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  • Five things to know about Virgin's 50Mb broadband
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    Five things to know about Virgin's 50Mb broadband

    By 15 December 2008

    Virgin Media's launch of 50Mb broadband promises faster download and surfing speeds, but why would you want it and are there any catches? You'll get faster downloads With a 50Mb broadband line, if it's working at full speed, you'll be able to download...

  • Virgin Media launches 50Mb broadband
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    Virgin Media launches 50Mb broadband

    By 15 December 2008

    Virgin Media has officially launched its 50 megabits per second broadband service in the UK. Claiming to offer nearly nine times the average headline broadband speed in the UK, Virgin says the the launch of the 50Mb service is a "seismic leap forward"...

  • BBC, ITV and BT reveal TV over broadband proposals
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    BBC, ITV and BT reveal TV over broadband proposals

    By 11 December 2008

    The BBC, ITV and BT have announced they are joining together to work as partners to "promote a common industry approach and consumer offer to deliver on demand TV over broadband". Open for all public service broadcasters, device developers and other internet...

  • Ofcom's broadband speed rules come into effect
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    Ofcom's broadband speed rules come into effect

    By 5 December 2008

    A new code of practice from Ofcom comes into effect today that will mean broadband providers have to be truthful about the speeds they offer customers. 95% of the UK's ISPs have signed up to the voluntary code, which is being introduced by the regulator...

  • BT reveals Wi-Fi usage doubled in a year
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    BT reveals Wi-Fi usage doubled in a year

    By 2 December 2008

    BT has announced that it has recorded double the usage on its Wi-Fi networks this year than last. Users of BT high speed wireless broadband clocked up twice the number of minutes online between April and September 2008 than the same period last year....

  • "Individual Broadband ownership" proposed
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    "Individual Broadband ownership" proposed

    By 26 November 2008

    So with BT's million pound plans for a super-fast fibre broadband network possibly going on hold, and reports on the dire state of the offerings in this country, do we need something drastic? Well two American researchers have come up with a controversial...

  • Report reveals abominable state of British broadband
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    Report reveals abominable state of British broadband

    By 25 November 2008

    The Office of National Statistics has shamed broadband service providers with its latest report. According to its survey, a whopping 42.3% of broadband connections are slower than 2Mbps. This is despite Ofcom claiming last year that, "the average headline...

  • Orange bundles home and mobile broadband
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    Orange bundles home and mobile broadband

    By 25 November 2008

    Orange has announced a new broadband offer that sees home and mobile broadband bundled. For £20 per month, "Orange Home & Mobile Broadband" customers get home connection with download speeds of up to 8MB, a free wireless router and inclusive evening...

  • Free Tiscali+ set top box offered
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    Free Tiscali+ set top box offered

    By 19 November 2008

    Curry's and PC World stores are offering a free Tiscali+ digital recorder set top box to customers signing up to Tiscali TV and broadband. With Tiscali+ you can pause and rewind live TV. The box offers 50 hours of programme recording and the ability to...

  • Virgin Media launches 16MB ADSL broadband
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    Virgin Media launches 16MB ADSL broadband

    By 19 November 2008

    Virgin Media has launched up to 16MB broadband in the UK. New and existing customers using Virgin Media's ADSL broadband service, now known as Virgin Media National, will be able to double their existing broadband speed from 8MB to up to 16MB. Virgin...

  • BT's billion pound fibre-based broadband plans at risk
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    BT's billion pound fibre-based broadband plans at risk

    By 17 November 2008

    Even after announcing thousands of job cuts, it seems BT might be forced into cuts in other areas following pressure from shareholders. It's being reported that the company's £1.5 billion investment in high-speed, fibre optic broadband networks is at...

  • TalkTalk offers build your own plans
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    TalkTalk offers build your own plans

    By 13 November 2008

    TalkTalk has launched myTalkTalk, a new product that lets customers only pay for the features they want. Available from now, myTalkTalk "tears up the idea of a one-size-fits-all package" and instead lets customers build their own home phone and broadband...

  • Broadband prices come down worldwide
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    Broadband prices come down worldwide

    By 10 November 2008

    It seems competition is forcing broadband providers around the world to bring their prices down. According to UK analysis firm Point Topic, prices have dropped 20% in less than a year. But there are huge variations in how much people have to pay around...

  • AT&T buys hotspot provider Wayport
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    AT&T buys hotspot provider Wayport

    By 7 November 2008

    AT&T has just splashed out $275 million in cash to purchase Wi-Fi hotspot operator Wayport. The deal has now created the world's largest hotspot network. Wayport, which started out by providing wired connections in hotel rooms in 1997, now operates about...

  • Virgin Media teases over 50Mbps service
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    Virgin Media teases over 50Mbps service

    By 7 November 2008

    Virgin Media is offering a teaser for its forthcoming 50Mbps cable broadband with this image that's the first official pic of the "brand new state-of-the-art modem" that will launch with the service.

  • Average broadband speeds in the UK dropping
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    Average broadband speeds in the UK dropping

    By 3 November 2008

    Average broadband speeds in the UK appear to be falling according to analysis from broadband.co.uk. "Average download speeds UK wide peaked at 3.6Mbps in July 2008, since then the average has dropped every month and is now almost 10% lower at 3.3Mbps",...

  • BSkyB bids for Tiscali
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    BSkyB bids for Tiscali

    By 3 November 2008

    There were rumours that Italian firm Tiscali was going to sell off its UK broadband business way back in March. By May, the contenders were lining up and The Carphone Warehouse was at the top of the list of possibles with a £550m bid. Days after the...

  • O2 revamps broadband offering
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    O2 revamps broadband offering

    By 31 October 2008

    O2 has responded to feedback from broadband users and made some changes to its packages. According to the research by One-Poll, one in ten mobile broadband users feel they have been mis-sold on what they were being offered. What's bothering us? The main...

  • Namesco offers £1 broadband package
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    Namesco offers £1 broadband package

    By 27 October 2008

    An astonishing 27% of the UK population has never been online, and a third of us Brits don't use the internet. In a bid to get more of us surfing the web, 24 October was named Get Online Day, and to support this, Namesco has announced a new broadband...

  • Broadband users up to their limits
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    Broadband users up to their limits

    By 23 October 2008

    The increased popularity of video on demand services like the BBC iPlayer are putting a massive strain on broadband services. This is according to new research from uSwitch, which is claiming that more and more UK surfers are coming close to or exceeding...

  • Oldham and Suffolk get free internet
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    Oldham and Suffolk get free internet

    By 22 October 2008

    In September, PM Gordon Brown declared that all households in the UK should have access to the Internet. And now the first two areas which will benefit from the government scheme to get all of us connected have been announced. School children in Suffolk...

  • BT Openzone customers get cheaper roaming
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    BT Openzone customers get cheaper roaming

    By 20 October 2008

    BT Openzone has dramatically slashed the cost of wireless roaming for both new and existing customers. Three new monthly plans have been announced, as well as more international partner hotspots for roaming abroad. Here's the new deals: BT Openzone Original...

  • BT Business offers free mobile broadband
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    BT Business offers free mobile broadband

    By 20 October 2008

    BT Business has launched the first broadband packages to offer small businesses mobile broadband for free as part of an all-inclusive option. BT Business Total Broadband options 2 and 3 will now include a mobile broadband connection at no extra charge...

  • More BT Openreach fibre broadband trials announced
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    More BT Openreach fibre broadband trials announced

    By 13 October 2008

    BT has announced the pilot sites for its "fibre to the cabinet", or FTTC broadband trials, that will see top speeds of up to 40Mbps. Due to begin in summer 2009, the two exchanges to be used by the Openreach division trials are in Muswell Hill, London...

  • BT in trouble after Virgin Media sneaks to ASA
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    BT in trouble after Virgin Media sneaks to ASA

    By 9 October 2008

    It's all getting a little tit-for-tat in the world of broadband suppliers. In July, BT made a complaint about a Virgin Media ad campaign, which featured download times for songs and TV shows. BT said that it was not made clear in the ads that Virgin's...