UK Broadband

Giving a Leg-up to London's Start-ups with Super-fast Broadband

Duncan Higgins | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

In Tech City we've heard stories of companies choosing to deliver videos by jumping on a bicycle rather than uploading it via their broadband connection. MPs have joked about carrier pigeons being faster than the internet. It's high time things changed.

Cheap Broadband 'Deals' Offer Less Than You Think for More Than You Realise

Dan Howdle | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Howdle

Most broadband deals are subject to restrictions on what you can and can't do with your connection at 'peak' times. Providers call it 'traffic management'. Customers call it 'throttling'. I'll leave it to your discretion which term you think best applies.

1.3m UK Homes will Never get Fibre Broadband

Dan Howdle | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Howdle

There are 1.3m homes and businesses right here in the UK, right now, that will never get fit-for-purpose broadband by traditional means.

Which comes First: the Heating or the Internet?

Stuart Rock | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Stuart Rock

Fast broadband means that the location of a business can now be more of a lifestyle choice. Geography simply no longer is a constraint. Today, according to the FSB, half of all Scottish businesses are home-based, for example, sustaining nearly one in five private sector jobs in Scotland.

Why Super-Fast Broadband Matters

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

I seem to find it impossible to turn on the TV at the moment without seeing an advert for super-fast broadband. The move to a faster Internet has been a priority for successive UK Government's, as well as other countries around the world. So, why is so much effort - and money - being invested in this infrastructure?

Hold the Line - Consumers Paying Over the Odds for Digital Bundles

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

There are a million and one things to consider when moving house including ordering a phone line and a broadband connection. However, I strongly recommend waiting to ensure you get the right deal for you and don't end up paying more than is necessary.

You Won't Believe How Much I Downloaded This Month

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Tech

We have a problem, and it's only getting worse. This problem happens almost every day and stops you doing things from making calls, sending emails to ...

The Search for Telecoms Solutions for the Developing World

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

It's no secret that the demand for telecoms in India and other parts of the developing world is accelerating fast. According to the International Tele...

The Death of the Fixed Landline Phone Call

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

UK telecoms companies are about to increase their fixed-line phone charges. Ten years ago this would have led to the technological equivalent of riots in the streets. It would have been front page news. But today? Nope. Hardly a squeak.

Higher Speeds Will Not Provide Us With Better Broadband

Dave Page | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Tech
Dave Page

Today we have come to a fork in the road in our journey towards perfect internet connections. Speed, once our facilitator, our enabler, our 'Make It Happen' man, does not help us as it once did. As a tech nut, I plumped for a 40Mbps broadband package for my home. But the truth is, my wife, two children and I could not use it all even if we simultaneously binged on high spec online content.

Quarter Of All People 'Don't Know Their Phone Number'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Tech

If you have broadband, you probably have a landline because we still live in a world where monthly £16 'line rental' fees are an inexplicable thing. ...

Someone Is Stealing Your WiFi

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Tech

New research has revealed that a staggering one in three people in the UK have admitted to stealing their neighbour's WiFi. What you may find even ...

WiFi Is About To Go Into Overdrive

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Tech

WiFi is about to go into overdrive. Samsung says its developing a new type of WiFi which is up to five times as fast as current tech. The South Kor...

Net Neutrality - Why It Is Destined to Collapse

Cyrus Moore | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Cyrus Moore

Net neutrality rules are associated with the founding principles of internet regulation. They stipulate that telecom operators should not favour internet traffic from specific content providers... As a regulatory policy net neutrality is now unsustainable.

Satellite Broadband Finally Opens Up the Internet to Me

Mark Wilson | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Wilson

A few weeks ago I complained bitterly about my atrocious internet connection. The impact of a deathly slow and unnervingly unstable connection is hard to overstate. Tension and frustration chez Wilson reached boiling point.

'Sorry Your Broadband Doesn't Work, That'll Be £190 Please'

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

Thousands of people are finding themselves locked into unsuitable contracts or hit by cancellation fees when they try to switch, mid-contract, in order to get a better service... Frankly, if you're not getting the service you signed up for, why on earth should you keep paying for it?

What the WiFi - Keeping Connected on Public Transport

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

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.

The Need for Speed in the App Economy

Miguel Milano | Posted 25.08.2014 | 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.