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National Average Speeds March 2014

National average broadband speeds break 20Mb after Virgin Media and EE announce speed boosts

Posted on 2014-04-01 20:00 in Announcements News EE Sky Virgin Media BT Plusnet

March 2014 saw the national average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test surpass 20Mb for the first time, with most providers seeing a healthy speed increase and a 3.53Mb rise overall, bringing the UK average speed to 20.63Mb. Average upload speeds also saw an increase, rising by 0.39Mb to 3.45Mb overall.

Virgin Media's average download speeds increased significantly over the previous month, rising by 4.94Mb, and they retain first place at the top of the speed table at 38.19Mb. Upload speeds were also up by 0.44Mb averaging at 4.14Mb.

Early last month Virgin launched their boost from up to 120Mb to 152Mb, from up to 60Mb to 100Mb and from up to 30Mb to 50Mb, which has undoubtedly contributed to their average download speed increases. While the boost was initially for new customers only, these average speed increases are set to continue as Virgin roll out the higher speeds to existing customers over the next year, with customers in several areas already enjoying the boost.

BT Broadband came in second place on the speed table, with a download speed increase of 2.13Mb taking them to an average speed of 22.33Mb. BT also saw an upload speed increase of 0.56Mbps, with uploads now averaging higher than Virgin at 5.47Mb, in part thanks to the higher upload speed of BT Infinity 2 compared to Virgin's maximum.

EE have taken third place, overtaking both Plusnet and Sky with average download speeds of 14.21Mb (an impressive 4.55Mb increase over last month).

EE have started traffic shaping to prioritise web and streaming traffic, allowing them to last month announce a new headline speed of up to 17Mb. At least 10% of their customers have to be able to achieve this speed in order for them to advertise it, making them faster than any other standard UK phoneline broadband supplier! We're currently running an exclusive £70 Amazon gift voucher offer with EE that stacks with their reduced price offers. It's a limited offer for this week only, so hurry to take advantage of it!

While Plusnet have dropped into fourth place, their average download speeds have actually improved by 1.47Mb, taking them to 14.13Mb. Similarly, Sky have dropped to fifth place, but have a 0.86Mbps increase in download speeds, averaging at 11.2Mb. As spring arrives with sunnier weekends and brighter evenings, we'll likely see further small increases across all providers as peak time congestion from video services reduces due to more people en. The availability of higher speed fibre services also continues to roll out to more exchanges.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for March 2014

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EE Amazon gift card offer

Expired: Exclusive £70 Amazon.co.uk gift voucher with all EE Home Broadband

Posted on 2014-03-31 17:58 in News Offers Expired EE

Broadband.co.uk has secured an exclusive £70 Amazon.co.uk gift voucher offer on all EE Home Broadband deals. This offer combines with EE's existing offers, including:

  • £10 monthly discount for EE, T-Mobile and Orange mobile phone and mobile broadband customers
  • Up to 17Mb standard unlimited home broadband only £2 for 12 months
  • Fibre optic broadband half price for 6 months, from £8 a month for up to 38Mb unlimited fibre

To qualify for the voucher, simply enter the code EEHBB70 when you sign up online. This offer is only available until the 6th of April, so be sure to take advantage while you can!

EE's headline speed for standard broadband has also recently increased from 16Mb to 17Mb thanks to traffic shaping to prioritise web and streaming traffic at peak times, making EE the fastest phoneline broadband on the market.

Voucher only available online. Line rental required, available from £11 monthly equivalent price if paid a year upfront. Quoted prices and features may only be available in EE network areas. Speed achieved depends on factors such as your distance from the telephone exchange, you will be provided with the fastest connection available. Full details will be provided before you sign up.

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EE Mobile WiFi with free tablet

Expired: Double Speed 4G and free tablets with EE mobile broadband deals!

Posted on 2013-12-05 20:54 in News Offers Expired 4GEE

As a limited special offer EE are offering free 7-inch Android tablets with many of their superfast 4G mobile broadband deals. Just choose a data allowance of 5GB or more on a 24 month contract and, as well as either a USB dongle or mobile WiFi device, you'll receive the Alcatel One Touch 7 Android WiFi tablet at no extra cost!

Prices start from £21 a month and available usage allowances go up to 50GB per month. What's more, these deals all come with EE's new double speed 4G, the fastest mobile broadband available in the UK, with the most 4G-enabled cities!

Superfast 4GEE mobile WiFi deals with free Android tablet
Superfast 4GEE dongle deals with free Android tablet

All EE mobile broadband packages come with extra bonuses: you can enjoy inclusive WiFi at BT hotspots and London Underground coverage from Virgin Media, and free film downloads and 2 for 1 Wednesday cinema tickets with EE Film.

Superfast 4G speed depends on location and number of users. Data outside your monthly allowance can be purchased for £6 for 500MB or £15 for 2GB. Prices may increase during the life of your plan.

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Entertainment Boost

Expired: TalkTalk TV's Entertainment Boost Now 2 Months Half Price

Posted on 2013-11-29 12:51 in News Offers Expired TalkTalk

TalkTalk's great value TV bundles, which include phone services, truly unlimited broadband and TV services with Freeview, YouView, catchup TV, on demand and extra channels are now even better value with a promotion offering 2 months half price on the Entertainment Boost!

For only £10 extra per month, the Entertainment Boost adds an additional 33 channels to your TV service, including Sky 1 and 2, Sky Living, FOX, Universal, Watch, GOLD, Comedy Central and Discovery. And now for a limited period, you'll get your first two months of the boost for only £5 per month!

The boost is compatible with both of TalkTalk's TV bundles:

  • TalkTalk Essentials TV - £7.50 per month - Freeview + 7 day catchup TV + 30 minutes pause and rewind TV + evening and weekend calls
  • TalkTalk Plus TV - £15.50 per month - Record Freeview + 7 day catchup TV + pause and rewind TV + anytime calls + £30 shopping voucher

Other boosts are available adding up to 65 channels that aren't available on BT TV. You can also add Sky Movies and Sky Sports, with 5 decidated sports channels and 11 movie channels available.

On Demand services allow you to rent the latest Hollywood movies for 48 hours using TalkTalk Box Office.

TV services are available to both new and existing TalkTalk customers. Boosts can be added or removed on a monthly basis, just give 48 hours notice to remove a boost. Line rental is required, save by paying for a year up front, equivalent to £9.50 per month.

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TalkTalk

Make moving broadband easier when you move house with TalkTalk's Home Move Service

Posted on 2013-08-15 18:54 in News Features TalkTalk

Moving house is a headache, and involves a lot of paperwork, phone calls, and stress even without needing to worry about moving your broadband with you. You could always switch your supplier...but this will subject you to extra setup and cancellation fees, and ultimately prove no less of a hassle. Thankfully, TalkTalk provide a Home Move Service to make this go a lot more smoothly for you. It's all done online, so you can do it at a time to suit you, track the status of the move, and change dates if there are delays. It's also fast, if you have all the details ready already, and if you do the installation yourself, it's free. TalkTalk Home Move Service is there to make moving house that little bit simpler.

Find out more with our handy guide below.

Moving Your Broadband When Moving House With TalkTalk's Home Move Service.

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TalkTalk

A guide to TV options: TalkTalk TV vs Freesat Freetime vs Freeview+ HD

Posted on 2013-06-04 16:44 in News Features TalkTalk

With so many choices for TV packages available for consumers today, it can be hard to decide just what's right for you. Options range from the minimal cost services, like Freeview, all the way up to the expensive multimedia packages with all the bells and whistles from Virgin Media and Sky. If you're looking for something with more options and flexibility than Freeview, but still cheaper than Virgin Media and Sky, then TalkTalk TV may be the solution for you. Check out our handy guide below.

TalkTalk TV vs Freesat Freetime vs Freeview+ HD

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EE

4G mobile broadband now available, more suppliers coming soon!

Posted on 2013-04-09 16:02 in News Offers EE

Fourth Generation (4G) mobile services have finally arrived in the UK, allowing users of mobile broadband to take advantage of the faster speeds now available to them. With download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload speeds of up to 12Mbps in 4G-enabled areas, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for mobile broadband users, allowing them to potentially stream TV and HD video on the go. It's good news for gamers, too. 4G has lower latency, making games more responsive and reducing that annoying lag that can plague gamers at crucial moments.

So, where is it currently available? As of the end of March 2013, 4G coverage is available in 50 towns and cities around the UK, with plans to cover 70% of the UK by the end of 2013, and 98% by the end of 2014. Some of the areas with 4G available already include Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

To find out if 4G mobile broadband is available in your area, just pop your postcode into EE's handy coverage checker.

If you're interested in 4G, then you'll need a provider. EE are currently the only supplier of 4G services in the UK. Their services went live in October 2012, and they have a range of packages available to suit customer needs, from USB dongles for individual laptop users, to WiFi routers for multiple devices on the go, to packages including iPads for those who want the convenience of a tablet while out and about. However, EE won't be the only 4G suppliers on the market for much longer, meaning customers will have more choices for 4G suppliers available to them in the near future. BT, O2, Three and Vodaphone will also be offering 4G mobile broadband plans at some point this year, likely from the Summer onwards.

Interested in getting 4G mobile broadband? Check out our handy 4G mobile broadband comparison table to find the best deal for you!

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National Average Speeds December 2012

Average broadband speeds increase during December, Virgin Media and Plusnet see significant gains

Posted on 2013-01-02 18:33 in Announcements News Plusnet Eclipse Internet BT Virgin Media

December 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test rise by more than 2Mb in comparison to the results from November, coming in at 19.37Mb. Average upload speeds saw a smaller increase, coming in at 2.33Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speed has increased by almost 5Mb compared to last month, now coming in at 37.22Mb with upload speeds remaining stable at 2.88Mb. Despite seeing a small download speed increase, BT Broadband dropped to 4th place with download speeds averaging at 15.76Mb and upload speeds of 3.38Mb. Instead Eclipse took 2nd place with 16.63Mb average download speed and 3.11Mb average upload speed.

Plusnet came in at 3rd place with an impressive 3.9Mb increase to 11.94Mb average download speed. Plusnet also achieved the fastest average upload speed of any provider, coming in at 3.62Mb. These increases are likely due to a greater number of customers switching over to Plusnet Fibre, combined with improvements in Plusnet's traffic management policies launched in December.

Please note, Orange are now trading as EE, and speed test results only include numbers from their fixed line broadband packages, and not their 4G mobile broadband packages.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for December 2012

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National Average Speeds November 2012

Average download speeds decrease during November, big drop for Eclipse

Posted on 2012-12-03 17:43 in Announcements News Plusnet Eclipse Internet BT Virgin Media EE

November 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop in comparison to the results from October, coming in at 17.1Mb. Average upload speeds remained stable at around 2Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds have decreased by 1Mb over last month to 32.39Mb with upload speeds remaining stable at 2.62Mb. BT Broadband takes second place with download speeds averaging at 15.57Mb (a 1Mb increase over last month) and upload speeds of 3.45Mb. Eclipse drops to third place with a 2Mb decrease to 15.1Mb for average download speeds, and a 0.5Mb decrease to 2.75Mb for average upload speeds. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 11.94Mb download, a small decrease in speed since last month.

Orange are now trading as EE, and speed test results only include numbers from their fixed line broadband packages, and not their 4G mobile broadband packages.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for November 2012

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Sky Hub Router

Enter our contest to win one of ten new Sky Hub routers!

Posted on 2012-11-19 14:30 in Announcements News

Sky Broadband recently launched the new Sky Hub, which claims to be the router with best wireless range of any major provider, based on an independent study. The Hub offers Sky Smart Signal technology which constantly scans for interference in the home and selects the best wireless signal available. It also provides easy WiFi Protected Setup for WPS enabled devices.

Sky+ customers will be able to connect the Sky Hub to their Sky+ Box to access Sky's new On Demand entertainment services, which can also be accessed when out and about with the help of the Sky Cloud WiFi app.

The Sky Hub is provided to new customers as an inclusive part of their Sky Broadband package. Existing Sky Broadband customers can upgrade to the Hub for an introductory price of £39.

We also managed to get our hands on ten Sky Hubs and five Sky Wireless Connectors to give away in a competition that ran until the 6th of December. The lucky winners will hear from us by the 13th of December.

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