Andrew Ferguson
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Andrew joined the thinkbroadband team very early on and made his mark as 'Doctor Broadband' helping many users solve broadband problems. He is a widely acknowledged expert on broadband and chairs the ISPA Awards judging panel.

As regular guest on television and radio programmes when broadband news is breaking and author of many of our news articles, Andrew is often seen as the public face of thinkbroadband. Andrew is also the person responsible for our successful tbbMeter bandwidth meter application and recent improvements to our broadband speed test.

Entries by Andrew Ferguson

Staying Safe: To Be (Anonymous) or Not to Be, That Is the Question

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (12:45)

The rise of the internet and social networks has rapidly changed our expectations of privacy and anonymity, and as we've witnessed over the last few years, this has high implications for businesses, governments and individuals.

As a society, we have a plethora of choices. We are able to choose...

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The Superfast and the Furious

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2014 | (16:42)

With another wave of Generation X due to start their first term at university next month, mobile and broadband providers will be aiming to ensure they are offering the best 'student offer' out there. But, with an army of 'digital natives' to appease, they have a tough job on their...

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What the WiFi - Keeping Connected on Public Transport

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (16:18)

We are living in an age where we do almost everything online, from work, communicating with friends (or strangers) and finding love to watching our favourite TV programmes. As such, internet access is available in more public locations than ever before. Rightly or wrongly, you can even get online in...

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Roaming Charges: The End Is Nigh

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (16:57)

This April, MEP's passed legislation that will end roaming charges for using a mobile phone while abroad by December 2015. This means that the cost of making a call or downloading internet data in another EU country will be the same price as at home.

This news will be warmly...

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Football Fever: Will the UK's Broadband Keep Up?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2014 | (16:24)

This month will see international football fever dominate media headline and the social lives of football followers, with millions of us across the globe tuning in to watch one of the world's biggest sporting events.

The excitement is already building, particularly online. Twitter has released a study from GlobalWebIndex showing...

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The Age of the Homeworker: Can You Connect?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2014 | (17:06)

Although broadband allows people to work from home, the majority of us still seem to suffer the daily commute to work.

When I started working from home 12 years ago, I was only receiving a download speed of 2 Mbps and 0.25 Mbps upload, compared to my current download speed...

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The 'Streaming' Battle for Viewers

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2014 | (13:24)

The rise of services like BBC iPlayer, Netflix and NOW TV has created a TV viewing revolution, but it isn't clear yet who the winner will be in this new battle for the viewers' attention.

In my opinion, linear TV, which refers to when the viewer has to watch...

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4K: The New Standard, or Just a Sales Gimmick?

(1) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (16:49)

As 4K television sets are expensive to buy and many early adopters have probably only just purchased a 3D TV set, people are unlikely to be rushing out to buy a new one. So why all the excitement over 4K video? Well, put simply, with a good quality input 4K...

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Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Broadband - Not Always the Speed You Would Expect

(0) Comments | Posted 21 February 2014 | (11:28)

A full fibre optic connection into the home is the future and there is no doubt of that. But with coverage in the UK standing at under 0.1% (FTTH Council Europe 2014 figure) we are a long way from embracing what is seen as the ultimate destination for broadband.

Anyone...

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Getting Online Under the English Channel

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2014 | (10:50)

The recent news that Vodafone and EE are to bring 3G and eventually 4G voice and broadband coverage to trains operating in the Channel Tunnel will be welcomed by the tens of thousands of people using it every day. Business travelers will be looking forward to getting some extra work...

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What Does the New Year Hold for Your Broadband?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 December 2013 | (17:00)

So the festive season is upon us, and for those who work the daily grind of nine to five it is often the only time of the year you are at home for an extended period and really put your broadband connection to the test. Christmas 2012 was really the...

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Did You Know Your Christmas Lights Might be Interfering With Your Broadband?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 December 2013 | (09:22)

Most households will be lit up with a few Christmas lights this week (or perhaps getting carried away with more than a few), and it also happens to be the time of year when we at thinkbroadband see more people moaning about slow broadband.

You might be surprised to learn...

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Can Your Broadband Handle the New Console Generation?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2013 | (13:43)

After months of speculation, the next generation of games consoles is finally upon us, and so far the internet has managed to avoid melting down.

The roll-out of the new PS4 and Xbox One consoles have actually shown that it is not just our own broadband connections that can...

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Does Broadband Make Christmas Shopping Less of a Chore?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (15:34)

With just over a month to go until Christmas, the high streets are filling up with shoppers braving the cold and searching for a perfect gift. Except for the growing number staying home and doing it all online, that is. The latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index revealed that online...

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Are You Stuck in a Broadband Black Hole?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (20:03)

When it comes to playing the lottery, most people understand the chances of their dream win are very slight and will shrug off a loss. With the lottery of broadband speeds in the UK on the other hand, losing out can be much more frustrating.

The issue of actually...

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Thought Your Broadband Was Fast Enough for the Future of TV and Gaming? Think Again!

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (22:26)

It seems we've finally arrived at the digital dream these days, with the ability to catch up with TV whenever we like on Netflix and some exciting next generation gaming consoles on the way full of new features.

Well, that is the digital dream at least. Unfortunately for many of...

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Is This Really the End of Dial-up, and Will We Miss It?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (17:42)

Dial-up internet is dead - that screechy, slow-moving stalwart of the '90s is no more. Or at least that's the impression you'd get from the headlines over the last few weeks.

Actually, dial-up internet is still very much alive and kicking in the UK, despite the news that BT...

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The 4G Buffet - Who Ate All the Good Stuff?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 September 2013 | (12:22)

We've all picked what we thought was the best value restaurant, only to be less impressed by the options once we reach the buffet - and I cannot be the only one suffering the same feeling as we see the 4G tariffs appear.

4G has a lot to offer, and...

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It's Not Just UK Trains That Are Late

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2013 | (12:21)

Between all the talk of broadband projects coming two years late, and many commentators questioning the involvement of BT and whether it's playing fair, the immortal words of Craig Revel Horwood spring to mind - "it's a disaster darling".

A National Audit Office report has been the basis for the...

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Broadband Affordability - Watch Out for the Sneaky Offers

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2013 | (11:14)

With many people feeling the pressure of paying all their monthly bills, the complexity of broadband pricing and the maze of offers available means that there will be confusion behind the real cost of broadband services. People frequently pay over the odds by not shopping around or are taken advantage...

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