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What’s Holding up 5G in the UK?

If you’re into technology, there’s a good chance that you’re waiting with bated breath for every shred of news that may give you a hint about when you’ll be able to get your hands on the next-generation of 5G wireless devices. If you live in the UK, there are already …

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Three UK steps up legal action against Ofcom’s 5G limitation

Back in July, Ofcom imposed a new limitation restricting the amount of the 5G spectrum that mobile providers can buy to 37 percent. A lot has snowballed since then, with UK mobile companies Three gearing up a legal challenge to Ofcom’s decision and Vodafone saying this legal action will “unnecessarily …

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BT and Openreach are being legally separated

Over the years, BT has often come under fire for its operation of Openreach, the backbone of the UK’s internet infrastructure. Upgrades to the lines have been slow and other ISPs who rely on OpenReach have also accused BT of providing a poor service. Now, after a lengthy regulatory battle, …

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Ofcom wants to split up BT and Openreach

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Back in July, UK communications regulator Ofcom set its sights on BT and ordered the ISP to make itself more independent from Openreach. At first, BT complied and said that it would work on addressing these complaints but in the time since then, little has been done, forcing Ofcom to …

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ATVOD is no more, OfCom to take over regulation duties

Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD), the regulatory body for on demand TV platforms in the UK, like 4OD, BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, is set to close after just five years of operation. It’s regulatory responsibilities, which lately have seen the organisation go after porn site operators, will …

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BT: US telecom companies stifle competition

Breaking America is difficult, whether you’re a pop star or a giant telecoms company, apparently. UK based BT has called on U.S. regulators to change the current laws on the sale of network usage, making it possible for different companies to access each other’s network at a regulated price. As …

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UK web users happy to give away personal data

The debate over internet privacy is one that’s going to rage for years to come thanks to the continued back and forth tug of war between the likes of politicians, lobby groups and whistle blowers like Edward Snowden. However, in the eyes of the public it seems that that debate …

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Three confirms plan to buy O2 for over £10 billion

Hutchinson Whampoa, the parent company of UK mobile network, Three,  has confirmed that it is hosting “executive negotiations” with Telefonica to acquire O2 for £10.25 billion. This news comes just a few days after rumors of a potential purchase began to fly around. In a statement from Hutchinson, a company …

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Youtubers warned by Ad Standards to flag promo videos

Along with all of the GamerGate furore that has engulfed the world of games journalism in the past few months, Youtube Let’s Players have been catching flak too, for not making promotional videos obvious enough. Sure they might have put a disclaimer in the description, but when the content in …

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OfCom to expand wireless broadband spectrum

Despite BT’s continued roll out of fibre broadband and pledges from many of the country’s ISPs to deliver high-speed internet to more rural locations, there are some parts of the UK which are still woefully behind the technological trend. Often the reason is a small local population or the area …

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Watch London Zoo’s animals live on Youtube

Considering how much of the internet is consumed by animal pictures, videos and GIFs (the unholy marriage of the former two) it seems ridiculous that someone didn’t think of this already. Now though, thanks to a partnership between London Zoo and Google, you can view live video streams of some …

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Is your mobile provider the worst for calls?

Mobile phone coverage in the UK might be a lot better now than it was ten years ago, but if you don’t live in one of the major cities, making sure your home have enough bars to receive and make calls is an important consideration. That’s why OfCom has recently …

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Ofcom wants to quadruple 4G license fees

If you thought 4G data prices were bad now, wait until you hear this: Ofcom, the UK communications regulator wants to quadruple the price of licensing 4G signal bands for networks. If the network is going to be paying 4 times more, it’d be safe to assume customers would also …

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