Michael Quinn

The Government announced this week that their Broadband Delivery UK service and other plans to extend the superfast broadband network around the country have led to a boost of £9 billion for companies both small and large.

Here’s a selection of the top stories from the world of broadband and energy this week:

An increase in the cost of wholesale energy has caused the industry watchdog Ofgem to increase the maximum amount that an energy provider can charge a vulnerable customer by £47 per year.

British Gas owners Centrica recently announced that they had lost an astonishing 340,000 accounts in the first 6 months of this year after announcing a price increase that would affect 4 million homes across the country.

Broadband giant Virgin Media has decided to bring in a new range of internet packages which will cater towards students.

Mobile operator three UK is planning an upgrade of their current infrastructure which will allow for a foray into the lucrative world of business broadband as well as laying the foundation for 5G.

Mobile Carrier EE has recently finished a project which involved installing 90 masts around Scotland,  extending their 4G coverage to over 75% of the country.

Broadband, phone and energy provider Utility Warehouse have been made to taken down an ad on their website that the Advertising Trading Authority (ATA) had deemed ‘misleading’.

The advert in question claimed that the company had on offer “the UK’s best value mobile”. The company has come forward and defended the accuracy of the advert by claiming that the statement should be looked at in the context of several specific benefits offered by Utility Warehouse, including free 4G upgrades and a guarantee of no price hikes mid-contract. The ASA ruled that the claims “best value mobile” would lead customers to believe that the claim was referring to the basic elements of a phone contract such as minutes and mobile data.

The ASA ruled as follows: “We noted that one of Utility Warehouse’s competitors offered more data for the same price tariff and that another competitor offered more data as well as unlimited calls and texts for less than Utility Warehouse. We therefore considered that consumers would regard those tariffs as offering better value than the advertised tariffs.”

This isn’t the first time that Utility Warehouse have been accused of false advertising. Last year a campaign promoted by Joanna Lumley offered a potential get rich quick scheme through which one could potentially earn thousands of pounds. The scheme, which had to be bought in to, involved earning commission for signing up new customers to Utility Warehouse. After an investigation by Guardian Money however it was highlighted that the average amount of money received through the scheme was somewhere around the £20 per month mark.

Utility Warehouse commented on the findings, saying “we are presenting illustrations of what is achievable by potential new partners, as opposed to any form of guaranteed income” and stressed the variation in the amounts that people can earn based on the different levels of engagement.

A survey of 2,025 UK residents showed that 82% had never changed their main password for their router and 86% had neglected to update the firmware.

Mobile Operator O2 and communications infrastructure developer Arqiva have joined forced to increase the quality and range of the mobile internet network in London.