Politicians love a good pledge. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is no exception. After dismissing the UK’s current target for 2033, Johnson has a very different plan for how full fibre rollout should look. And it’s ambitious, that’s for sure.
It’s the perfect juxtaposition. When the famous old locomotive leaves the station, the most advanced, lightning speed broadband connectivity will be ushered in.
When Virgin Media announced plans to connect 4 million homes and businesses to average speeds of up to 300Mpbs by the end of 2020, Project Lightning became the biggest investment in the UK’s broadband digital infrastructure for a decade – much needed given that the UK population has ever-increasing broadband needs, with usage doubling.
Business broadband customers all over the UK are still subjected to poor connections and snail-paced speeds.
Big players including BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Zen Internet joined the non-compulsory scheme set up by Ofcom. It provides customers with varying levels of compensation when faults disrupt connectivity and regular broadband services.
If you’re already using mobile broadband for your business, you’re probably on the edge of your seat waiting for new 5G technology to kick in. With speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G promised, it’s not surprising that 5G is one of the most highly anticipated changes coming to mobile networks.
In early 2019, Ofcom amended its Voluntary Code of Practice (CoP) to ensure that customers can quit within 30 days if they are dissatisfied with their broadband speeds and the issue isn’t resolved. Lindsey Fussel, Ofcom’s consumer group director, said:
ADSL is still used by many businesses across the UK, but are the days numbered for this style of connectivity? With newer, faster, more reliable services being rolled out throughout the country, what does the future hold for ADSL?
ADSL is an asymmetric digital subscriber line. Basically, it transfers data through the use of copper cables and delivers an asymmetric service; upload speeds that are typically not quite as fast as the download speeds received.
ADSL has been used consistently in the UK since the introduction of the technology in 1998 and is currently widely considered to be the standard ‘go to’ connection for UK businesses. So why are some experts beginning to claim that ADSL is doomed?
“ADSL’s qualities don’t always meet the needs of modern web users.”
Once upon a time, asymmetric lines were the ideal; when the internet was primarily used to discover new information. It made perfect sense to prioritise download speeds as the average user would have little need — if any — to upload data.