In this article, we review the Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine (UDM) Pro, which is now our recommended router for 2021 for ultrafast broadband connections, as shown in our Best Routers for 2021 page. The UDM Pro is great piece of equipment that seems to provide the ultimate future-proof ‘prosumer’ option for broadband users with the highest broadband speeds. It’s really easy to set up and you don’t need to be an IT expert. The UniFi Dream Machine offers Smart Queue Management (SQM) […] . Click here to read the full article.
With the UK Government going back on its election pledge to bring gigabit broadband to every home and business by 2025, a new report from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee from the UK Parliament questions the viability of even the watered-down targets! It’s time for communities to take proactive action and do it for themselves. Our guide and case studies show that it may be easier than you think but be quick before Government vouchers and local authority top-ups […] . Click here to read the full article.
There is huge uncertainty over the extent to which full-fibre broadband – also known as Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) or ‘gigabit-capable broadband’ – will be rolled out in the coming years, particularly in rural areas. However, with the recent improvements in the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and the introduction of ‘top ups’ by local authorities, there’s never been a better time for communities to take proactive action to bring FTTP to their areas. There is an increasing number of suppliers willing to […] . Click here to read the full article.
Figure 1: Forecast for Average Monthly Home Internet Use (2013-2025) Over the next five years, average home monthly Internet usage in the UK will triple from its 2019 level, surpassing 1 TB per month by 2025, as shown in our forecast shown above. This growth, which is in line with usage growth predicted for the USA, will be primarily driven by TV and video services delivered via superfast and ultrafast broadband networks. To take full advantage of the broadening […] . Click here to read the full article.
The exciting launch of Disney Plus in the UK in March 2020 was sadly hampered by the widespread reduction in bit rates among streamed TV providers requested by the European Commissioner Thierry Breton due to the coronavirus pandemic. This resulted in 4k content not being delivered in true 3840 x 2160 resolution and the removal of high-quality Dolby Atmos soundtracks, as reported in our article Review of Disney Plus in the UK: Shame About the Picture and Sound Quality. We believe […] . Click here to read the full article.
Apple launched its new TV streaming service in the UK on 1st November 2019, to compete with rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Pricing is certainly aggressive. Apple TV+ currently costs £4.99 per month although there is a cheaper way to subscribe for buyers of Apple products. Apple offers a year-long trial for buying a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac. Up to six family members can share an Apple TV+ subscription. Streaming of video content using broadband is […] . Click here to read the full article.
You may also be interested in: ‘A Perfect Planet’ and ‘Dr Who’ Demonstrate 4k HDR at Its Best in BBC iPlayer (Jan 2021). Update (July 2020): Following a temporary suspension of the BBC’s 4k iPlayer trial due to the coronavirus pandemic (to reduce strain on broadband networks), the BBC has resumed! What a pleasure it was this Christmas and New Year period being able to watch the complete series of ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ and ‘Dracula’ on BBC iPlayer in […] . Click here to read the full article.
We enjoyed a fantastic Christmas period making the most of the large amount of Ultra HD 4k content that is now available across the streaming platforms in the UK, including ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ from the BBC (shown above). High-speed broadband has been making a dramatic impact on television production and consumption. It is allowing a broader range of content to be delivered ‘on demand’ via streaming services, often with better picture and sound quality than conventional terrestrial TV broadcasts. In […] . Click here to read the full article.
There have been promising developments that may stimulate the adoption of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). Openreach has recently announced significant price decreases in its FTTP on Demand product from February 2018, which (with the help of a forthcoming nationwide gigabit voucher scheme) may fuel adoption of FTTP. This is a promising development and may mark the turning point in the fortunes of true fibre to the premises in the UK. FTTP on Demand was launched by BT in April […] . Click here to read the full article.
BT has announced an ambition to roll out ultrafast broadband to 12 million UK premises by 2020 – two million more than previously announced. Two technologies will be used to achieve this: Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and G.fast. BT’s FTTP plans are getting a boost, with BT aiming to reach two million premises with this technology by 2010, to deliver speeds up to 1 Gbps. As discussed in our previous article Latest Pricing Positions FTTP as a Niche Product, […] . Click here to read the full article.