Around 12,000 homes in Newcastle are set to received ultrafast broadband as part of plans by Virgin Media to extend its network across the country. Homes in Benwell and Elswick will gain access to the company’s ultrafast broadband network by the end of 2019. Currently houses in the area are limited to download speeds of just 20Mbps, but following the roll out residents will be able to access speeds of 300Mbps.
Small businesses will get even faster speeds of 350Mbps. Faster broadband speeds make it possible to stream ultra-high-definition TV, which is also known as 4k.
Hugh Woolford, regional director at Virgin Media, said: “By expanding our network in Newcastle to thousands more homes and businesses, we are making the area a digital hotspot. Time-strapped families will soon be benefitting from the reliability of a service that’s 15 times faster than the local average.”
Backed by parent company Liberty Global, Virgin Media is to extend its ultrafast fibre broadband network to an additional four million premises, to reach a total of 17m homes and businesses.
Broadband coverage from one of the UK’s major providers has been restored after major technical issues. Hundreds of TalkTalk customers reported issues, with the bulk of problems surrounding the firm’s internet services. However, TalkTalk said the issues had been resolved on Wednesday evening.
A spokesperson added: “Technical issues led to some customers experiencing disruption to their service for a limited period this afternoon. “Our engineers resolved this quickly and all services are now restored. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Independent outage tracker Down Detector received a surge of reports when TalkTalk’s service went down. The issues peaked at almost 5,700 reports from TalkTalk customers experiencing problems.
TalkTalk outage areas (Image: Down Detector)
TalkTalk customers flocked to social networking site Twitter to report issues with the firm’s internet services. In the North East, @LSPowerGT from Newcastle, said on Twitter: “Oh I’m having this issue currently, nationwide from looks of it.
I must be fortunate to not have these weekly issues people have though.” Jordan Hind, from Spennymoor, said: “Thanks @TalkTalk no internet AGAIN!”
Dene King added: “Mine is down too in South Tyneside. Help line just says “too busy” & hangs up.
Where’s the “trusty twitter team” please?”
Andrew Bramwell said his router in Gateshead said was also not working.
Speed-testing data from the second and third quarters of 2017 finds that Optus is the best fixed-line internet service provider in Australia for download speeds overall. Wollongong leads the list of cities for the best fixed-line speeds. Optus has sealed the number one spot overall as the “fastest” provider, according to the speed testing data from Ookla.
The telco offers an average download speed of 24.12 Mbps and average upload of 8.48 Mbps. Telstra is next on the list. It is the best for mobile data speeds overall.
During peak-hour times when network congestion is at its highest, Telstra is the best. It offers average download speeds of 21.96 Mbps and upload speeds of 7.70 Mbps. Telstra averaged download speeds of 44.20 Mbps and upload speeds of 14.32 Mbps.
TPG, iiNet, and iPrimus are also included in the list of fastest provider. Ookla operates speedtest.net, a speed-testing tool. Best cities for broadband
Wollongong is number one when it comes to the best fixed-line speeds in the county overall. The speed-testing company gave it a “speed score” of 94.31 out of 100. In Wollongong, average download speeds were 33.72 Mbps, with an average upload speed of 19.78 Mbps upload.
Geelong also has a good Ookla speed score rating, with a speed score of 94.26. The Gold Coast and Newcastle follow. Ookla ranked Australia 56th in the world for average download speeds overall (24.12 Mbps) for fixed-line broadband.
Australia’s mobile broadband is expected to get faster as all three top carriers are working to improve their networks. Telstra came out on top for speeds overall, followed by Vodafone and then Optus. Telcos react
Optus said it was pleased that the Ookla report showed that it offered the fastest fixed broadband internet speeds overall, “particularly given the significant rise in streaming services.” A company spokesperson said, “We will continue to roll out 4.5G network technology to select capital cities which will result in customers’ experiencing significant improvements in data speeds.” Telstra is also pleased about Ookla’s confirmation that the telco had the fastest mobile network. “We recently engaged Systemics to conduct an independent benchmarking survey of the three mobile networks, and after driving 41,000 kilometres around Australia making calls and using data they found Telstra was the leading national provider,” a Telstra spokesperson said, according to Sydney Morning Herald. Meanwhile, a Vodafone spokeswoman said the report was encouraging.