For the first time, UK cable connections were faster than fibre connections, though not by much. However, ADSL2 speeds have increased, while the speed gap between urban and rural users has narrowed.
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The British government is trumpeting a milestone for its £1.7bn ($2.9bn) Superfast Broadband project, which is taking broadband to rural areas from the Isle of Wight to the Outer Hebrides
Slow broadband in rural areas is often a fact of life for local inhabitants that has to be endured until one of the big telecoms operators decides it's economically viable to extend their network. It's not easy, but not-for-profit grassroots community projects can provide an economically viable alternative.
Many businesses should be able to get full-fat fibre connectivity for a lower price as of next year, when BT Openreach will cut its wholesale pricing for FTTP-enabled areas and introduce its FTTP-on-demand option, also at the lower cost.
Another 800,000 businesses and homes around the UK will be within reach of fibre by late 2013, BT has said, as part of its £2.5bn plan to bring super-fast broadband to two-thirds of the country
BT is testing a firmware fix for a Home Hub 3 router bug that slowed connections from around 40 Mbps to less than 1Mbps download speeds for some customers using wired connections
Super-fast broadband should be attracting new buyers in droves, but it's not. Add to this the mismatched goals of the EU and the UK government and the long-term viability of the current plans begins to look in jeopardy
The cost involved in a fibre-to-the-premises rollout for all UK residences is unnecessary as existing technologies can be extended for faster download speeds in the future, the telco says
Customers may soon be able to sign up for services that offer download speeds of up to 330Mbps with their current ISP thanks to the commercial rollout of BT Openreach's super-fast service
New customers who call Sky's hotline can buy a fibre broadband package with a topline speed of 76Mbps, faster than the publicly announced 40Mbps available to existing subscribers, who cannot get the new bundle
From Friday, people can sign up for an internet-and-phone package with top download speeds of 40Mbps and unmetered usage, providing they live within range of Sky's fibre broadband service
In a second setback, the O2-owned ISP has warned customers that it will not be able to deliver FTTC services by the end of this year, despite having said it wanted to get them in place by late 2011
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
The telecoms company says it has now listed 'almost all' the places that will be covered by its UK-wide fibre upgrade, which will offer super-fast broadband to 16 million nearby homes and businesses
West Hagbourne will not get a high-speed fibre connection despite being connected to a winning exchange in BT's Race to Infinity contest, an outcome the company says it warned might happen
TalkTalk, a BT Wholesale customer, may start offering its household and business customers the new tier of super-fast broadband before BT's own retail customers get a look in
The telecoms provider plans to allow premises to choose whether they want full-speed fibre connections that support downloads up to 300Mbps
The uptake of fibre-based broadband packages is increasing in the UK, contributing to a rise in the overall speed of connections, but the issue the rural-urban divide remains
The Scottish Government has detailed its strategy for ensuring most of the nation's population can access super-fast broadband
The UK could get speeds in excess of 100Mbps out of its existing copper broadband network, reducing the need to deploy full fibre-to-the-premises