BT Openreach is raising the price for residents who want to upgrade their fibre-to-the-cabinet service to a full fibre-to-the-home service by up to £2,625.
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The free upgrade to Infinity broadband plans bumps up BT's super-fast rivalry with Virgin with top download speeds of 76Mbps and uploads of 19.5Mbps, though existing BT fibre customers will have to sign a new contract
An upgrade to O2's mobile broadband connection software gives access to BT Openzone hotspots, and also adds a data counter and warnings when the user is close to their usage limit
But wants a little help from Ofcom...
I have been a T-Mobile USA customer for several years now and one of my favorite Pocket PC Phone Edition devices was the current T-Mobile MDA/HTC Wizard. I did eventually give up on the device though since the processor was just a bit too slow for handling the heavy tasks I threw at it. I just read on the Phone Scoop site that FCC documents revealed the next upgrade to the T-Mobile MDA. The HTC Herald/P4350 offers several improvements, including a nicer form factor with the casing similar to the T-Mobile Dash, 2 megapixel camera, Windows Mobile 6 operating system, BT, WiFi, and quad-band GSM/EDGE (no 3G since T-Mobile USA hasn't rolled it out yet). Specs for other HTC Herald models include an OMAP 850 201MHz processor, which is the same as in the Wizard/MDA and I hope Windows Mobile 6 helps out with the processor capability and functionality. There is no word on pricing or availability yet, but the current MDA is definitely getting long in the touch and is ready for an upgrade.
Small firms can now use BT's converged mobile devices at Openzone hot spots, Wireless Cities and British Airways lounges
Gears up for deal worth millions...
Among the chosen are Alcatel, Ciena and Cisco. Absent from the list is Marconi, whose stock dives on the news.
With negotiations with telecommunications vendors still ongoing, it appears that BT won't be able to announce the companies who will power its massive network upgrade as soon as hoped
Secrecy shrouding BT's 21st Century Network project is hampering rival broadband operators who want to compete, says Tiscali. BT denies the charge
The 21st Century Network will make a £10bn hole in BT's wallet, and the telco says it is still working out how to put the plan into action
Thursday 10/06/2004I get back to base at last, to find some curious stories floating around the office. BT invited 'Scoop' Wearden to the launch of its 21st Century Network project -- the huge upgrade it's selflessly putting together to give us all lovely fast connections at next to nothing.
A major upgrade of the National Health Service's IT network could help increase broadband availability, and BT has been charged with making the whole thing work
BT could be in trouble with Ofcom next week, but the company is sure it has done nothing wrong -- except upgrade a rural Scottish exchange with ADSL
"Doctor doctor, I hear you've got broadband?"
BT has been accused of breaking competition laws over its broadband migration and upgrade procedures
Residents in the Yorkshire town of Todmorden now have access to broadband after reaching the critical mass of orders required for BT to upgrade the exchange
Alcatel equipment causes Wholesale problems
Up to 20 percent of rural households must sign up for ADSL before BT will upgrade their exchanges, according to trigger levels set for the telco's pre-registration scheme
Lawmakers in the United Kingdom have called on the government to do more to address the lack of broadband in rural areas. There is growing concern that many parts of the United Kingdom will suffer significant and long-term economic damage because businesses and homes cannot get access to reasonably priced high-speed Internet access. More than 30 percent of the U.K. population cannot get affordable broadband, according to recent figures. Telecommunications service provider British Telecommunications has broadband-enabled some 1,010 of its 5,000 local exchanges, extending coverage to around 60 percent of the U.K. population, and is planning to upgrade another 100 by the end of May. The company has said it is not economically viable for it to install its technology in more rural areas yet, as it believes there is not sufficient demand to justify the cost. BT is working with some rural development agencies to see if they would subsidize further broadband development. Graeme Wearden reported from London. To read the full story, visit ZDNet U.K.
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