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  • Superfast Cymru Project
    optic broadband to areas in Wales that were not covered by its own commercial rollout Filed under Fibre broadband Tags Superfast Cymru Project Author Mark 10 42 am Comments 0 January 9 2014 100 000 homes in Wales able to get superfast broadband 100 000 homes and businesses in Wales can now access superfast fibre optic broadband as the Superfast Cymru Project continues to help with the funding of the next generation broadband The Superfast Cymru Project is the scheme that the UK Government have put 57m in to to help fund the deployment and roll out of fibre optic broadband to areas of Wales where BT and Virgin Media themselves wouldn t have covered by themselves It is much the same as the BDUK Project Broadband Delivery UK that has a large pot of money that is being used to help with rolling out superfast broadband across the UK What is usually required for funding to be given to an area is for the local council and also BT to also dip into their pockets to help fund the rollout to the specified areas The original target had been for 100 000 homes and businesses to have been connected by the end of 2013 so with us only being 9 days over that target we don t think that was a bad estimate The longer term target now is to reach 96 of homes and businesses in Wales by the end of 2015 and in total it should see around an extra 690 000 properties able to connect to superfast broadband that would have been left without otherwise The Culture Secretary Maria Miller said It s brilliant news that more than 100 000 Welsh homes and businesses are already gaining real social and commercial advantages as a result of

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  • Broadband Bundles
    Essentials or Pro broadband or home phone services can now get free connection with it The free connection offer is worth a saving of 29 99 and is available to online customers if they join up before the end of July The Essentials package from TalkTalk offers up to 24Mb broadband download speeds with 40Gb monthly data transfer it also comes with a free wireless G router and free technical customer support when you ring from you TalkTalk line The phone part of the Essentials package offer unlimited calls to UK landlines at evenings and weekend The Essentials package costs 6 99 plus a line rental of 11 49 which comes to a total of 18 48 per month on an 18 month minimum contract The TalkTalk Pro also offer up to 24Mb broadband but with unlimited download fair use policy applies and a free wireless N router and free technical customer support when you ring from you TalkTalk line The Pro phone part offers unlimited calls to UK landlines anytime and calls to mobiles for 7p per min flat rate call connection TalkTalk Pro costs 14 99 plus line rental at 11 49 so a total of 26 48 per month on an 18 month contract On top of this TalkTalk also offer a 30 day no quibble trial for customers before they have to commit to the 18 month contract Filed under Broadband Bundles Home Broadband Tags Talk Talk free connection offer TalkTalk TalkTalk broadband Author Mark 1 54 pm Comments 0 April 13 2010 3 months free on BT Broadband and Calls bundles BT Broadband are offering 3 months free on all services in it s broadband and calls bundles The offer which is only available online Visit www bt com will allow customers who choose the Talk and Surf Plus Talk and Surf Unlimited Talk Surf and Watch Plus or the Talk Surf and Watch Unlimited bundles to get the first 3 months of each of the services calls internet and TV for free while only having to pay for the line rental at a cost of 11 54 per month Talk and Surf Plus 19 99 per month Unlimited UK anytimes calls Up to 20Mb broadband with 10GB usage Talk and Surf Unlimited 27 99 per month Unlimited UK anytime calls Up to 20Mb broadband with 1Unlimited usage fair use policy applies Talk Surf and Watch Plus 33 99 per month Unlimited UK anytime calls Up to 20Mb broadband with 10GB usage Vision box with freeview access 4 viewing packs 45 one off Vision box fee Talk Surf and Watch Unlimited 48 99 per month Unlimited UK anytime calls Up to 20Mb broadband with 1Unlimited usage fair use policy applies Vision box with freeview access 6 viewing packs 45 one off Vision box fee All the above bundles also come with a free BT Home Hub These BT bundle 3 months free offers are only available online until 31st May 2010 and only available to new customers who sign up for an 18 month contract Anyone taking out the Talk Surf and Watch Unlimited could make a huge saving of 146 97 Filed under Broadband Bundles Home Broadband Tags 3 months free 3 months free broadband BT broadband and calls bundle BT Bundles Author Mark 8 10 am Comments 0 March 18 2010 Virgin Media V HD Box at no monthly fee Virgin Media are to make watching HD TV channels available at no monthly fee for customers As from Monday 22nd March both new and existing Virgin Media TV customers will be able to get the new V HD box for a one off cost of 49 plus installation costs 35 and then this will be all they pay There will be no on going monthly subscription charges to receive HD channels To be eligible though customers need to be on the M TV tier or above to be able to receive the V HD Box Customers will not own their own box the ownership will be retained by Virgin Media this however means that should anything go wrong with the V HD Box then Virgin Media will come to fix it and there will be no charges to the customer for warranties or have to pay expensive call out fees or replacement or repair fees on the box Cindy Rose Virgin Media s executive directory of digital entertainment said We want to make the best High Definition TV available to more people at affordable prices and without the additional monthly subscription fee If you really love telly you ll probably want our V HD box because then you can then record programmes on up to two channels while simultaneously watching another Our new V HD Box is ideal for anyone who wants to experience the power of HD without the extra monthly fee We think our superb range of TV content gives our customers a real choice and makes Virgin Media the best value TV offering available Virgin Media customers who are on the XL TV package can receive even more HD channels which includes National Grographic HD LIVING HD MTV HD and ESPN HD which will mean that Premier League football can be watched in HD too Also HD channels soon to launch with Virgin Media include I TV Eurosport Discovery SCI FI E4 and Film4 Filed under Broadband Bundles Tags No monthly fee High Definition TV V HD Box Virgin Media HD TV Virgin Media V HD Box Author Ruth 9 58 am Comments 0 March 16 2010 Free 50 M S voucher for new Sky broadband customers New subscribers to Sky TV will receive a 50 M S voucher in a short term offer if they join Sky online The offer is available to new Sky TV subscribers sky com or those who take out a Sky TV bundle with broadband and or telephone Sky have a regular offer of a 25 M S voucher available to new subscribers but

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  • Broadband Speeds
    years now is that the UK should start to rise quite ell up the global broadband speed test charts as the continued fibre optic broadband rollout across the UK continues and with more and more consumers switching to fibre the average speeds for the UK should also continue to rise Filed under Broadband Speeds News Tags Akamai Average broadband speeds broadband speed test State Of The Internet Author Mark 1 54 pm Comments 0 April 16 2013 2Gb Fibre broadband launched in Tokyo A 2Gb fibre broadband service has gone live in Tokyo for a lucky few who live close to So net Entertainment a Japanese ISP who are part owned 58 2 by Sony Not only will the 2Gb service offer fibre broadband download speeds most of us can only dream of but the upload speeds will also be a massive 1Gb too The service is called light Nuro and used a Gigabit capable Passive Optics Networks GPON fibre network and is available for 33 per month which is the same price as BT charge for their Unlimited BT Infinity 1 package with line rental which offers speeds up to 38Mb As much as we can look on and be envious of the 2Gb fibre broadband the users who can get it won t be able to make much use of the full benefit of it at present due to limitations with their home computers systems networks and wireless Filed under Broadband Speeds Fibre broadband Tags 2Gb broadband 2Gb fibre broadband Fibre broadbanf Author Mark 1 58 pm Comments 0 April 9 2013 EE to double 4G mobile broadband speeds EE Everything Everywhere www EE co uk the 4G or 4GEE as they like to brand it themselves mobile broadband provider is set to double the speeds of their mobile broadband this summer in ten cities across the UK The increase in mobile broadband speed would see the current average of 8 12Mb in cities be doubled to be around 20Mb which would be available for both new and existing customers with the headline speed up to a whopping 80Mb The ten cities set to get the 4G speed increase are Birmingham Bristol Cardiff Edinburgh Glasgow Leeds Liverpool London Manchester and Sheffield EE who are the company that runs the now merged Orange T Mobile are aiming to have 1 million 4G customers by the end of 2013 and with more and more areas getting access to the 4G services there will be plenty of new customers who will be looking to switch to the faster mobile broadband Currently 4GEE from EE is available in 50 UK towns and cities including Amersham Barnsley Belfast Bingley Birmingham Bolton Bradford Bristol Cardiff Chelmsford Chorley Coventry Derby Doncaster Dudley Edinburgh Glasgow Harpenden Hemel Hempstead Hull Leeds Leicester Lichfield Liverpool London Loughborough Luton Maidenhead Manchester Newbury Newcastle Newport Nottingham Preston Reading Rotherham Sheffield Shipley Slough Southampton Southend on Sea St Albans Stockport Sunderland Sutton Coldfield Telford Walsall Watford West Bromwich and Wolverhampton By June they hope this figure to have reached 80 locations which should be around 55 of the UK population by the end of 2014 they hope to have reached 98 of the UK with 4GEE The way consumers use data on 4G devices has changed from standard 3G phones according to EE they say that 24 of all traffic now is for video which is significantly more than on 3G It is because of things like this and consumers demand for data that EE are future proofing themselves as they estimate that data traffic will grow by as much as 750 by 2016 with an increase of 505 by the end of 2013 alone Filed under Broadband Speeds Mobile Broadband News Tags 4GEE 4GEE mobile broadband speeds doubled 4GEE speeds doubled 80Mb 4G broadband EE EE coverage EE double 4G speeds ee mobile broadband EE to double 4G mobile broadband speeds Author Mark 3 10 pm Comments 0 4 out of 5 claim internet speed not fast enough for their internet needs Findings from a recent poll found that 4 out of 5 internet users said that their internet speed was not fast enough for their current internet needs The poll which was run on the speed test site www broadbandspeedtest co uk had 485 respondents with 81 of them 394 saying that their internet speed was not fast enough while just 19 91 said that their interent speed was fast enough for their current internet needs However as was pointed out the results might not really paint an accurate picture of the general view of users feelings for their interenet speed test as many of the visitors to the broadbandspeedtest co uk website are from users who may be experiencing problems with their broadband speed and as such will be naturally voting No on the poll It was only a basic poll that was run and didn t delve deeper into what broadband speed each respondent actually had to gauge the feeling on what broadband speed users felt happy and at what speed users weren t happy Filed under Broadband Speeds Tags 4 out of 5 claim internet speed not fast enough for their internet needs Internet speeds Author Mark 12 39 pm Comments 0 January 29 2013 Broadband fastest at 4am and slowest at 9pm The fastest time to use your broadband is 4am with the slowest time being 9pm according to figures from a recent study The study done by uSwitch com collected results from broadband speed test s done over a 6 month period on their site which accounted for over 2 3 million speed test being performed to get the results What they found was that the fastest broadband speeds were recorded at 4am when there are less people using the internet with speeds dropping over 28 compared to the slowest time of the day to use the internet at 9pm in the evening According to the survey the UK s biggest towns and cities

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  • Business Broadband
    employees will hope their boss isn t that computer savvy and doesn t block the websites where people can watch online such as the BBC iPlayer Eclipse Internet offer home and business broadband which includes fibre broadband which starts at 39 95 per month Filed under Business Broadband Tags Eclipse Internet Over Half of workers plan to watch World Cup online Watch World Cup online Watching England World Cup football online Watching World Cup in work time could affect businesses Author Ruth 11 08 am Comments 0 March 16 2010 Eclipse Internet increase usage limits Eclipse Internet have boosted the download limits on its broadband packages and doubled what customers are able to use on both it s home and business broadband packages The Home Select broadband package is perhaps the one that has been given the biggest boost with monthly usage being upped from 10Gb per month to 50Gb It also offers up to 24Mb broadband speeds and a free router for a cost of 19 95 per month and is aimed at the general internet user The Home Pro broadband package has also seen a big increase in data usage limits jumping from 50Gb up to 100Gb and also having free overnight usage between 11pm and 9am This comes with a free wireless router and also free evening and weekend phone calls to UK landlines at a cost of 29 95 per month plus again providing ADSL2 has been enabled customers can receive up to 24Mb broadband speeds The business broadband packages see the Home Office Broadband having usage upped to 10Gb for 14 95 per month the Business Bronze Broadband getting 50GB usage for 19 95 per month and the Business Silver Broadband getting 100GB usage for 29 95 per month All these packages also receive unmetered usage between 11pm and 9am The Busienss Gold Broadband package has stayed the same as this already offers true unlimited NO fair usage policy for 49 95 per month all business broadband package prices ex VAT Here at BroadbandWatchdog co uk we always much prefer broadband providers who make their monthly usage clear and don t hind behind fair usage policys like so many do Eclipse Internet are one of the broadband providers who do make it clear how much usage you will receive and in the case of their Unlimited broadband it is truly unlimited with no restrictions or fair use policies put in place over it Filed under Business Broadband Home Broadband Tags Eclipse Broadband Eclipse increase usage limits Eclipse Internet Increased broadband usage limits for Eclipse Internet customers No fair usage policy Author Mark 11 41 am Comments 0 March 15 2010 Businesses would move premises for faster broadband A study done by the FSB Federation of Small Businesses has found that some businesses would consider moving premises for a better broadband connection and that 8Mb should be the minimum broadband srpeed business should receive The study found that from the 1 300 small business that were

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  • Gaming
    keep the details under wraps for the time being Watch this space for more details In real terms what we are expecting is that those who get a Sony PS4 will be entitled to a gamer specific broadband deal that maybe has a slight reduction but will be focussed to gamers and as such will mean that online games will play with little disruption However the majority of PS4 users will already have a broadband connection or may not be in an area that has Virgin Media available they need not worry though as the PS4 will still work on their current broadband connections Filed under Gaming News Tags gaming broadband PS4 broadband Sony Playstation 4 Sony Playstation 4 broadband deal Sony PS4 sign up Virgin Media for special broadband deal Virgin Media gamers broadband Virgin Media PS4 deal Author Mark 12 32 pm Comments 0 August 23 2010 Demon launch Gaming Broadband deal Demon Internet are launching a gamers broadband deal that will give online gamers a better online gaming experience The new Gamer Broadband is called Demon Game Pro and it offers a very low latency gaming connection which means that gaming traffic is prioritised and users will have improved ping times along with 24 x 7 UK based support The Demon Game Pro package offers up to 20Mb broadband speeds with 1Mb upload there are no usage restriction sin off peak times and 100Gb usage allowance for peak times between 8am 11pm The traffic gets prioritised with users also receiving a free wireless router and a free static IP Address To mark the launch of their Gaming broadband deal Demon are offering it at a special launch price of 21 99 per month or if users just want to test it then a 3 month contract can

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  • Home Broadband
    Virgin Media and Sky may have come away triumphant suggesting their customers are the most content but British broadband though considered the fourth utility is by no means perfect with speed service and cost still top concerns for bill payers Filed under Home Broadband News Tags Broadband awards uswitch uswitch awards 2014 uswitch broadband awards Author Mark 11 44 am Comments 1 January 21 2014 Vodafone and Sky to join up to challenge BT s Broadband power Vodafone and Sky are apparently in talks about joining up as partners in the hope that they can compete with BT in the broadband market There has been no official announcement and no comments made from Vodafone or BSkyB about the rumour of this happening but according to The Sunday Times paid subscription needed there have been some senior sources commenting on it and saying that it would be unlikely that the two firms would look to build a nationwide fibre network due to the cost involved BT are investing heavily in their own fibre optic network with up to 3 billion being spent to roll out their network across much of the UK along with extra money from the government s BDUK Broadband Delivery UK scheme and local councils too It is believed the discussions between BSkyB and Vodafone were along the lines of deals being struck on Sky s sports and movie channels and joining up for a high speed broadband service too although no confirmation or comment has been made by either company BSkyB will most definitely be thinking of ways to compete with BT In November of last year 1 5 billion was wiped off the value of BSkyB shares after BT won the exclusive rights to show Champions League football from 2015 for 3 years at a cost of around 900 million for the 3 years previously Sky ITV had shared the rights for the previous 3 years at a cost of 400 million which goes to show how much BT are flexing their muscles and how serious they are about breaking the live sporting power for Sky BT is certainly getting into the Sports TV scene in a big way already this year they have won the rights to screen 38 live Premier League football games and also won exclusive rights to a number of other sporting events Filed under Home Broadband Tags Sky and Vodafone to join up Vodafone and Sky broadband Author Mark 11 39 am Comments 0 EE Brightbox broadband router security risk EE is to push out a security update to its home broadband users after a researcher managed to find a security problem with EE routers that allowed him to remote access people s routers and gather more important and sensitive information The problem affects EE customers who have the Brightbox 1 or 2 routers which is likely to be any EE customer who has signed up to them since early 2012 or for older customers who may have upgraded their router to one of the Brightbox routers Scott Helme was the person who discovered the security issue before writing up about the security flaw on his blog What he discovered is that if he could get the WiFi password of one of the routers then he was able to access much more sensitive information such as the EE account holders account password which he believed would give him enough information to get as far as cancelling a customer s broadband In his blog post Mr Helme said It became apparent that the device leaks access to all kinds of sensitive data to clients on the network and there s also the possibility to exploit this remotely It discloses the password of the EE account holder so I can call EE and pass account security leaving me in a position to go as far as cancelling someone else s broadband package altogether In this blog I m going to cover the various weaknesses present in the EE BrightBox and demonstrate how they can be exploited According to the BBC who have also ran the story they estimate that there will be around 350 000 EE customers who will be affected and be in need of the upgrade which EE say will be sent out automatically by the end of the month The best thing for EE customers who have a Brightbox 1 or 2 to do is to make sure that they don t give out their WiFi password and to be very vigilant that they don t get caught out by a phishing attack getting them to hand over any personal information or passwords Filed under Home Broadband Tags Brightbox security risk EE EE Broadband EE Router security risk Scott Helme Author Mark 10 14 am Comments 0 December 11 2013 2016 UK Broadband estimates dropped by 8 There will be around 2 million fewer homes with fixed line broadband connections by the end of 2016 according to updated estimates by broadband research company Point Topic Point Topic have updated their estimates as to how many fixed line broadband connections they expect there to be by the end of 2016 and dropped the figure by 8 Originally they has estimated just short of 26 million homes however this recent study now suggests that it will be closer to 23 88 million The reason for the drop in estimates is because those who currently do not have broadband are a harder market to get them to take up the service if they already don t have it the majority of people who want or will take it already have done persuading the remaining users who don t have broadband to switch to it or to even take it up is a much harder task What is perhaps slightly more interesting is the estimate number of fibre broadband FTTx lines is actually 12 lower than originally estimated Point Topic now thinks there will be 9 4 million fibre optic lines by the end

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  • IPTV
    the new deals now and be ready for the start of the new Premier League season which kicks off on 14th August However BT are likely to lose money on everyone who signs up for this now as Sky pulled a cheeky move in increasing it s retail price by 3 per month for Sky Sports to it s customers this is linked to the wholesale price that the likes of BT and Virgin Media pay Sky so these prices to BT will also go up by 3 per month up from 10 63 per month to 13 42 for a single Sky Sports channel and the pair of channels raising from 17 14 per month to 19 07 Sky were reportedly planning on increasing it s prices anyway due to having an increased coverage of Premier League matches this season up from 92 last season to 115 that it will show this season Filed under IPTV Tags BT Vision Cheapest package to watch Sky Sports Prices for Sky Sports with BT Vision Sky Sports price increase Watch Sky Sports 1 and 2 online Watch Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 online Author Mark 9 05 am Comments 0 June 28 2010 BT Vision add Sky Sports 1 2 to viewing channels BT Vision customers will now be able to watch Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 after a deal between BT and BSkyB will see the wholesale supply of the channels BT Vision is BT s broadband based TV service IPTV and will be able to offer subscribers the two Sky Sports channels from the 1st August with sign ups for them being taken in early July This comes just in time for the new Premier League football season which is due to kick off on August 14th The Chief Executive of BT Retail Gavin Patterson said We are delighted to have reached this milestone which means that we can be certain of offering Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to our customers before the football season kicks off We know our customers will be keen to sign up for the two channels There is currently no pricing for how much it will cost to take up these channels with BT Vision but they will be announced soon For a basic BT Vision subscription it costs 7 50 per month for BT Broadband customers Filed under Home Broadband IPTV Tags BT Vision BT Vision and Sky Sports IPTV Watch Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 online Author Mark 1 14 pm Comments 0 June 18 2010 Watch England v Algeria World Cup Game online with broadband This evening England take on Algeria in their second game of the group stages of the World Cup with fans able to watch the action online For those who want to watch the game online via their broadband connection they can do by going to the ITV Live website where the game will be streamed live online The England

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  • Mobile Broadband
    the auction and the winners according to Ofcom All monies are due to be paid today for the winning spectrums Winning bidder Spectrum won Base price Everything Everywhere Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz and 2 x 35 MHz of 2 6 GHz 588 876 000 Hutchison 3G UK Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz 225 000 000 Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd a subsidiary of BT Group plc 2 x 15 MHz of 2 6 GHz and 1 x 20 MHz of 2 6 GHz unpaired 186 476 000 Telefónica UK Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz coverage obligation lot 550 000 000 Vodafone Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz 2 x 20 MHz of 2 6 GHz and 1 x 25 MHz of 2 6 GHz unpaired 790 761 000 Total 2 341 113 000 It is expected that over the next 10 years that the benefits of 4G services are likely to value 20 billion according the estimates from Ofcom and once each winning bidder has been assigned their part of the spectrum and it all being signed off and license fees paid consumers can expect to start seeing 4G internet services from more mobile operators from Spring or early Summer 2013 Filed under Mobile Broadband Tags 4G 4G auction 4G Internet 4G mobile broadband 4G Mobile broadband auction raises just 2 3 billion Author Mark 11 57 am Comments 0 October 30 2012 EE turn on 4G mobile broadband and launch fibre broadband services Everything Everywhere EE today switch on their 4G service in 11 cities across the country today giving them around a 6 month head start on their rivals for being able to offer 4G services EE is the merged company of T Mobile and Orange who already have the largest 3G network due to the 2 companies merging their new 4G service will offer mobile broadband speeds around 5 times faster than 3G can offer and up to 10 times faster is possible and will even be comparable to many users home broadband connection speeds The 4G service on offer will likely average download speeds of between 8Mb 10Mb with the possibility of the best conditions to even reach up to 40Mb speeds with your mobile device Obviously the speed being received can vary and depends largely on what device users are using how close to the 4G mast users are and the number of people on the network The 11 cities where EE 4G will be turned on today are Bristol Birmingham Cardiff Edinburgh Glasgow Leeds Liverpool London Manchester Sheffield and Southampton It is expected that a further 5 cities will also have 4G available to them by Christmas with more cities and rural locations planned for 2013 and 98 of the population to have 4G coverage from EE by the end of 2014 EE are investing 1 5 billion in their network which will expand at a rate of 2 000 square miles every month Olaf Swantee EE CEO said Today is a landmark day for our company the UK mobile industry and most importantly the country s businesses and consumers But this is just the start as our 4G network will continue to grow stronger and wider by the day We re investing 1 5 billion in our network to be the first company to offer mobile 4G in the UK alongside the biggest 3G network Combined with our Fibre Broadband and revolutionary service model we have a pioneering and unique offer to customers across the UK superfast speeds in the home superfast speeds on the move and expert service on nearly every high street in Britain Along with launching the 4G network EE have also launched EE Fibre Broadband too which is available to 11 million people at present via the BT Openreach network New customers can check 4G coverage or buy a 4G device with mobile plan online or from one of the 700 newly re branded EE shops on the high street Filed under Fibre broadband Mobile Broadband Tags 4G 4G mobile broadband EE EE launch 4G EE turn on 4G mobile broadband and launch fibre broadband services Everything Everywhere Author Mark 10 48 am Comments 0 April 2 2012 Ofcom looking to use 600MHz 700MHz bands for mobile broadband Ofcom are suggesting that the 600MHz and 700MHz bands of the spectrum could be used to cope with the increasing demand for mobile broadband in the future A consultation has been started by Ofcom Securing long term benefits from scarce spectrum resources that will look to keep them reserved for mobile broadband needs in the future It is thought that mobile broadband demand could rise 80 fold between 2012 and 2030 in a mid level growth scenario and a huge 300 fold in a high growth scenario just underlining the need to be ready for the extra demand Much of this is due to smartphones and tablet PCs which increasingly use more and more video and data services as technology continues improving The spectrum could also be used for digital terrestrial television DTT emergency services or applications which use white space technology It won t be a quick thing to get the frequency available for mobile broadband use an international agreement needs to be done first with the expected earliest date it could be ready being 2018 Enabling the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband in the UK would require a new international frequency co ordination agreement This could take several years to complete and will depend on the position adopted by other European countries Our current view is that the earliest date this could be achieved is 2018 provided there is sufficient agreement in Europe The consultation can be read at Ofcom org uk and all interested stakeholders have until 7th June 2012 to respond to the consultation Filed under Mobile Broadband Tags 600MHz spectrum 700MHz spectrum future mobile broadband Mobile Broadband mobile broadband demand mobile

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