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  • Virgin tops broadband speed chart
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    Virgin tops broadband speed chart

    By 7 October 2008

    With rumours that it may soon be launching a broadband package offering speeds of 50Mbps still circulating, Virgin Media has come out on top in a recent survey on services. According to broadband.co.uk, Virgin Media offered the fastest average broadband...

  • Virgin soon to offer 50Mbps broadband speeds
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    Virgin soon to offer 50Mbps broadband speeds

    By 2 October 2008

    Virgin Media has won plaudits for the speeds it has offered its broadband customers, but is there more to come? Way back in February, Virgin Media began the first part of a major broadband rehaul programme, offering customers on its "L" tier broadband...

  • Virgin media told off over data loss scandal
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    Virgin media told off over data loss scandal

    By 1 October 2008

    Way back in June, Virgin Media admitted to have lost bank details for 3000 of its customers. The information went missing when a member of staff took a CD containing the unencrypted information from one office to another on 29 May. And now the company...

  • BT Openzone customers losing access to The Cloud
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    BT Openzone customers losing access to The Cloud

    By 26 September 2008

    BT Openzone customers are to lose access to public Wi-Fi hotspots provided by The Cloud. The agreement between the two companies firms will end on 2 October, BT told Openzone users in an email, reports The Register. The Cloud told The Register that negotiations...

  • London mayor promising Wi-Fi access everywhere
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    London mayor promising Wi-Fi access everywhere

    By 23 September 2008

    Vocal London mayor, Boris Johnson, has hit out at Gordon Brown's plans to give vouchers to low income households to get them on the Internet. In an interview on BBC Radio, Johnson claimed that it would be far more fruitful to get blanket Wi-Fi coverage...

  • Japan offers world's fastest broadband speeds
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    Japan offers world's fastest broadband speeds

    By 15 September 2008

    While UK internet providers are now wondering who is going to foot the £30 billion bill for updating the country's broadband network, if you want really fast connection speeds, you'll have to move to Japan. A new study has revealed that Japan is the...

  • Gov won't fork out for next-gen broadband
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    Gov won't fork out for next-gen broadband

    By 15 September 2008

    A new report has suggested that the government isn't going to reach into its pockets to help pay for the UK broadband network to be updated. Last week, the Broadband Stakeholder Group, a Government advisory group, said that installing high speed broadband...

  • Fibre-based broadband bill could be £30 billion
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    Fibre-based broadband bill could be £30 billion

    By 8 September 2008

    A report by the Broadband Stakeholder Group, a Government advisory group, on how much fibre-based "next gen" broadband could cost the UK, paints a gloomy picture. Apparently installing high speed broadband - capable of speeds up to 100Mbps - in every...

  • Mobile broadband could hit ISPs
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    Mobile broadband could hit ISPs

    By 18 August 2008

    ISPs could face counting the pennies if the popularity of mobile broadband - using a dongle or data card on your laptop or PC - continues to rise. According to the latest survey by YouGov Mobile Broadband could actually pose a serious threat to traditional...

  • Faster broadband but copper wiring can stay
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    Faster broadband but copper wiring can stay

    By 18 August 2008

    Ofcom has made it clear that it is going to need investment to get Britain's broadband up to speed. So far, we've had speeds of 100Mbps promised by H2O Networks, which is bringing new networks currently to Dundee, using the city's sewer system. Then in...

  • 92% of Brits to keep broadband despite squeeze
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    92% of Brits to keep broadband despite squeeze

    By 4 August 2008

    92% of Brits want to keep their internet connection despite the financial squeeze because it is so vital to their lives, a poll for ISP Plusnet has revealed. 30% of UK residents with broadband would rather give up their magazine subscriptions, cigarettes...

  • O2 combines home and mobile broadband packages
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    O2 combines home and mobile broadband packages

    By 31 July 2008

    O2 has announced a new broadband package - combined home and mobile broadband. Customers that purchase O2 mobile broadband for £20 per month (which includes 3GB of data and unlimited Wi-Fi) will receive O2’s home broadband standard package service...

  • China is officially world's top web user
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    China is officially world's top web user

    By 29 July 2008

    Yet another report has confirmed that China is taking over the cyber world. China now has the world's largest net-using population, claims the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The latest stats reveal that more than 253 million people...

  • Tiscali sues BT
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    Tiscali sues BT

    By 24 July 2008

    At the beginning of the week, we reported that Tiscali was seeking legal action after a marketing campaign by BT, which questioned the future of its broadband service. Letters were sent to Tiscali broadband customers implying that the Tiscali business...

  • ISPs agree "ground-breaking" piracy deal
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    ISPs agree "ground-breaking" piracy deal

    By 24 July 2008

    Six of the UK's biggest internet service providers have signed up to a "ground breaking" plan with the music industry to tackle piracy. The deal, negotiated by the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform branch of the government, will...

  • Orange wants slice of PC market
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    Orange wants slice of PC market

    By 23 July 2008

    Orange is going to start offering its broadband customers free PCs. According to PC Retail mag, Orange has done a deal with HP and Asus so that its customers, including SMBs that use its broadband services, will get a laptop in exchange for signing up...

  • Tiscali threatens BT with lawsuit
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    Tiscali threatens BT with lawsuit

    By 21 July 2008

    Tiscali is alleging that BT is trying to win over its customers using dirty tactics. BT apparently sent out a letter to Tiscali broadband users warning that their service may be in doubt playing on rumours of a sell-off. Tiscali has responded by threatening...

  • BT Gremlin ads cleared by ASA
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    BT Gremlin ads cleared by ASA

    By 17 July 2008

    The Advertising Standards Agency has cleared two ad campaigns launched by BT. The first featured Dragons' Den presenter Peter Jones at the centre of Gremlin-caused mayhem. It showed Jones in a darkened office before the little green monsters emerge and...

  • Orange latest to hit trouble with ASA over broadband ads
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    Orange latest to hit trouble with ASA over broadband ads

    By 16 July 2008

    Orange is the latest company to be reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority over claims made in its adverts for its Home Max broadband service, resulting in the telecoms company being forced to amend the ads. The watchdog ruled that Orange made...

  • YouGov survey on wonders of wireless
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    YouGov survey on wonders of wireless

    By 16 July 2008

    Over half of us surfing the Internet in the UK now have wireless home networking. Linksys, which is a division of Cisco, has revealed the results of a YouGov survey about the state of wireless home networking in the UK. It states that 59% of broadband...

  • Ofcom welcomes BT's super-fast broadband plans
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    Ofcom welcomes BT's super-fast broadband plans

    By 15 July 2008

    Following BT's announcment regarding plans to invest £1.5 billion in "super-fast" fibre-based broadband network for the UK, Ofcom has issued a statement saying that it has "welcomed BT's plans". Ed Richards, Ofcom chief executive, said: "This is a clear...

  • BT announces £1.5bn plans for super-fast broadband
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    BT announces £1.5bn plans for super-fast broadband

    By 15 July 2008

    BT has revealed plans to roll out fibre-based, "super-fast" broadband to up to 10 million homes by 2012. The £1.5 billion scheme will offer top speeds of up to 100Mbps - but with the potential for speeds of more than 1000Mbps in the future. These kind...

  • BT launches Home Hub 2.0
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    BT launches Home Hub 2.0

    By 14 July 2008

    BT Total Broadband has launched a new Home Hub that claims to provide the best wireless signal of any UK broadband provider. The new hub offers "N" standard wireless technology which gives stronger and more reliable connections than previous versions...

  • COMMENT: Broadband - why isn't it up to speed?
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    COMMENT: Broadband - why isn't it up to speed?

    By 11 July 2008

    It seems that a different ISP announces each week that they are going to massively boast the speed of their broadband offering. BT, to name but one example, declared at the beginning of May that it was going to deliver 24Mbps using ADSL2+ technology....

  • UK becoming nation of internet addicts
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    UK becoming nation of internet addicts

    By 10 July 2008

    It seems that we Brits have become so obsessed with web surfing, that we want to be able to get online pretty much wherever we are. According to a new survey commissioned by T-Mobile, one in five people want to access the Internet when relaxing at the...