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Belfast found topping list for best mobile networks in UK

April 29th, 2017 by admin
An analysis by RootMetrics has found the Northern Irish city of Belfast topping the performance tests put to 16 of the most populated metro areas in UK. The city ranked first for network speed, text and data performance, edging ahead of Manchester in overall performance. Manchester finished a close second, but ranked highest in call performance and reliability, with Liverpool coming in third. Consistently at the bottom with Bristol and Hull, came Cardiff, ranking lowest in all but one category. ... Read More»

Government rejects proposal for 30Mbps USO by peers

April 28th, 2017 by admin
The government has rejected the proposal to raise the Universal Service Obligation (USO) to 30 Mbps. Peers from the House of Lords had backed the proposal of raising the minimum download speed to 30Mbps, in a vote on the Digital Economy Bill. Matt Hancock, the Digital and Culture Minister, has confirmed that the suggestion to raise the USO will not be acted upon, as the government wants to get the bill passed before the parliament is dissolved. General elections have been slated for June. The mi... Read More»

Virgin Media starts work to put 8,000 Ashford premises on faster broadband

April 27th, 2017 by admin
Virgin Media has begun work to connect more premises in Ashford, Kent, to their fibre-optic broadband, offering faster speeds. The company is adding 8,000 businesses and households to their superfast network, in a rollout that plans to reach 108,000 premises in Kent, as part of their Project Lightning with a spend of £3 billion. The company claims it can boost download speeds across the county to 300Mbps, as against the 18Mbps average currently delivered here. Regional director for South East, ... Read More»

Sterlingshire villagers to lay their own superfast network

April 25th, 2017 by admin
Sterlingshire village in Scotland has formed the Balquhidder community broadband project, to connect their 200 premises. The residents of the County of Stirling will be installing their own cables for a 22-mile network. Worth about £300,000, the project has slated to start work in summer and to end it next year, which will benefit businesses and homes here greatly. It has some funding by Stirling Council along with private and public investors. One of the project leaders, Richard Harris, has st... Read More»

Ofcom plans to open up Oprenreach's network to other ISPs

April 24th, 2017 by admin
The national telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has revealed plans to allow broadband suppliers competing with BT, to use the network run by the network infrastructure arm of BT, Openreach, that would lead to improved broadband for consumers across the UK. BT's infrastructure subsidiary, Openreach, that maintains a network of ducts and telephone poles to deliver telecoms connections to providers, would be legally separated from BT soon. Ofcom has detailed its proposals and rival telecoms companies will ... Read More»
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