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Superfast broadband “must be available to all”

Europe’s largest engineering and technology organisation, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), has warned that the UK government must provide universal access to super-fast broadband for all people in the UK, as usage continues to grow across all age groups.

Ofcom moves to block mid-contract price hikes in UK

UK regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation into methods of protecting consumers from mid-contract price increases for fixed, broadband and mobile services. The consultation comes on the heels of a review in which Ofcom studied more than 1,600 consumer complaints in a six-month period about changes in tariffs for what consumers believed were fixed-price contracts.

UK broadband gets budget boost

Twelve cities in the UK will receive additional funding for superfast broadband following an autumn budget update. UK Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that 12 smaller cities would benefit from a funding pot of £50m, in addition to the 10 cities that were added earlier in the year.

UK rural broadband aid approved by EU

Rural areas in the UK will soon receive a ‘superfast’ broadband boost after the UK government received approval to pump £530m into its Broadband Development UK (BDUK) upgrade scheme.

UK to split broadband pot among 10 cities

Ten UK cities have been allocated a share of a £114m (US$185 million) government investment to deploy city-wide broadband networks. London will receive the largest share, £25m, while Leeds and Bradford will share £14.4m. Belfast will receive £13.7m and Manchester £12m.

EC calls on operators to share unlicensed spectrum more efficiently

The European Commission (EC) has called on mobile operators in the region to share radio spectrum more effectively. The authority said that national spectrum regulation does not efficiently utilise spectrum or allow licensees to make use of new technical possibilities, leaving mobile and broadband users at risk of poor service as demand for data continues to grow.

UK passes 2m super-fast broadband lines in service

The UK had passed the major milestone of 2mn active subscriptions to super-fast broadband services by the beginning of June, meaning that 10% of the country’s broadband lines are now capable of delivering speeds over 25 Mbps, according to a new report from UK research firm Point Topic.

UK government’s broadband strategy attacked by Lords’ report

The UK government is taking the wrong approach to delivering broadband across the UK, according to a report from a House of Lords committee. The report from the Select Committee on Communications claims that the governments current approach favours speed over coverage, and runs the risk that large parts of the UK run the will be left with inadequate connectivity.

Google’s Fiber City project goes live in Kansas City

Google has launched its long awaited Google Fiber project in Kansas City, offering a broadband service that it says is 100 times faster the average speed currently available in the US. It has also launched an interactive TV service dubbed Google Fiber TV.

UK voice in decline but SMS stays strong in the face of OTT competition

Telecom revenues in the UK market declined in 2011 for the third consecutive year, although mobile retail revenues rose for the first time since 2008. And, while 44 per cent of British adults have now embraced over the top messaging services such as WhatsApp and the messaging applications within social networking services, SMS remains the most popular form of communication for mobile users in the UK. These are some of the headline findings from UK regulator Ofcom’s Communications Market Report 2012.

Kroes’ plans to boost European fibre investment stirs controversy

The European Digital technology commissioner Neelie Kroes has outlined details of the policies she will put in place to ensure that investments continue to be made in broadband infrastructure in Europe. In her speech in Brussels Kroes said: “I want all industry players to receive the signal loud and clear – that they can invest profitably in the future connectivity of Europe, and compete on the basis of their investment.”

O2 UK: “We will run out of spectrum by 2014”

Mobile operator O2 UK has revealed that it expects to run out of spectrum on its macro cell layer around 2014. Speaking at a round table briefing hosted by the Small Cells Forum, Telefonica UK’s chief radio engineer Robert Joyce said that, “As we see it, with the increasing demand from tablets and smartphones the macro cell will not be able to cope. We can take the macro cell grid to eight times its current capacity and then we’ll run out of spectrum.”

Mobile operators key to hitting European Digital Agenda targets

The European Digital Agenda targets of having broadband access of a minimum of 30Mbps across Europe by 2020 are attainable, a report by Analysys Mason has claimed. The European Digital Agenda targets set out by European Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes in a 2010 report, are achievable mainly through the efforts of mobile operators, according to the report.

Verizon raises the broadband bar with 300Mbps fibre

Verizon, the US broadband service provider, has launched a new Fibre-to-the Premises package called FiOS Quantum that delivers download speeds of up to 300MBps and 65Mbps for uploads. The company said that the service is the fastest internet service currently available to residential customers in the US. By contrast, speeds from cable providers such as Comcast currently top out at 105Mbps.

Africa sets itself 80 per cent broadband target by 2020

African ministers have set a target of delivering broadband to 80 per cent of the continent’s citizens by 2020. Dina Pule, South Africa’s deputy minister of communications told the delegates of the inaugural ICT Indaba conference, which took place on 4th-7th June in South Africa, that a framework had been created that would position Africa on a trajectory of sustained development through the deployment of broadband connectivity.

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