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26th March, 2015 - 11:44 am
wireless broadband rural uk mast

Author: Mark Jackson | 12 Comments

The Government’s agreement with mobile operators (i.e. Three UK, O2, EE and Vodafone) to extend the geographic coverage of 2G (voice and text) networks from 80% today to 90% by 2017 (the target for 3G and 4G is 85%) appears to have suffered another blow after operators were warned that they might not be allowed to build taller masts.

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26th March, 2015 - 11:14 am
kc lightstream engineer van

Author: Mark Jackson | 12 Comments

Remember last month when KC announced that their Lightstream fibre optic broadband (FTTP/C) network would cover 60,000 premises by spring 2016? Forget about it! The incumbent telecoms operator for East Yorkshire and Hull has now decided to push out even further to reach more than 105,000 by March 2017.

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26th March, 2015 - 10:24 am
fttc street cabinet internals new

Author: Mark Jackson | 36 Comments

Earlier this year BTOpenreach confirmed (here) that they were deploying Physical Retransmission ReTX (G.INP – ITU G.998.4) technology to improve the performance of their ‘up to’ 40-80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) lines. But at least one ISP has noticed that this is also increasing latency times by around 15ms (miliseconds) on some lines.

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26th March, 2015 - 9:40 am
cityfibre fibre optic cable

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

CityFibre’s Joint Venture with Sky Broadband and TalkTalk, which is deploying an “ultra-fast” 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) broadband network to homes in the city of York (England), claims to have completed its first roll-out phase and confirmed plans to accelerate and increase the scale of their deployment.

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26th March, 2015 - 8:17 am
uk wifi wireless internet access for free

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The plan to deploy a new network of free public WiFi hotspots across Newcastle and Gateshead in north east England, which last year took a hit after the project’s original partner (Spain’s GOWEX) collapsed due to falsified accounts (here), looks set to continue after the local authorities signed a deal with BT instead.

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26th March, 2015 - 7:46 am
gigaclear_fibre_optic_cable_trench_ultrafastunderriver_com

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Pure fibre optic broadband provider Gigaclear has announced that they’ve exceeded their pre-order threshold for a group of rural villages in the Welland Valley area of Leicestershire (England), which means that they can now proceed to build their first 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network in the county.

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25th March, 2015 - 4:52 pm
router_home_broadband_hardware

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

The UK Government’s Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, has made public a copy of the letter that he recently distributed to local authorities across England. The letter itself appears to encourage council leaders to ensure that new build housing developments include provision for superfast broadband connectivity.

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25th March, 2015 - 3:04 pm
pirate internet piracy flag

Author: Mark Jackson | 10 Comments

The High Court in London has once again used Section 97A of the United Kingdom’s Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) to force major broadband ISPs into blocking their customers from being able to access 17 predominantly MP3 download sites, which were found to be facilitating Internet copyright infringement (piracy).

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25th March, 2015 - 11:30 am
global internet connections icbm

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Akamai has today published their latest global State of the Internet (SotI) report for Q4 2014, which reveals that average broadband download speeds in the United Kingdom increased slightly by 1.4% in the quarter to 10.9Mbps. The data suggests we’re now the 18th fastest in the world, which is up one place from Q3.

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25th March, 2015 - 10:31 am
business broadband connection voucher uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 7 Comments

The Government’s Connection Voucher scheme, which offers grants worth up to £3,000 to help small and medium sized businesses around multiple cities across the United Kingdom to install a superfast broadband (30Mbps+) service, has so far helped 14,000 SMEs gain access to better connectivity.

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25th March, 2015 - 9:07 am
bt uk isp logo

Author: Mark Jackson | 16 Comments

BT has today taken the wraps off their new 4G consumer mobile phone service (BTMobile), which is underpinned by EE’s national network and will turn the United Kingdom’s largest telecoms operator into a quad-play monster. The new SIM-Only tariffs start from just £5 a month for their existing broadband customers (prices rise by £5 for non-BT subscribers).

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25th March, 2015 - 8:20 am
openreach_bt_engineer_at_a_street_cabinet_fttc

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

The CSW Broadband project, which recently signed an extended deal to bring BT’s “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) network to “nearly” 94% of Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry by summer 2019, has revealed the next batch of areas that can expect to receive faster connectivity in the very near future.

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25th March, 2015 - 7:53 am
bt_openreach_house_digging

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

The £24.62m Superfast Essex project in England, which aims to make BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network available to 87% of local homes and businesses by the end of summer 2016, has agreed to continue their partnership with BT and extend the coverage to a further 51,000 premises.

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24th March, 2015 - 6:33 pm
three uk mobile broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 7 Comments

The parent company of mobile operator Three UK, Hutchison Whampoa, has confirmed that they’ve finally reached a “definitive agreement” to buy O2 UK from debt-laden Telefonica for the previously touted price of £10.25 Billion (cash). But we’re still not sure where the long-term advantage can be found.

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