Tag Archives: Broadband
by Ryan Bauer, a writer who works with iiNet Australia
The internet today is faster than it has ever been. We know that because last century we were willing to wait hours for files (such as those containing music and videos) to download. Now, the latest podcast or the hippest viral video from YouTube can be available in just seconds. Broadband internet is what made this possible. But just what exactly is this magical technology that has helped simultaneously save and waste days of our lives? Glad you asked because it’s time get up to speed on what makes the internet so fast these days. Continue reading
Wants to pour money into better broadband instead
EE joint-owner Deutsche Telekom is to slash its dividend payouts in coming years in a bid redirect cash into new broadband investments. The German operator is to pay a dividend of € 0.50 per share for 2013 and 2014, down from € 0.70 last year as revenues are expected to fall to € 5 billion in 2013 from an estimated EUR 6 billion this year. Continue reading
New European legislation is capping mobile roaming bills at €50 for data use (see our report) – which is expected to help reduce “bill shock”, where consumers are slapped with a hefty fee at the end of the month. But Broadband Genie is suggesting that people also need to be careful of using too little data, claiming that consumers could be wasting huge amounts of money every year. Continue reading
T-Mobile has triumphed in the most rigorous mobile broadband battle on the calendar, being named Dongle on the Move Winner in the Broadband Genie Road Trip 2010 Awards. Last year’s victor, Virgin Media, took the overall runner-up award. Continue reading
“We’re not going to fight a war” says Clearwire Chief Executive Bill Morrow. He said this at CTIA today, concerning the two standards for 4G, LTE and WiMAX. Both technologies will offer far better mobile and on-line services, for both consumers and operators. But Bill Morrow touched on a very contentious issue with that statement: just how much will these two standards co-operate? Continue reading
It may not come as a surprise to you, but network builders do love it when Governments spend money on their net infrastructure. Nokia Siemens Network has come out strongly in support of the FCCs plan to provide 1GB broadband access to 100 million homes in the US. And why wouldn’t they? Not only will it help shoulder some of the burden that short-sighted planning has dumped on US networks, but it will provide much needed work for companies like NSN and Ericsson who have been taking a complete paddling over the last year. Continue reading
Just yesterday, the Australian telecoms regulator published an extensive report on how mobile services are rapidly overtaking traditional phone lines in Australia. Mobile services are getting cheaper and better, and landlines are starting to look like they’re in trouble. And in the midst of this, O2 UK has announced that it will be launching a landline service. Is that a good idea? Continue reading
Rating: One of our dongles is missing!
Using a mobile broadband dongle while travelling has become such an everyday occurrence that when it stops functioning, disaster strikes. This is what happened to GoMo News when a Samsung Netbook NC-10 was upgraded to Windows 7.
The favoured mobile dongle is a Huawei E220 device supplied by 3 UK. [...]
The latest mobile broadband speed test data from Broadband Genie shows two thirds of users have been saddled with speeds below 1Mb this year – less than 15% of the ‘up to’ speeds claimed by, for example, Vodafone (7.2Mb). The majority of products from the likes of 3, O2, T-Mobile and Orange are advertised at [...]
Rating: Circa 25 per cent of it will be streaming
The GSMA has released figures from Wireless Intelligence which show that mobile broadband in the shape of HSPA networks are expanding fast. There are now 285 commercially operating HSPA networks, supporting more than 167.5 million connexions.
The research has also revealed that there are over 1,600 HSPA-enabled [...]
Rating: Vast improvement on mobile bill visibility discovered
Orange has been texting its fixed broadband customers with an incentive of the chance to win £1,000 of M&S shopping vouchers if they reply with their real email address.Why discuss fixed broadband here? Easy. If you are a long established Orange customer – and given my account number [...]
Results from independent comparison site Broadband Genie indicate that the public think mobile broadband is awful. 64% of respondents said that their broadband connection didn’t live up to their expectations. But, as we reported recently, that’s probably because unscrupulous advertising is setting those expectations unrealistically high. Continue reading
In a great PR coup, Ericsson now has contracts with all the major telecom operators in China. The networks have signed Ericsson on to upgrade their networks to provide high-speed fixed broadband to consumers.
China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom will be using the networks for IPTV as well as broadband. The services will be [...]
The results are now available for the first Mobile Broadband Genie Road Trip Awards. The exercise directly pitted dongles provided by six mobile broadband suppliers (O2, Orange, 3, T-mobile, Virgin Media and Vodafone) against each other on a 350-mile rail journey over two days.
According to providers, mobile broadband is the answer for people who want [...]
Forgive me for I am evil. I am a bad guilty consumer that is a victim of Virgin Media and (guess what) I deserve bad customer care.
But let me get the point. Why am I guilty?
I am guilty because Virgin Media’s billing system isn’t very good.
I am guilty for phoning Virgin Media for trying [...]