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17th April, 2014 - 1:11 am (0 Comments)

The intense storms that ravaged much of the United Kingdom over winter clearly had an impact on BTOpenreach’s engineering crews (here) and some of the affected areas are only now getting back to normal. But what do the statistics say about the effect on new broadband provisions and missed appointments? Let’s take a look.


16th April, 2014 - 1:07 pm (0 Comments)

Business ISP Entanet, which supplies wholesale Internet access and related communication services to a number of ISPs and businesses across the United Kingdom, has moved to boost sales by allowing their resellers to offer Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) based superfast broadband connections with a free installation or migration.


16th April, 2014 - 8:32 am (2 Comments)

Customers aren’t likely to notice much of a difference but the headline (advertised) download speed of Sky Broadband’s standard unlimited Internet access product has just been raised again from “up to” 16Mbps to 17Mbps, even though it’s still the same old ADSL2+ based connection underneath. No doubt more ISPs will soon follow.


15th April, 2014 - 10:11 am (19 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has today published its latest biannual report into the real-world Internet speeds of fixed line broadband ISP consumers across the United Kingdom, which reveals that the average download rate has risen to 17.8Mbps (up by +17.41% from 14.7Mbps in August 2013). Sadly a huge gap still exists between urban and rural areas.


15th April, 2014 - 9:30 am (0 Comments)

A new grant worth £550,000 from the often criticised Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) looks set to help 9 additional villages (3,300 properties) in the south eastern county of Berkshire (England) to receive a “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) service from BT.


15th April, 2014 - 7:58 am (13 Comments)

In a major development two of the United Kingdom’s largest ISPs, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband (BSkyB), have “joined forces” with fibre optic infrastructure developer CityFibre to expand its existing Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network in the City of York (England) by launching a 1000Mbps capable “ultra-fast” broadband service to thousands of local homes.


15th April, 2014 - 7:36 am (10 Comments)

The Rutland County Council in England appears to have almost completed the local £3m roll-out of BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network, which would make it one of the first Broadband Delivery UK supported schemes to cross the finish line. Now another 15 villages are being targeted as part of a £180,000 extension programme.


14th April, 2014 - 1:22 pm (1 Comment)

European Satellite operator Eutelsat, which supplies the United Kingdom’s “Tooway” (KA-SAT) based ISPs, has confirmed that they’re helping to retrain almost 50 former British Armed Forces personnel in the fine art of installing Satellite broadband infrastructure for homes and businesses.


14th April, 2014 - 8:59 am (18 Comments)

If at first you don’t succeed. The Government has launched its new Digital Inclusion Charter, which marks the latest in a long list of attempts to get the 11 million adults in the United Kingdom, specifically those who “lack basic digital skills and capabilities“, to finally go online. As usual various ISPs, mobile operators and others have been roped in to join the holy war on refuseniks.


14th April, 2014 - 7:51 am (0 Comments)

A new 3-year deal has been signed between Shepway District Council in Kent (England) and Maidstone-based Custodian Data Centre that will make Internet data speeds of up to 100Mbps (Megabits per second) available to businesses in the district’s main employment sites.


12th April, 2014 - 7:24 am (2 Comments)

The Government’s Connection Vouchers scheme, which forms part of the £150m Urban Broadband Fund (“Super-Connected Cities“) to help SME businesses install superfast broadband (30Mbps+), has now completed its roll-out to all 22 cities across the United Kingdom and reduced the minimum voucher value.


11th April, 2014 - 1:10 pm (0 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 (O24G) has announced that their new 4G (LTE at 800MHz) based Mobile Broadband network can now cover 41% of the United Kingdom’s outdoor population (around 33% for indoor users) in 191 Towns and Cities, which apparently equates to about 20 million people.


11th April, 2014 - 9:29 am (0 Comments)

The Open Rights Group (ORG) has written a new open letter that calls upon BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to clarify their positions on the storing of personal customer data / access logs, which follows a decision by the European Court of Justice to rule that the EU’s Data Retention Directive was now “invalid“.


11th April, 2014 - 8:14 am (5 Comments)

The £132m “Big Build” Superfast Cornwall scheme, which involves a public and private partnership where BT are aiming to make their “high-speed fibre optic broadband” (FTTC/P) network available to 95% of Cornwall in England and the Isles of Scilly by the end of 2014, has reached another crucial milestone by covering 90% of local premises.

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