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 »

Spurs star Harry Kane joins BT’s Sporting Team

  England and Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane has signed up to become a BT Ambassador. He will feature in TV adverts for the new BT Sport channels as well as appearing as a guest on football shows. Kane, 22, became one of the hottest properties in the Barclays Premier League last season by scoring… Read more »

Windows 10 is out – but what does it mean to you?

The recent launch of Windows 10 was very low key. Microsoft has chosen not to make too much of a fuss about it – the suggestion by some observers is that the company wants to quietly consign Windows 8 to history (it was widely regarded as a bit of a flop). Perhaps the most significant… Read more »

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