Amazon Ultra HD Launch of The Grand Tour Represents Major Milestone

Car enthusiasts have warmly greeted Amazon’s spectacular launch of its The Grand Tour series, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May (who originally presented the BBC’s Top Gear). According to Amazon, the first episode of The Grand Tour has become “the biggest premiere on Amazon Prime”, with millions of streams in the USA, UK, … Read more

BT Trials Long Reach VDSL (LR-VDSL)

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Update: Sadly, BT has stopped trials of LR-VDSL as the technology has not proved as effective as it originally hoped. We think it’s best that BT focuses on bringing Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to everyone as soon as possible. A major weakness of the Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology that BT is currently deploying for superfast broadband … Read more

Review of Boosty: Bonding ADSL Broadband with 4G or 3G Mobile

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Updated February 2021. This product is no longer commercially available. With all the press interest in superfast and ultrafast broadband technologies, it is easy to understand the frustrations for consumers and businesses that only have access to basic ADSL services with low speeds.  Despite the rapid roll-out of superfast fixed broadband services, the Department of … Read more

Welcome to the Increase Broadband Speed Blog

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Welcome to the Increase Broadband Speed Blog, in which we bring you independent tips and advice to increase your broadband speed. Browse our blog posts or go straight to our most popular guides: Increase Broadband Speed Guide Test your speed with our accurate broadband speed test

What is Ultrafast Broadband?

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Updated: February 2021. Unfortunately or fortunately (depending on how you see it), is now taking a back seat to Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology, which is a much superior technology. is fundamentally flawed because performance degrades the further you are located from the cabinet/distribution point. While it’s still relatively early days in the roll-out of … Read more

BT Increases the Top Speed of its BT Infinity 1 Service to 52 Mbps

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Reflecting the availability of a new (so called “55/10”) VDSL2 speed profile on BT’s fibre broadband network, BT has increased the maximum download throughput offered on its BT Infinity service to about 52 Mbps. Prior to the change, the BT Infinity 1 offering was based upon the standard “40/10” service provided by BT Openreach. This … Read more

Setting Up the Billion 8800NL and 8800AXL For BT TV (Multicast)

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Our favourite modem routers – the Billion 8800NL and the enhanced Billion 8800AXL – provide superb performance and represent great upgrades for broadband users using either conventional ADSL broadband or fibre broadband. For fibre broadband users, they are also fully compatible with G.INP, which is an enhancement implemented on BT’s fibre network to improve error … Read more

HD and 4k TV Delivered by Fibre Broadband

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Read our latest articles: Blog articles related to streamed TV In this blog, we look at the delivery of TV services, including the very latest Ultra HD (sometimes termed ‘4k’) services from Netflix, Amazon and BT. Superfast broadband brings consumers the opportunity of enhancing TV delivered by traditional satellite (e.g. Sky HD and Freesat) and … Read more

G.INP, the New Fibre Broadband Enhancement Arrives

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Updated February 2021. A major enhancement called G.INP has been introduced to my fibre broadband FTTC connection, as part of BT’s rollout of a new technology aimed at improving fibre broadband speeds and reducing errors. In this article, I look at G.INP and its benefits, and show how you can tell if this technology has been … Read more

Award from the UK Prime Minister

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This month, I was honoured to receive a national volunteering award from Prime Minister David Cameron. This is in recognition of my volunteering work on broadband, including support to Connecting Cambridgeshire and helping residents in my local community with broadband issues and to get online. After my online broadband guides on my village website became … Read more

BT Fibre Broadband Take-up Creeps Up to 15%

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On the 31st July 2014, BT announced its financial results for the quarter ending June 2014. It announced that its fibre broadband network covered about 20 million premises, and that about 3 million of these had signed up, making take-up about 15% of premises. As shown in the figure below, while the results indicate steady … Read more

Early Deployment of Vectoring is Essential to Avoid a Crosstalk Crisis with FTTC Fibre Broadband

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Read our more up-to-date article: Fibre Broadband VDSL2 Vectoring Arrives (Nov 2017) We have just been connected to FTTC fibre broadband, giving us the opportunity to observe the adverse effects of crosstalk interference on speeds and Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) margin at first hand. As the penetration of fibre broadband increases, so the likelihood of being adversely … Read more

Review and Guide For the Billion 8800NL

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Updated: The Billion 8800NL has been upgraded to the 8800NL V2, and now incorporates two external antennas to improve wireless range. We are really excited to bring you our review and optimisation guide for the new Billion BiPAC 8800NL wireless modem router. This new wireless modem router supports ADSL, ADSL2+ AND VDSL2 (i.e. fibre broadband) … Read more