubator in Old Street, the London mayor …

BT outage leaves 37,000 Sky customers in London without broadband or phone

TalkTalk users also hit for up to three days in busy online shopping period after suspected thieves cut fibre-optic cables<p>Tens of thousands of homes across London have been left without phone and broadband for up to three days after suspected thieves looking for copper cut through crucial …

Ofcom lays down performance targets for BT Openreach

From April 2014 Openreach will have to fix around 67% of fault repairs within two days, following years of poor performance<p>The telecoms regulator has warned BT's Openreach division that it faces fines if it does not fix broken telephone and broadband connections faster.<p>Following years of poor …

TalkTalk Business Pitches Cheap Ethernet Over FTTC Service

TalkTalk Business offers a symmetric Ethernet service without laying fibre to your door<p>TalkTalk Business is now offering UK companies cost effective …

Cheap Broadband: Tesco vs TalkTalk vs Direct Save Telecom best value deals

There are some great value for money deals on home broadband at the moment and what’s on offer from ISPs including Tesco, TalkTalk, Direct Save …

UK telcos’ anti-churn strategy will disrupt UK market, says TalkTalk

<b>The view of telco service providers BT and TalkTalk that TV is primarily an anti-churn tool to protect their broadband base is bringing a significant</b> …

Keith Vaz: 'We are waging war on complacent internet providers'

MP Keith Vaz has vowed to wage war on "complacent" internet service providers who are not doing enough to restrict access to explicit and illegal images.<p>Home Affairs Select Committee Chairman Keith Vaz has criticised internet providers for not doing enough to tackle obscene and inappropriate …

Virgin Media to be PS4's broadband partner, may offer gamer-specific deals

Sony has confirmed Virgin Media has its official UK ISP partner for the forthcoming PS4 release, now confirmed for November 29 in Europe.<p>In a post on …

Virgin Media stops selling ADSL National Broadband service

Virgin Media has stopped selling its ADSL-based National Broadband product to new customers.<p>Existing customers will still be able to access the …

Virgin Media UK Report Quarterly Fall in Broadband Subscribers to 4.475m

Cable operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global) have today reported their latest Q2-2013 financial results, which revealed that its total broadband ISP …

TalkTalk launches low-cost £2.50-a-month broadband package

TalkTalk is to offer super low-cost home broadband, for just £2.50 a month, aimed at those who use their mobile to make all their phone calls.<p>The £30-a-year deal, which gives customers unlimited internet access but excludes any free calls, is cheaper than BT's cheapest £10-a-month capped deal, and …

Digital Britain: government accused of mismanaging rural broadband scheme

Telecom companies call for a rethink of BDUK project, so far solely supplied by BT, which is using £1.2bn of public money<p>The government stands accused of mismanaging the publicly funded BDUK programme to roll out faster internet connections to rural Britain. BT is the sole supplier to the project, …

BT broadband cost to rise by 6.5% for most users

Telecoms firm denies increases linked to £1bn sports channel launch and says customers get 10 days to end contracts for free<p>BT is raising its broadband prices by up to 6.5% in January, months after the launch of its £1bn sports channels.<p>The telecoms company will write to customers next week about …

Broadband badlands: BT’s ‘monopoly’ over rural web scheme

<b>Where is Britain’s broadband blackspot?</b> Find out here – and tell us how long your image takes to load, as Channel 4 News puts the UK’s internet speed …

Telecoms

Most Impressive Metaphor Yet for the Difference Between Broadband and Google Fiber

Provo, Utah, uses a swimming pool as a concrete visual of how broadband just can't compete with Google's high-speed Internet service, which is coming …

White space broadband: your questions answered

The telecommunications watchdog, Ofcom, is running a trial with partners including Microsoft, Google and BT to use new 'white space' technology for mobile broadband and connectivity<p>Ofcom has announced Europe's first trial of new "white space" technology which could enable new high-speed mobile …

Watchdog bans Bruce Willis Sky Broadband TV advert

A TV advert starring Bruce Willis for Sky Broadband has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).<p>The advert came under fire for …

TalkTalk launches a SIM-only mobile plan that costs less than a London pint

With 4G prices keeping LTE in the "luxury goods" bracket for many British mobile users, TalkTalk is trying to hoover up the cost-conscious consumers on the bottom end. The TalkTalk Mobile "Small" plan offers 100 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of data for just GBP3.50 a month -- with double data if …

BT's real goal in Premier League clash with Sky is a broadband victory

Is BT Sport emerging as a credible challenger to the might of Sky? Probably not, but the telecoms group claims its gambit is not about television anyway<p>Fred Done, the co-founder of the BetFred bookmaking chain, is a very happy man. It's not just because the Salford entrepreneur is worth around …

TalkTalk promotes YouView

TalkTalk signed up 150,000 new subscribers in the United Kingdom to its YouView offer in the first three months of 2013, at an average acquisition …

More than 50% think Ofcom should regulate BT Infinity pricing

• Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:55 AM<br>• 35 comments<p>The recent opening of a complaint by Ofcom on the subject of margin squeeze in the FTTC/FTTP products sold …

BT Sport: what you will pay

BT has announced that its residential broadband customers will get free access to its three sports channels from 1 August.<p>What sport will be …

BT wants a broadband bounce from sport, but may have scored an own goal

BT and BSkyB are at loggerheads. BSkyB is refusing to allow BT to advertise its new sports channels on Sky Sports, and BT has complained to Ofcom. …

As Internet gets faster, Hong Kong & South Korea lead the broadband speed derby

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Akamai<p>The internet saw its average peak connection speed jump almost 35 percent at the end of last year, even as more …

TalkTalk boosted by positive outlook

<b>TalkTalk Telecom</b> has jumped nearly 8% as it made positive noises on the outlook despite a fall in first half revenues.<p>The company said its second …

Orange tops Ofcom chart, followed by TalkTalk: UK broadband customer complaints

<b>Orange has yet again topped Ofcom’s complaints chart for its broadband service, followed by TalkTalk.</b><p>Ofcom’s latest figures for complaints registered …