The telco now says it will have covered two-thirds of the UK with fibre connectivity by the spring of 2014, not the end of 2014 as it said a year ago, and not the end of 2015 as was the original plan.
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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
BT's big broadband outage on Monday was caused by a power surge, the telco has said.The outage, which affected hundreds of thousands of customers around the UK, was originally put down to a power failure, but a BT spokesman told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that a surge had been to blame.
UK-based telco BT is set to create an additional 50 jobs in Australia as the result of opening a new customer service facility in Sydney.
The European Commission (EC) has told UK telco giant BT that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will not force internet service providers (ISPs) to police their networks for copyright infringement.
The US telco plans to invest $1bn on upgrading its networks and services this year, including facilities for the UK and Europe
Business users looking for a touch of ultraportable elegance might be drawn to the ProBook 5310m for its chassis design, well-made keyboard and superb 13.3in. screen. The absence of an optical drive may be a deal-breaker for some though.
The ProBook 4310s is an unremarkable 13.3in. notebook that's bulkier than we'd like and delivers disappointing battery life. The price is competitive, though, and the keyboard is comfortable to use.
If you need plenty of screen and don't want to use an external monitor, this bulky 17.3in. notebook could be a good choice. It's a good performer, but HP could have added a few more ports and user-programmable keys.
Don't let its size or consumer heritage fool you: the StorageWorks X510 is a powerful backup, sharing and remote access solution that's ideal for smaller offices with limited IT support.
Designed for use with server-based desktops such as Terminal Services, Citrix and VMware View, HP's t5730w is an excellent mid-range device suitable for most office applications.
The telco is cutting its call-centre workforce in India by 4,000 as it returns some of the work to the UK
This is an excellent backup solution for small businesses, and more cost-effective than tape at this end of the market. Performance could be better, but that's our only real concern.
The workstation-class HP EliteBook 8730w's performance, superb DreamColor screen and excellent build quality make it a pleasure to use. It would suit any power user requiring a top-notch graphics subsystem.
HP's new flagship iPAQ has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a neat D-pad and a good set of connectivity features. However, HP has missed some key tricks that would make this an excellent rather than very good Windows Mobile smartphone.
UK health agency Connecting for Health will now pay telco BT £1 billion, 61 per cent more than the original £620 million, to provide the backbone for the NHS National Programme for IT, following a contract reset inFebruary this year.
The vision of the future BT portrayed this week at an Australian conference was so far removed from how Telstra's David Quilty has described the British telco that I wonder if they were talking about the same UK.
The iPAQ 614c Business Navigator is a good multi-function handheld, with an impressive range of features and a large screen. However, some users may be put off by its size.
With 3G but no Wi-Fi, the SGH-i640V will not have universal appeal. The defining features of this Windows Mobile smartphone (its rotating navigation wheel, touch buttons, large size and idiosyncratic user interface) will also polarise opinion.
The Scanjet N8640 is fast and flexible enough to handle a variety of documents and comes with a very capable software bundle. However, the system as a whole would benefit from a usability makeover.
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