Monday, 26 September 2011

Ofcom Update: Points of Handover pricing review final statement

Ofcom has published a statement on reductions to its charge control on BT in relation to additional Point of Handover charges.

A point of handover is the physical infrastructure and electronics used by other communications providers to connect to BT to deliver leased lines. Leased lines are mainly used by businesses to connect their sites and to provide broadband and other services.

The changes are expected to come into effect on 1 October.

Friday, 23 September 2011

The CLA (Country Land & Business Association) has welcomed the latest phase of BT's super-fast fibre optic broadband programme but says that “it could still leave the "final third" of the UK without a decent infrastructure”.

In effect the CLA is saying that rural areas and the remote "final third" may miss out on enhanced broadband services because the funding is making the already-fast faster rather than addressing the needs of the countryside.

CLA President William Worsley said: "We welcome BT's expectation to make super-fast fibre optic broadband available to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2015, although these are places that already have a decent broadband service.” 

"BT should focus on those rural areas with barely adequate broadband or none at all. The final third of the country still lacks any broadband service and will be even further behind by 2015." 

He went on to say that they recognise that Public Private Partnerships are needed to address the needs of supplying broadband to the most rural and remote areas and that if the Government is serious about having the best broadband in Europe then it must work toward encouraging public and private partnerships. 

Thursday, 22 September 2011

IP Set Top Box Unit Shipments to Surpass 21 Million in 2011

In-STAT, in a recent report categorise the set top box market as mature. That is it has reached a state of equilibrium or at least the absence of significant growth.

They go on to say that that there are segments of the business that are innovating and growing at fairly significant rates.

New In-Stat ( research, Worldwide IP Set Top Boxes, identifies the IP set top box market segment as one that is growing and is forecasting that unit shipments will surpass 21 million in 2011.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Ofcom update: Ofcom bans rollover contracts

Our contribution to the OFCOM report on ACR's (Automatically Renewable Contracts).

As one of the few companies within the telecoms industry advocating 'no rolling contracts' (or long contracts for that matter) we are pleased that our contribution is reflected in the latest statement from OFCOM. We are of the firm belief that the provision of excellent service delivery at great prices does not come about because of long term or rolling agreements but happens when the contract is fair to both parties with customers being able to reward good businesses practice by keeping their business with them and swapping those that do not. By not providing a quality service both in terms of customer service and products will see those companies lose their business.

The banning of ACR's from the 31st of December is a win win for both quality suppliers of telecoms services and customers. 

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Mobile Internet Connections in the UK figures according to the O.N.S

The Office for National Statistic (ONS) report ‘Internet Access – Households and Individuals 2011, has shown significant growth in the use of mobile internet technology since 2010. There are now 6 million people using their mobile phones to access the internet.

Mobile phone internet technology has grown the fastest amongst the 16 to 24 age group and use of mobile phone internet technology has increased from 44% to 71% over 12 months.

Mobile internet use by women has seen a doubling of use since 2009 increasing from 18% to 39%.

Use of mobile internet technology i.e. laptops etc. has also seen an increase in use with 38% of users accessing the internet via this method while away from the home or work.

77% of homes have household internet access acording to the O.N.S

The Office for National Statistic (ONS) in a recent report ‘Internet Access – Households and Individuals 2011', indicated that 19 million households in the UK now had an internet connection. This is 77% of households up from 73% in 2010.

Although the growth in household internet connections has grown there are still around 5.7 million households without an internet connection. Reasons cited for this lack of internet connection vary, ranging from the cost of equipment, a lack of skills or just “they do not need the internet”.

Of connected households 93% are using broadband compared to 84% in 2007. There is still some dial up access accounting for 2% of connected households and the remainder is made up of mobile internet connections.