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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, running research fieldwork both nationally and internationally on behalf of the biggest players in the industry. Dan is now consumer telecoms analyst at Cable, as well as more formally operating in the role of its Director of Communications and Content.

An experienced broadcaster, commentator and writer, Dan has appeared on BBC TV and radio, ITV, Sky and in the national papers. Dan has advised Ofcom on issues surrounding service quality, administered Cable’s Broadband Service Quality Awards and sat on the panel of judges for the Internet Service Providers Association annual awards.

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