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    months free BT broadband deal As for all BT Broadband customers they will also be able to receive BT Sport for free this means that they can then watch plenty of live Premier League football along with many other sporting events exclusive on BT Sport With Channel 5 due to be sold in May this deal from BT could have a couple of alternative motives for Richard Desmond s Northern Shell company It may be that BT could be looking at maybe purchasing the TV channel and that BT are the preferred bidder or it could be a clever ploy to help put up a bidding war for the TV channel between BT BSkyB as these are the 2 most likely suitors who are reportedly after it Filed under News Offers Tags 6 months free broadband 6 months free BT Broadband BT Broadband BT Broadband offer Channel 5 Daily Express Daily Star Author Mark 11 35 am Comments 0 February 27 2014 250m rural broadband fund dished out The 250 million extra funding by the government for superfast broadband in rural areas has finally been divvied up between England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland The extra 250m which was announced by the government last year is on top of the 1 2 billion already to be given out by the Broadband Delivery UK BDUK project which was set up to fund the roll out of superfast broadband to more rural areas that the likes of BT Virgin Media themselves wouldn t roll out too on their own because of it not being financially viable to do so The 250m is to be split up as follows England 184 34m Scotland 20 99m Wales 12 11m Northern Ireland 7 24m The extra funding is being spent to help make sure that the government meets their target of reaching 95 of UK homes with superfast broadband by 2017 Superfast broadband is classed as broadband that works at 24Mb or above A further fund of 10m has also been set up to look at connecting the final 5 with other technologies that the standard fibre optic network isn t suitable for This fund is due to open on the 17th March 2014 for any potential technologies that can be piloted via this scheme Maria Miller the Culture Secretary said Superfast broadband will benefit everyone whether they need it at work or to do to homework or simply to download music or films thousands of homes and businesses now have access and it s helping people with everyday tasks We want to make sure that Britain is one of the best countries in the world for broadband and with this extra 250m that we are investing we will help ensure communities around the UK aren t left behind in a digital slow lane In previous reports and studies the government believe that for every 1 invested in the BDUK scheme that 20 will be delivered back to the UK economy by 2014 Along with this there is also expected to be many tens of thousands of new jobs created because of this in rural areas Filed under Fibre broadband News Tags BDUK Rural broadband 250m rural broadband fund Author Mark 11 02 am Comments 0 February 20 2014 Newcastle to become Super Connected City in 150m scheme Newcastle is to become one of the first super connected cities in the UK with the benefits to the area s economy set to be boosted by 150m by becoming so Newcastle City Council are to use government money to help with their Go Digital Newcastle scheme that will aim to have 97 of the city able to access superfast fibre optic broadband by Summer 2015 Around 9 million of public funds are to be used with BT investing 1 89m the Council investing 970 000 plus 970 000 from the Government s Broadband Delivery UK BDUK Other funds come from the Governments Super Connected Cities Programme Along with the availability of superfast broadband there will also be free wi fi provided in the city centre and also on the Metro also businesses can claim vouchers worth up to 3 000 to help them get connected too For more details about the scheme visit www godigitalnewcastle co uk Filed under News Tags Newcastle superfast broadband Super Connected cities Author Mark 11 03 am Comments 0 February 18 2014 Go Ape invest 30 000 in faster broadband Go Ape the tree top adventure company has had to shell out 30 000 to bring superfast fibre optic broadband to their new offices The company has moved to the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds which is close to its original base however due to the fact that the network infrastructure in that area was out dated it means that they had to invest 30 000 into bringing faster broadband to the offices which their boss says will help create 100 jobs this year Mr Mayhew the Go Ape boss also feared that rural locations may lose out on new jobs with fast growing companies moving into cities where they can have faster internet connections already there ready for them rather than keeping in their rural locations where extra investment such as what Go Ape have had to do will be required He said It is an incredible frustration and it really holds back the rural economy It funnels all the job creation into Cambridge and Norwich jobs that would otherwise be spread more evenly Go Ape managed to get the faster broadband for 30 000 this is substantially lower than the 105 000 that they were quoted from one broadband provider Filed under News Tags Fibre optic broadband Go Ape private investment in fibre optic broadband Author Mark 11 05 am Comments 0 January 31 2014 BT s profits up as Superfast broadband live sports bring customers BT has reported an increase in profits and sales for the last quarter of 2013 BT reported pre tax profits of 617m on

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  • Offers
    host and they have signed Robin Van Persie Rio Ferdinand and Gareth Bale as some of the faces to help advertise the channel Sky have recently launched a new advert with David Beckham to advertise their Sports channels which shows him at home and on the move in studios and a cafe and being able to watch Sky Sports on the go wherever he is Filed under Home Broadband News Offers Tags BT Broadband BT Broadband free BT Sport BT Sport Free BT Sport Author Mark 11 56 am Comments 0 May 15 2013 Unlimited Tesco broadband for 2 per month Tesco have launched a 2 per month unlimited broadband deal with inclusive evening and weekend calls however it does require Tesco line rental which is an extra 14 90 per month but as an added bonus Tesco Clubcard points can be earned for every 1 spent The Tesco Unlimited broadband for 2 is available to order online now The Unlimited part however is subject to a fair usage policy which basically boils down to providing users don t regularly exceed 100Gb usage per month then they will have no problems Tesco broadband is available on either a 12 month contract or a 30 day rolling contract the 12 month contract has free set up plus a free wireless router while there is a 40 setup cost for the 30 day contract After 12 months the cost goes up by 4 to be 6 per month for the broadband There is also the Tesco Broadband with Inclusive Anytime calls package which is available for 6 50 a month for 12 months before reverting back to 10 50 per month plus the 14 90 line rental per month For anyone thinking of signing up for the Tesco Broadband offer they should be sure to quote the discount code 4OFF Even better news comes for those who have Tesco Mobiles is that they can take a further 2 per month off their bill meaning that they can get the Unlimited broadband for free for 12 months and just have to pay for line rental the simply need to be sure to quote the Tesco Broadband discount code MOBFREE4 when they are signing up Filed under News Offers Author Mark 11 13 am Comments 0 April 18 2013 6 months free broadband from John Lewis when buying tablets phones or smart TVs John Lewis are going to try and get a larger portion of the UK broadband market by offering customers who buy internet enabled devices from them 6 months free broadband The offer will require customers to sign up for a 12 month broadband contract with John Lewis Broadband www johnlewis com and also transfer phone line to them and then 6 months of the contract will include the free broadband Currently the cheapest John Lewis broadband contract available is for their Standard broadband package which offers up to 16Mb speeds and 20GB monthly usage and costs 11 per month line rental at 13 50 per month This deal would save customers 66 on their broadband The Unlimited Broadband package again offers up to 16Mb speeds but with Unlimited monthly usage and costs 18 per month 13 50 per month line rental With this package customers would be saving 108 off the cost of their broadband In effect customers could work it out that they can get a free device from John Lewis if they do take up the offer as currently the Amazon Kindle is available for 69 and would be covered by the cost of the savings possible that said other devices are also available such as tablets laptops mobiles and Smart TVs depending on what customers are after buying Any customers who do buy an internet enabled device from John Lewis will have 12 months to sign up for their 6 months free broadband providing they keep hold of their receipt and the deal will be running for at least a year from John Lewis John Lewis broadband is supplied by Plusnet which has a huge reputation in the broadband industry for quality service Plusnet themselves are owned by BT Filed under Offers Tags 6 month sfree broadband John Lewis broadband John Lewis broadband 6 months free johnlewisbroadband com Author Mark 11 02 am Comments 0 March 13 2013 1 years Half price broadband from Plusnet Plusnet broadband are offering new customers half price broadband for a full year if they sign up to a broadband and phone package by the 11th April 2013 The 1 month offer started on the 12th March 2013 and will run until the 11th April 2013 and only customers who order their service between these dates will be able to take up the half price offer The makes the Plusnet Essentials Broadband and calls package cost just 2 99 per month from 5 99 for 12 months plus the standard 13 99 monthly line rental More savings can be made for customers who pay for their 12 months line rental upfront as it then works out the equivalent of 10 49 per month This means that customers can take out the 12 month essentials broadband and calls package which offers 10Gb monthly usage with up to 16Mb speeds free wireless router free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines for a total of 161 76 The same package taken by paying line rental monthly and not in the half price offer period would costs 239 76 so a huge 76 more for the year The Unlimited broadband and calls package is down to 4 99 per month for 12 months and comes with unlimited broadband usage and speeds up to 16Mb the Essentials Fibre Broadband and calls is half price to 7 99 for 6 months with 40GB monthly usage and up to 38Mb speeds the Unlimited Fibre broadband and calls is down to 9 99 for 6 months and offers unlimited monthly usage and up to 76Mb speeds Customers are able to

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  • Satellite broadband
    be able to offer satellite broadband with up to 10Mb broadband speeds The satellite called Hylas 1 will be launched on Friday and then due to be operational in the first quarter of 2011 Once operational Hylas 1 is expected to to provide satellite broadband internet access for 350 000 broadband users across Europe at any one time with broadband speeds between 2Mb 10Mb Broadband packages will cost around 25 per month The satellite could deliver broadband speeds up to 200Mb but initially the speed limit will be limited to just 10Mb Currently around a quarter of the capacity of the Hylas 1 has been pre booked showing that it is popular and is likely to expand further in the future Satellite broadband could be the ideal way for many people living in remote and rural areas that struggle to get any sort of decent broadband connection to have access to a fast and reliable broadband connection it will certainly help with the governments target of getting the whole of the UK covered with a universal 2Mb broadband connection Next year the Hylas 2 satellite is due to be launched this will be even bigger than the Hylas 1 satellite and provide 8 280MHz of bandwidth compared to the 3 000MHz that is offered by the Hylas 1 satellite Filed under Satellite broadband Tags Avanti Avanti Communications broadband satellite Satellite broadband Author Mark 1 06 pm Comments 1 August 9 2010 Inmarsat to launch 50Mb Satellite broadband that can be used on planes Inmarsat who are a UK satellite broadband provider have signed a contract with Boeing that will see them get three 702HP Ka band satellites which will be able to deliver broadband speeds of up to 50Mb The main target use for these services are for people on cruise ships and airplanes and it will change the way that people are able to access the internet when on the move especially when on flights The three new satellites will be used to make up the new Inmarsat 5 I 5 constellation and will be used to support the next generation global service called Global Xpress The cost of the three new satellites and the development of the Golbal Xpress service will be about 750m 1 2 bn over 4 and a half years However within 5 years of the Global Xpress being launched Inmarsat are aiming to be taking in around 500m per year in Ka band revenues The aim is for the Global Xpress services being available using these satellites during 2014 Andrew Sukawaty the chairman and chief executive of Inmarsat said This is a new investment for growth With the Global Xpress network we will be the first operator to offer global broadband coverage offering unparalleled speeds and bandwidth to customers in remote locations around the world Global Xpress will be faster and less expensive than current Ku band market offerings it will be delivered to smaller and cheaper terminals and be the first offered on

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  • Wireless Internet
    to a few Mb per second The Stansted to London route is not the first route that National Express have installed the Moovbox on to with other services in Bournemouth Southampton and Gloucester having it installed already Dave Palmer from Icomera said With this Wi Fi deployment National Express has once again demonstrated their commitment to meeting the expectations of today s business and leisure travellers With millions of new Wi Fi enabled smartphones and tablet PCs being purchased every month the demand for reliable internet connectivity on the move is growing exponentially We are delighted to be supporting innovative customers like National Express in getting customers onboard and online This is great to see from companies such as National Express embracing technology and how important it is to allow customers even greater access to the internet on more parts of their journey With more and more smartphones and internet ready devices being sold we will hopefully see more and more companies embrace free wireless internet for customers Filed under Wireless Internet Tags National Express National Express free wi fi National Express offer free wireless internet Author Mark 9 54 am Comments 1 January 24 2011 Sky could be Cloudy with a chance of free WiFi Hotspots Sky Broadband are reportedly looking to buy The Cloud so that they can enter the UK public WiFi hotspot market and rival competitor BT The Cloud has around 22 ooo WiFi access points across Europe and allows users to connect to a public WiFi hotspot away from the home Sky Broadband will most likely be looking to offer their customers free access to the WiFi hotspots when they take out a broadband package in much the same way that BT currently does with their customers BT has around 2 million UK free hotspots available to BT Broadband customers via it s BT FON and BT Openzone networks and recent reports also suggest that Virgin Media were looking to roll out their own free WiFi network The Cloud has deals in place with companies such as McDonalds Little Chef and Marriott hotels and claim to connect 3 million laptops and smartphones each month to its network and deliver over 100 million network minutes every month with an average download speed of over 3 5Mb An announcement is expected on Thursday about the deal when BSkyB announce it s latest earnings Filed under Wireless Internet Tags Free Sky broadband WiFi Free WiFi Free WiFiHotspots Sky Broadband Sky to buy The Cloud Sky WiFi Hotspots The Cloud Author Mark 3 38 pm Comments 1 November 22 2010 3 MiFi Human Internet Hotspots Human Hotspots are to hit the streets over the next few weeks in various UK locations as part of an advertising campaign by 3 Mobile The Human Hotspots will be offering free access to mobile Wi Fi also known as MiFi The 3 Mobile MiFi connection will be available to people who are in an area where one of the Human Hotspots are located They should be relatively easy to spot as they will be dressed all in white although with snow forecast towards the end of the week then maybe they won t be so easy to spot What MiFi does is share out a wireless internet connection through a battery powered wireless portable router which then allows other internet enabled devices to connect to it such as laptops or smartphones Matthew Halfin from Three Mobile said People are now using mobile internet as part of their everyday lifestyle and we think it s important that we re able to support our customers by providing them with reliable and fast connectivity for wherever they want to go online Three s 3G network was designed for the mobile internet so we can give people the very best online experience with their mobile gadgets This will be particularly important over the Christmas period as a third of people head online with their new mobile toys The reason 3 are launching this latest campaign is because they did a survey and found that people are in need of reliable and strong 3G connections which is what they feel the 3 MiFi device is able to offer customers The top 10 places that 3 Mobile s research said people use their mobile gadgets were as follows In the living room 72 In the bedroom 48 At Work 29 On public transport 24 On the toilet 14 Walking 14 In the bathroom 12 In the garden 11 At a bar club 9 While shopping 8 The Human Hotpsots will be in the following locations over the coming weeks London Friday Nov 19 Cardiff Friday Nov 26 Bristol Saturday Nov 27 Nottingham Saturday Dec 4 and Newcastle Saturday Dec 11 Filed under Mobile Broadband Wireless Internet Tags 3 MiFi 3 Mobile 3 mobile Human Hotspot Human Hotpots MiFi Three Three mobile broadband Author Mark 12 41 pm Comments 0 November 9 2010 BT Wireless network hits 2 million UK Hotspots BT s wireless hotspot network has reached an impressive 2 million WiFi hotspots making it the largest of it s kind in the UK With the demand for wireless internet access growing at a very fast rate due to the popularity of devices such as smartphones laptops iPods and e readers it has helped spur BT on to extend their wireless network In the last 6 months alone they have added more than 780 000 hotspots BT Total Broadband customers are able to access this wireless network unlimited and for free as part of their broadband package The whole wireless network is made up with BT FON customers and BT Openzone Many well known brands across the UK offer the access at their premises such as Hilton Hotels Starbucks and British Airways to name a few The breakdown of how the wireless network is made up is that there are around 1 95 million BT FON hotspots which are public hotspots that are sent by BT customers Home Hubs

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  • 2014 August
    pleased today to be able to announce the next phase of this programme which shows how more and more communities are set to benefit By the time Superfast Cymru is completed in 2016 Wales will be one of the most connected countries in the world It is a huge undertaking with 3 000 green roadside cabinets to be installed and around 17 500kms of optical fibre cable to be laid The Superfast Cymru programme has been funded by the Welsh Government the UK Government and the European Union to the tune of 205 million On top of this BT is investing a further 220 million into helping rollout fibre 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 Search for Blogroll Broadband News Broadband Speed Test Mobile Broadband Categories Broadband Bundles Broadband Speeds Business Broadband Fibre broadband Gaming Home Broadband IPTV Mobile Broadband News Offers Satellite broadband Wireless Internet Archives August 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April

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  • 2014 May
    fibre broadband router was not true However the ASA ruled in favour that EE s Brightbox 2 did beat BT s Home Hub 5 when it came to self installation routers as although the Home Hub 5 did have self install technology it had not been enabled unlike the Brightbox 2 where it had been Filed under Home Broadband Tags ASA Complain Britain s most reliable broadband Broadband complaints BT EE Author Mark 10 46 am Comments 0 May 7 2014 Virgin Media launch Quad Play bundles Virgin Media have launched a Quad Play bundle that combines broadband TV landline and SIM only mobile deal that Virgin claim can save families over 300 a year versus the nearest comparable service from Sky ad the next best value SIM from any mobile operator The Big Bang bundle will offer 100Mb broadband together with TiVo and home phone talk plan for just 30 per month adding the mobile sim is just a further 5 on top The Big Kahuna bundle is available for 45 per month and offers Virgin Media s fastest broadband of up to 152Mb broadband speeds TiVo which has over 230 TV channels and every BT Sport channel and a home phone service Again the mobile SIM can be added for just 5 per month more and offers 250Mb of data unlimited texts and minutes Both of these deals are on 18 month contracts and do have line rental charges too that need to be added on which is 15 99 per month which takes the Big Bang quad play service come in at 50 99 per month and the Big Kahuna deal come in at 65 99 The chief operating officer at Virgin Media Dana Strong said Our fantastic new bundles deliver unprecedented value as standard For the

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  • 2014 April
    cities also chosen where they will roll out to as well in due course Filed under Fibre broadband Tags CityFibre Fibre optic broadband York Sky Broadband TalkTalk York Author Mark 8 40 am Comments 0 Ofcom to look into BT fibre wholesale prices Ofcom are to look into if BT need to reduce the price of their wholesale superfast fibre optic broadband prices after claims that they were charging rivals too much for use of their network In May last year TalkTalk complained to Ofcom that BT were abusing their dominant position when setting prices for wholesale fibre optic broadband and now a report in the Financial Times claims that the communications regulator will launch a consultation into the price s of BT s wholesale fibre optic pricing which is to be done before the end of May Redburn Partners who are an equities partner told the Financial Times that We think Ofcom s margin squeeze test could reduce BT wholesale fibre prices by at least 2 per month initially with ongoing monitoring potentially leading to further cuts BT are naturally not going to be pleased with Ofcom doing their investigation especially if it does result in Ofcom agreeing with TalkTalk s complaints and making BT Openreach reduce the wholesale prices if charges competitors for access to its fibre network Filed under News Tags BT Openreach Fibre optic wholesale prices Ofcom Author Mark 8 17 am Comments 0 April 2 2014 BT in monopoly position over rural broadband contracts BT have been left in a monopoly position over the rollout of rural broadband across the country that has been part funded by 1 2 billion of public funds according to a report by the Public Accounts Committee PAC The Broadband Delivery UK BDUK scheme was set up by the government to help fund the rollout of fibre optic broadband to rural areas where it was not financially viable for BT Virgin Media or other providers to roll out to with just their own money The 1 2 billion BDUK pot of money to help with the roll out to these rural areas has in effect just been sent in the direction of BT as they are the only provider to have won any contracts The report by PAC initially raised concerns over the way the contracts were being awarded back in 2013 at this point 26 contracts for BDUK schemes had been awarded to BT since then the other 18 contracts that have been put out to tender have also gone in the direction of BT too Initially there were nine suppliers who were looking to bid for the BDUK funds but most of these dropped out and left the only real remaining one as Fujitsu however they themselves had pretty much given up too which left BT to clear up all the contracts Another issue is the secrecy surrounding the contracts BT stipulated that there was non discloser agreements in place so councils could not talk to each other

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  • 2014 March
    for speeds they may never get Broadband providers need to give customers the right information and take responsibility for resolving problems Which have set up a petition at which co uk bbspeed for people to sign if they agree with their campaign Filed under Broadband Speeds Tags broadband speed guaranteed Broadband Speeds Which broadband Author Mark 12 34 pm Comments 0 March 18 2014 BT launch 6 months free broadband offer with Daily Express Daily Star BT has agreed a 2 week advertising deal with the company that owns the Daily Star Daily Express Channel 5 and will see their readers be offered 6 months free BT Broadband Richard Desmond s Northern Shell company own the Daily Express Daily Star and Channel 5 and it is in these that BT will be featuring with their offers for the next 2 weeks We are likely to see ads pull outs and sponsored content in both the papers and on Channel 5 Yesterday saw the launch of the campaign on Channel 5 and a 4 page advertising feature of the free broadband offer in the Daily Express along with a front page advert on the front of the Daily Express Daily Star The special BT Broadband offer will entitle readers to BT Totally Unlimited free for 6 months and then 16 per month thereafter on an 18 month contract Readers of the papers will have an 0800 number to call to register for the offer or they can do so via the BT com website where they are able to enter an exclusive reader offer code to claim the special 6 months free BT broadband deal As for all BT Broadband customers they will also be able to receive BT Sport for free this means that they can then watch plenty of live Premier League football along with many other sporting events exclusive on BT Sport With Channel 5 due to be sold in May this deal from BT could have a couple of alternative motives for Richard Desmond s Northern Shell company It may be that BT could be looking at maybe purchasing the TV channel and that BT are the preferred bidder or it could be a clever ploy to help put up a bidding war for the TV channel between BT BSkyB as these are the 2 most likely suitors who are reportedly after it Filed under News Offers Tags 6 months free broadband 6 months free BT Broadband BT Broadband BT Broadband offer Channel 5 Daily Express Daily Star Author Mark 11 35 am Comments 0 March 13 2014 UK broadband best of the EU Top 5 countries The UK has now passed 4 of the major EU competitors when it comes to broadband according to Ofcom Ofcom claim that the UK is now ahead of Germany France Italy and Spain to make it the best of the Big 5 EU nations and in ninth overall in Europe The study from Ofcom looks at a range of things

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