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Supermarket loyalty cards a way to 'blackmail' the poor - Miller

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

Andrew Miller, chair of the science and technology committee, said signing up for a store card – and handing over personal details for use by supermarket chains – may be a choice for some, but is an “economic necessity”...

Moving public services online without improving access ‘wouldn’t be right’

Wednesday, December 31st 2014

Andrew Miller said there would always have to be a back-up way of helping the small number of people who cannot access services digitally. The government is pursuing a “digital by default” agenda that will see most services...

‘Common sense’ approach needed to eradicate mobile not-spots

Tuesday, December 30th 2014

Andrew Miller, chair of the commons science and technology committee, said there needed to be more “clarity of thinking” between mobile operators and planning officials up and down the country to help eliminate the...

Access, skills and investment vital for telecoms future - analysts

Monday, December 29th 2014

Anna Coast and Bob Franklin, from UK-based consultancy Telcoconsulting, said the areas are overwhelming issues that should be high on the 2015 telecoms industry agenda. Ms Coast and Mr Franklin, who have both worked with the...

UK ‘desperately short’ of digital skills - Miller

Wednesday, December 24th 2014

Andrew Miller (Lab – Ellesmere Port and Neston), chair of the cross-party committee of MPs, said the country has to do a lot more to improve skills to be in the “premier league” of global online competition. Asked if the...

Government missed chance at UK mobile industry reform - Phone Co-op

Wednesday, December 24th 2014

Vivian Woodell said the plan to reduce not-spots, announced by culture secretary Sajid Javid last week, did nothing to address the dominance of Vodafone, O2, Three and EE in the market. The four network operators will invest...

Web designers wrong to think accessibility is 'difficult and expensive'

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014

Kevin Carey, chair of the new Digital Accessibility Alliance, said there is a mistaken belief that accessible sites are unattractive, difficult and expensive. The alliance features members from government departments,...

London sapping broadband funding from rest of south-east England - campaigners

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014

Simon Brookes, founder of a new network to support independent video game developers (indies), said people often assume the whole of the south-east benefits from the same investment and infrastructure, including broadband, just...

Obama's Stonehenge visit a 'curve-ball' for emergency services network

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014

Airwave, which runs the purpose-built network used by police, fire and ambulance services, said the summit held at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport, Wales, in September, saw 580,000 calls made by its users in the immediate...

EU broadband legislation could ‘seriously damage’ construction of UK homes

Monday, December 22nd 2014

Speaking to Cable.co.uk, Dave Mitchell, technical director of the Home Builders Federation said that “lots of customers are still not getting connections on time” and that the delays could mean the UK misses the 2017...

Not-spot solution a 'stitch-up' between government and mobile networks - Phone Co-op

Monday, December 22nd 2014

Culture secretary Sajid Javid last week announced a ‘binding agreement’ with Vodafone, O2, Three and EE to improve the UK’s mobile coverage. The four network operators will invest £5bn over the next three years to cut...

Public investment is needed to get the nation connected - Miller

Monday, December 22nd 2014

Andrew Miller, chair of the science and technology committee, said it was possible to give 100% access to good services without huge costs. Mr Miller (Lab - Ellesmere Port and Neston) told Cable.co.uk “We genuinely can from...

Mobile services 'gridlocked' during major incidents, dedicated emergency network the answer - expert

Friday, December 19th 2014

Hayden Newton, ex-CEO of the East of England Ambulance Service and current consultancy head, said any new system would have to be able to handle surges at busy times to make sure emergency services workers could stay in touch...

Deaf accessibility to TV on demand 'unacceptable' - National Deaf Children’s Society

Friday, December 19th 2014

The Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) Provision of Access Services 2014 report determined that there had been “significant” increases in subtitled on demand content from public service broadcasters. ATVOD chair Ruth...

Collaborating on broadband grants brings 'real benefits' for businesses

Thursday, December 18th 2014

Companies applying to the Superconnected voucher scheme individually can get up to £3,000 towards the cost of installing superfast broadband, but working together they can access much more. Mark Durham, programme manager for...

Government funding blocking EU cash for local superfast broadband projects - expert

Thursday, December 18th 2014

The EU restricts state aid – where taxpayers' money is spent on projects in the private sector – to avoid governments giving an advantage to certain companies over others. Adrian Wooster, who helps communities get fast...

Farming body warns of broadband 'no man's land' in rural areas

Thursday, December 18th 2014

George Dunn, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association, said people in rural areas are becoming increasingly frustrated at having either no broadband, or slow broadband. Mr Dunn made his comments after telling the...

Internet-ready Christmas gifts will put children at risk

Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Internet Matters.org said that the most popular gifts for children this Christmas will be internet-enabled, but parents need more information about content controls and how to keep their children safe while they are online. The...

UK emergency services need better technology, says former ambulance chief

Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Hayden Newton, former CEO of East of England Ambulance Service, said technology will help paramedics deliver high levels of care despite budget cuts. In an independent paper Mr Newton outlines four key technologies that he...

Paper beats email to get West Yorkshire businesses online

Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Mark Durham, programme manager for Superconnected Leeds Bradford, said the scheme, which offers vouchers worth up to £3,000 towards the installation of super fast broadband, had been marketed in a few different...

African solutions could solve UK rural broadband woes

Tuesday, December 16th 2014

Andrew Stirling, a technology consultant whose clients include Microsoft, said the exploitation of unused or under-used radio frequencies had already transformed broadband access in parts of Africa and could help in the...

Netflix is wrong: TV streaming uptake 'never going to be 100%' - expert

Tuesday, December 16th 2014

Oliver Johnson, analyst at Point Topic, said the number of people streaming their entertainment is growing rapidly, and Christmas will see many households using the technology for their festive viewing rather than waiting for...

BT/EE deal raises fears of 'undue market power'

Tuesday, December 16th 2014

John Delaney, mobile analyst from IDC, said any deal for BT to buy EE, which owns Britain's largest mobile network, would be closely scrutinised by regulators to ensure BT does not have an undue market share. Yesterday BT...

Challenge to connect remote Scotland is money, not technology - community broadband leader

Monday, December 15th 2014

Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) director Mark Tate said it is possible to connect everyone, everywhere, but the difficulty lies in getting projects to a sufficient scale to make them attractive to suppliers. CBS is a...

EU rules block UK broadband investment, claims cities group

Monday, December 15th 2014

The practice known as state aid – using taxpayers' money to pay for work by private companies – is restricted by the EU to prevent national governments giving preferential treatment to certain companies and thereby distorting...

Nokia boss: Mobile operators will need turbo-charged masts to compete

Monday, December 15th 2014

Mobile edge computing (MEC) will improve the quality of video people can stream on their mobile devices by reducing the amount of data passing between the base station and the main network. The technology involves putting...

Manchester city centre broadband 'a mess' - trade body

Monday, December 15th 2014

Shaun Fensom, secretary and founding director of the Manchester Digital trade association, said it wasn’t only rural businesses that had problems upgrading their broadband infrastructure. “Allegedly, superfast broadband is...

Mobile users will benefit from latest mast technology

Friday, December 12th 2014

Mobile edge computing (MEC) involves putting servers into masts, as well as other parts of the network, to improve the processing and storage capabilities for content and applications. This technology reduces the amount of...

Upload speeds hinder video calls for 80% of UK - expert

Friday, December 12th 2014

Around 80% of broadband customers experience upload speeds of less than 2Mbps, according to Ofcom’s 2014 infrastructure report. Oliver Johnson, from broadband analyst firm Point Topic, said this was not good enough for the...

Discontinuation of Three Mobile One Plan 'a joke' - customers

Thursday, December 11th 2014

Three stopped selling its popular ‘all you can eat data’ package in March and removed the unlimited tethering option. But now users have been told they will have to switch to an alternative package. Attila Dravecz, an...

Small providers best positioned to distribute business broadband vouchers

Thursday, December 11th 2014

Metronet is a hybrid wired and wireless internet service provider and has realigned its business processes in order to meet the Super Connected Cities funding criteria. Only Virgin Media Business has given out more of the...

UK games industry needs better broadband to compete globally

Thursday, December 11th 2014

Simon Brookes said the gaming world relies on strong infrastructure and there is “still work to be done” to keep up with other countries. Mr Brookes has co-founded the Southern Independent Games Network (SIGN), a...

Mobile network capacity problems can be solved by 'small cells' - Virgin

Wednesday, December 10th 2014

Bruce Girdlestone, senior business development manager at the firm, said the technology will make the most of the current mobile spectrum as part of a solution to issues of congestion. Mobile providers are looking at solutions...

Virgin Media and Relish ads banned following complaints from BT

Wednesday, December 10th 2014

The regulator has told Virgin Media and Relish to remove ads but complaints about Sky and TalkTalk were not upheld. The rulings are the latest in a long line of complaints service providers have made about each other and come...

Attitudes to technology are creating a digital divide in UK government

Wednesday, December 10th 2014

James Blessing said there is a noticeable difference between older politicians who remember a time when there was no such thing as the internet, and their younger counterparts who have known nothing but. But the ISPA chair...

Drones swarming our cities will become as accepted as smartphones - expert

Tuesday, December 9th 2014

Bart Remes, a researcher at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, admitted not everyone was comfortable with the thought of drones flying around their city. “You saw the same thing with smartphones – in...

BDUK chief exec: Extend business broadband vouchers to 50 cities

Tuesday, December 9th 2014

It was announced last week that the project, which was due to close in March 2015, would run for another year. “It was a very exciting moment when the chancellor announced the extension of the scheme,” said Chris Townsend,...

Next-generation wi-fi hotspots will connect 'without you knowing about it'

Tuesday, December 9th 2014

Operators are becoming more confident in the technology that provides NGHs, paving the way for them to become the future of wi-fi, according to a report by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), published last week. NGHs allow...

Slow broadband in rural Britain creating an 'us and them' society

Monday, December 8th 2014

Jonathan Owen, CEO of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), said the level of unhappiness over the lack of high quality broadband in rural areas was creating a rural-urban divide reminiscent of a decade ago. The...

IPv6 IP addresses will make it easier for security services to track you

Monday, December 8th 2014

James Blessing, chair of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), said the new version of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses would make it less laborious for service providers to work out exactly what user relates to...

Government extends business broadband voucher scheme but ‘more needs to be done’

Monday, December 8th 2014

According to the government's 2014 National Infrastructure Plan the project, which was due to close next spring, will receive a £40 million cash boost so it can run for another year. Commenting on the announcement, Federation...

Broadband speeds to new-build Glasgow estate 'pathetic' say residents

Friday, December 5th 2014

Despite sitting just 10 miles from the city centre, the 150 properties on the Woodilee Village estate can only receive maximum download speeds of 2Mbps and upload speeds of around 300-400Kbps. The estate contains working...

Consumers shun High Street businesses that don't offer free wi-fi

Friday, December 5th 2014

Ton Brand, a senior marketing director at the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), said that this is often the case even if consumers have a mobile data subscription. The WBA, whose members include BT, Microsoft and Huawei, aims...

Digital exclusion a 'major' disadvantage to farmers and other rural businesses

Friday, December 5th 2014

The Country Landowners Association (CLA) repeated its call for minimum fixed broadband speeds of at least 10Mbps, and a drive to help the final 5% of rural areas get online, in evidence to a Commons select committee inquiry into...

Europe falling behind US and Asia on free public wi-fi

Thursday, December 4th 2014

Ton Brand, a senior marketing director at the WBA told Cable.co.uk that the sheer number of competing operators in so many different countries in Europe meant that the rollout of wi-fi takes longer than in the US or parts of...

Our broadband strategy 'sustainable, upgradable' and meets current demands - BT

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014

Ed Hunt, programme director for Superfast Cymru, said that although data consumption is likely to increase in the future, the current network is sustainable, upgradeable and meets the demands of the majority of people. Mr...

'Investment, time and effort' - but 100% UK broadband coverage is possible

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014

James Blessing, chair of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), said it is never impossible to reach 100%, but it needs “money, investment, time and effort”. Speaking to Cable.co.uk, he said reaching 90% was...

Fibre broadband to rural Wales 'immensely challenging' - Superfast Cymru

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

Ed Hunt, Superfast Cymru programme director, said the drive to bring connectivity to more than 96% of homes and businesses in Wales by 2016 faces several challenges, but is on track to succeed. His comments come as it was...

Broadcasters don't realise the importance of subtitles

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

Jennie Williams, chief executive officer of Enhance the UK, told Cable.co.uk: “So many people are living longer, and as a result, every single one of us at some point in our lives is going to be disabled – fact. "Whether...

In-car wi-fi should be regulated to prevent accidents - campaigners

Monday, December 1st 2014

The comments come after EE launched its latest in-car wi-fi device, the Buzzard 2, which aims to bring connectivity without needing a built-in solution. The device, available to businesses and consumers on a range of...

Junk food advertisers 'using legal loopholes' to target children

Monday, December 1st 2014

Maura Gillespie, the charity’s interim programme director for policy, called on the government to ban junk food adverts being shown before 9pm and to introduce tighter restrictions online. She was responding to an Ofcom...

Second screens having 'huge knock-on effect' on child health

Friday, November 28th 2014

Vicki Dawson, founder of The Children's Sleep Charity, told Cable.co.uk: “We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries from parents of teens regarding sleep issues and many of these are impacted on by the use of...

Concerns over national mobile roaming security risks unfounded, says ISPA chair

Thursday, November 27th 2014

James Blessing, chair of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), said fears that allowing users to switch onto other networks when their own isn't available would make them harder to find are unfounded. Mr...

Gigaclear boss: Not our job to teach the basic skills to get online

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Speaking to Cable.co.uk about how broadband companies can reach out to the digitally exluded, Gigaclear’s chief executive Matthew Hare said: “I think you have to ask the question why hasn’t somebody got broadband today....

UK police and security services 'haven't got a clue' how the internet works

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

James Blessing, chair of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), said many investigators “haven’t got a clue” about how networks are built, making it difficult for them to request the right information from...

In car wi-fi part of the 'future of connectivity'

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

Jamie Moss, senior analyst for consumer technology at Ovum, said that devices like EE’s Buzzard 2 will probably not be the way the connected car works in the future, but it gives people the chance to test out how they might...

Cities should not rely on government to improve digital infrastructure

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

Malcolm Corbett, chief executive of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA), said a gigabit infrastructure was the key to creating a ‘smart city’. INCA is hosting a seminar on Super Connected Cities in...

NHS security 'slip-ups' highlight need for electronic health records

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

A freedom of information request has revealed there were 701 breaches of security relating to patient data between April 2013 and March 2014 – of those 137 incidents (or 20%) involved loss or theft of paperwork. This was...

'Dark fibre' will force 4G costs down, capacity up - EE

Monday, November 24th 2014

Professor Andy Sutton said a new framework agreement with fibre optic infrastructure providers CityFibre will allow EE to meet a number of its objectives. “We’re pushing cost down yet we’re pushing capacity up and...

Prohibitive mobile network operators need more regulation - Phone Co-Op

Monday, November 24th 2014

Vivian Woodell told Cable.co.uk the country’s mobile infrastructure was dominated by four operators but was effectively only two networks as O2 and Vodafone share masts while Three and EE are consolidating their networks. He...

Herefordshire man's line 'not commercially viable' for superfast broadband

Monday, November 24th 2014

Mark Herriot (pictured) has been trying to upgrade his broadband for more than a year after Fastershire – a partnership between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire councils and BT – announced a rollout of superfast speeds in...

Leased lines ineffective use of business broadband grants

Friday, November 21st 2014

Malcolm Corbett, head of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA), said programmes such as the government’s Connection Vouchers scheme were most effective when they encouraged partnerships between...

Broadband advertising 'battle' will destroy consumer trust

Friday, November 21st 2014

Neil Kelley, senior lecturer in marketing and advertising at Leeds Beckett University, said providers are competing by attacking each other via complaints about their adverts, rather than actively improving their own products,...

Cost of rural business broadband is 'immoral'

Friday, November 21st 2014

Oli Christie, managing director of mobile games studio Neon Play, said the lack of adequate broadband speeds in his area has forced him to pay £8,000 a year for a fibre optic leased line that can give him the speeds he...

Mobile customers' internet use driving Three network improvements

Thursday, November 20th 2014

Bryn Jones told Cable.co.uk that Three carries 45% of all the mobile internet traffic in the UK. “When you compare that to the size of our base, which is about 8 million customers, and compare that to EE, O2 and Vodafone our...

New emergency services network would put public at risk, says expert

Thursday, November 20th 2014

Mike Norfield, CEO of telecommunications specialist TTG, said the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) is being driven by political motives rather than public safety. The programme could see...

Premier League unlikely to return to terrestrial TV

Wednesday, November 19th 2014

Speaking to Cable.co.uk following the announcement of an Ofcom investigation into Premier League TV rights, Rob Wilson, principal lecturer at the Sheffield Hallam University Sport Industry Research Centre, suggested that clubs...

Government mobile not-spot plans pose 'technical challenges' says Three

Wednesday, November 19th 2014

Earlier this month, culture secretary Sajid Javid set out four ideas as part of the government’s plans to eliminate poor mobile coverage. The plans include national roaming – phones switching onto another network when...

Reliance on copper networks not helping UK broadband customers

Wednesday, November 19th 2014

Speaking to Cable.co.uk, Karin Ahl of the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council said it was very “unfortunate” that the UK, France and Germany are using existing networks to deliver fibre broadband. “The legacy networks...

EE says 'dark fibre' will deliver gigabit speeds to mobiles

Wednesday, November 19th 2014

Both EE and Three last week signed a long-term national framework agreement with fibre optic infrastructure provider CityFibre to overhaul their networks using dark fibre. Professor Andy Sutton, EE’s principal network...

Ofcom Premier League TV rights probe could give fans more choice

Tuesday, November 18th 2014

Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University told Cable.co.uk: "The way the Premier League sell the rights is through packages. BSkyB will often buy the biggest package that gives them the rights to broadcast most of the games. "If...

Vodafone: Building developers now prioritising indoor mobile coverage

Tuesday, November 18th 2014

Dr Rob Matthews, senior community manager at Vodafone, told Cable.co.uk: “What we’re finding more increasingly now is where you’ve got developers of new buildings and they start to look at things like connectivity whether...

Internet security scaremongering obscures real threats - expert

Monday, November 17th 2014

Professor Mike Jackson told Cable.co.uk that dramatic internet security scares make it difficult for people to know when they are actually going to be affected. Warnings about the catastrophic effects of malware or viruses...

Ofcom data speed report relies on old information - Vodafone, O2

Monday, November 17th 2014

The regulator last week published its own research into the performance of 3G and 4G networks in five major UK cities. But a Vodafone spokesperson highlighted that Ofcom’s testing took place six months ago. They said the...

Rural broadband coverage needs multiple solutions - BDUK chief

Monday, November 17th 2014

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) chief executive Chris Townsend told Cable.co.uk there is not one solution for bringing superfast broadband to some of the most remote parts of the UK. "It includes fibre, it includes wi-fi and it...

Vodafone: Innovation will eliminate not-spots

Monday, November 17th 2014

Dr Rob Matthews, senior community manager at the operator, said different solutions for connectivity suit different areas. Dr Matthews's comments come as Vodafone last week unveiled Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire as the...

European energy strategy will get us 'in trouble'

Friday, November 14th 2014

Stefan Grosjean, CEO of Smappee, warned that people need to become more aware of their energy consumption now, before we are all “in trouble”. He said that other countries could soon be forced to follow his native Belgium...

Ethical smartphone 'perfect fit' for the Phone Co-op

Friday, November 14th 2014

The Fairphone is made by a Dutch social enterprise of the same name and was launched last month by the Phone Co-op, which has an exclusive deal to market the phone in the UK. A spokesperson for the co-operative told...

Invasion of privacy will drive exodus to the dark web

Friday, November 14th 2014

Professor Mike Jackson, cyber security expert at Birmingham City University, said people need to be aware of the implications of giving up their privacy, and a balance should be struck between security and privacy. His...

Head of government BDUK project predicts 30% superfast broadband adoption despite 95% availability

Thursday, November 13th 2014

Speaking to Cable.co.uk about how many people will actually subscribe to fibre broadband, BDUK’s chief executive Chris Townsend (pictured) said: “If we carry on at the rate of increase I expect take up to be beyond the 30%...

Estimated energy bills hark back 'to the dark ages'

Thursday, November 13th 2014

Richard Morgan, business development manager of Smappee, said energy costs are the only household expenditure that are not itemised, and that the use of estimated bills are going “back to the dark ages”. Smappee clamps...

Autism charity praises government digital skills investment

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

Autism West Midlands (AWM) picked up two gold awards at the Digital Impact Awards last month for Connect, a social media platform for people with autism and their families. The service was launched in April and is funded by...

Regulation alone will not deliver net neutrality

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

Futurist Tom Cheesewright said one answer could be charging more to consumers who want to access bandwidth-heavy services like video streaming, but it should not be to have different pricing for suppliers of that content. Net...

Ultrafast broadband sceptics wrong, says CityFibre boss

Tuesday, November 11th 2014

CityFibre’s Mark Collins said the sceptical view that “no-one needs gigabit” still exists but the reality is that consumers don’t always know how much bandwidth they are using. “The more capable our connection is,...

'Shoddy' government lacks ambition in digital policy

Tuesday, November 11th 2014

George Bevis, who co-ordinates Labour Digital, a network of 300 digital professionals supporting the Labour Party, said not enough is being done by the current government to make Britain a leading digital nation. Labour...

BT 999 tech pinpoints caller location to within 30 metres

Monday, November 10th 2014

AML (Advanced Mobile Location), the product of a collaboration between BT, EE and HTC, can pinpoint the source of an emergency services call to a radius of 30 metres or less – 400 times more accurate than the previous location...

Not-spot problem is Europe-wide

Monday, November 10th 2014

Speaking as the UK government launches a consultation on how to eradicate partial ‘not-spots’ – areas where there is little or no mobile signal, IDC’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) mobility research manager...

Apple, Google will kickstart smart home revolution

Monday, November 10th 2014

Stefan Grosjean, CEO of Smappee, which monitors energy consumption of individual home appliances to help people save money, said names like Apple and Google would “unlock the potential” of the smart home market. Apple’s...

Not-spots more than just a rural problem

Friday, November 7th 2014

Following the launch of a government consultation on how to boost rural mobile coverage, IDC’s EMEA mobility research manager Rosalind Craven told Cable.co.uk: “There’s not only a perception that not-spots are in rural...

Synchronisation still a problem for TV subtitles

Friday, November 7th 2014

The ‘Measuring live subtitling quality’ report, which examines the accuracy, speed and delay between speech and the corresponding subtitle appearing on screen, found broadcasters are beginning to make improvements. The...

Existing smart meters benefit companies, not consumers

Friday, November 7th 2014

Stefan Grosjean and Richard Morgan, from energy saving device company Smappee, said current smart meters are not beneficial for consumers, but there to make life easier for the energy companies that hand them out. Smappee clamps...

Customers petition Ofcom for EE mobile refund

Friday, November 7th 2014

Some 398 people have signed the petition urging Ofcom to instruct EE to pay users’ mobile charges back because they cannot make reasonable access to it and have not been able to despite “many many previous complaints over a...

50% believe broadband is a human right

Thursday, November 6th 2014

The results of a poll on Cable.co.uk revealed that 50.48% agreed that it was a human right while 45.19% replied that it was not. The remaining 4.33% were unsure. The poll, which asked the question “Do you think broadband is...

Mixed reaction to government plans for wi-fi in public buildings

Thursday, November 6th 2014

Communications minister Ed Vaizey announced last week that funds from the £150m SuperConnected Cities programme were being used to turn 1,000 public buildings across the UK into wi-fi hotspots. Cable.co.uk spoke to visitors...

Government position on rural broadband is 'nonsense'

Thursday, November 6th 2014

Mark Collins, director of strategy and public affairs at CityFibre, said the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) rural broadband programme wasn’t ambitious enough and was only ever going to end in BT winning billions in Government...

Film institute streaming service gets anniversary makeover

Wednesday, November 5th 2014

Edward Humphrey said that the BFI Player streaming service is changing the dynamic of the whole institute. The charity today also announced that, one year on from its launch, the on-demand service has received a dramatic...

Small businesses plagued by dropped mobile calls

Wednesday, November 5th 2014

The study by RootMetrics surveyed 1,000 UK businesses that use mobiles as their main means of communication and found that 46% are losing multiple important calls on a daily basis. The survey also found that 99% of business...

Speech recognition inaccurate even if you don't have an accent

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

Blaise Thomson, CEO of a spin-off software company from the University of Cambridge, told Cable.co.uk there have been “big improvements in speech recognition in the last 5-10 years” but there is still a long way to go before...

WWE 'Netflix for wrestling fans' cancelled at eleventh hour

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

The WWE Network, an around the clock subscription service showing live events and on-demand content, was due to launch for UK audiences at 8pm on Monday 3rd of November. However, at 7.39pm GMT, 21 minutes before the launch, the...

Campaigners: Rural broadband inquiry is a step 'in the right direction'

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has launched an inquiry looking at the current broadband coverage in rural areas and new “digital-only services”, such as applications for Common Agricultural Policy...