Leading UK ISP’s To Reveal Network Management Policy To Customers

A number of UK internet service providers will reveal to customers details of their traffic management policy and how they restrict broadband internet speeds.

The ISP’s include Sky Broadband, BT Total Broadband and Virgin Media Broadband, all of whom have agreed to abide by a new code of conduct drafted by the Broadband Stakeholders Group. The idea behind the policy is to show customers why speed restrictions must be placed to ensure network stability during periods when the network is busy.

The ISP’s argue that they must slow down internet speeds during periods when the network is extremely busy, since it enables them to maintain a strong network that does not degrade during periods of high traffic.

The policy has been criticized by some who worry that it will result in a two tiered internet, one where ISP’s charge specific websites for prioritizing their traffic.

Antony Walker, BSG chief executive believes that the new code is important for transparency and that whatever policy of traffic management is designed going forward, it is important that customers are aware of it.

“There has been more heat than light in the debate about traffic management over recent years,” he said. “This commitment to provide clear and comparable information in a common format is very important.”

Walker added: “It will not only help to ensure consumers are better informed about the services they buy and use, but will also provide a clearer picture for policy makers of the way in which traffic management is actually used in the UK market.”

Other companies backing the code include O2 Broadband, TalkTalk Broadband, 3 Mobile Broadband and Vodafone Mobile Broadband. All the signatories together account for 90 per cent of fixed line customers and 60 per cent of mobile customers across the UK.

“Consumers need to be able to make informed choices about the services they buy and policy makers need to be able to make informed decisions about the policy and regulatory framework they set,” Walker added.

“This new commitment provides an essential building block for getting both of these things right.”

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3 Mobile Broadband Show Apple iPad Love

January 21, 2011 · Filed Under 3 Mobile, Mobile Broadband · Comment 

3 Mobile broadband have cranked up the heat a notch for Apple iPad service providers. The groundbreaking gadget from Apple seems to have taken the world by storm, even my mum has got one, though all she seems to do all day is play Scrabble against the computer (78% success rate allegedly!).

Anyway, 3 mobile broadband will be announcing a new tariff for the Apple iPad that could well blow the competition out of the water. The rumoured deal is –

  • Only £199 for a 16GB iPad
  • 15GB data allowance a month
  • Only £25 a month

These are the figures that are being bandied around at present, with slightly higher initial cost for the 32 and 64GB versions. The iPad currently holds 87.4% of the world’s tablet market, and with rumours that the second version is soon to be announced, it looks like 3 mobile have timed this awesome tariff to perfection. My mum will be pleased!

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T Mobile and 3 Network in £400 Million Broadband Deal

April 23, 2010 · Filed Under 3 Mobile, Mobile Broadband, T-Mobile Web n Walk · Comment 

T Mobile broadband and 3 mobile broadband have just signed a new £400 million contract with the Nokia Siemens Network as both companies look to expand their UK coverage on their shared mobile broadband network. This huge deal is big business, and will help massively in boosting their joint operation named Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL).

The MBNL joint company has managed to integrate more than 7,000 out of 12,500 mast sites as the shared network requires a lot less since the businesses have joined forces Once the integration project is completed in October 2010, more than 3,000 sites will have been turned off.

This new deal will see MBNL’s national coverage expand to more than 98% of the population by the end of this year, which is great news for prospective customers who demand not only a strong broadband signal at home, but also whilst on the move. The new multi million pound deal will also see the Nokia Siemens Network providing additional 3G radio network infrastructure alongside mobile network planning and maintenance.

Managing director of MBNL, Graham Payne, said –

With Nokia Siemens Networks, we are confident of providing the UK’s most smartphone friendly, high-speed 3G network to more people in the UK than any other operator.

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3 Mobile Broadband Offer MiFi Car Kit

April 14, 2010 · Filed Under 3 Mobile, Mobile Broadband · Comment 

3 mobile broadband has just unveiled a brand new in car WiFi system that will allow you to have your very own hotspot everywhere you drive. The system connects over a 3G network and allows users to create their own local wireless connection whilst on the move, though don’t try using your laptop whilst driving!

The car kit, revealed at The Gadget Show in Birmingham, comes with a Huawei MiFi modem, mains and car charger. It even comes with windscreen holder and can hold up to 1GB of data for a month. 3 mobile broadband are confident the car kit will be a big success as it will allow passengers the ability to entertain themselves with their iPods, netbooks or gaming consoles. Plus it will be a great way to access traffic updates and plan routes whilst on the move.

Head of 3’s internet services, David Kerrigan, said –

We’re always looking at new products and services that connect our customers in more places both at home and on the move and In Car Wi-Fi does this. Our research suggests that over 25% of the population are interested in having the internet in their cars, with families and travelling work colleagues showing the most interest. Mobile workers can check traffic information and email on route to a meeting and kids can social network or download tracks to an iPod Touch while on a road trip.

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3 Mobile Broadband Plan ‘Mifi’ Wireless Router

August 14, 2009 · Filed Under 3 Mobile, Mobile Broadband · Comment 

3 Mobile Broadband are planning to release a new wireless router in time for Christmas. Known simply as ‘Mifi’, the device is battery powered and provides your own person Wi-Fi spot without plugs and wires. The device, about the same size as a mobile phone, will be able to provide wireless connections for multiple devices and can be simply activated with an eight digit network key.

Sales and marketing director at 3 UK, Marc Allera, said –

There are millions of Wi-Fi devices out there, but they can only be used in fixed locations. Consumer demand for easy and affordable internet access on the go is growing fast and we’re responding to that by announcing the UK’s first wireless modem.

MiFi will allow access to the internet to laptops and handheld game stations such as the PSP and Nintendo DS when out of range from a Wi-Fi hotspot. Plus with it being battery operated, you really will be free to roam whever you choose without losing connection. More information on news and release dates to follow.

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Rolling Monthly Contract Only £15 With 3 Mobile Broadband

August 10, 2009 · Filed Under 3 Mobile, Mobile Broadband · Comment 

3 Mobile broadband is now available on a flexible one month rolling contract for only £15 a month. This great offer allows consumers to not be tied into an expensive long term contract, plus with a 5GB monthly allowance customers can –

  • Send 5000 emails
  • Surf the web for 50 hours
  • Download 160 music tracks
  • Download 25 4 minute videos

3 Mobile broadband offers 91% population coverage in the UK and is really simple to use, simply plug the dongle into your USB port and you’ll be online in a matter of minutes. The dongle only costs £9.99 and offers download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. Plus with free delivery and a 14 day money back guarantee, there’s never been a better time to join the mobile broadband revolution than today.

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3 Mobile Broadband Half Price Offer

April 6, 2009 · Filed Under 3 Mobile, Mobile Broadband · Comment 

3 Mobile Broadband is now offering a whopping 15GB of downloads for just £15 a month, that’s half the price of the previous 15GB deal! Not only will you receive speeds of up to 3.6Mbps and a free USB modem, you can also –

  • send 15,000 html emails
  • surf the web for 150 hours
  • download 75 four minute videos
  • download 480 four minute music tracks

This credit crunching deal is only available with a 24 month contract, but at those speeds and download limits, at that price, 3 once again show why they are one of the best mobile broadband providers on the the market.

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New T Mobile Broadband Sharing Device

December 17, 2008 · Filed Under 3 Mobile, Mobile Broadband, T-Mobile Web n Walk · Comment 

T Mobile – Mobile Broadband has launched a new device that lets mobile broadband users share their connection with others. The dock supports up to three users for no additional fee and behaves just like a fixed line wireless modem does, enabling simultaneous use of the same password-protected T-Mobile mobile broadband stick.

T-Mobile UK’s head of internet and entertainment, Richard Warmsley, said –
 
‘Mobile Broadband has experienced huge growth across the market, and as its popularity grows, we engage with our customers to continually improve and provide them with exactly the service they want. One of the key insights that came back from users was the desire to share the connection with friends and relatives. The Share Dock makes this a reality in a straight forward and simple way.’

The new mobile broadband share dock is available for free to those committing to an 18 month, £20 a month contract. The availability of T-Mobile’s dock follows the launch of a similar router by fellow mobile operator 3 Mobile Broadband, which costs just £15 a month including VAT.

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Virgin Mobile Broadband For Only Five Pounds

November 20, 2008 · Filed Under 3 Mobile, Mobile Broadband, T-Mobile Web n Walk, Virgin, Vodafone · Comment 

Only a month after it launched, Virgin mobile broadband has announced that existing cable and ADSL broadband customers can sign up for a dongle contract for as little as a £5!

The new package is likely to tempt users who are hungry for connectivity on the go but at the same time trying to tighten their financial belts. The mobile broadband market currently sees the likes of 3, T-Mobile and Vodafone all going head to head on cut-price deals to both new and existing customers in an effort to grab a decent share of the market.

Customers already signed to Virgin’s top 2 packages, XL or L, can take advantage of the £5 offer, with all the other Virgin packages costing £10 a month for mobile broadband. Users signing a 12 month contract will get a 1GB bundled data allowance per month, though the USB 3G will cost £25.
Virgin Media’s managing director for mobile, Graeme Oxby, said –

‘Our 1GB mobile broadband is great for people who need fixed-line broadband but also want access to the internet on the move. This new bundle offers the safety net of considerably cheaper rates if customers go over their monthly data allowance.’

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Mobile Broadband Prices Slashed

May 16, 2008 · Filed Under 3 Mobile, Broadband, Mobile Broadband, T-Mobile Web n Walk, Vodafone · Comments Off on Mobile Broadband Prices Slashed 

Three of the UK’s top mobile broadband providers are planning to slash internet access prices in a bid to secure new customers.

In a head to head pricing battle, the 3 Network is planning to cut their Broadband Lite service to only £5 a month, which features a 2.8 megabit per second connection. Their 18-month contract features 1GB of downloads per month, along with a free USB dongle. However, to take advantage of this pricing scheme you must already be an existing 3 customer; with their cheapest tariff being £12 per month. New customers can still take advantage of the exact same service for £10 per month.

Vodaphone and Orange charge £15 a month for a 3GB service of downloads per month. That works out at £5 per GB of downloads, the same price as the 3 Network, whilst O2 charge £20 per month for the same service. T Mobile offer an unlimited download service, though their speeds aren’t as quick as some competitiors rates.

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