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Cable.co.uk comments on Ofcom plans to speed up UK's wi-fi connections

  • New Ofcom plans to speed up wi-fi connections released today
  • Regulator is proposing using more airwaves for wi-fi channels so that users can access bigger amounts of data at faster speeds
  • Cable.co.uk's telecoms expert Dan Howdle says wi-fi interference is one of the main causes of slow broadband speeds
  • Availability of further bandwidth "Vital if we're to continue to depend on wireless connectivity", says Dan Howdle.

Friday 13 May 2016: Ofcom has today set out plans designed to help speed up wi-fi connections for people across the UK.

The communications regulator is proposing the use of more airwaves for wi-fi channels so that larger amounts of data can be carried at faster download speeds. Ofcom say this will improve the quality of service, especially for applications that need more internet capacity, like high-definition video.

The full Ofcom news release is available here

Commenting on the findings Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at broadband advice site Cable.co.uk, says:

“Customers with new connections often believe the slow speed they're experiencing is indicative of a fault, when wi-fi interference is often the culprit. Providers advise connecting an ethernet cable to experience the full speed customers are paying for, but, of course, wiring up every device in the house is both unsightly and impractical.

“Interference is an issue in built up areas where a multitude of routers compete for priority over the same frequencies. Those with particularly fast broadband connections are in many cases only able to tap a fraction of their top speed over wi-fi.

"Interference is going to become a major issue for our country's digital growth. Ofcom’s move to open up further bandwidth is vital if we're to continue to depend on wireless connectivity."

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Dan Howdle has been plugged into the attitudes of UK broadband, TV and mobile customers for over two decades. Having spent 12 years at the coalface of consumer telecoms research, initiating and running projects both nationally and internationally on behalf of the biggest players in the industry. Dan is now Director of Communications and in-house consumer telecoms expert for Cable.co.uk.

An experienced broadcaster, commentator and writer who frequently appears on BBC TV and radio, ITV, Sky and in the national papers and their websites, Dan leads a team of journalists and communications folk who spend their days researching and reporting on problems faced by UK broadband, TV and mobile customers both on an individual and macro level.

Dan campaigns on many issues currently facing consumers of broadband, TV and mobile products in the UK. These include, but are not limited to: Rural broadband provision; mobile coverage; broadband, TV and mobile customer contract issues; broadband and mobile broadband speeds; switching and money-saving; infrastructural challenges; pricing, changes and structures; shifts in technology and the marketplace; telecoms regulation, policy and law; fines, adjudications and policy changes; mergers and closures of UK providers; annual financials and more.

Dan has advised Ofcom on issues surrounding service quality. He also administers and adjudicates the yearly Broadband Service Quality Awards and sits on the panel of judges for the Internet Service Providers Association annual awards.

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