19th October 2018
Should You Upgrade Your Router?
When many of us organise our broadband connection we don’t think much about the router we’re using. In most instances, you just plug in the one you’re sent by your internet service provider (ISP) and away you go.
But research from Which? has suggested that some of us should ask our ISP for an upgrade, because older routers can have security flaws and make your connection slower.
The consumer rights organisation believes that five per cent of the UK’s population, which equates to over one million homes, could be missing out on improved security, new features and more reliable connections as a result of using a router that’s out of date.
What’s more, Which? revealed that 80 per cent of customers had received an updated router from their ISP for free.
The organisation looked at two routers from two of the country’s major ISPs that were five and seven years old, and discovered that in both cases there were security holes that would allow the router to ‘talk’ to the devices connected to it. That can be anything from laptops and smartphones to printers and smart home assistants.
Although the risk is low, because a hacker would need physical access to your router to exploit these weaknesses, that doesn’t mean people should be complacent.
There’s also the added benefit of improved speed and reliability for your broadband connection if you have a newer router.
Total Tele reported that rural broadband provider Whitespace recently found that not having fast enough internet access would lead to 71 per cent of buyers changing their mind about a property, so it’s clearly an area that’s worth exploring.
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1st October 2018
Netflix Growing In Popularity
It’s no secret that our TV viewing habits have changed in recent years. Fewer and fewer of us are watching live TV, with more people turning to on-demand subscription services like Netflix.
Data collected as part of the TouchPoints survey carried out each year by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has revealed that the number of people viewing Netflix has increased by 45 per cent year on year.
Almost one-third (29 per cent) of UK adults are now watching Netflix each week, which has climbed from 20 per cent in 2017. What’s more, when broken down into age demographics, this substantially increases to 54 per cent among those aged 15 to 34.
But it isn’t only Netflix that has seen its viewer numbers increase. Amazon Prime has also seen its reach increase to 11.7 per cent of all UK adults, up from eight per cent in 2017.
The jump in viewing figures for Netflix means it’s now the sixth most-watched TV channel in the UK, with only BBC One, ITV/STV, Channel 4, BBC Two and Channel 5 ahead of it.
It also appears that, regardless of what channel we’re watching, we’re spending more time watching TV this year than last. On average, UK adults watch four hours and 41 minutes of TV or video per day, up by two per cent on 2017.
The popularity of streaming services - and the quality of the content they offer - has been recognised at this year’s Emmy Awards. Netflix won 23 Emmys this year, while Amazon Prime became the first ever streaming service to win the Best Comedy gong.
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19th September 2018
Report Reveals Plans For Superfast Broadband In Shropshire Set To Fail
Plans to provide Shropshire residents with superfast broadband over the next two years will not be achieved, a recent report has claimed.
Shropshire Council intended to allow residents to access fast internet speeds of 30Mbps+ in line with 90 per cent of the country by 2020. However, a new report, which will be shown at a local authority meeting next week, has revealed these targets will not be met by 2020.
The Shropshire Star published segments of the report, including: “It has always been a recognised risk to the programme, where infrastructure providers change their original commercial commitments.” It was added the council will lobby the providers to persuade them to reconsider their decisions.
The importance of superfast broadband speeds was highlighted in the document, saying it would help “support the long-term evolution of 5G technologies”.
Therefore, it committed the local authority to work closely with the government, as well as partners, to ensure that the majority of Shropshire residents have access to adequate internet speeds in the future.
The government has its own broadband targets, aiming to increase the number of people in the UK with access to superfast speeds to 98 per cent of the country by 2021.
Being able to benefit from faster broadband connections will have a positive impact on local businesses. Earlier this month, a report entitled the Evaluation of the Economic Impact and Public Value of the Superfast Broadband Programme revealed companies who had access to faster online speeds experienced a £9 billion growth in turnover.
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14 September 2018
Brighton Boasts One Of The Highest Broadband Rates!
If you’ve yet to have TV aerial services installed in your Brighton home, you might be inspired to get moving on this sooner rather than later after learning that the region has one of the highest rates of superfast broadband coverage to be found in the UK.
Think Broadband figures show that more than 99 per cent of homes and businesses now enjoy access to this, well above the government target of 95 per cent, the Brighton and Hove Independent reports.
User-generated speed tests show that the median download speed across Brighton and Hove is 26Mbps, with households boasting the fastest connections seeing download speeds of a minimum of 66Mbps. However, households that have the worst broadband have to live with download speeds of up to 8Mbps, which is below the minimum speed set for a good connection.
Ofcom, industry regulator, says superfast broadband should have download speeds of over 30Mbps, while decent broadband is defined as 10Mbps. In order to download films, stream high-def videos, play games online, use Skype or operate numerous Netflix accounts, you need to have superfast broadband.
Think Broadband editor Andrew Ferguson was quoted by the news source as saying: “The last few years have seen dramatic changes in the availability of superfast broadband across the UK, but for those still to see any improvements it won’t feel like that at all.”
Recent government research shows that superfast broadband has led to £9 billion growth in turnover for companies that do have these faster connections, so it certainly seems as though it’s worth looking into if you do run a business.
01 September 2018
Superfast Broadband Leads To £9 Billion Boost For Businesses
Businesses that have benefited from the rollout of superfast broadband in the UK have experienced a significant increase in their profits.
The government’s independent research of how the superior internet service affected companies between 2012 and 2016 was released in a report called The Evaluation of the Economic Impact and Public Value of the Superfast Broadband Programme.
It showed there has been a £9 billion growth in turnover for firms who have access to faster connections. This has resulted in a £690 million net increase in Gross Value Added to the UK economy.
The report also found it has helped lower the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance by 9,000, as well as reducing long-term claimant figures by 2,500. This is due to the creation of 49,000 local jobs as a result of an expanded telecommunications industry.
Margot James, minister for digital, said the broadband rollout has been “one of our greatest successes”.
“We are reaching thousands more homes and businesses every week, that can now reap the clear and tangible benefits that superfast broadband provides,” she went on to say.
For every £1 the government invested in the system, businesses have benefit from a return of £12.28, showing just how much value for money the investment was.
This is mainly due to the fact that it enabled five million homes and businesses to have access to superfast broadband, taking the national coverage to 95.39 per cent.
Over the next few years, this is set to increase to 98 per cent as over a million more households and companies are expected to profit from faster internet speeds.
Superfast broadband has a huge number of advantages for businesses, including quicker download times; the ability to support multiple devices on the internet at the same time; and enabling multiple online applications to work concurrently.
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01 August 2018
Could LiFi Replace WiFi In The Future?
Mobile operator O2 is conducting a trial with technology company PureLiFi to determine whether light-driven wireless connectivity can potentially rival WiFi in the future.
LiFi works by using LED lights to deliver large quantities of data through adjustments in the bulb's brightness.
The light, therefore, is able to produce high-speed wireless data communication, as opposed to radio frequencies that WiFi operates with.
Chief operations officer for O2 Derek McManu said: "We're committed to building the best network possible for our customers, and a huge part of that is making sure we're ahead of the pack in testing the latest technology."
He went on to say the trial, which is taking place at its Slough headquarters, shows high-speed connectivity can be achieved in other ways.
This will help the company provide a better service to customers ahead of its 5G launch in Britain.
Alistair Banham, chief executive officer of Edinburgh University organisation PureLiFi, added that this new technology is responding to the increasing demand from mobile users.
Indeed, it is thought there will be 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices by 2020, so utilising light energy for communication as well as illumination could be a breakthrough for the growing number of online phones, tablets and computers in use.
He went on to say: “LiFi is capable of unlocking unprecedented and much-needed data and bandwidth.”
This form of technology is already available to use, as pureLiFi has released the LiFi-SX starter kit for academics. This provides full duplex wire links of up to 43 Mbps. The company launched the devices to encourage academics to get involved in the movement and support future development of LiFi technology.
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