GTC Bring FTTH Broadband to New Homes in London and High Wycombe

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Utility infrastructure provider GTC has announced that their 300Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband network is being deployed across two new build developments in London and High Wycombe, which should benefit 445 homes. The new contracts are with Lendlease, for a development of 333 homes at Glasshouse Gardens in Stratford (London), and with Taylor Wimpey for…

Virgin Media Tops 4.69 Million Broadband Users and Extends 300Mbps

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Cable Internet and TV provider Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has published their results for Q4 2015 and revealed that they added +69,100 broadband users in the quarter to make for a total of 4,694,900 (up from the +55,500 added in Q3 2015). The new 300Mbps service will also be extended to “Home Workers“. On top…

Whoopsie – BT Openreach Advert Claims UK Invented the Internet

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Most people with IT knowledge know that the Internet stemmed from a 1960’s project in the United States (ARPANET), but apparently nobody told BTOpenreach (you know.. that company responsible for phone and Internet services) after one of their adverts hailed the UK as the “country that invented the internet“. Oops. In fairness it could perhaps…

Telecoms Gripes Created 8.3 Million UK Consumer Complaints in 2015

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According to the annual ‘Consumer Action Monitor’ report from Ombudsman Services, which is one of two Ofcom approved dispute resolution handlers for broadband and phone providers, some 16% (up from 15% in 2014) of all the 52 million consumer complaints made last year related to telecoms services. Overall telecoms remains the second most complained about…

Porn site age check plans reviewed

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A public consultation over plans to implement age checks on pornography websites is launched by the UK government. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

New UK Law to Force Age Verification on Internet Porn Sites

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The government has launched a new consultation on proposals that would require “all” pornographic Internet content providers (e.g. websites) to introduce Age Verification Systems, with the hope being that this would prevent vulnerable children from accessing potentially damaging material. But children will probably find a way around it. The Government claims that their new “legal…

Lasers should be ‘classed as weapon’

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Laser pointers should be classed as “offensive weapons”, the British Airline Pilots Association says, after a Virgin plane was forced to turn back after a beam hit the cockpit. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Stephen Fry explains Twitter departure

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Bafta show host Stephen Fry confirms he has left Twitter in the wake of his “bag lady” comments during the show, saying “the fun is over”. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Ordnance Survey releases Mars map

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The UK’s mapping agency Ordnance Survey has released an easy-to-read map of terrain from the planet Mars online. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Three UK Trial “Home Mobile Broadband” Service in Northern Ireland

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Mobile operator Three UK has announced that consumers in Northern Ireland will be the first to trial their new “Home Mobile Broadband” service, which really just sounds like a normal 3G / 4G data tariff with a bigger usage allowance (up to 40 GigaBytes). The new product, which is also being described as a “home…

Phones ‘eavesdropped’ via simple bug

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Security researchers have shown how it is possible to eavesdrop on conversations and make premium calls on someone else’s line via a software bug. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology