UK Broadband

The Need for Speed in the App Economy

Miguel Milano | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Tech
Miguel Milano

Currently, to meet our need for 'bandwidth-on-the-go,' 3G is available to some of us. But those of us that have access have all had our share of '3G buffering purgatory' while we wait for videos, documents and especially for applications to download...

WATCH: John Oliver Vs America's Cable Companies

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Comedy

In which 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' tackles the issue of net neutrality - or rather, America's hugely powerful cable companies trying to avo...

The Age of the Homeworker: Can You Connect?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

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 of 20 Mbps, alongside a 6 Mbps upload connection. How times have changed. Home working can be a challenge, but thanks to the rise in social media, it's easier to avoid the problem of isolation that can easily creep up on people.

This Street In Wales Has The UK's Slowest Broadband

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Tech

A street in Wales and another in Essex have been declared the slowest in the UK for broadband speeds in a new report. The research, which was carri...

Businesses 'Driven By Greed' Says Top Labour Spokesman

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics

Labour frontbencher Stephen Timms has accused businesses of being "driven by greed" and warned that unethical practises were "the natural way that cap...

Is Slow Broadband Making Kids Stupid?

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Tech

Children's education is being hit by poor broadband connections in rural areas, according to a new report. One in five families reliant on the inte...

Virgin Offers Home Broadband Speeds of 152 Mbps But Rural Britain Languishes in Slow Lane

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

British households increasingly crave broadband connections that can cope with their huge demand for the web at peak times of day, when everyone's at home and trying to stream their favourite TV shows, download films for the next day's commute, surf the internet for homework, or Skype friends and family.

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

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

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.

Government's Online Start-ups Push Is Admission of Broadband Postcode Lottery

Mike Foreman | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

For small businesses to thrive it is vital they get off the ground quickly. So it makes perfect sense that as part of this initiative the government is committed to a package of measures worth £1.1 billion aimed at stimulating entrepreneurial growth.

Cameron Creates Web Filter 'Whitelist' After Much-Mocked Launch

Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Tech

The UK government is reportedly building a "whitelist" of legitimate websites to be exempted from its much-criticised web filter. Internet service ...

Getting Online Under the English Channel

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

The pace of change for internet connectivity and developments like finally getting an affordable connection under the English Channel is to be welcomed, but all of us who travel need to learn the new 21st Century etiquette needed to avoid being that annoying person who is shouting into their phone.

Race Is on to Move Britain Into the Broadband Fast Lane

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

Let's face it, broadband speeds have always been a postcode lottery, condemning users to whatever speeds are available within their area. But our home broadband needs have greatly evolved since the days of dial-up, and broadband is now seen as the fourth utility.

S Korea's Internet Is So Fast It Will Make You Weep

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

You might think we live in a country at the forefront of modern technology but you'd be wrong. Asia are light-years ahead of us particularly in the...

The New Broadband Divide: Why Our Children Need Internet Access

Adrian Thirkill | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Tech
Adrian Thirkill

The teeth-gritting screech of chalk on a blackboard is now confined to dusty archives, and technology in the classroom has evolved in leaps and bounds, enabling a rich, diverse, engaging learning experience for pupils. Schools, though, are only responsible for our children for around six hours a day.

Rural Broadband To Gain From New £10 Million Fund - But Is It Enough?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

People living in the most remote parts of Britain will be lifted from the digital slow lane after a £10 million fund was launched to bring them high-...

What Does the New Year Hold for Your Broadband?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

Another big development for broadband is the continued rollout of 4G mobile broadband. The problem for early adaptors has been that while 4G has the speed to watch a movie in decent quality while on the bus, the price of usage allowance packages means it can only be done once a month or so.

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

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

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.

Can Your Broadband Handle the New Console Generation?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

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 be a problem, but the farms of servers that operate the PS Plus and Xbox Live networks.

Official Internet Access Stats Are Grim, But the Real Picture is Grimmer

Jeh Kazimi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jeh Kazimi

The sad reality is that digital isolation affects many more than 7 million adults. Two years ago, if you asked my mum (who is in her 70s) if she was online, she would have answered yes - because she had a computer and she'd used the internet. But I can assure you she wasn't because, at that time, she needed me to sit beside her just to make a Skype call.

Does Broadband Make Christmas Shopping Less of a Chore?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

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.

Are You Stuck in a Broadband Black Hole?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

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.

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

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

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.

No One Has a Clue What They Pay for Mobile and Broadband

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

If you pay your monthly bills by direct debit, chances are you'll be guilty of rarely (to never!) checking how much leaves your account each month. You just pay it. And that means you probably haven't the foggiest whether you're paying for what you actually use.

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

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

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.

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

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

4G has a lot to offer, and we are constantly reminded that the UK is behind on its roll-out, with the promise that it will eventually be available to more of us than 3G. As things stand, EE has had a head start on the other providers, but Vodafone and O2 have joined the exclusive club with their own new deals.