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  • Virgin Media to offer Londoners free Wi-Fi
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    Virgin Media to offer Londoners free Wi-Fi

    By 4 August 2011

    Virgin Media has announced plans to offer up free Wi-Fi in London, with the platform set to go live "in the not too distant future". Speaking with investors, the company's chief executive Neil Berkett stated that the project was a "punt" that will cost...

  • Britain's broadband speeds increasing - Virgin Media the fastest
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    Britain's broadband speeds increasing - Virgin Media the fastest

    By 27 July 2011

    An Ofcom report has found that average broadband speeds in the UK have risen by 10 per cent since the end of 2010. The average speed nationally was measured at 6.2Mbit/s in November/December last year, but is now 6.8Mbit/s (as of May 2011). In addition,...

  • Tesco Wi-Fi to be free in-store
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    Tesco Wi-Fi to be free in-store

    By 25 July 2011

    Tesco is to take the initiative set by the likes of McDonald's and Starbucks. No, not by offering sub-standard burgers or overpriced coffee - but by giving its customers access to a free Wi-Fi network. The move is part of Tesco's new CEO Philip Clarke's...

  • Virgin Media unleashes world's fastest cable broadband
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    Virgin Media unleashes world's fastest cable broadband

    By 22 July 2011

    If 100Mb is described by Virgin Media as "ultrafast" we're not sure we can find the right superlative to describe its 1.5Gb service that it has just revealed details of. The ultramegasuperfast (that kinda works, right?) service is what trialists in London's...

  • Virgin Media ultrafast broadband reaches a quarter of UK homes
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    Virgin Media ultrafast broadband reaches a quarter of UK homes

    By 20 July 2011

    Virgin Media has announced that its 100Mb fibre optic broadband service is now available to more than 25 per cent of UK households. The aim of the cable giant is to have the ultrafast service available to 13 million homes by mid-2012, double where it...

  • Ofcom to lower rural broadband prices
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    Ofcom to lower rural broadband prices

    By 20 July 2011

    Ofcom is set to put a cap on the prices that BT Wholesale can charge ISPs in rural areas, meaning a reduction in broadband cost for countryside customers.  A yearly 12 per cent below inflation reduction will mean serious savings for those in the less...

  • Ofcom launches interactive UK broadband map
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    Ofcom launches interactive UK broadband map

    By 6 July 2011

    Ofcom has launched the first ever interactive UK fixed line broadband map, bringing with it a clear picture of the country's best broadband speeds. The map comprises of four different key broadband statistics. First up is the availability of super-fast...

  • Virgin Media 100Mb broadband hits 4 million homes and counting
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    Virgin Media 100Mb broadband hits 4 million homes and counting

    By 10 June 2011

    Virgin Media's 100Mb broadband service is now available to over four million British homes, and the service provider plans to switch over many more areas before the end of 2011. Currently, 86 areas of the UK are able to get the superfast service, delivered...

  • UK 4G network landing in September
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    UK 4G network landing in September

    By 25 May 2011

    Big news - the UK's first live 4G network will begin broadcasting in September. Bad news - it's just a trial for a couple of hundred people in the St Newlyn East area of South Newquay, Cornwall. But still, it's a start eh? Rome wasn't built in a day....

  • Fujitsu to hook-up 5 million UK homes with 1Gbps fibre optic broadband
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    Fujitsu to hook-up 5 million UK homes with 1Gbps fibre optic broadband

    By 13 April 2011

    Working in collaboration with Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco, Fujitsu has plans to roll out superfast fibre optic cable across the UK, with the aim of delivering 1Gbps broadband to 5 million homes and businesses. The eventual network will be an alternative...

  • BT beefs up its broadband bid
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    BT beefs up its broadband bid

    By 4 April 2011

    If your idea of next-generation copper was a Robocop like law enforcer, then think again - as BT has announced that it is extending its next-generation copper powered broadband to around 80 per cent of the UK. And whilst the move is nowhere near as exciting...

  • Three's superspeed 3G dongle - 40 per cent faster
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    Three's superspeed 3G dongle - 40 per cent faster

    By 31 March 2011

    Three's mobile broadband is set for a speed boost thanks to the introduction of the new Huawei E367 premium dongle. The dongle offers up to 40 per cent faster browsing and makes Three's mobile data network even more appealing - it's already racked up...

  • Virgin Media broadband hits 1 million homes
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    Virgin Media broadband hits 1 million homes

    By 16 March 2011

    Virgin Media has announced that it has reached 1 million homes for its home broadband service. The milestone has been hit as the cable giant continues to roll out its superfast 100Mb service, which is still on course to be nationwide by the middle of...

  • Wi-Fi slows down your broadband by 30 per cent
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    Wi-Fi slows down your broadband by 30 per cent

    By 10 March 2011

    File this one under "N" for "No sh*t, Sherlock".....Wi-Fi slows down your broadband speed. And whilst that news isn't all that shocking, hence the mocking opening sentence, the fact that we can lose almost a third (30 per cent to be precise) of our broadband...

  • Ofcom report highlights gap in broadband speeds
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    Ofcom report highlights gap in broadband speeds

    By 2 March 2011

    An Ofcom report has, once again, highlighted the fact that advertised broadband speeds are still not being met, despite customers stating that speed is more important than price when it comes to their connections. Using research from uSwitch, the report...

  • Ofcom orders £2.5 million Tiscali and Talk Talk refund
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    Ofcom orders £2.5 million Tiscali and Talk Talk refund

    By 28 February 2011

    Back in November, Tiscali and Talk Talk were summoned to the Ofcom's office for a firm telling off after breaching rules that are in place to protect consumers. And now the financial implications their misbehaviours have been disclose - and it's a definite...

  • Virgin Media XL broadband boosted to 30Mb
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    Virgin Media XL broadband boosted to 30Mb

    By 1 February 2011

    Virgin Media XL broadband customers, hold on to your mouses (yeah we said mouses, not mice), as you're in store for a 10Mb speed boost - taking your speed up to 30Mb. The upgrade, which won't add a penny to the monthly cost, will cost you £30 in an upgrade...

  • Virgin Media 100Mb broadband extends its reach
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    Virgin Media 100Mb broadband extends its reach

    By 25 January 2011

    Virgin Media has announced five new towns for its 100Mb broadband service - meaning 150,000 more people will have access to the super-fast network. Cheshunt and Hatfield in Hertfordshire, Southport, and Pentwyn and Treforest in Wales have been selected...

  • Orange announces low Price Promise for home broadband deals
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    Orange announces low Price Promise for home broadband deals

    By 10 January 2011

    Orange has announced Price Promise - a scheme whereby the telecom giant will automatically reduce your home broadband or landline phone contract should a cheaper deal become available. The move comes into effect immediately and is available for all new...

  • Ofcom frees 3G for faster mobile browsing
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    Ofcom frees 3G for faster mobile browsing

    By 6 January 2011

    It's not all about Las Vegas and 4G in the tech news world. Closer to home, there has been some interesting developments with the 3G network. The independent telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, has announced that it has "introduced a new measure that...

  • BT announces Race to Infinity superfast broadband contest winners
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    BT announces Race to Infinity superfast broadband contest winners

    By 3 January 2011

    The Race to Infinity competition that was set up by BT for communities to appeal for super-fast broadband in their areas has come to its conclusion, with six winners being announced rather than the five originally planned. More than 360,000 votes were...

  • Virgin Media 100Mb broadband goes live
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    Virgin Media 100Mb broadband goes live

    By 8 December 2010

    Following the official announcement that Virgin Media would be rolling out 100Mb broadband in October, Virgin Media has now named the first areas to get the new super fast connection. As well as the 100Mb download speeds, the service will offer upload...

  • Superfast broadband UK-wide by 2015
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    Superfast broadband UK-wide by 2015

    By 6 December 2010

    The UK broadband saga continues, as news has recently come in that the government will be pledging an extra £50 million, on top of the £830m already set aside for the plan titled "Britain's Superfast Broadband Future" - a mission to get UK-wide superfast...

  • BT plans 1Gb broadband trial
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    BT plans 1Gb broadband trial

    By 3 December 2010

    Virgin Media came out all guns blazing to announce its 100Mb broadband, but it looks as if the cable giant could be on the back-foot again after BT announced plans for a 1Gb service. Virgin Media's plan is for a widespread roll-out of its super fast service,...

  • UK Broadband: Poor value for money
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    UK Broadband: Poor value for money

    By 30 November 2010

    A report by broadband analyst Point Topic has revealed that Brits are not exactly getting a great deal when it comes to broadband. The UK is ranked 24th in the world rankings, which works out the value in terms of the cost per Mbps. The world leader is...