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  • 802.11n approved, loses the "draft" tag
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    802.11n approved, loses the "draft" tag

    By 14 September 2009

    You've probably been using the technology for months if not years, but 802.11n, the wireless standard, has finally been approved by the body that approves these things 7 years after its first conception. More than 2 years after the first 802.11n draft...

  • Freerunner free Wi-Fi fund opens for applications
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    Freerunner free Wi-Fi fund opens for applications

    By 11 September 2009

    Freerunner, the free public Wi-Fi network launched in the UK in May, has announced a fund to invest in free Wi-Fi hotpots to serve local communities in "deprived or remote areas". The fund is enough for Freerunner to set-up 50 free-to-use hotspots in...

  • 3 MiFi mobile Wi-Fi service priced and dated
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    3 MiFi mobile Wi-Fi service priced and dated

    By 30 August 2009

    3, has confirmed the pricing and availability of its new Mobile Wi-Fi service it announced at the beginning of August as it hopes to entice users away from home broadband. The new Mobile Wi-Fi, the service allows you to create your own mobile Wi-Fi connection...

  • BT now operating 500,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots
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    BT now operating 500,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots

    By 19 August 2009

    BT has announced that it's half-way towards its target of putting together a network of 1,000,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots in 2009. 500,000 hotspots are now available at homes, offices and city centres in the UK and Ireland. That total includes hotspots...

  • BT upgrades broadband speeds for all
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    BT upgrades broadband speeds for all

    By 17 August 2009

    BT has pushed the big red "upgrade" button on all its subscribers accounts, pumping up pipes to 20Mb/s in "enabled areas". Those areas cover, according to the company, 40% of the UK's homes and businesses. Up till now, customers were stuck on 8Mb/s speeds,...

  • "Digital Britain" chief named as Stephen Timms
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    "Digital Britain" chief named as Stephen Timms

    By 7 August 2009

    The man who will be in charge of the government's Digital Britain plans has been named as Stephen Timms, the current treasury minister. Following the departure of communications minister Lord Carter, author of the recent Digital Britain report, Timms...

  • TalkTalk trials 40Mbps broadband
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    TalkTalk trials 40Mbps broadband

    By 4 August 2009

    TalkTalk is running a trial of "lightning fast" broadband in two areas in the UK. Between August 2009 and January 2010 TalkTalk customers in Muswell Hill in London and Whitchurch in Cardiff will be getting broadband speeds of up to 40Mbps. TalkTalk says...

  • Virgin Media Freedom netbook detailed
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    Virgin Media Freedom netbook detailed

    By 15 July 2009

    As we reported earlier, Virgin Media has announced that it is to offer a netbook, the "Freedom" netbook and now more specs, as well as pics, have been revealed. Like many other netbooks on the market it offers a 10.2-inch display, runs Microsoft Windows...

  • Virgin Media completes its ultrafast network
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    Virgin Media completes its ultrafast network

    By 15 July 2009

    Virgin Media is celebrating, having completed its 18-month campaign to upgrade its broadband network to offer 50Mbps speeds to 12 million homes across the UK. In an attempt to convince some of those 12 million homes to actually sign up to the service,...

  • BT names next super-fast broadband locations
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    BT names next super-fast broadband locations

    By 9 July 2009

    BT has revealed the next set of locations where it will make super-fast fibre broadband available. The new locations cover more than a million homes and businesses across the UK, which means 1.5 million homes will have access by early summer 2010. Currently...

  • Virgin Media's fastest broadband boast okayed by ASA
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    Virgin Media's fastest broadband boast okayed by ASA

    By 8 July 2009

    Virgin Media's advertising campaign for its 50Mb broadband has been okayed by the ASA after rival broadband operator BT logged an official complaint. Boasting "the fastest broadband in the UK", the campaign has comprised of press ads, posters and Samuel...

  • Orange refreshes laptop line-up
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    Orange refreshes laptop line-up

    By 23 June 2009

    Orange has refreshed the laptops it offers with its mobile broadband packages for consumers and business customers. The range available is now larger, including models with embedded SIMs as well as bundled with a USB modem, with different payment methods...

  • Mobile Fun launches mobile broadband signal boosters
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    Mobile Fun launches mobile broadband signal boosters

    By 19 June 2009

    Mobile Fun has launched a range of signal boosters that it claims will help to solve the problem of weak 3G mobile broadband reception. The company has a range of "clip antennas" for mobile broadband dongles that are said to give them an extra boost to...

  • UK's "Digital Inclusion Champion" revealed
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    UK's "Digital Inclusion Champion" revealed

    By 18 June 2009

    As part of the Digital Britain report, it's been revealed who will be the country's first "Digital Inclusion Champion", or DIC, presumably. From 22 June Martha Lane Fox will take up the role for 2 years along with a "Task Force", in order to try and promote...

  • BT calls for BBC to contribute to ISP iPlayer costs
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    BT calls for BBC to contribute to ISP iPlayer costs

    By 10 June 2009

    Phone company and ISP BT has called on the BBC to contribute to the costs that ISPs incur due to its iPlayer, saying that the Beeb "can't expect to continue to get a free ride". Many ISPs have complained in the past about the bandwidth that iPlayer uses....

  • BT announces 20Mbps broadband "boost" for Britain
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    BT announces 20Mbps broadband "boost" for Britain

    By 3 June 2009

    BT has announced it will more than double the headline speeds for its residential and business customers, as well as increase upload speeds. BT says over 60,000 consumers are already getting the faster speeds through a BT trial but the upgrade to ADSL...

  • BT Broadband throttling iPlayer streaming?
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    BT Broadband throttling iPlayer streaming?

    By 2 June 2009

    BT, Britain's biggest broadband supplier, has been accused of limiting streaming video speeds at peak times, which is having a negative effect on iPlayer viewing for its customers. A customer on BT's Option 1 deal with an 8Mbps line could have their speed...

  • Tiscali launches new widescreen hi-def EPG
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    Tiscali launches new widescreen hi-def EPG

    By 2 June 2009

    Tiscali has announced that it will be rolling out a new electronic programme guide, or EPG, on 10 June. The company promises benefits in speed and usability. The new software is designed specially for widescreen, high definition televisions, meaning that...

  • UK "NotSpots" revealed
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    UK "NotSpots" revealed

    By 27 May 2009

    BBC research has revealed that 3 million homes in the UK have access to broadband speeds of less than 2Mbps and that many of those, rather than being in rural areas, are in suburban locations and even streets in major towns. As part of its "Digital Britain"...

  • TalkTalk announces Home Mover deal
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    TalkTalk announces Home Mover deal

    By 26 May 2009

    Apparently TalkTalk customers used to have to deal with a massive hassle when they moved house. If they moved into a non-cable area, then they would have had to sign up to BT for a 12-month contract in their new property, and then immediately cancel it...

  • Freerunner to bring Wi-Fi to "digitally remote"
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    Freerunner to bring Wi-Fi to "digitally remote"

    By 20 May 2009

    A new free public Wi-Fi network has launched in the UK that aims to enable consumers to get free broadband access in "underserved and digitally remote" areas of the UK's suburbs, by installing free to use access points in public and commercial venues...

  • TalkTalk buys Tiscali
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    TalkTalk buys Tiscali

    By 8 May 2009

    After months of rumours, Carphone Warehouse's TalkTalk has announced it is to buy troubled Tiscali UK in a £236 million cash deal. The company says this will create Britain's largest consumer broadband provider with over 4.25 million customers covering...

  • O2 reveals "digital families" report
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    O2 reveals "digital families" report

    By 6 May 2009

    To help push its "Joggler" device, O2 has released results of its first "O2 Digital Families report", that apparently reveals just how important technology is for UK households. So important, in fact, that most of the 500 families involved in the study...

  • Virgin Media trials 200Mb broadband
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    Virgin Media trials 200Mb broadband

    By 6 May 2009

    Virgin Media has revealed that it has started a customer pilot to test real-world deployment of 200Mb broadband. Said to be the fastest implementation of DOCSIS3 technology in the world and running faster than the 160Mb service offered in Japan, it will...

  • Expect internet "brownouts" from early 2010
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    Expect internet "brownouts" from early 2010

    By 27 April 2009

    Regular "brownouts" for the Internet are forecast as early as next year as cyberspace gets more crowded, says a report from Nemertes Research, a "respected American think-tank". Computers and laptops trying to get online will soon just "freeze", thanks...