Archive for the ‘Broadband’ Category

Does poor broadband still rank number one on the IT gripe list?

What is your biggest IT issue or challenge? When we posed the question on the Business Technology Forum a year ago it generated a lively debate. Have the concerns changed over the months?

In tight budgetary times, is access to funding and resources the biggest bugbear? Writing on Tim Grieveson said a survey of senior IT staff in more than 500 UK companies identified motivating and training staff, data security & recovery, systems monitoring and sustainability as the big IT issues.

Will the uptake of cloud computing be affected by poor broadband speeds?

Will the uptake of cloud computing be affected by poor broadband speeds?

Both topics prompt high levels of debate on the forum. On the one hand there is growing concern over the speed, availability, rollout plans and inconsistencies in broadband performance across Europe. The lack of broadband speed in rural areas, the overdependence on old copper wiring instead of fibre optics and the associated debates over mobile and wifi internet all prompt discussion.

On the other, many commentators are predicting that 2011 will be the year cloud computing comes into its own. “Cloud computing – the server-based way of working – will go from strength to strength this year,” says Toby Shapshak on Times Live (

How far and how fast should the rollout of fibre-optic broadband go?

The launch last month of the first superfast broadband satellite outside of the US – which will be able to handle between 150,000 and 300,000 users at any one time – is good news for those Europeans suffering from poor internet connection.

Hylas 1, from Avanti communications, will provide broadband access to 24 European countries where service operators have been struggling to extend their coverage to remote areas. Entry costs for customers start at €25 a month. (

Satellite broadband: the only option for millions in the countryside


The launch of a new satellite will bring a new but imperfect solution, says Matt Warman

The news that the Hylas satellite has finally launched should have thousands of rural dwellers dancing in the fields. It will open up the possibility of high-speed broadband to 350,000 Europeans, and will be the only option for many for years to come.

Broadband in Europe speeding up

Broadband speeds in Europe have risen sharply in only a year, suggest official EC figures, reports the BBC (

In July 2010, 29% of broadband lines in Europe ran at speeds of at least 10 Mbps, revealed Commission research.

By contrast in July 2009 only 15% of broadband lines were capable of hitting that speed.

Despite the higher rates, the Commission warned that a lot of work needed to be done to meet Europe-wide targets on access and speed.

“Fast broadband is digital oxygen, essential for Europe’s prosperity and well-being,” said Neelie Kroes, commissioner for the digital agenda.