New customers and upgrading customers who sign up for BT Broadband (www.bt.com/broadband) online can for 1 week take advantage of an online exclusive offer of up to free £100 Sainsburys gift card!
To claim the free Sainsburys discount card users must sign up for BT Broadband online, those who take out standard Broadband will be entitled to a free £50 Sainsburys gift card, and those who take out a BT Infinity package will be able to get hold of a free £100 Sainsburys gift card. The deal is very time limited and last for just 1 week and ends on the 4th November 2013.
There are a range of packages available from BT, the cheapest is the Broadband only package which costs £10 per month plus £15.45 monthly line rental, this gives the user up to 16Mb broadband speeds and 10Gb usage plus inclusive weekend calls.
The cheapest Fibre Optic broadband deal is the BT Infinity 1 deal which will give new customers the £100 Sainsburys gift card along with up to 38Mb broadband speeds and 40Gb usage for just £15 per month plus monthly line rental at £15.45 (or it works out at £11.75 if you pay a years line rental upfront).
Existing BT Broadband customers who are upgrading from a standard BT Broadband package to a BT Infinity package will be entitled to receive a free £50 gift card from Sainsburys.
The Sainsburys gift card should be sent to you within 45 days of your broadband installation.
The BT Broadband offer is available online only, sign up by the 4th November 2013 at www.bt.com/broadband
75% of the UK is now covered with superfast fibre optic broadband according to Ofcoms annual Infrastructure Report.
The report which Ofcom published yesterday showed that in June this year that 73% of premises in the UK were able to receive superfast broadband with speeds of 30Mb or above. This had risen from 65% last year. Take up of superfast broadband has seen the numbers who have it more than double in the last 12 months, with 22% connecting with it in June which represents 4.8 million and was up from just 10% last year when there was 2.1 million who had it.
Along with the growing popularity of superfast broadband sees the continuing trend of users using up more and more data. In June this year there was 650 million gigabytes of data sent or received by UK fixed line broadband connections, this was a hefty 26% rise over the same month last year. It is not surprising the amount of data being used is on a sharp upward trend, as faster and faster broadband connections become available then the options of streaming TV and movies through an internet connections and the use of higher bandwidth services also increases. Also, with more tablet devices also in people’s homes there are even more ways in which UK consumers are able to connect to the inrtenet and receive data.
Not only is it in our homes that demand for broadband has increased, the use of WiFi Hotspots now sees 2 million gigabytes of data in a month which is up from 0.75 million gigabytes the same time last year. WiFi Hotspots have doubled in number to 34,000, up from 16,000 the previous year. Businesses clearly see the demand and draw having a WiFi internet access has for customers.
Ocom’s Chief Executive, Ed Richards, said:
“Superfast broadband is rolling out fast across the country, and 4G mobile will reach at least 98% of the population. This is really good news but there remain considerable challenges, not least in hard-to-reach areas for mobile and home internet services.
We know consumers increasingly expect superfast speeds, but it’s also important to make sure people can connect over a very wide area. That is why we are doing everything we can to support moves to improve coverage in difficult areas such as roads and train lines.“
The UK has entered into the top 10 countries based on fastest broadband speeds as the average UK broadband speed hit 8.4Mb according to the latest “State Of The Internet” report from Akamai.
Akamai produce 4 “State Of The Internet” reports each year, one for each Quarter and it is a way to keep track on how the internet is developing globally, not just with broadband speeds but also to find out how users browse the internet and gather other data such as where attacks originate from.
Globally the average broadband speed was 3.3Mb for Q2 2013 which marked a 5.2% increase on Q1 and a 9.2% increase year on year. With the extensive roll out of fibre broadband across the UK it made for some quite impressive results, we showed an 11% rise from Q1 and a staggering 48% rises year on year to bring the average UK broadband speed test result in at 8.4Mb.
Still topping the charts was South Korea with an average broadband speed of 13.3Mb, this was actually a 6.4% decline on the previous year but still keeps them ahead of Japan who have an average of 12Mb broadband speeds.
The global average for peak broadband connection speeds is probably just as, if not a more interesting figure to keep an eye on too, this helps show the possible internet connection capacity that countries have.
Globally the peak average for Q2 2013 only rose 0.1% from Q1 and 17% year on year, up to 18.9Mb. However leading the way was Hong Kong with a blistering 65.1Mb, followed by South Korea with 53.3Mb and then Japan with 48.8Mb.
What we hope to see and have said for a few years now is that the UK should start to rise quite ell up the global broadband speed test charts as the continued fibre optic broadband rollout across the UK continues and with more and more consumers switching to fibre the average speeds for the UK should also continue to rise.
Poor broadband connections in rural Scotland is seeing people move out of rural areas to try and get better and faster broadband connections.
In a Rural Affairs Committee meeting the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment in the Scottish Government, Richard Lochhead, said:
“While you have traditional conversations about people leaving rural communities due to lack of access to higher education, affordable housing or employment, now there is an added factor where there is not good connectivity that can also lead to rural depopulation.”
The Highlands and Islands Enterprise is expecting to achieve 84% broadband coverage by 2016 but to extend this to even more places then more funding will be required.
For Scotland as a whole it is expected that BT is going to achieve around 95% coverage based on what they have achieved in Cornwall and elsewhere, however it is still going to be the Highlands and Islands which are going to be the struggle due to how remote they are.
According to research done by TalkTalk there are over half a million UK homes that are losing around 4Mb of broadband speed due to poor in-home set ups, with enough “leaked” bandwidth capacity to power the BBC iPlayer for 59 years!
The research was done by TalkTalk to show how their new Online Service Centre could be of use to customers who need help with their broadband such as how to fix common broadband problems.
The data and research was done by the TalkTalk BrightSparks engineers based on their most common diagnosed problems:
- 38% – speed lost through poor wiring
- 34% – router needed to be set up or reconfigured
- 15 % – other problems such as not connecting router to the master socket
- 13% – new broadband filter required
TalkTalk BrightSparks engineer, Keith Myles, said:
“We see thousands of homes wasting broadband width simply because of a poor in home set up. People need to think about their broadband in the same way as other utilities such as water and electricity – it’s a commodity that can go to waste if you’re not careful.”
They report than over 100 million megabytes of bandwidth capacity is “leaked” in these half a million homes each year which is enough for the BBC iPlayer to run continuously for 59 years!
The UK is to be one of the first countries in the world to take part in a first major pilot of “white space” technology, which is a new wireless technology.
White Space technology is the process of using the “white spaces” that are left un-used in the frequency band that is used to deliver digital television. These white spaces exist to act as buffering gaps between the transmissions taking place so that there is no interference between them, however the size of the frequencies and when they are available changes which means that there is no constant white space area that can be used around the whole country. However, databases compiling the available white spaces, the time of day they are available and at what power levels are available at specific locations means that electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablet computers could tap in and use the spectrum at specific times when available.
The UK will be the first country in Europe to look to use white space technology, however we won’t be the first in the world as America and other countries have already made a start to utilise and use their white space.
The trials have some big names backing it who also want to get involved, including Microsoft, Google and BT for starters.
In Glasgow, Microsoft will be rolling out a free public WiFi service across the city using white space technology, this is because Glasgow is a city with one of the lowest take ups of broadband in the UK.
Google are hoping to be able to test intelligent databases which would be used to ensure that the white spaces can be used without causing harmful interference to other devices.
BT & Neul (a technology specialist) will be working with the Department for Transport to see if they can enhance traffic information. They will be running their trial along the A14 between Felixstowe and Cambridge by using the white space to transmit traffic congestion data and also varying traffic conditions to vehicles, this will then help give drivers extra information which could hopefully help ease congestion if drivers avoid certain areas.