Month: January 2016

2 Years On – Lace Hill’s Wait for Faster Broadband in Buckinghamshire

A large build of new homes on the outskirts of Buckingham (England) is still struggling to be recognised as needing faster broadband via the state aid fuelled Connected Counties project, which is because the local authority and BT were unable to identify its existence.. even though it’s kind of hard to miss. A few years …

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VIDEO: £1m ransomware demand for council

Lincolnshire County Council’s computer systems have been closed for four days after being hit by computer malware demanding a £1m ransom. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Three UK Scraps Legacy Mobile Tariffs – Forces Pricey Upgrade

Customers of Three UK are livid this week after the mobile operator began warning them that their old, cheaper and more flexible legacy tariffs would be coming to an end. In some cases the outcome represents a massive price hike, which has resulted in the operator’s #MakeItRight slogan being mocked. It’s understood that hundreds of …

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Facebook bans private gun adverts

Private individuals will no longer be allowed to advertise guns on Facebook and Instagram after the sites announced rule changes. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Three defends mobile ‘price hike’

Mobile network Three has defended its decision to end a popular “all you can eat” phone contract, offering an automatic upgrade to a more expensive plan. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Council hit by £1m ‘malware’ demand

Lincolnshire County Council’s computer systems are closed for four days after being hit by computer malware demanding a £1m ransom. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Drones in near misses at UK airports

Drones were recently involved in four serious near misses at UK airports, the UK Air Proximity Board says, as pilot associations call for tighter regulations for drone users. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Facebook decision angers developers

Facebook’s decision to close its mobile app developer platform Parse sparks anger in the tech community. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

BDUK Extends UK Rural Broadband Subsidy Scheme to Wireless ISP

In an interesting development the Government appears to have extended its £60m 2Mbps for all rural broadband (USC) subsidy scheme to include fixed wireless ISP Quickline in Lincolnshire (England), which is big change from the initial focus on Satellite based solutions. The scheme was officially established at the end of 2015 (here) and focused upon …

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Spam text programmer spared jail

A computer expert avoids jail after being convicted of helping send millions of spam messages. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

BT Continues to Play Musical Chairs as Wholesale CEO Nigel Stagg Exits

BT’s seemingly endless merry-go-round of senior managerial changes has continued today with the surprise news that Nigel Stagg, CEO of BTWholesale, is to step down from the UK telecoms giant after 36 long years of service. A successor will apparently be “announced in due course“. Stagg is a familiar name for BT and indeed over …

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HSBC online banking is ‘attacked’

HSBC says it “‘successfully defended” an attack on its online banking service but services are affected on a key day for many people’s personal finances. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Ofcom UK Probes Mobile Operator EE Over Billing Concerns

The UK telecoms regulator has launched a preliminary investigation to established whether or not mobile operator EE, which is imminently about to become a part of the BT Group, has once again broken its rules by failing to accurately bill their customers. It’s fair to say that EE hasn’t yet recovered from last year’s rough …

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EE UK Delivers the Fastest Mobile Broadband at London’s Airports

Perhaps unsurprisingly EE has once again been shown to deliver the fastest Mobile Broadband (3G and 4G) Internet speeds at all three of London’s main airports – Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) and London City (LCY). The latest results stem from a series of recently published performance studies from RootMetrics (here, here and here), which sadly …

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Sky Broadband Top 5.9 Million Internet Subs, Preps Sky Q for February

Sky UK has today published the company’s latest results to the end of 2015 (calendar), which reveals that the total number of Sky Broadband subscribers in the UK and Ireland increased by +144K in the quarter to total 5.89 million (better than the +133k added in Q3). The operator is now focused on the launch …

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uSwitch’s 2016 Broadband Awards Praise Virgin Media and PlusNet

The annual uSwitch.com Broadband Awards 2015 were held last night and suffice to say that two ISPs dominated the evening more than most, Virgin Media and Plusnet. Both providers managed to sweep a bunch of gongs in different categories, although Virgin clearly picked up the most. As usual the winners were picked by using a …

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