We kicked the New Year off in style with the uSwitch Broadband Awards 2014, which took place at London’s historic Café De Paris on the 23rd of January. This glittering evening set the stage to celebrate the best of broadband, from super-fast speeds to the latest advances in home entertainment.
Best Broadband Provider
Best Value Home Broadband
Best Broadband Innovation
Best TV Streaming Service
Best Customer Benefits
Best TV Provider
Best Customer Service
Best Broadband, TV & Home Phone
Best Broadband & Home Phone
Fastest Mobile Broadband
Best Customer Rated Broadband
Taking place in Piccadilly’s beautifully restored art-deco venue, this elegant location promises to be a welcome home for a night to the providers, press and personalities that made for a thrilling year in the world of broadband.
In keeping with Café de Paris’ venerable heritage, we have enlisted some of London’s finest cabaret performers to entertain, as well as a crack team of mixologists to conjure up exclusive, themed libations for those in attendance.
Our Award winners are the result of much deliberation, from polling the nation in our Broadband Survey to recruiting the help of some of the industry’s most respected names to form our Judging Panel.
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With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you. He's also keenly interested in broadband issues, and has spent more time than strictly necessary testing out a multitude of software packages.
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A relatively recent addition to the team, Ewan is the newest addition to the uSwitch team, and is a whiz-kid analyst able to demystify the broadband market with his encyclopaedic knowledge of tariffs, price plans and all the latest handsets. He spends his free time taking names in LA Noire and busting shrooms in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Dan Simmons is a full-time reporter, and occasional editor of the BBCs flagship technology TV show, Click. His specialism and passion is the mobile industry which he has covered for the show since 2004. He regularly offers analysis for BBC radio, independent media, and at industry conferences.
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Stewart Mitchell is a technology journalist that has covered broadband since the early days of ADSL. Working for PC Pro and The Sunday Times, he has championed faster, more reliable unmetered services for more than a decade - and called for clearer information for consumers regarding Fair Use Policies and vague "up to" headline speeds.