Normally we fill you in on the week's broadband news in one
tasty snippet on a Friday afternoon, but this week there's so much
going on we're doing a double news wrap! If even faster superfast
broadband doesn't get your attention, the likelihood that mobile
operators will no longer be able to limit the performance of free
voice services like Skype may do. Most of us use services like this
to stay in touch nowadays, so it's an encouraging thought that we
may not experience drops in performance or problems with connection
due to mobile broadband throttling soon. Also, Ofcom has something
up its sleeve that should make your switching experience
BT makes 220Mb Openreach broadband available to ISPs
Hurrah! Superfast broadband is going to get even faster, thanks
to new capabilities from Openreach. The new up to 220Mb FTTP
service is going to replace BT's current up to 110Mb offering, and
make it more affordable for ISPs to offer you ultrafast speeds. The
dream of consistently getting 330Mb broadband speeds is getting
closer to reality.
Not everywhere in the UK has FTTP fibre optic broadband - it's
more common for FTTC connections to be used that limit up to speeds
to 80Mb, because of the use of old copper wiring between the street
cabinet and your home.
According to Broadband Analyst, the new service is now available
for ISPs to add to their current offerings, since 1st June 2013, so
you may see TalkTalk and Plusnet offering you better broadband
speeds and different packages soon.
BT to roll out superfast broadband in rural East Sussex
Living in a rural area is lovely, but it does have some
disadvantages - like waiting behind tractors during the morning
rush and suffering from slow broadband speeds or expensive package
We're delighted that BT will be rolling out superfast broadband
across areas of rural East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, allowing
more people to get online with decent browsing speeds for an
Fibre optic broadband will be made available to 66,500 rural
homes and businesses in the local area, with 96% of premises
covered and receiving download speeds of up to 24Mbps in the next
three years. The remaining 4% will be covered by 2017.
Ofcom is planning a broadband switching shake up
We're proud to have Ofcom approve our postcode checker tool, and
take our accreditation very seriously. So we're pleased to hear
that the telecoms industry regulator is planning a shakeup of
current switching processes in order to make customers' experiences
more consistent across the board.
Ofcom will be announcing the changes this summer, and we are
looking forward to the results on your behalf.
ISPs may be prevented from throttling or blocking free voice
Sometimes you don't want to use up your precious free minutes to
make a phone call, or you need to speak to someone on a different
network, maybe in a different country, and can't afford the
additional charges for making this call via your mobile
That's when free voice services like Skype come in handy - it's
free to call friends and family over Wi-Fi using your Skype
application on a smartphone or tablet, but did you know that some
mobile networks throttle or ban the service in order to reduce
competition and encourage you to spend more on calls?
Something needs to be done about this, so it's encouraging that
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission (EC) for
the Digital Agenda, wants to impose a new EU "safeguard" that stops
mobile and home broadband ISPs from blocking or throttling access
to free voice applications.
...It's clear to me that many Europeans expect protection
against such commercial tactics. And that is exactly the EU
safeguard we will be providing. A safeguard for every European, on
every device, on every network: a guarantee of access to the full
and open internet, without any blocking or throttling of competing
We'll keep you apprised of any updates as the safeguard petition