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6th December, 2016 - 10:01 am (0 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator has begun a new consultation on their proposed Duct and Pole Access (DPA) solution, which will help ISPs to build alternative fibre optic broadband networks (FTTP/H) by granting them cheaper and easier access to Openreach’s (BT) cable ducts and telegraph poles.


4th December, 2016 - 12:48 pm (45 Comments)

The Citizens Advice agency has described the broadband market’s current compensation system as being “deeply unfair” after it revealed that Openreach (BT) had failed to complete over 20% of repairs (364,000) and 6% (281,000) of installations on time between April to September 2016.


2nd December, 2016 - 1:19 am (4 Comments)

From early next year Openreach (BT) will begin offering Saturday appointment slots for PCP Only (self-install) based Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) broadband provisions, which seems intended to help tackle occasions where the operator’s engineers are facing “significant demand“.


1st December, 2016 - 1:22 pm (0 Comments)

Telecoms operator BT has begun to roll-out a new solution that aims to reduce the distance that its engineers need to travel in order to collect equipment, which they claim should help to “speed up the delivery of broadband and phone services.”


30th November, 2016 - 2:33 pm (7 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has today released their Final Draft Reference Offer for the new Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product, which is required by Ofcom and should give rival ISPs “physical access” to the operator’s existing fibre optic cables (i.e. allows them to “take direct control of the connection“).

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29th November, 2016 - 11:52 am (9 Comments)

Openreach has announced that they will soon give UK ISPs the ability to offer 5 months of free rental on their 40Mbps FTTC (VDSL2) based “fibre broadband” service, which will apply to customers who currently only receive sub-10Mbps speeds via their existing copper lines (e.g. ADSL).


29th November, 2016 - 7:51 am (66 Comments)

Bad news for BT today. Ofcom confirms that it has been unable to reach a voluntary agreement over the future of Openreach and would now force the operator to adopt “legal separation“. A new UK framework for the next decade of telecoms and broadband regulation will now be established.


23rd November, 2016 - 9:24 am (71 Comments)

Still not good enough, BT. The CEO of Ofcom, Sharon White, has told MPs that BT still isn’t investing enough into UK broadband infrastructure and confirmed that the regulator would “absolutely” give a final verdict on Openreach’s future in December. But the changes might have to be forced through.

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22nd November, 2016 - 10:33 am (34 Comments)

A new Vodafone commissioned study from Point Topic has predicted that only 6.5% of UK households can expect to be covered by Gigabit (1000Mbps+) capable FTTP/H fibre optic broadband cables by 2020, but other data from Point Topic forecasts a figure of 9.4% when business premises are included.


17th November, 2016 - 2:31 pm (56 Comments)

Alternative network provider Call Flow Solutions has announced the completion of their Broadband Delivery UK contract for the ‘Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’ in Berkshire (England), which has expanded the reach of their 30Mbps+ capable FTTC broadband network to an extra 1,750 premises.


17th November, 2016 - 1:49 pm (12 Comments)

Ofcom has today ordered BT to repay (with interest) TalkTalk and Sky Broadband after the telecoms regulator found that the national operator had “overcharged” both ISPs for their Special Fault Investigation (SFI) engineer service and Time Related Charges (TRC).


17th November, 2016 - 10:42 am (10 Comments)

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK scheme has posted its latest progress update to 30th September 2016, which reveals that some 4,168,739 additional premises in the United Kingdom can now access a “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) service as a result of a £1.6bn public investment.


16th November, 2016 - 9:00 am (26 Comments)

A competition row between Vodafone and BT has erupted once again after the former wrote to Ofcom and complained that Openreach’s trial of 330Mbps (50Mbps upload) capable G.fast broadband tech had broken the regulator’s strict rules, which require a consultation to take place first.


15th November, 2016 - 7:58 am (13 Comments)

Customers using one of Openreach’s (BT) ‘up to’ 40-80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) broadband lines might benefit from a free speed boost next year when the operator adopts a new default target downstream noise margin of 3dB.

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