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UK wants more from Internet Service Providers

Posted by Dan Pope on Mar 11, 2015 4:34:31 PM

With the world becoming increasingly connected it is no surprise that both individuals and businesses are wanting more from their Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In order to keep up with their competitors SMEs are required to update their connectivity solutions on a regular basis, however this is not always possible due to lack of available infrastructure or high-speed Internet services.

Recently, the telecommunications regulatory body Ofcom announced that 1 in 3 broadband connections are now superfast, however this still means that two-thirds of broadband connections across the UK are below the industry standard. Just last week Fluidata reported that London has the slowest average broadband speeds in the UK and that it is considerably behind its European counterparts. Therefore, the fact that Ofcom reported that average UK broadband speeds have increased from 18.7Mb/s in May 2014 to 22.8Mb/s today is not something to be overly excited about, especially as the European average is 36.4Mb/s.

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Topic ISPs Broadband News SLA Internet connectivity OFCOM

When will Gigabit Internet be available in the UK?

Posted by Dan Pope on Feb 4, 2015 2:52:00 PM

For many, the prospect of gigabit Internet speeds in the UK is unrealistic as in certain rural areas even regular broadband connections are not available. However, this has not stopped some of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the world pushing forward with gigabit Internet technology. In fact, in certain areas it is now possible to purchase connectivity products that promise speeds of up to 1Gb; however do these products actually deliver?

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Topic IFNL ISPs Broadband gigabit broadband News

BT vs. Ofcom – The Battle Continues

Posted by Dan Pope on Jan 29, 2015 3:19:37 PM

In our first blog of 2015 Fluidata predicted that the telecommunications regulator Ofcom would become even stricter with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and over the past couple of weeks we have been proved right. During the first month of this year Ofcom has announced that they are investigating a number of issues with the broadband and phone provider BT, including the services they provide their customers, their pay TV offerings, and their bid to take over the mobile network operator EE.

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Topic BT Internet Service Providers mobile network operators Broadband News OFCOM

Ofcom Cracking Down on Broadband Providers

Posted by Dan Pope on Jan 7, 2015 1:12:31 PM

We are only in the first full week of 2015 however there are already a number of reports concerning the telecommunications regulator Ofcom. During 2014 Fluidata published a number of articles discussing Ofcom’s investigations, particularly those into the controversial broadband supplier British Telecoms (BT). However, it seems as though the regulatory body is planning on becoming even stricter this year, meaning that telecommunications companies may soon face harsher regulations.

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Topic BT ISPs Broadband News OFCOM

Ofcom Reveals UK Internet Speeds are ‘Patchy’

Posted by Dan Pope on Dec 15, 2014 3:09:51 PM

Over the past few months there have been numerous calls for Ofcom to investigate the UK’s telecommunications industry as many have claimed that certain companies such as BT are monopolising the market and failing to provide their customers promised connection speeds. However, much to many people’s surprise the industry regulator has claimed that competition in the market is healthy, and that fixed broadband connections are now "almost universally available" throughout the UK.

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Topic BT Broadband Internet speeds News fibre OFCOM

Is BT going Mobile?

Posted by Dan Pope on Dec 3, 2014 11:17:15 AM

Telecommunications giant BT has been in the news a considerable amount recently, especially when it comes to their broadband services. Many are claiming that the company is unfairly monopolising the market while not providing customers promised service levels, which is why they may find it surprising that the company is planning on expanding into the mobile industry.

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Topic BT EE mobile operators Broadband News Telecommunications O2

The Battle between BT and TalkTalk

Posted by Dan Pope on Sep 26, 2014 9:13:31 AM

Improving Internet speeds across the UK is proving to be a longwinded process as certain companies are currently monopolising the market and failing to provide their customers with adequate services. BT in particular has been criticised for providing sub-standard Internet speeds, which is why the regulatory body Ofcom has recently launched an investigation into the ISP.

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Topic BT Broadband Internet speeds News TalkTalk internet

Is this the end of the Landline?

Posted by Dan Pope on Jul 4, 2014 1:00:29 PM

This week the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published their annual report which determines the amount of income and basic necessities needed by households in order to have what they term an ‘adequate standard of living’. The Foundation claim that along with being able to realistically afford food, transport and childcare, households also need a computer and Internet connection in order to live adequately in this day and age.

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Topic dongles landlines Broadband News Internet connections Landline VoIP

The Great Digital Divide

Posted by Dan Pope on Jun 26, 2014 1:11:34 PM

Years ago politicians were concerned with the rich/poor divide in their countries as well as globally, however as technology advanced they became more concerned with what has now been termed the ‘digital divide’. The digital divide is nothing new – in fact scholars have been writing about it ever since the Internet became accessible to a large proportion of the global population. However, the issue of the digital divide is becoming even greater, which is why Fluidata has been focussed on creating solutions. Here, we explain the issue in greater detail:

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Topic Queens Award Broadband digital divide News Service Exchange Platform internet

Broadband Providers facing Investigations

Posted by Dan Pope on Jun 17, 2014 2:48:41 PM

The American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hasn’t been able to avoid the headlines recently as they have been attacked left, right and centre for their policies. Just a few weeks ago Fluidata published a news story discussing how the FCC were being vilified for suggesting that there should be a ‘two-tiered’ Internet system, and now it seems that they are once again under the microscope due to their involvement in the issue of slow broadband download speeds in the US.

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Topic BT Openreach download speeds FCC Leased Lines Broadband News