This week, mobile operators are discussing with the government how to improve rural coverage, BT thinks it can deliver superfast broadband through copper wires, and small firms are still struggling with poor connectivity.
Mobile operators and government make plans to improve rural coverage
O2, Three, EE and Vodafone, have met up with the government to discuss sharing their masts to improve coverage in rural areas, The Telegraph reports.
The government is suggesting national roaming as one of the solutions, which would essentially, mean operators have to allow people who aren't customers to use their network if their actual provider doesn't have coverage in the area. But this is not a popular plan with the networks.
BT digs out old tech for new ultrafast broadband plan
BT thinks it has stumbled upon a way to deliver ultrafast broadband over something invented way back in the 1800s – copper wires.
New research released by the telecommunications giant claims that combined downstream and upstream speeds of up to 1Gbps can be delivered by using a mixture of copper and fibre-optic wiring.
However, gigabit broadband providers Hyperoptic and Cityfibre have both criticised the move as an attempt to maximise the old network without investing in essential upgrades to fibre optic technology.
Unreliable phones and broadband a big problem for small firms
Unreliable broadband is a problem almost a third of small businesses in the UK have to deal with, according to research by Citizens Advice.
In a survey of 2,000 small UK firms, the national charity and consumer advocate found that 30% are concerned about their slow and unreliable internet access. A third had experienced technical issues with their broadband or phone in the past 12 months.
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