Monthly Archives: July 2014

Broadband news | Broadband news wrap: 23-29 September

Welcome to the weekend, and another weekly broadband
news wrap
from Simplifydigital. This week, TalkTalk
launched a very competitive range of broadband plans, EE improved
its 4G coverage and UK universities are going to offer free, online
courses. That’s plenty of good news to get your teeth into.

TalkTalk Simplybroadband plans launch

TalkTalk Essentials has been replaced by Simplybroadband, three
low cost broadband plans with your choice of features – basic
broadband, anytime calls or fibre broadband speeds.

The Superpowered Simplybroadband fibre deal costs just
12.50/month plus line rental, making it one of the best options
for those who want great speeds for less.

Read the full TalkTalk Simplybroadband

EE 4G coverage extends to another 12 UK towns

If you live in, or regularly visit Ashby-de-la-Zouch,
Beaconsfield, Blackburn, Burton upon Trent, Coalville,
Chester-le-Street, Fleet, Gerrards Cross, Halifax, Hinckley,
Houghton-le-Spring or Reigate, you’ll be delighted to know that EE
4G coverage is now available in these areas.

Read more about EE 4G coverage

UK universities to offer free online courses

Want to study without the hassle of getting to class?

Over 20 UK
universities are offering free courses online, which you can follow
using a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Find out more about free UK online university

Superfast broadband rollout in Wiltshire

In a 35.6m partnership between Wiltshire Council, South
Gloucestershire and BT, superfast broadband has been rolled out to
six more communities: Kington Langley, Castle Combe, Broad Town,
Broad Hinton and Whiteparish.

The ambitious project will provide
superfast broadband access to more than 10,000 homes and businesses
across the county.

Broadband deal of the week:



  1. ^ Read the full TalkTalk Simplybroadband article (
  2. ^ Read more about EE 4G coverage (
  3. ^ Find out more about free UK online university courses (

AM welcomes further superfast broadband roll-out

rebecca evansFROM December this year, superfast broadband services will be delivered to exchanges from Cross Hands, Saudersfoot and Tenby allowing homes and businesses in the localities to access broadband speeds up to three times faster than the UK average.

Superfast Cymru, the largest partnership of its kind in the UK, is working towards the Welsh Government s target to extend fast fibre broadband to 96 per cent of premises in Wales by 2016. Welcoming the most recent update from BT the company working in partnership with the Welsh Government to roll out the programme – Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, said: This is great news for households. It is also good news for businesses many of which rely on fast and reliable internet speeds.

Superfast broadband will allow many rural businesses to flourish, and will allow homes across Wales to enjoy the benefits of things such as online streaming of films and music at much greater speeds. The Superfast Cymru Programme aims to bring fibre optic broadband to homes and businesses across 96% of Wales by 2016. It will provide the majority of business and residential premises with the capability of accessing broadband at speeds in excess of 30Mbps.

According to the regulator Ofcom the current average broadband speed in Wales is around 9Mbps, so Superfast Cymru will deliver a significant uplift in speeds.

London 'set for 5G mobile broadband by 2020' –

The Mayor of London has promised ultra-fast download and upload speeds for the capital’s tablet, dongle and smartphone users by 2020.

According to Boris Johnson, 5G mobile broadband services will arrive in London by the end of the decade.

As reported by the Telegraph, he claimed network operators will work in collaboration with the University of Surrey on new technologies to deliver faster speeds.

London is earning a reputation for being the tech capital of Europe,” Mr Johnson stated.

“That is why we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access the very best digital connectivity.”

He claimed that rapidly improving connectivity in London is “a key part” of its infrastructure plan, designed to ensure the competitiveness of the capital over future decades.

But according to the City of London Corporation, there is plenty of work to do on this front.

Writing for City AM, Policy Chairman Mark Boleat claimed that businesses and households in the Square Mile are still unable to access fibre broadband services.

He called for more affordable connectivity solutions, as an alternative to leased lines, for this part of the city.