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Coronavirus: ‘Avoid Using Microwave To Get Faster Internet’

Posted on 25th March, 2020

People should avoid using the microwave at the same time as their wi-fi, media regulator Ofcom has said, as part of advice to help improve internet speeds.  It comes as millions work remotely and rely on streaming services after the UK was told to “stay at home”.  This has put...

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Openreach Halts Home-Visit Broadband Connections

Posted on 25th March, 2020

BT’s Openreach says it will no longer install new broadband connections when a home visit is involved.  The division, which runs the broadband network for a range of internet service providers, says it will now focus its efforts on other “essential work”.  It means work to switch customers between suppliers...

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UK Mobile Networks Face Problems

Posted on 17th March, 2020

The UK’s mobile networks are experiencing problems with their services.  EE told the BBC it is something “that is affecting all operators and we are working closely to fix it”.  The problem is being blamed on “interconnect issues” stemming from one operator, O2.  “We don’t believe it is connected to...

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Email Address Charges Branded ‘Daylight Robbery’

Posted on 27th February, 2020

Ofcom is writing to broadband companies to ask why some people are having to pay to keep old email addresses.  TalkTalk charges £5 a month and BT charges £7.50 a month if customers switch providers but want to keep using their email addresses as before.  Virgin deletes those it gives...

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Apple Fined For Slowing Down Old IPhones

Posted on 10th February, 2020

Apple has been fined 25 million euros (£21m, $27m) for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making it clear to consumers.  The fine was imposed by France’s competition and fraud watchdog DGCCRF, which said consumers were not warned.  In 2017, Apple confirmed that it did slow down some iPhones,...

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Half of UK 10-Year-Olds Own A Smartphone

Posted on 4th February, 2020

Fifty per cent of the UK’s 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom.  The amount of young phone owners doubled between the ages of nine and 10, which Ofcom dubbed “the age of digital independence”.  In addition, 24% of 3 and 4-year-olds had...

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Ofcom Proposes New Rules To Help Boost WIFI

Posted on 30th January, 2020

People and businesses could benefit from more reliable wifi, thanks to proposals set out by Ofcom.  Ofcom manages the UK’s airwaves – or spectrum – a finite resource that is essential for wireless services including wifi. Wifi is increasingly used for the everyday activities that people and businesses depend on...

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Mobile Roaming: What Will Happen To Charges After Brexit?

Posted on 29th January, 2020

In June 2017, the European Union scrapped additional charges for roaming on mobile phones when you travel to another EU country.  Roaming is when you use your mobile phone abroad.  Since 2017, UK consumers have, within reason, been able to use the minutes, texts and data included on their mobile...

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Openreach Announces Another 250,000 Rural Premises That Will Get Full Fibre

Posted on 27th January, 2020

More full fibre is always good and with Openreach racing towards its four million premises passed footprint deadline of March 2021 the news today that 250,000 of these premises will be in various rural areas of the UK is welcome. The 227 areas are on top of the 13 areas...

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Latest UK Broadband and Mobile Coverage Revealed

Posted on 13th January, 2020

More people in the UK can get faster broadband and a good mobile signal than last year, but some rural areas are still behind towns and cities for coverage, according to new research from Ofcom. Ofcom’s Connected Nations report looks at the availability of broadband and mobile services across the...

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