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National Average Speeds December 2011

Average broadband speeds remain stable in December, with BT taking a slight drop

Posted on 2012-01-03 18:48 in Announcements News

December 2011 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test generally maintaining the levels achieved in November's result, coming in at 7.58Mb. Average upload speed also remained stable 1.16Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have held reasonably steady at 14.24Mb and 2.23Mb respectively.

Likewise, Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse match last months speeds, with a 10.59Mb average download speed and a slight increase to a 1.88Mb upload speed. BT Broadband take a 0.5Mb drop this month, with download speeds averaging at 7.64Mb and upload speeds at 1.3Mb.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) who retained 4th place with 5.67Mb average download speed over its Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for December 2011

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TalkTalk

New Half Price Deals from TalkTalk on Essentials and Plus Packages

Posted on 2011-12-08 17:45 in Offers

TalkTalk has launched new 6 months half price broadband deals on their Essentials and Plus packages, which include free connection and a free wireless router.

TalkTalk Essentials - £3.25 for the first 6 months
TalkTalk Plus - £7.25 for the first 6 months

If Fibre to the Cabinet is available in your area, you could take advantage of these offers for just £10 a month more with TalkTalk's Fibre Optic Boosts, which offers speeds of up to 40Mb.

TalkTalk Essentials with Fibre Optic Boost - £13.25 for the first 6 months
TalkTalk Plus with Fibre Optic Boost - £17.25 for the first 6 months

Monthly line rental of £13.80 applies, though you can take advantage of their Value line rental - pay £114 for a year upfront, and make a saving of £51.60. A £25 activation fee applies on Fibre Boosts. Offer only available to customers in TalkTalk's low price network areas.

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BT

BT offers £50 Naked Wine vouchers with selected broadband packages

Posted on 2011-12-08 15:20 in Offers

BT are celebrating the festive season by offering a £50 Naked Wines voucher with selected broadband packages. You can choose your own wines, or you can take advantage of BT's own Christmas Case with a variety of specially selected wines.

BT Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls
BT More Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls
BT Broadband and Anytime Calls
BT Unlimited Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls

Details on how to claim your vouchers can be found on the BT website when ordering.

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Sky

Sky Movies 2 month free trial with Sky TV, Broadband and Unlimited Calls package

Posted on 2011-12-06 19:26 in Offers

For the Christmas period Sky are offering a free two month Sky Movies trial with their TV, Broadband and Unlimited Calls package along with a £100 M&S gift voucher. The monthly price breakdown is as follows:

£23.75 for the first 2 months
£39.75 for the following 4 months
£43.50 a month thereafter

Minimum contract is 12 months. You will be charged £16 a month for Sky Movies 1&2 once the trial is over, unless you call to cancel at least 31 days before the end of the trial.

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National Average Speeds November 2011

Average broadband speeds stable in November, with notable improvements for Eclipse and BT

Posted on 2011-12-01 19:17 in Announcements News

November 2011 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test remaining generally stable compared to October's result, with a 0.45Mb increase to 7.48Mb. Average upload speed also remained stable with a 0.06Mb increase to 1.26Mb.

After an increase in speed last month, Virgin Media's average download dropped quite a bit to 14.30Mb, though upload speeds remain stable at 2.45Mb.

Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse continues to see significant gains, rising to a 10.59Mb average download speed and 1.66Mb upload speed. BT Broadband also saw a healthy speed gain this month, with download speeds averaging at 8.12Mb and upload speeds at 1.44Mb.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) who retained 4th place with 5.49Mb average download speed over its Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for November 2011

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Sky

Updated: Sky Broadband offer £100 M&S vouchers with their television packages

Posted on 2011-11-11 19:06 in Offers

For this weekend only, For a limited time, Sky Broadband are again offering £100 M&S vouchers to new customers when they sign up for their Sky+ and Sky+HD television packages.

Sky Broadband Broadband and TV Starter with a free Sky+ box and free setup
Sky Broadband Unlimited with TV with six month half price unlimited broadband, free Sky+ box and setup
Sky Broadband Unlimited with Movies with two months free movie trial and a free Sky+ box

Meanwhile those taking Sky's Unlimited Broadband as a standalone product or as an upgrade to an existing Sky TV service with the free Sky Talk Freetime phone service continue to enjoy their first six months at half price.

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TalkTalk

Online Exclusive Half Price Offers from TalkTalk on Essentials and Plus Packages

Posted on 2011-11-08 20:21 in Offers

TalkTalk has launched new half price broadband offers, available as an online exclusive:

TalkTalk Essentials - £3.25 for the first 12 months
TalkTalk Plus - £7.25 for the first 9 months

If Fibre to the Cabinet is available in your area, you could take advantage of these offers for just £10 a month more with TalkTalk's Fibre Optic Boosts, which offers speeds of up to 40Mb.

TalkTalk Essentials with Fibre Optic Boost - £13.25 for the first 12 months
TalkTalk Plus with Fibre Optic Boost - £17.25 for the first 9 months

Monthly line rental of £13.80 applies, though you can take advantage of their Value line rental - pay £114 for a year upfront, and make a saving of £51.60. A £25 activation fee applies on Fibre Boosts. Offer only available to customers in TalkTalk's low price network areas.

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National Average Speeds October 2011

Average broadband speeds drop in October despite gains for Virgin Media and Eclipse

Posted on 2011-11-03 18:30 in Announcements News

October 2011 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop compared to September's result, falling by 0.51Mb down to 7.48Mb. Average upload speed remained stable with a 0.06Mb drop to 1.20Mb.

Despite the overall downward trend, Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds saw significant gains, rising to 15.18Mb and 2.47Mb respectively. This increase comes as Virgin Media issued a press release boasting the ability to now offer 100Mb broadband to a third of UK households.

Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse, who recently launched cheaper consumer-focus FttC broadband packages, also saw significant gains, rising to an impressive 9.27Mb average download speed and 1.42Mb upload speed.

Unfortunately almost all other ISPs saw their average speeds drop, perhaps due to the darker autumn evenings causing an increase in peak time congestion as more broadband users turn to their computers, on demand video systems and games consoles for entertainment.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) who retained 4th place with 5.95Mb average download speed over its Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for October 2011

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Virgin Media

Virgin Media offer free Spotify Premium for 6 months on selected packages

Posted on 2011-11-01 18:08 in Offers

Virgin Media are offering free Premium accounts from music service Spotify for 6 months to customers taking out broadband bundles with speeds of up to 30Mb or more.

Virgin Media Size XL
Virgin Media Size XL plus Phone M
Virgin Media Triple XL
Virgin Media Size XXL
Virgin Media Size XXL plus Phone M
Virgin Media High Speed Broadband Bundle
Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband
Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband plus Phone M

This offer is also available to existing customers upgrading from a 10Mb package.

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