Dispelling the myth of 'superfast' broadband

Ofcom recently launched its latest research into UK residential fixed broadband connections, claiming that one in four UK residential fixed broadband connections is “superfast”.

However, Ofcom also admits that the benefits are not shared evenly across the UK, with many people with slow or even no available broadband connection.

Indeed, the UK broadband coverage scene is a frustrating one, and full of broken promises from the major players. BT’s proud boast that they serve 70% of the...

By Roger Boddy, 06 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband.

Ofcom shows Virgin Media is more super slow than “superfast” on upload speed

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, released new research (PDF) today showing average UK broadband speeds across various ISPs. The comprehensive document gives clear insight into the positive direction of infrastructure.

Virgin Media, as expected, led download speeds with their “superfast” fibre offerings averaging above their advertised speeds. When it comes to upload, however, the speed is more super...

By Ryan Daws, 15 April 2014, 6 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Google’s Project Loon: 22 days around the world

Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg took 80 days to get around the world in a balloon – if only he could’ve hitched a ride on Google’s “Project Loon” which took 22 days to make the same trip around our big blue planet we call Earth.

Of course Google’s isn’t manned – nor is it to break records. It is part of an ambitious attempt to bring the internet to the masses via balloon.

We reported on Project Loon...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Google, Industry, Infrastructure.

Ofcom’s “most complained” broadband and Pay TV providers for Q4 2013

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has published its quarterly review of the number of complaints received about broadband and pay TV providers.

In this article we will break-down the results by their designated areas; and see whether the providers have made positive steps towards reducing the amount of complaints across their services at a time where infrastructure is getting hit by increasing...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Operators.

Broadband speeds need further regulation, says Which?

We’ve all experienced less-than-desirable broadband speeds at some point – but what of those of us who are permanently stuck with our Mbps trickling along well-below the advertised rate? Long-standing consumer magazine, Which?, is calling for speeds to be guaranteed.

In fact based on a survey carried out on its behalf; 45% of customers suffer slow download speeds with over half of those experiencing slow speeds frequently or all of the time.

For an age somewhat reliant on constant...

By Ryan Daws, 24 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Government, Infrastructure, Networks.

Virgin Media’s superfast broadband bolts to 152Mbps

In the latest set of free upgrades from the Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media; packages across the board have gained a significant boost. If you’re a current subscriber you’ll also enjoy these enhanced speeds completely gratis (free.)

The award-winning service gained four in 2013 from uSwitch for best broadband innovation, best broadband provider, best WiFi service, and fastest home broadband last year.

With closest rival BT Infinity’s packages topping out at 76Mbps; that last award looks...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure.

Outernet: Making internet access free

In the very near future, next year to be exact, a large-scale project - "Outernet" will go live. Having a similar name with a worldwide system, responsible for the access to web pages, the Outernet will be used for similar purposes. The main difference from the well-known Internet is that the Outernet is positioned as one of the first totally free wireless Wi-Fi  signal, which will be available to any inhabitant of our planet. And the source of the signal, as you might have guessed, is located in the...

By Catherine Merzlova, 17 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure.

Virgin Media provides backhaul for Three’s 4G – Where could it leave Fibre Broadband?

This makes the third article in a week that TelecomsTech has published about UK network Three, and their rapid-push to hopefully rise from the UK’s smallest mobile operator title.

But our coverage is due; on Tuesday we wrote about a new partnership with the UK’s largest network, EE, resulting in the sharing of infrastructure and £1 billion ($1.63 billion) joint investment into the future.

On Wednesday, we wrote about the company’s surprising

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

London’s burning with “fastest ever” broadband

In a partnership between Alcatel-Lucent and BT, speeds of 1.4 terabits per second were recorded during their joint testing on a 410km (255 mile) link between BT’s Tower in Central London and Ipswich.

Whilst it may be some time before consumers get to see the fruits of the companies’ efforts; it marks a breakthrough moment for ISPs.

Only yesterday, TelecomsTech reported on LTE-Advanced speeds...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

2014: The year of emerging market connectivity, open access and smart cities

It is traditional for analysts to end a given year with an assessment of the major trends in that year and predict what the next year will be like. This year we thought we’d do a bit of that ourselves and update you on some of the things you can expect from us in the coming months.

Broadband and politics, unhealthy bedfellows

Probably the most significant news of 2013 in the broadband space will remain as the partial collapse of the Australian NBN. A highly political project from the start, its...

By Benoît FELTEN, 17 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

NETRA is the Indian NSA’s PRISM equivalent

If you thought the United States’ NSA (National Security Agency) was the only government agency with intrusive spying measures – you’d be wrong. Perhaps not wanting to run into the same kind of fire the US has; the Indian intelligence agencies appear to be more open about their efforts.

The project, known as NETRA (Network Traffic Analysis), will detect and capture any voice traffic which could be linked...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, India, Infrastructure, Security.

Strand Consult: 2014 annus horribilis for telecom regulation

Amid the talk of IT growth in 2014, here’s a grim prediction for the coming year: Strand Consult predicts this year to be an “annus horribilis” for the telecom regulation industry.

In its yearly mobile telecom roundup note, the analyst firm has called out Europe as the problem area compared to the “strong leadership” of the US, adding that privacy, data protection and net neutrality...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

AT&T sends mixed messages with 1Gbps FTTH service

Kamalini Ganguly, Senior Analyst, Industry, Communications, and Broadband

AT&T has launched a variation of its U-verse service – U-verse with GigaPower – in Austin, Texas. It includes a 300Mbps FTTH broadband service which AT&T claims will be automatically upgraded to 1Gbps in a few months’ time. AT&T’s efforts to offer 1Gbps FTTH broadband to the consumer are laudatory but likely to confuse its customers and shareholders. If 1Gbps is the future, what is the future of...

By Ovum Research, 19 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators.

Why radio can beat fibre in broadband delivery

The Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative has been widely covered in the media in recent months. BT was chosen by the government to deliver UK-wide superfast connectivity via fibre optic cables, but it has transpired that the initiative will leave 10% of the country completely without superfast Internet access.

One of the reasons for this is that fibre isn’t always a commercially viable solution for Internet connectivity in rural areas because of the complexity and cost involved in fibre...

By Dave Pinnington, 03 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic.

Laziness in IPv6 uptake may cost Britain the internet!

Whilst a slightly over-dramatic headline, British deployment of the new IPv6 is lagging behind the rest of the world in the transition from existing IPv4 systems – which may hamper the ability to offer innovative services.

A study, commissioned by UK regulator Ofcom, says: “The UK is lagging behind other areas of the world in relation to the transition to IPv6 and continuing reliance on the existing IPv4 system of addresses.”

The most common way of looking at IP addresses - is as a...

By Ryan Daws, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

DC Comics' The Flash breaks wireless transmission record!

By “The Flash”, we actually mean researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany; but it’s certainly quick-as-a-flash speeds in which they’ve broken the wireless transmission record!

Cable-based telecommunication networks require massive investment; which doesn’t always even reach as far as many would like.

This leaves many rural areas with limited to no access. Through the use of broadband data transmission via radio relay links; it...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Research, Wireless.

Mobile operators included in superfast broadband talks

For the first time; executives from EE, Vodafone, and Three will take part in discussions alongside fixed cable providers about the rollout of superfast broadband to parts of the country either not covered; or with limited access.

As part of its superfast broadband coverage plans; the government announced back in June of this year that it will be putting aside £250m in the hopes that 95 percent of UK premises will have access to superfast broadband by 2017.

The funding is alongside the controversial £520m...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Ofcom's (White) Space is home for Microsoft, Google, and others' projects

A new trial in the UK is to be launched by regulator Ofcom; with notable participation by technology giants Google and Microsoft. The aim is to utilise “White Space” (unused spectrum) for testing mobile broadband and sensors to monitor cities and traffic... and for offering free WiFi.

In total, around 20 organisations will be taking part in the trial – each with various goals.

For example, BT and white space technology start up Neul will work with the Department for Transport to test the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

Demistifying Wireless LAN: Configuration, standards and security

By Muhammad Farqan

Wired local-area networks (LANs) have been the foundation of enterprise networks for years. They still are today. However, wireless local-area networks (WLANs) have strongly emerged as the means to extend the wired network to mobile devices. If you have been into networking, you very likely have set up a wireless local-area network at home or work.

In order to set up a functional wireless network, usually minimal configuration is needed. Many of the details of wireless theory get overlooked due to this...

By InfoSec Institute, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Satellite, Wireless.

Let’s play broadband Monopoly: BT Edition

As one of the largest telecommunication groups in the world, British Telecom (BT) is always going to be under the microscope for any signs of monopoly in the industry.

And earlier this week, a report by the Commons public accounts committee highlighted BT as holding an unfair advantage in the rollout of superfast rural broadband - due to government mismanagement.

The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.