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openreach bt fibre optic cable hands

16th August, 2017 - 1:34 pm (15 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has today proposed to cut the wholesale rental price of their mid-tier 330Mbps (50Mbps upload) Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) “ultrafast broadband” lines, which will make the service cheaper to buy for a 12 month period and that could help to encourage greater uptake.

bt phone box evolution

16th August, 2017 - 8:21 am (1 Comment)

The rise of mobile phones has meant that very few people see any need for BT’s public payphone boxes anymore and as a result the operator has decided to scrap 13,400 of them over the next three years, with an additional 6,600 expected to be removed by 2022.


16th August, 2017 - 7:39 am (11 Comments)

A couple of months ago we became the first to detail Openreach’s trial of a combined FTTdp and G.fast broadband network that used hardware from NetComm Wireless. Today NetComm has confirmed that their test achieved a peak aggregate broadband speed of 1.66Gbps.


15th August, 2017 - 4:15 pm (9 Comments)

A little known Bradford-based ISP called net365, which supplies broadband services to students, as well as residential, healthcare and business users, appears to have cut-off some or all of their internet access customers following an alleged dispute with one of their suppliers (FluidOne).

BT major fibre optic cable junction telephone exchange uk

15th August, 2017 - 1:17 pm (28 Comments)

The proposed Dark Fibre Access product from Openreach (BT), which would have allowed rival ISPs to gain “physical access” to the operator’s existing fibre optic cables (i.e. enabling them to install their own equipment at either end of the fibre within cable ducts), has today officially been cancelled.. for now.

fibre optic broadband bt cables

14th August, 2017 - 11:27 am (5 Comments)

A new report from techUK, which represents 950 companies in the United Kingdom’s technology sector, has called for “near universal” coverage of “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) by 2020 and 90% coverage of “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) to become a reality by 2025.

First Utility Broadband

14th August, 2017 - 10:04 am (0 Comments)

Energy provider First Utility, which recently entered the United Kingdom’s crowded internet and telecoms sector, has called on Ofcom to introduce new regulation that would force broadband ISPs to give customers plenty of warning when their initial service discounts and contracts are coming to an end.

gfast street cabinet extension pod on right side

14th August, 2017 - 9:10 am (77 Comments)

Officially speaking Openreach (BT) hasn’t yet announced the start of their post-pilot commercial roll-out of 330Mbps capable G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) hybrid fibre broadband technology, yet unofficially the related PCP street cabinet extension pods have been popping up all over the place.

bt linkuk london uk Gigabit free wifi kiosk

11th August, 2017 - 3:59 pm (18 Comments)

Five of BT’s new InLinkUK kiosks in London have just been tested to see if they’re able to deliver WiFi speeds of close to the advertised “up to 1Gbps” capability. Sadly the average speed after 43 tests was 47.4Mbps download and 44Mbps upload, with a standard download deviation of 19.5Mbps.

london city shard

11th August, 2017 - 7:34 am (10 Comments)

A number of major broadband and phone providers (e.g. Sky Broadband and TalkTalk) have been affected in central South London after several core fibre optic cables were “damaged” by hungry rodents, which has kept thousands of customers offline since last night.

Origin Broadband Logo 2016

10th August, 2017 - 3:53 pm (7 Comments)

Calculus Capital, which specialises in Enterprise Investment Schemes and Venture Capital Trusts, has made a second investment of £2 million into Doncaster-based ISP Origin Broadband. The new money will be used to help grow the business (i.e. attracting more customers and adding extra UK staff).

TalkTalk Logo 2017

10th August, 2017 - 1:44 pm (2 Comments)

Once again the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today whacked broadband ISP TalkTalk with a £100,000 fine, which comes after several accounts at their outsourced Wipro call centre in India were used to access the personal data of 21,000 customers.

london city 2017 uk

10th August, 2017 - 12:43 pm (7 Comments)

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today unveiled a bunch of new measures that are aimed at tackling parts of the city that suffer from slow and unreliable broadband or mobile connectivity “not spots“, such as those that exist around parts of Rotherhithe, Westminster and the central City of London.

Law internet uk isp

10th August, 2017 - 10:50 am (11 Comments)

Budget ISP TalkTalk has warned that it is “legally questionable” for BT to recover up to £600m of the costs incurred for their proposed 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation deployment by extracting the money via charges for products providing access to Openreach’s local access networks.

openreach engineer with drum of fibre optic cable

10th August, 2017 - 9:12 am (5 Comments)

The Hampshire County Council in England has allocated £1 million to help fund and support local communities that will not benefit from the regional roll-out of “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) networks. Instead the communities can use the funding to help build an alternative, but there’s a catch.

advertising broadband uk investigation

10th August, 2017 - 8:14 am (12 Comments)

The problem of advertised vs real-world broadband performance expectations has been given new ammunition by consumer magazine Which? today. A study conducted by the group found that the overall speeds recorded in internet speedtests were only 58% of the speed that users were expecting to get.

speed broadband meter on grey background uk

10th August, 2017 - 7:28 am (1 Comment)

The firm behind the Speedtest.net service, Ookla, has reintroduced a monthly country ranking of global mobile and fixed broadband speeds. In their first report we find the United Kingdom ranked 24th fastest in the world with an average download of 49.22Mbps (fixed) and 25.83Mbps (mobile).

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