BT Broadband are to create 150 new jobs in Scotland to help with the roll out of their fibre optic broadband network and help increase the speed that Scotland gets fibre optic broadband.
90 of the positions available will be for the Highlands and Islands with the remaining jobs to help cover the other parts of Scotland. The available posts are for Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Dumfries and Galashiels have already had a good response and BT are hoping to hear more for people looking to work in Inverness, Fort William, Oban and Aberdeen.
Those who get a job will receive an 18 month fixed term contract with BT Openreach which will help BT reach their target of having 85% of Scottish premises covered by fibre optic broadband by the end of 2015 and up to around 95% by the end of 2017.
Nicola Sturgen, the Deputy First Minister, said:
“These jobs come on the back of our recent announcement of a high speed broadband network, created in partnership with BT. This initiative will connect communities across rural and urban areas, providing a platform for future economic development and regeneration.
This is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in the whole of Europe and will enable businesses to compete on the international stage.”
While Brendan Dick, the director of BT Scotland, said:
“It’s skilled, interesting work which will give the successful recruits the chance to gain experience in a fast-paced, constantly evolving industry and be at the forefront of connecting communities to the future.”
Anyone wanting to apply for the jobs can do so by emailing their CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Virgin Media have been announced as the Official UK broadband partner for the Sony PS4 which we expect will mean that there will be gamer specific broadband deals available from the ISP for those get a Playstaion 4.
The Sony PS4 is due to launch in the UK later this year on the 29th November 2013 and it is set to be a huge seller this Christmas. Sony has not only signed deals with Virgin Media for the UK, but they have deals in place with other ISPs across Europe including Ono, Orange and T-Mobile. This means that currently Sony have the UK, France, Germany & Spain with specific deals in place for their gamers.
There are currently no details of what these special deals and agreements in place are, however Jim Ryan, the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment said that the deals will mean that: “bits of the pipe are left open for gamers”.
Jon James from Virgin Media had this to say on a blog post on the Virgin Media site:
“We’re delighted to say Virgin Media is Sony’s PlayStation 4 UK ISP partner for its hugely-anticipated launch which is now confirmed to be on 29 November. We’re already hard at work with them to make this the best entertainment experience for gamers across the country.
What does that mean exactly? Well, there’s going to be loads of exciting benefits for our customers but we have to keep the details under wraps for the time being. Watch this space for more details…”
In real terms what we are expecting is that those who get a Sony PS4 will be entitled to a gamer specific broadband deal that maybe has a slight reduction but will be focussed to gamers and as such will mean that online games will play with little disruption. However, the majority of PS4 users will already have a broadband connection or may not be in an area that has Virgin Media available, they need not worry though as the PS4 will still work on their current broadband connections.
Internet access on planes is set to take a step closer as Ofcom look to see if they can give the go ahead to changes that would make much faster WiFi available to airline passengers via the use of Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms (ESOMPs).
The new satellite system that would be able to be used on planes, ships and trains could totally open up internet access for travellers and be able to deliver internet speeds up to 10 times faster than is currently available to travellers. The availability of fast and reliable internet access on planes is something that we do expect will become a reality before too long, it would allow business travellers to do even more work and check emails while they are flying and also holiday makers could stream their own movies such as through Netflix or use Facebook.
One of the most common things now that passengers do once a plane lands is turn their mobile phones on straight away to receive their emails and get back “connected” with the world.
The ofcom consultation can be read at: ofcom.org.uk
Switching broadband provider or telephone provider is set to become much easier and hopefully more seamless with proposed changes by Ofcom to the way these switches take place.
Currently if a customer wants to change broadband provider they have to contact their existing broadband provider and then start the process to move with them, however this has in the past caused delays and problems for customers as it is not overly in the ISPs interest to make it easy for a customer to leave their service. However, under the new rules that Ofcom are hoping to get sorted the customer will only need to contact the broadband provider that they want to move to and then this provider will deal with sorting out the move, and since it is in the new providers interest to get new customers on board as quickly as possible it will likely mean that there are less delays or problems to deal with.
It should be noted that these rules for the telephone and broadband switching are only going to be applicable to people using the Openreach copper network. This will include fixed telephone landline and broadband customers that use copper into the home so that will be for users on standard copper broadband and also those using Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) as this also uses copper cable into the home.
Also, to help protect customers from falling foul of “slamming” which is where a provider will deliberately move a customer without their consent, providers will be required to keep a record of every customers consent for a switch.
Ofcom have left their proposals open for consulting until October 2nd 2013. It is then hoped that the details will be finalised by the early part of 2014 and be implemented fully within a year of that.
Anyone wanting to respond can do so direct at Ofcom.org.uk
Ofcom have compiled their latest results for average UK residential broadband speeds and we notice yet another nice average speed increase for the UK, however the worrying statistic is the city and rural divide on broadband speeds.
In the 6 months to May 2013 the average broadband speed in the UK has jumped by 2.7Mb, a 22% rise and in the year from May 2012 it has risen a staggering 5.7Mb which represents a 64% speed increase. The average residential broadband speed in the UK, according to Ofcom, stands at 14.7Mb.
The obvious impressive speed increase are largely coming about because of the continued roll out of fibre optic broadband across the UK, with BT investing £2.5billion in their new fibre optic network. The statistics back this up as there are now around 19% of homes that have fibre optic broadband which is more than double what it was the previous year when there was just 8% who had it.
More good news for those with fibre optic broadband connections is that the average broadband speed for those with fibre connections is a healthy 43.6Mb.
The city to rural divide will also no doubt spark up some debate too. The average broadband speed in Urban areas stands at 26.4Mb, Suburban 17.9Mb and Rural 9.9Mb. Despite Rural areas over the last 2 years having increased their speed percentage the most by 141% which equates to 5.8Mb in real terms the gap between them and Urban areas has still grown larger as Urban areas have only increased by 95% but this still means a nice 12.8Mb speed increase on average in real terms.
Ofcoms broadband speed test results are compiled by using their research partner SamKnows.
Broadband speeds continue to get faster but Urban-Rural devide widens
BT’s head to head battle with BSkyB starts properly tonight as the new BT Sport channel goes live tonight for the first time at 6pm.
BT (www.bt.com) have put much time and money into their BT Sport channels, first off they secured the rights to 38 Premier League football games per season for 3 seasons of which they will get first choice for around half of their games, next up they then decided that BT Broadband customers would get free access to the BT Sport channels, this resulted with Sky then offering free Sky Broadband to their customers who have Sky TV contracts.
BT has much deeper pockets than other sports channels who have tried to compete with BSkyB for sports coverage in the past such as Setanta and ESPN. BT’s dive into the Sport sector is initially probably less to do with wanting to take over the paid TV market that Sky have most coverage of but to instead help reduce the churn of BT Broadband customers from leaving them for rivals and to entice other broadband customers to join them. Triple-play services such as Telephone, Broadband & TV are what both BT & Sky want from their customers to sign up for so they can take more money from them for having more services but they have to offer deals and enticing offers to make these worthwhile for customers.
BT Sport have not only splashed the cash on getting the live football games but also in building a good team to represent the channels, they got Jake Humphrey from the BBC F1 team to be the main host and they have signed Robin Van Persie, Rio Ferdinand and Gareth Bale as some of the faces to help advertise the channel. Sky have recently launched a new advert with David Beckham to advertise their Sports channels which shows him at home and on the move in studios and a cafe and being able to watch Sky Sports on the go wherever he is.