Virgin Media claims its broadband has delivered a £1.4 billion boost to the UK

Liberty Global, owners of Virgin Media, claims their investment in UK broadband has delivered a “total social benefit” of over £1 billion.

The figure includes the company’s investment in higher broadband speeds, competitive pricing, and the improved productivity it has enabled between 2013 and 2017. Rather than a made up figure, the data comes from an Oxera Consulting report.

“Liberty Global’s significant investment in the reach and capability...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry.

Three entices consumers to ditch slow ADSL connections for 4G broadband

Hutchison-owned mobile operator Three is hoping to entice UK consumers stuck on slow ADSL connections to make the switch to 4G mobile broadband.

4G speeds are often faster than old connections using home telephone lines which some consumers are still forced to use. Some of these locations are now covered by a 4G signal, and Three is hoping to attract business from these underserved communities with a new plan.

Larger households may find the limit too restrictive.

The...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, LTE, Mobile.

Canada’s largest telecoms provider has been hacked

Bell, the largest telecoms provider in Canada, has been hacked and the data of its 1.9 million customers stolen.

While the rest of the world had its attention on the WannaCry ransomware which held PC’s around the globe hostage – including systems critical to the UK’s health service – a hacker, or hacking group, managed to gain access to Bell’s servers in a separate, unrelated incident.

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Security.

T-Mobile sets out its plan for ‘truly’ nationwide 5G

Fresh off winning plenty of desirable 600 MHz spectrum in the FCC’s recent auction, T-Mobile has set out its plan for nationwide 5G.

T-Mobile spent $8 billion on low-band 600 MHz spectrum and has a plan to put it to use efficiently. Some of it will be used to expand and strengthen the operator’s existing LTE network, but a portion will be used to deliver ‘truly’ nationwide 5G coverage from coast-to-coast.

“5G will be amazing, and we can’t even imagine...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Research warns of price hikes for customers on basic broadband deals

A report from Citizens Advice, a UK network of independent charities, argues that people on the cheapest basic broadband deals are hit with an average price rise of £113 per year once their deal ends – with many unware they face an increase in cost.

The study found more than a third (35%) of broadband customers do not realise that they could face price hikes by staying on the same contract with their provider after their initial deal ends.

For customers who stay on the same contract for four years...

By Telecoms, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers.

Reliance Jio boasts the world’s largest RCS deployment – growing faster than Facebook, WhatsApp

RCS, otherwise known as Rich Communication Services, is an emerging standard which aims to replace SMS and allows consumers to communicate with the rich media they’ve come to expect from OTT apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.

The deployment of RCS to Reliance Jio’s customers is part of the ‘Jio4GVoice’ service and surpassed 100 million subscribers within 170 days. This rapid uptake created a world record to reach this milestone; growing faster than any of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Mobile.

One in three contract consumers in the UK will be SIM-only by end of 2017, says CCS Insight

In its recently published latest operator forecast report, market research firm CCS Insight says that more than one third of contract consumers (34%) will be on a SIM-only deal by the end of 2017 in the UK. This represents solid growth compared with 27% at the start of 2017 for a concept that is still relatively new for the consumers in the country who are still habituated to buying a subsidised two-year handset deal.

Over the coming years, SIM-only penetration is said to rise steadily and will account for...

By Telecoms, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

Ofcom seeks cheaper broadband by increasing competition with lower wholesale prices

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom hopes new wholesale price cuts for superfast broadband services will lead to cheaper access for consumers.

The regulator will improve the wholesale pricing of high-speed services from national broadband network Openreach. New technology investments from BT, such as G.Fast, will not be capped at this point as Ofcom believes the caps elsewhere should be sufficient to protect competition and protect consumers from higher prices.

Jonathan Oxley, Ofcom’s...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Networks, OpenFlow, Regulation.

Microsoft provided ‘information’ to authorities following the London terror attack

Following the London terror attack, Microsoft provided information to police within 30 minutes of the company receiving a legal request.

It goes against calls from UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd this week that authorities need to be able to bypass encryption. Creating deliberate backdoors will leave software vulnerable to malicious parties, and is open to potential abuse...

By Ryan Daws, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Surveillance.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s “unacceptable” authorities can’t bypass encryption

The debate over whether authorities should have the means to bypass encryption under the ruse of national security has been reignited after UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s “completely unacceptable” the government cannot easily access communications.

Critics will note government calls to expand intrusive surveillance measures often follow terrorist attacks like the tragic events in London which resulted in five deaths and over twenty injured last week after ISIS fanatic...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Government, Privacy, Surveillance.