Articles on the topic : Orange Broadband
Mobile communications provider Orange has confirmed it is examining the possibility of buying the broadband TV technology developed by Project Kangaroo.
Project Kangaroo is the Broadband TV joint venture between ITV, the BBC and Channel 4 that has been stopped by the Competition Commission, despite over £20 million pounds of investment.
With the assets of the company now being sold to recover some of the investment, Orange is one of two companies in talks to buy the technology behind it.
A spokesman for Orange said, “We are examining this company and we see of course that it could be interesting. Nothing has been decided but we can confirm we are examining it.”
Should Orange end up buying the Project Kangaroo technology, it is thought that the company will use it to expand its broadband TV service throughout Europe. In particular, they are planning to use it in France where there are currently more than one million subscribers to its Orange TV service.
A France Telecom spokesman said: “On Orange TV we are very cautious about what we are saying in the UK, but it could help us in developing more quickly Orange TV projects in France.”
Orange had been looking to launch Orange TV within the UK, however due to the current economic downturn, its plans were put on hold.
A trial consumer group was reportedly ready to test the new service in the UK but they have now been advised that the project has been temporarily cancelled.
With pressure building on UK broadband providers to increase their broadband speeds, Orange is set to trial 20Mbps broadband using just a few select customers.
If the trial works, customers could benefit from 20Mbps broadband speeds for the price of just 8Mbps – with Orange providing customers with a dedicated microsite and specialist support.
The Director of Broadband and Home at Orange, Asif Aziz, said:
“This trial is an important step in enabling us to offer up to 20Mbps home broadband to consumers across our network. It is also testament to our ongoing commitment to evolve our fixed broadband service and ensure we offer customers a truly reliable user experience.”
So far BT are set to invest £1.5bn in a new fibre optic broadband network which will offer speeds up to 100Mbps. It’s rival, Virgin Media, are already offering speeds up to 50Mbps and have promised to upgrade over 2 million customers on 2Mbps to up to 10Mbps absolutely free.
It’s certainly encouraging to see many of the top UK broadband providers increasing their broadband speeds and means that Lord Carter’s pledge to offer high speed internet access by 2010 is definitely underway.
Orange Home and Mobile Broadband is now available as a bundle for just £20 per month at orange.co.uk/20.
Orange Home Broadband (known as Orange Home Starter) provides up to 8Mb wireless broadband in & around the home and comes with a 10Gb monthly download usage allowance. Evening & weekend phone calls to UK landlines is also included using a home phone.
Orange Mobile Broadband (known as Orange Internet Everywhere) offers the ability to browse the web and check emails using your laptop and the supplied Orange USB dongle from just about anywhere in the UK. You’ll enjoy up to 3.6Mb mobile broadband download speeds together with 3Gb’s of monthly data usage.
This Orange Home & Mobile Broadband bundle package is available on an 18 month contract and represents a saving of £90.
It is important to note that this bundle can only be ordered via Orange Telesales on 0800 072 4136 – It can not be ordered online.
Give Orange a call on the number above for more information & to order, or alternatively, read our full review of EE Broadband packages and bundles here.
Orange have today announced a new free home broadband offer.
Home Starter Broadband with speeds up to 8Mb is now free with any Orange pay monthly mobile phone plan with a minimum £15 tariff.
The monthly download usage allowance of Orange Home Starter has been increased to 10Gb, while the free wireless router and free offpeak phone calls remain in place.
The free broadband offer only applies if you live in an Orange broadband network area which currently covers 65% of UK households. This is where Orange have put their own equipment into the local BT telephone exchange, a process known as local loop unbundling.
Customers will have to pay an additional £8 a month if they don’t live in an Orange broadband network area, plus a further £10 a month if they don’t have or won’t take an Orange pay monthly mobile phone plan.
Find out more in our Orange Broadband review.
Orange Broadband are now offering free broadband connection when you order online in June. That’s a saving of £30.
Orange Broadband prices start from £6 a month for 2Mb broadband plus free evening / weekend phone calls to UK landlines.
Please read our EE Broadband review for more information on the range of Orange Broadband packages available.
The offer end date for the half price home broadband deal from Orange has been extended until the end of March 2008.
This means you can get the Orange Home Starter package which includes up to 2Mb wireless broadband with evening and weekend UK calls for just £6 per month for the first 6 months, followed by £12 per month thereafter.
Please read our Orange Broadband review for further information on this great online offer.