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superfast berkshire

19th December, 2014 - 1:44 pm (2 Comments)

In a curious development the West Berkshire Council in England has withdrawn a major tender that was issued to help find a supplier for Phase 2 of their Superfast Berkshire project, which is currently working with BT to roll-out a “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to “around” 91% of local premises by the end of September 2015.

security of broadband isp routers

19th December, 2014 - 10:44 am (1 Comment)

Consumers and businesses across the world are today being warned that at least 200 different models of broadband router (residential gateway) devices, including some by big name manufacturers like D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE and ZyXEL, are exposed to a critical vulnerability called the “Misfortune Cookie” (CVE-2014-9222).

hyperoptic_east-village_fibre_optic_installation

19th December, 2014 - 9:00 am (0 Comments)

Urban fibre optic (FTTB/H) provider Hyperoptic has today announced that the first residents of Greater Manchester to benefit from their new 1000Mbps (Megabits per second) capable broadband network in the area will be those who reside in the two developments (Multi-Dwelling Units) of Sovereign Point and Imperial Point (Salford Quays).

internet video and streaming

19th December, 2014 - 8:15 am (7 Comments)

As expected the United Kingdom’s communications and media regulator has today opened a new consultation into regulation of the Pay TV market, which will predominantly focus on BT and Sky’s (Sky Broadband) impact on sports content (e.g. Premier League football) and will also examine the related impact of new broadband based delivery methods (e.g. NOW TV, Netflix etc.).

wireless_rural_uk_mip_project_mast

18th December, 2014 - 7:56 am (16 Comments)

The Government has agreed to drop its controversial push for a National Roaming policy to resolve “partial not-spots” in favour of a new commitment by Three UK, Vodafone, O2 and EE to extend their geographic network coverage (voice and text) of the United Kingdom from 80% today to 90% by 2017. Sadly data (3G and 4G – Mobile Broadband) coverage will only be pushed to 85%.

point_to_point_radwin_wireless

17th December, 2014 - 9:00 am (5 Comments)

UK ISP Call Flow Solutions, working as part of the Government’s £10 million Innovation Fund pilot(s), has finally started to deploy a new fixed wireless superfast broadband network to help serve communities in the most rural parts (i.e. final 5%) of Hampshire (Southern England).

utility_warehouse_uk_logo

17th December, 2014 - 8:06 am (2 Comments)

Existing customers of the Utility Warehouse, specifically those who bundled in all their fixed line broadband, phone and top mobile tariffs to get a ‘Gold’ package with an “unlimited” data (mobile broadband) allowance, have been told by the scrooges that from 1st January 2015 their “unlimited” usage will instead be capped to just 4GB (GigaBytes) of data per month.

network ethernet links

17th December, 2014 - 7:38 am (13 Comments)

Key hardware for the next generation DOCSIS 3.1 cable broadband standard, which could eventually be used by Virgin Media (Liberty Global) to deliver top UK Internet download speeds of up to 10Gbps (Gigabits per second) and 1Gbps uploads via their predominantly urban network, has successfully passed its first interoperability tests.

bt superfast fibre van

16th December, 2014 - 2:11 pm (11 Comments)

The Superfast Northamptonshire project in England, which is currently aiming to make BT’s superfast broadband (FTTC/P) services available to about 90% of premises by September 2015, has finally signed a new contract with BT under the Broadband Delivery UK based Superfast Extension Programme (SEP). An extra 20,465 premises will now benefit from the on-going roll-out.

bt openreach logo uk

16th December, 2014 - 1:09 pm (20 Comments)

BTOpenreach has updated the “fibre availability checker” on their Superfast Openreach website with some new options, which helps to identify whether the area where you live has been upgraded to support the operators latest ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable NGA Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) or 330Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service.

openreach_bt_engineer_at_a_street_cabinet_fttc

16th December, 2014 - 11:17 am (0 Comments)

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project in England has successfully raised an extra £700,000 to help roll-out “superfast fibre broadband” (although curiously the speeds are stated as sub-superfast “up to 24Mbps“) across hard to reach communities in the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks.

sharon_white_ofcom_uk_ceo

16th December, 2014 - 10:00 am (1 Comment)

The United Kingdom’s telecoms and media regulator, Ofcom, has today announced that Sharon White will in late March 2015 take over the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from Ed Richards, who steps down at the end of this month. The regulators Strategy and Technology Director, Steve Unger, will cover the intervening period as acting CEO.

europes lines of broadband fibre optic laser light

16th December, 2014 - 9:04 am (4 Comments)

The European Commission has published its annual report into the coverage of superfast broadband (Next Generation Access) services around the EU, which again shows that the United Kingdom is making good progress on 30Mbps+ capable Next Gen (NGA) service delivery but still lags miles behind most other EU28 countries in terms of pure fibre optic connectivity (FTTH/P/B).

business_broadband_connection_voucher_uk

16th December, 2014 - 7:45 am (4 Comments)

The Government’s Connection Voucher scheme, which offers grants worth up to £3,000 to help SME businesses install a superfast broadband (30Mbps+) service in any of 22 cities across the United Kingdom (note: many more cities will soon be added), has received another small but notable tweak in an effort to make it more attractive.

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