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Competition for York

Earlier this April, TalkTalk and Sky revealed their plan to form a coalition with CityFibre to build an ultra-fast broadband network in the city of York. The aim is to utilise CityFibre’s existing metro fibre infrastructure to deliver fibre-to-the-premises to tens of thousands of homes and business across York. Whilst ultra-fast broadband can be provided in certain areas of the UK,...

1 · MAY ·20140

Is the Internet Code of Practice a good idea?

The topic of net neutrality has been hot in the press in recent years and more so in the past few; not only have there been legislations put in place to block illegal websites, such as pirate bay. But, last week saw the release of a new voluntary Open Internet Code of Practice (OICP); its presence is designed to tackle...

1 · AUG ·20120

Pirate Bay Blockade: The latest tussle between record labels and the internet

TalkTalk confirmed this week that they have officially joined the ‘Pirate Bay Blockade’, becoming the fifth ISP do to so (along with SKY, Virgin Media and O2) following an April High Court hearing which ordered ISP’s to block the infamous bit torrent website. BT are expected to follow suit imminently. The Pirate Bay Blockade represents the latest attempt by record labels...

14 · JUN ·20121

7 GB is the amount of data used by British broadband users according to Ofcom

According to the most recent Ofcom research, we are seeing much heavier use of the Internet. Strange to think that only five years ago the majority of Britain’s would watch analogue TV, listen to analogue radios and buy or rent DVDs. Now it appears that we tune in to news websites (BBC, Sky), use cloud based music systems (iTunes, Spotify) and...

9 · NOV ·20110

Telecoms market ripe for further M&A activity

The telecoms market has witnessed a sizable proliferation in mergers and acquisitions over the last couple of years. The acquisition of BE by O2, and Cable and Wirelesses’ buy out of Bulldog remain the most prominent in my mind. But among others we’ve also seen big players like Tiscali and Easynet be bought out by Carphone Warehouse and Sky respectively,...

31 · AUG ·20100

100 Mb/s Britain. The emperor has no clothes

There has been much discussion recently about the best way of ensuring that 100 Mb/s of broadband can be delivered to two thirds of UK homes by 2017. When BT announced that it was working with OFCOM to facilitate this, the Conservative party announced that it would make BT break up and divert BBC license revenue to make it...

15 · MAR ·20100