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devon and somerset airband gigaclear contracts

22nd June, 2017 - 1:18 pm (1 Comment)

Fixed wireless ISP Airband has won Lot 4 (Northern, Central and West Devon) of the Connecting Devon and Somerset project as part of a £7m contract, which is on top of their existing £4.6m deal (here) to deploy “superfast broadband” to 5,800 premises in the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks.

united kingdom coloured counties map

22nd June, 2017 - 12:28 pm (7 Comments)

The national telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today updated their 2017 Wholesale Broadband Access (WBA) market review by proposing changes to improve competition around the UK, where BT (Openreach) continues to have Significant Market Power, and in Hull where KCOM is dominant.


22nd June, 2017 - 11:04 am (0 Comments)

UK Satellite operator Avanti has agreed a new contract worth £1,202,711 with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which will make a 40Mbps (download speed) broadband service available to rural businesses across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly in England.


22nd June, 2017 - 12:00 am (37 Comments)

Three of the UK’s most pioneering providers’ of ultrafast “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband – Gigaclear, Cityfibre and Hyperoptic – have today called on the Advertising Standards Authority to stop rivals from using the term “fibre” to advertise services delivered over slower copper wires.

wireless to the cabinet fttc deployment

21st June, 2017 - 3:02 pm (6 Comments)

Homes on the remote and small Outer Hebrides island of Scalpay in Scotland (Highlands and Islands) can now access broadband download speeds of up to 80Mbps after Openreach (BT) deployed their hybrid Microwave (radio) and VDSL2 based Wireless-to-the-Cabinet (WTTC) technology.


21st June, 2017 - 11:52 am (3 Comments)

The annual State Opening of Parliament, in which the Government enlists the Queen to promote their policy plans for the forthcoming year, has today revealed that the “new” minority Conservative administration intend to push forward with tough new rules for controlling Internet content.

digital scotland fibre optic map

21st June, 2017 - 10:00 am (7 Comments)

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has today published a new report, which claims that faster and more reliable broadband and mobile connectivity are two of several key factors that could help to deliver a £25 billion boost to the Scottish economy by 2024.

Virgin Media 2014 UK Logo

21st June, 2017 - 12:36 am (8 Comments)

Hopes that cable operator Virgin Media might finally start to roll-out the Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6) networking standard by the middle of 2017 have once again been dashed. The provider said that the transition would now begin “later this year“.

london uk broadband internet city

20th June, 2017 - 12:29 pm (1 Comment)

A new report from the Wireless Broadband Alliance, which examined the levels of urban and rural connectivity across 8 major countries, has found that London is the most connected city (7% of citizens are unconnected) but 1.75bn citizens in the world’s richest countries (by GDP) remain unconnected.

BT Mobile SIM

20th June, 2017 - 11:50 am (1 Comment)

Mobile operator Orange has announced that they intend to reduce their 4% stake in the embattled UK telecoms giant BT, possibly pushing it down to just 1.33%. The stake itself was created as part of BT’s £12.5bn merger with EE, which was previously owned by Orange and Deutsche Telecom.

hyperoptic east village fibre optic installation

20th June, 2017 - 9:00 am (11 Comments)

Fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic has today agreed a new supply deal with residential property developer A2Dominion, which means that homes across their housing portfolio in London and the South East of England will soon gain access to the provider’s ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB/P) network.

testing fibre

19th June, 2017 - 4:47 pm (7 Comments)

A further 2,500 homes and businesses in Buckinghamshire look set to benefit from faster “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services after the Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) confirmed an £800,000 funding boost.


19th June, 2017 - 10:10 am (2 Comments)

London-based Satellite operator Avanti has officially entered the Mobile connectivity market (i.e. providing capacity for WiFi and 4G Mobile networks to aircraft, ships etc.) for the first time by securing a 2-year contract worth around £3.5 million ($4.5m) with an unnamed partner.

virgin media fttp and docsis deployment swindon

19th June, 2017 - 7:45 am (9 Comments)

The Liverpool City Council has kept the expansion of Virgin Media’s ultrafast cable broadband and TV network on hold since February 2017 because of “serious issues” (damage to highways, poor reinstatement, site safety etc.) with the street works being conducted by contractors.

telephone broken uk

18th June, 2017 - 10:56 am (11 Comments)

The incumbent telecoms and broadband provider for Hull in East Yorkshire, KCOM, is reportedly aiming to be one of the first cities in the UK to switch-off their ageing copper telephone lines. Instead they’d become reliant upon their new “full fibre” (FTTP/H) network for communication services.

copper and fibre optic hybrid broadband cables uk

17th June, 2017 - 8:32 am (13 Comments)

Historically hybrid-fibre broadband services like VDSL (FTTC) rely on a mix of fibre optic and twisted-pair copper cables, although signal attenuation over the latter always ends up reducing performance over distance and the new G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) technology is particularly susceptible.

rural homes bt openreach engineer

17th June, 2017 - 7:43 am (41 Comments)

Openreach (BT) engineers have been accused of “decimating” the picturesque landscape of two rural villages on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, where the operator has been installing 15 new telegraph poles in order to bring “superfast broadband” to remote homes.

comms business uk magazine

17th June, 2017 - 12:03 am (0 Comments)

The Comms Business magazine has unveiled the winners of their annual 2017 Comms Business Awards event, which took place last Thursday night in London. A number of ISPs received awards at the event, including Gamma, Onecom, Vaioni Wholesale and Daisy Wholesale etc.

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