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The Broadband World this Week - Week 45

7th November 2014
The Broadband World this Week - Week 45

This week, EE offers TV service to broadband customers, TalkTalk is hiking its phone and broadband service prices, and Ofcom is trying to get more spectrum for 4G operators.

EE TV service now available for broadband customers

EE has launched its EE TV service and smart box for its broadband users.

The hardware, which is worth £300, is available for free through the operator's UK stores to EE Broadband customers who pay £9.95 a month or above.

Read more from Digital Spy

TalkTalk hits customers with price hikes

TalkTalk has landed customers with a series of price hikes for its home phone and broadband services. The price increases, some of which add as much as £5 to monthly bills, come after similar moves by BT and Sky.

All customers will see their line rental increase by 75p per month from 1 December, with the new rate set at £16.70. TalkTalk customers on the Plus Calls and Broadband package will see prices rise by £3 per month to £18.50.

Read more at Expert Review

Ofcom reveals plans to auction off more 4G spectrum

Ofcom has reveal plans to auction off more valuable high capacity spectrum in the UK. It says the auction of spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands will take place in late 2015 or early 2016 and provide the possibility for companies to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services.

Bidders for the spectrum will probably come from the mobile industry, thinks Ofcom. It says that both the "2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum bands are frequencies which could be suitable for providing very high data capacity”.

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