Ofcom adds fuel to the ultrafast competitive fire

Immediately after Ofcom announced that Openreach was to become a legally separate company within BT Group, with its own board and branding, the media was filled with vitriol from outraged competitors who claimed it wasn’t enough, and that Openreach needed to be full independent. This was always going to happen – whatever Ofcom said. In… Read more »

Could you be benefiting from BT’s continuing broadband boom?

You may have seen that BT recently announced revenue of £4.38bn for the quarter ending 30 September 2015, beating the City’s expectations. This was a 2% increase in the previous quarter, which does not sound much in percentage terms, but amounts to around £44m, which is not to be sneezed-at. BT said that the increase… Read more »

Romford named capital of business start-ups

We always knew it and not it’s been confirmed; Romford is the start-up capital of Britain (see Evening Standard article). Figures from business data firm Experian showed 6,188 new businesses setting up in Cloud Telephone’s home town last year – that’s a ‘start-up rate’ of 22%, which is the highest in the UK. Romford may… Read more »

Why BT and EE merger is good news

The news that the Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally cleared the £12.5bn merger between BT and EE (see report here and various others) should be positive news for businesses and consumers in the UK. The deal is being allowed to go ahead as it is not expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition. In… Read more »

Hunger for data drives 4G

EE said recently that it had added 1.7 million 4G accounts in the three months to 30 September (see story here>, which means it now has 12.6 million 4G customers – that’s just over half of all its 31.3 million customers. The increasing need to have access to data when on move is making 4G… Read more »

Pressure on regulator for more fibre choices

The recent calls for BT to be completely separated from the Openreach infrastructure business, (see coverage from the FT and Digital Europe and many others) might or might not lead to some changes being made to the rules that control what parts of the UK’s communications network other firms can access and use in Ofcom’s… Read more »

FTTP pays its way

The roll-out of FTTP is ‘almost justifiable in economic terms’ said a story in Computer Weekly recently (click here to read). It noted that research from Point Topic (http://point-topic.com/) has shown that the operational savings of deploying fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband are now soon to overtaking the deployment costs. This really should be no surprise to… Read more »

For the Internet of Things to work you’ll need good connectivity

The tech industry is busily touting the Internet of Things (IoT), as the next big thing. IoT is already being used in lots of ways. Car manufacturers, for example, are now taking feedback from customers’ vehicles to map potholes in the roads – so maybe they will be able to tell councils which ones to… Read more »

Unlimited Minutes on BT’s Mobile SIM 2GB plan

Starting today – until September 19th BT Mobile will be offering Unlimited Minutes (instead of the standard 500 minutes) on the 2GB plan. This is available to both existing BT Broadband customers and Non-Broadband customers. BT Mobile’s new plans include a £5 monthly discount for living in a home that has BT Broadband – and… Read more »

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