Broadband Genie blog

  • What is broadband traffic management and traffic throttling?

    There are now tens of millions of broadband connections in UK and demand is showing no signs of slowing down.  That puts ISPs under a lot of pressure as they have to maintain an acceptable level of service for a huge number of business and home users spread all over the country. And if things go wrong social media now offers an instant and very public channel for complaining which can quickly have...

    by Matt Powell on 05 August 2014
  • Tesco logo Free Google Chromecast with £4 Tesco unlimited broadband! Announced on 28 Jul 2014

    There's a new Tesco offer which should be just the ticket for anyone looking to upgrade their home entertainment to get the latest movies and TV without the expense of a premium bundle Sign up...

  • Mobile Broadband Road Trip 2014 in detail

    We recently published the outcome of our 2014 Road Trip, a test of the UK’s mobile broadband providers which aims to put mobile internet under scrutiny in real-world conditions. The Awards page shows the key results in various categories so if you just want to see where each network ranked head over there, here we’re going to delve into a bit more detail about the testing and results. ...

    by Matt Powell on 14 July 2014
  • 5G and the future of mobile broadband

    It seems more than a little premature to be talking about 5G. We’ve only just recently gained access to 4G in the UK and even that remains mostly limited to bigger towns and cities with a while to go before it begins to challenge the reach of 3G.  (Though even 3G hasn’t spread as far as it should; just this year Vodafone was almost fined for not fulfilling its agreement to provide 3G...

    by Matt Powell on 14 April 2014
  • Infographic: TV packages explained

    Premium TV bundles used to be straightfoward - you could either go for Virgin Media cable or get a Sky dish bolted to the side of your house. Now there's a lot more choice, which is definitely a good thing but does make selecting the right package a little more complex.  While Sky and Virgin still lead in terms of sheer variety of channels, TalkTalk and BT's TV offerings have...

    by Matt Powell on 18 December 2013
  • Caps, allowances and unlimited broadband - a guide to home broadband data usage

    No longer do we have just a single computer connected to the internet. Instead, households are increasingly likely to have multiple laptops and desktops along with smartphones and tablets, games consoles and smart TVs, plus a multitude of other hardware all communicating over broadband.  But this gadget lust places increasing demands on our connections, which can be troublesome if your service...

    by Matt Powell on 17 December 2013
  • Next-gen consoles and broadband: using the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 online

    It’s been eight years to the month since the Xbox 360 went on sale and heralded the start of a new generation of consoles. This was followed by the PlayStation 3 a year later in November 2006 (or March ‘07 for us in the EU, the slackers).  That’s not a bad run, especially when the first Xbox only lasted around five years, but developers have about reached the limit of what...

    by Matt Powell on 21 November 2013
  • The Wi-Fi Journey: can public hotspots replace mobile broadband?

    The UK's mobile networks spent billions at last year's spectrum auction to bag a share of the frequencies allocated for 4G services. But an executive at one leading hotspot provider claims this might have been a waste of money: that public Wi-Fi is so widespread, and so good, that mobile broadband has been rendered obsolete. It’s a bold claim, and one we couldn’t allow to go...

    by Matt Powell on 20 November 2013 1 Comment
  • Guest post: 5 things to consider when getting broadband in a rented property

    Considering its importance to modern life, internet access is all too often overlooked by people hunting for a new home to rent. So here are 5 things that we think you should always consider when it comes to getting broadband in your new property. Long contracts Many broadband contracts (and many of the best deals) extend for a minimum of 12 or 24 months, which can often be longer than the term...

    22 October 2013
  • Flexible OLED screens: what they are, how they work and why you should care

    Smaller, faster and more affordable components have meant that affordable wearable technology is finally in our reach, and with the success of the Kickstarted Pebble and the recent launch of Samsung’s flawed Galaxy Gear, not to mention the persistent rumours of an Apple smartwatch, there’s every indication that this could be the next big thing. But while the technology has improved a...

    by Matt Powell on 15 October 2013