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Ofcom: UK broadband speed climbs 22 percent

In its Thursday-published report about fixed-line broadband in the UK, Ofcom has revealed that average broadband speed in the country witnessed a 22 percent increase - from 6.8 megabits per second (Mbps) to 7.6 Mbps - during the six-month period from May to November 2011.

Smartphones Preferred By UK Population: Ofcom

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has revealed that UK’s population has been inclined towards social networking sites and smartphones. Around one fourth of the adult population and half of the teenagers have been using smartphones.

Ofcom revealed that among the smartphones owners, 58% of them were males and the female count was 42%. Among the younger generation, children aged between 12 and 15 years were surveyed, 52% of girls have been using smart phones and 48% of boys were using smartphones.

Less Use of Broadband Services in Scotland: Ofcom

The Scottish population has not been using the internet broadband services completely, as only 61% of the Scots use broadband, compared with 74% of people in the entire UK, the communications regulator Ofcom notified.

According to the reports of Ofcom, in Greater Glasgow, the usage of broadband was very low, as only 50% people have been using it. However, between the age group of 35 and 54, the usage of broadband was highest at 85% in Scotland while it was just 83% in the entire UK. Also, 9% increase has been seen recently due to the popularity of laptop or PC with a broadband dongle.

Ofcom proposes cheaper broadband for rural areas

With a view to provide a boost to internet uptake in rural areas, UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has proposed that BT should slash the wholesale prices it charges from other Internet Service Providers which use its infrastructure to pass on broadband to rural areas.

BT may be forced to slash its wholesale prices in the range of 10.7 per cent to 14.7 per cent, after taking inflation into account, so that the Internet service Providers could pass on the cost saving to end users.

Ofcom launches consultation to get rid of charge confusion

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation into making calls to 0800 numbers free in order to simplify users' lives.

The regulator said it launched the consultation to get rid of confusion over the cost of calls to non-geographic numbers that start with 03, 08, 09 and 118. These numbers are largely used by charities, Government agencies and businesses. These numbers are also widely used for public voting for popular TV shows such as X Factor.

Ofcom proposes to make calls to 0800 numbers free

The UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has launched a consultation that could see mobile phone operators to make calls to 0800 numbers free, as they are on landlines.

Ofcom wants to simplify prices to hack on confusion regarding the cost of calls to non-geographic numbers beginning with 03, 08, 09 and 118. These numbers are widely used by Government agencies, charities and businesses, like that of TV shows which feature a public vote.

UK lags on broadband, but Brits are early technology adopters

Communications regulator Ofcom has said that less than one per cent of households in the UK have access to super-fast broadband.

Regulator’s annual International Communications Market report lags far behind other countries on fixed and mobile broadband. The report cited the example of Japan, where more than a third of consumers enjoy super-fast broadband services.

Ofcom’s CEO announces timetable for 4G spectrum release

Telecoms watchdog Ofcom has announced that the auction for 4G spectrum would take place sometime during the first quarter of 2012, with the process of release expected to be finished by the end of 2013.

It means mobile operators will compete to acquire a share of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz blocks of high-speed data spectrum.

The announcement was made by Ofcom’s chief executive Ed Richards. Making the announcement at the FT World Telecoms Confrence, Richards said, “This is a stretching timetable. The equivalent time period for the 3G auction was around three years.”

Ofcom launches consultation on ‘white space’ spectrum plans

British telecoms watchdog Ofcom has launched a consultation to determine how white space (unused radio waves in between the frequencies occupied by TV channels) could be used to enhance broadband access in rural areas.

White space technology can be used to carry wireless signals, although unlike traditional wi-fi, white space devices will use lower frequencies that are usually the domain of television.

Ofcom advises government to make 900MHz spectrum available for 3G

UK communications watchdog Ofcom has advised the government should make 2G (900MHz and 1800MHz) radio spectrum available for 3G mobile services (UMTS) at the earliest possible.

Ofcom said that liberalization of 900MHz and 1800MHz radio spectrum for 3G mobile services would likely benefit consumers and would unlikely result into a material distortion of competition.

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