BT has revealed plans to offer new ultra-fast “on demand” broadband to businesses and homes next year, and will also double the speed of its Infinity service earlier than expected.
“Sign here, please” – we scrawl our name and look shiftily around. We’re in one of Britain’s most secure technology centres. Sky‘s broadband SNS centre is so secret, we’re not allowed to tell you where it is, in case it’s targeted by terrorists. We feel like Jack Bauer, with more child-like handwriting and some crumpled Non-Disclosure paperwork stuffed in our back pocket. Step inside with us, and see what Sky’s so desperate to keep secret. Read more
Ofcom has released its first ever interactive map showing UK broadband speeds and it’s not a pretty picture for most of the country. While 68% of premises have a broadband connection, the average maximum speed is a paltry 7.5Mbit/s.
Casting your eye over the colour coded Ofcom map also reveals that most of us live in areas classed as on the lower end of Ofcom’s performance scale with Wales coming out worst. Read on to discover the best places to live if you crave a speedy connection and where you’re guaranteed to be frustrated…
You’ve probably heard a lot about 4G of late, with blisteringly fast download speeds set to change the way we use our mobiles. Some handsets already on sale are being classified as 4G, but are they worth checking out? Exactly how much faster is it than 3G? And when will we be seeing it rolled out completely in the UK?
We’ve spoken to industry experts for the full lowdown on everything you need to know about 4G, and it’s a mighty exciting prospect, not just for those heavily into their phones, but for those in rural areas in need of some decent broadband. So no matter if you’re a technophile or technophobe, read on to find out just what it means for you after the break.
Virgin Media is bumping up its top broadband speeds from 20Mbps to 30Mbps. The new 30Mbps will replace the existing 20Mbps with a new service called XL, starting from today. The extra speeds will be available for a one off fee of £30, which pays for activation, and a new router that’s bombastically titled the Virgin Media Super Hub.
Virgin won’t be selling you 30Mbps unless you’re in an area that can handle it though: if you’re with Virgin, you should get within a 10% advertised range of the speed you’ve been sold.
Will you upgrade to Virgin Media 30Mbps? Click through to shout out in the comments!
Virgin Media has been rolling out 100MB/s broadband for a while, but are there secretly plans to go beyond it sooner rather than later? Today it announced even more people can enjoy 100MB/s connections, as it expands to parts of Hertfordshire, Merseyside and Wales.
All of which prompted us to check our own fibre optic connection in London. Imagine our surprise then when we saw it clocked in at a whopping 186MB/s. That’s right. Almost twice Virgin’s stated maximum.
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