Governments honesty is welcomed by Avanti



Following the govt. announcement last week that they had only allocated funding to meet half the cost for rolling out broadband across the country, it seems that other private organisations are coming to the table. The Government and private organistion Avanti are working together to create new satellites that can provide up to 10Mbps broadband for anyone in the UK, regardless of their location.



The government said it prefers match funding, which means that private companies such as BT could invest half of what the government put in. The Govt. hopes to announce the funding allocations for the UK regions before the summer recess.

Government admits it only has half the money for superfast broadband


Why do Governments never tell us the whole truth and then wonder why the voters are so cynical about politicians? As time goes on the current Government seem less and less different from it predecessors.

Jermery Hunt, the Culture Secretary, has admitted the Government has only half the money (£530m of the £1060m) that is needed for the superfast broadband expansion it was crowing so loadly about in December. It says the current budget crisis as a reason for this, and in its next breath says local authorities will need make up the balance – in a time of reduced budgets. Somethings never change. One day we might have government which tells us the truth – but then pigs will be flying as well!

Which experts are right about broadband delivery?


We have heard a lot in recent months about superfast broadband how this or that company is rolling it out so we can get faster broadband all at some huge cost. This will of almost certainly mean another cost to us as consumers  – what a surprise. But it would seem that the so called experts are now in disagreement as to which of the two is fastest. MLL Telecom say that advances in copper broadband technology mean that traditional telephony networks are now capable of supporting the advanced services that customers desire. They go on to say that Ethernet First Mile (EFM) technology, which uses local loop unbundling technology, is a great solution. In some instances, EFM broadband is capable of providing the same download speeds as fibre-optic services, at half the price.


Some of us may benefit from it others may not. Come on guys lets get some clarity so we consumers can make an informed decision as which system is best for our needs. If this article is to be believed there could be some very embarrassed company bosses trying to justifying the huge cost to shareholders of an investment which may not have the same payback as originally thought! But having said that I am sure it is not that simple. One of the factors which dictates speed of delivery is the distance from your nearest the  elephone exchange.

Do you even know what your actual brioadband speed is in reality – our suppliers bandy around theoritcal figures which are often several fold high than reality. If you want to know what you speed is really go to This site will tell you your current speed and make comparison to other areas,  as well as cataloging your tests results. via @top10uk

On-line Business – thinking outside box


We have been reading of late about the state of the economy, that high speed broadband is the future, and how the digital age is upon us and important to the future growth of our economy. So it pleasing to see that some in govt. thinking outside the box – namely looking at current use  infra structure and how it might assist . There are 5,600 telephone exchanges in the UK through which broadband reaches homes. But there are 150,000 power substations reaching around 98 per cent of homes. In many cases fibre could be strung up alongside power lines to homes instead of digging up roads. Thus using this already existing infrastructure to get broadband to businesses and the community. I just hope that such ideas and new thinking do not get lost in the halls of govt,  bureaucracy and vested interests, which so often happens.

It is important we consider new ideas and use them to make us as a country more competitive, and lets face it the UK economy needs all the help it can get. I will monitor and hope that these ideas will be implemented and not labelled as too difficult or impractical never to see the light of day again.

The mini PC in your pocket

Smartphones are become more popular by the day spearheaded  initially by the iPhone and more recently with the many android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S and new S2.

Only a week or ago Orange/Barclaycard announced UK first mobile wallet, O2 then announced their product coming soon, and finally Google announced a wallet android App coming to US customers later in the year. The increasing uses for the smartphone and the rapidly expansion of  purchasing of consumers via mobile broadband  have spooked even Microsoft.

Microsoft can see the future changing where smartphones will take over from PC’s and their business disappears overnight. In the last three months of 2010, 94m PCs were sold – and 100m smartphones, this is the first time smartphone sales have out stripped PC’s. Now some of you may say so what, they have had a monopoly too long and made billions as we purchase PCs. No one denies that’s the case, but imagines our lives without the PC, laptop or the smartphone.

I don’t think Microsoft will disappear tomorrow as Bill Gates has been pretty good at seeing the future and won’t give up easily. Perhaps this is the reason for the  Microsoft purchase of Skype. But one thing is certain, unless companies like Microsoft can adapt to the rapidly changing environment and consumers demand they will be doomed to fail.

Is mobile broadband hindering boom in ‘m-commerce’

eCommerceIt is being predicted by companies like eBay that ‘m commerce’ is going to boom over the next few years as more of us use smart phones to access the internet and purchase goods and services.

As we use mobiles to gain access to the internet and purchase goods  could lead the UK economy to grow by £4.5bn within four years, and by another £13bn by 2021 according to eBay.

This potential growth will be hindered by lack of access to mobile broadband, and the costs of data downloads. We should push for great coverage and  have ambitious goals to make sure the higher reliability and quality of mobile broadband. This will only happen if he the users create a demand and show we are prepared to access the internet with our mobiles. via @addthis

How UK broadband uptake compares to rest of Europe


UK shows that it leads Europe on the uptake of broadband across anumber of parameters. The only parameter we do less favourably is online bidding for public sector tendering. The UK government have been critisised on this point in the past. This shows inconsitency across government departments considering they making so much about widening broadband – or all this just hype by government because it looks good! via @AddThis

Broadband prices to rise is this just the tip of the iceberg

One has to wonder if this is just the beginning, with all the investment in superfast broadband we hear about each day I cannot believe the companies will absorb all the costs and not pass on any of  it on to their customers.

Telegraph via @Telegraph

Mobile wallet offered to UK shoppers – useful or just an expensive way to buy goods and services.

The introduction of paying with your mobile wallet  has initially been launched by Orange and Barclaycard using ones mobile phone.

This shows how important mobile phone and the mobile broadband are becoming and their increasing importance  in our lives. Some say the internet is like oxygen almost an essential for living. Will same apply to the mobile internet and the mobile wallet?

Where will this lead – will we be throwing out our laptops in the future, probably not but they will certainly change. We have already seen the introduction of Ipad1 & 2 by Apple followed by other manufacturers equivalents. Touch screens laptops are here to stay. Acer have a laptop with two touch screens one of which can be used as a keyboard along with other novel ways of moving information, pictures etc. Smart mobile phones are increasingly popular with iPhone4 and Samsung Galaxy S2 in the lead, with others in the market palace.

Smart phones have led to an increase in use of mobile broadband to purchase goods and services. The increase of donations to charities via internet is just one example of this.

This change is fascinating and exciting, it is important to use this technology to help us. I know from personal experience, you can rush out and buy the latest technology only to find it does not live up to the hype. Research it, work out how you can use it on a daily basis, cost it fully, and then make an informed decision, only then will it be a useful tool for you. via @moldovaorg

Are small businesses in the UK making the best use of the Internet?

UK businesses are falling behind on the money to be made using the internet.

Research shows small firms in the UK make more than £36 billion a year through web related revenue, but many more are missing out on this business opportunity. As many as 46% of small businesses were not capitalising on the potential internet business, and over 30% are not investing in internet tools to help get into this business opportunity.

All this is made more difficult as UK broadband speeds fall behind those of our competitors despite the Government promise to invest and improve broadband speeds over the next 5 years. We are told nowby the government that by 2015 two thirds of UK will have access to faster broadband which is pleasing to hear. What they do not say is that only a few months ago this was stated as being 90% by 2015. EU goal is to have this by 2013, so we see already the UK is falling further and further behind. This cannot bode well for our future growth as a nation at time when our economy needs as much help as possible. via @BroadbandExpert