Figures from Ofcom have revealed that Britain has some of the cheapest broadband in the world.
The 142 page report is filled with graphs and tables showing how the UK compares to other countries. Compared to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the US the UK comes in with the lowest prices for mobile and single service broadband and also comes in second lowest for fixed line voice after Italy.
The huge competition for communication services in the UK has helped drive the costs down although the picture is not all rosy. If you look to page 117 and image 4.47 you will see that the broadband speeds we receive are still way off those heading the field in Europe.
The image shows the proportion of broadband connections that have a headline speed above 8Mb, the UK comes in with just 10%, which is way behind the Netherlands with 37%, Sweden with 33%, France on 26% and Germany on 16%!
Although the UK is now starting to address the investment in next generation Fibre broadband we are still lagging well behind other countries in this department.
Other interesting statistics from the report showed that in the UK we have increased how much we watch TV by 3%, taking us up to 3.8 hours per day, although we watch less than Italy, Poland and Spain, with the US topping the list with 4.6 hours of TV per day.
In 2008 in the UK we sent 83 billion text messages with only the USA sending more than us, although they did send 10 times as many as we did.
The full report can be viewed at www.ofcom.org.uk
Three mobile broadband has had it’s prices cut to offer the cheapest mobile broadband deals in the UK.
The entry level mobile broadband deal from Three has been reduced from £10 per month down to £7.50 per month, this includes 1Gb of data use per month and is available on either an 18 or 24 month contract and also comes with a free USB modem.
The same deal is also available but with a MiFi (Mobile WiFi device) for a cost of just £9.50 per month.
Any usage over the 1GB limit is charged at 10p per MB, so it is worth making sure that 1GB is sufficient!
The chairman of BT, Sir Mike Rake is the only person in his Oxfordshire villiage of Hambleden that has got broadband, and as expected this has not pleased his neighbours.
The locals of the village have been waiting for around 5 years for broadband, while Sir Mike only moved in around a year ago and has already got broadband.
His broadband connection is due to his participation in BT’s trial of Broadband Enabling Technology (BET), which although is only a limited trial it is estimated that it costs around £3,000 for each line.
BET is designed to help deliver a stable broadband connection of 1Mb to locations that are 12km from the exchange and largely unable to receive broadband due to their remoteness, these places are also known as “not spots”.
A local resident, Mr Ashworth, asked to be put on the trial but was told that no one would be added until next year. BT said that they quite often use their own staff when running trials and this is nothing new.
The frustration and anger amongst locals is easy to understand, they have been waiting for broadband for years yet when the chairman of BT moves in he gets broadband very quickly.
A survey has found that UK adults spent around 68 hours a month using the Internet and over 7 hours on the phone each month!
The 68 hours online equates to just short of 3 full days using the Internet each month. To show even more how important the Internet is, 59% of adults said that they would feel like they were cut off from the world if they didn’t have an Internet or phone connection. 26% felt that they would miss out on things if they didn’t have the Internet or a mobile phone and 14% said they wouldn’t know how to keep in touch with family an friends if they didn’t have their mobile or Internet access.
These statistics alone show how important broadband Internet connections are and how fast, reliable broadband connections are more and more expected by society. Going forward the importance of next generation fibre broadband grows ever more, with so much more being done via the Internet there is a greater need for faster broadband connections to deal with the latest technology.
Virgin Media are to launch a new mobile broadband dongle which will offer a headline Virgin Mobile Broadband speed of 7.2Mb.
The likely hood of receiving 7.2Mb mobile broadband is unlikely and the speed users receive will vary very much on their location and the distance they are from the mobile transmitter.
The new dongle also comes with a Micro SD slot that can be used to saving data too.
Virgin Mobile Broadband can be taken up on either monthly tariffs or 18 month contracts and will cost either £10 or £15 depending on if you choose the 1GB or 3GB monthly usage limit.
Virgin are now the second operator to offer the up to 7.2Mb Mobile broadband option alongside Vodafone.