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25th November, 2014 - 5:46 pm
hit_head_here

Author: Mark Jackson | 14 Comments

It’s probably fair to say that most politicians can be a bit naïve when it comes to matters that require an understanding of ISPs and Internet communications. Sadly this also appears to be true of today’s report from the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee that effectively accused ISPs of failing to help stop the murder Fusilier Lee Rigby by not handing over key communications data.

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25th November, 2014 - 9:15 am
rural_bt_fttc_street_cabinet_oxfordshire_uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 37 Comments

Attempts to secure information about the take-up of BTOpenreach’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services and related claw-back provisions under the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme are often futile (we’ve tried asking BT, BDUK and many councils without success), yet a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request has managed to secure related information.. albeit only for Wales.

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24th November, 2014 - 12:55 pm
bt uk isp logo

Author: Mark Jackson | 42 Comments

Last week the owner of mobile operator O2 UK, Telefonica, tentatively floated the prospect of putting the FOR SALE sign up (here) and today BT has confirmed to the Spanish press that they’re already in preliminary talks about a possible purchase or merger. In addition, EE’s shareholders are said to have also approached BT for talks.

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24th November, 2014 - 12:19 pm
internet snooping uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 20 Comments

The Government’s forthcoming Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) will this week introduce a number of new measures including a provision to help the security services identify suspects via a computer or mobile device’s individual Internet Protocol (IP) address. But what does this actually mean for broadband ISPs and their customers?

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24th November, 2014 - 8:09 am
network cable connector

Author: Mark Jackson | 28 Comments

The UK Competitive Telecommunications Association, which aims to foster a more competitive fixed telecommunications market and counts most of BT’s major rivals among its ranks (e.g. Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodafone, Sky Broadband etc.), has called on Ofcom to improve competition by among other things opening up BT’s passive infrastructure to all providers and launching another market review; although one is already underway.

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22nd November, 2014 - 1:05 am
uk church in burghill

Author: Mark Jackson | 18 Comments

Various rural parts of North Lincolnshire (England) are starting to benefit after fixed wireless broadband ISP Quickline began making use of around 30 local churches and village halls in order to deploy their so-called “AIRFibre” service, which offers Internet download speeds of up to 8-15Mbps (uploads of up to 10Mbps).

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21st November, 2014 - 4:24 pm
hyperoptic uk fttb

Author: Mark Jackson | 18 Comments

City-focused UK ISP Hyperoptic has announced that customers who want to bundle a fixed phone line with their ultrafast fibre optic (FTTH/B) broadband service can now take the line rental free for the first full year of service, which represents a saving of £12.50 per month (£150 total for 12 months).

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21st November, 2014 - 2:20 pm
bbc_watchdog

Author: Mark Jackson | 53 Comments

Last night’s episode of the BBC’s popular consumer affairs TV show, Watchdog (Series 34 : Episode 6), took BTOpenreach to task again over the often lengthy periods of time that some people have to wait in order for their new phone and or broadband line to be installed.

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21st November, 2014 - 1:32 pm
gigaclear_fibre_optic_cables_ultrafastunderriver_com

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Fibre optic (FTTP) broadband provider Gigaclear appears to be looking to expand its presence across Northamptonshire and into Leicestershire (England) by inviting a selection of communities in the Welland Valley area to register their interest in the service.

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21st November, 2014 - 12:20 pm
isles of scilly

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

After several years of waiting the first of 2,200 residents on the remote Isles of Scilly, which resides several miles off the south west coast of Cornwall in England, have begun to connect via BT’s new ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) broadband service that is being supplied by a new submarine fibre optic cable back to the mainland.

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21st November, 2014 - 11:26 am
pounds_sterling_notes_and_coins_uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

The Welsh Government has announced the launch of a new Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher scheme that will provide assistance of up to £10,000 towards the capital costs of helping firms in Wales to install a broadband service offering speeds of more than 100Mbps (Megabits per second), albeit only applicable to businesses in Enterprise and Local Growth Zones.

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21st November, 2014 - 10:46 am
high speed uk train

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

A proposal by Ofcom for granting Code Powers (i.e. easier approval of street works etc.) to help Network Rail upgrade their Dark Fibre and mobile communications infrastructure has confirmed that the national railway operator will also provide “wholesale services to other telecom operators“.

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21st November, 2014 - 8:30 am
o2 uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 7 Comments

The owner of mobile operator O2 (Telefonica), which last year sold their home broadband and phone customers to BSkyB (Sky Broadband) after failing to make a success of the business (here), has warned that if more of the United Kingdom’s telecoms market moved towards bundled services then it may have to consider putting up the FOR SALE sign.

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20th November, 2014 - 2:53 pm
yorkshire uk county map

Author: Mark Jackson | 9 Comments

The Superfast North Yorkshire project in England, which was supposed to be rolling out BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to 90% of local premises by the end of October 2014 and possibly reaching 100% by the end of 2017, is apparently running “13 weeks behind schedule” and BT’s plan to deploy its new Fibre-to-the-Remote-Node (FTTrN) technology in the county may also have to wait another year.

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