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BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 22:42

BT has topped a UK watchdog's quarterly whinge list for the most moaned about fixed line broadband provider in Blighty.

Communications regulator Ofcom said it received 300 complaints a day for mobile, broadband, phone and Pay TV. The report for the three months to June published today, deals with Blighty's biggest providers.

Virgin Media and Sky Broadband received the lowest number of complaints per 100,000 customers, with seven and five respectively.

Meanwhile BT scored 26 and Plusnet 23 - with the latter having been subject to a number of recent outage gaffes . Yet that is still an improvement on

nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for ≈700k sites
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 18:39

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has announced it will overbuild part of the hybrid fibre-coax network it acquired from Optus.

When nbn™ bought the Optus network it proclaimed that doing so “will hasten the rollout of the National Broadband Network … and enable us to complete the rollout much earlier than originally anticipated with less disruption to residents and communities.”

But as nbn™ told The Register during a March charm offensive , the Optus network was not built to carry data and needed remediation to be suitable for broadband.

Documents leaked to Fairfax media

Telcos hit out against plans to hike their broadband rates
Friday, 30 September 2016 23:18

Broadband providers have rallied against draft plans to hike up the cost of business rates, which will result in a "steep" increase for broadband providers laying infrastructure.

The Valuation Office Agency has today published its plans for proposed non-domestic business rates next year.

Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge described the increase as steep. "The Chancellor Philip Hammond is choosing to side-step responsibility for a huge increase in infrastructure taxes at the very moment after the Brexit vote the UK needs to maximise investment into its digital fibre network."

In a statement to the stock market this morning, BT said it

Business to be given more scope to quit crap broadband contracts
Friday, 30 September 2016 20:49

UK businesses are to receive more accurate data on broadband speeds before signing up to a contract, under a voluntary code coming into force from Ofcom today.

Under the move, customers will also be able to exit their contract at any point if speeds fall below a minimum guaranteed level.

The plans are to be run under a voluntary code, with BT Business, Daisy Communications, KCOM, TalkTalk Business, Virgin Media, XLN and Zen having so far signed up.

Ofcom research found that many small businesses are confused about how the "actual" speed of their broadband service compared to the "headline"

Optus' HFC problems were never a secret, so why did nbn™ need the network?
Thursday, 29 September 2016 12:33

Someone check in on former senator Stephen Conroy, would they, and make sure he hasn't laughed himself to death?

One of the reasons nbn TM set the Australian Federal Police (AFP) onto the pugilistic parliamentarian was that documents leaked to him suggested Optus' hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) network wasn't fit for purpose.

That led AFP Commissioner Colvin's Keystone Kops to stage a raid during an election campaign, to obtain documents it can't even look at until the Senate Privileges Committee decides their future.

Yesterday's announcement that the Optus HFC will be ditched (we note that the current US copper scrap price

How to Get Started with the ESP32
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 11:01

ESP32 is the hottest new wireless chip out there, offering both WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy radios rolled up with a dual-core 32-bit processor and packed with peripherals of every kind. We got some review sample dev boards, Adafruit and Seeed Studio had them in stock for a while, and AI-Thinker — the company that makes the most popular ESP8266 modules — is starting up full-scale production on October 1st. This means that some of you have the new hotness in your hands right now, and the rest of you aren’t going to have to wait more than a few …read more

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