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23rd January, 2015 - 1:40 pm (1 Comment)

It’s been awhile since we ran any coverage on the £56.6m Fastershire project (still the best name ever), which aims to make BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network available to around 90% of premises in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire by the end of 2016 (148,000 premises). But the good news is that we now have the roll-out plan for the first half of 2015.


22nd January, 2015 - 2:51 pm (53 Comments)

Residents of the new Woodilee Village estate between Lenzie and Kirkintilloch in Scotland, which includes 900 contemporary homes built by CALA, Charles Church, Miller Homes and Springfield, are campaigning for better broadband connectivity after they were left with “up to” 2Mbps download speeds (plus uploads of 300-400Kbps) and told that they’d have to fork out £15k to £30k for an upgrade.

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20th January, 2015 - 2:23 pm (3 Comments)

Industry sources inform ISPreview.co.uk that BTOpenreach will later today or tomorrow announced another round of seemingly significant price reductions for their business Ethernet services, such as the Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) and Ethernet Backhaul Direct (EBD) products. Better yet, we’ve been given a sneaky peek.


20th January, 2015 - 10:12 am (23 Comments)

A new report appears to suggest that BTOpenreach has deployed or started to deploy Physical Retransmission (G.INP / ITU G.998.4) technology to improve the performance of their superfast ‘up to’ 40-80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL) broadband lines. Previously G.INP has only formed part of a trial on Openreach’s platform.


15th January, 2015 - 2:00 pm (17 Comments)

During an interesting exchange in the House of Commons today the Government’s Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey, successfully managed to dodge a question about the likelihood of the Government’s 95% superfast broadband (24Mbps+) coverage target, which is due to complete by 2017, seemingly slipping into 2018 or possibly later.


14th January, 2015 - 4:05 am (28 Comments)

BTWholesale has confirmed that new orders for their Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) based Fibre on Demand (FoD) product, which offered the potential for people within reach of an FTTC capable line to order a full 330Mbps fibre optic broadband connection, have been suspended.

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12th January, 2015 - 2:42 pm (53 Comments)

BTOpenreach’s state aid supported plans to roll-out a fibre optic cable through their existing cable ducts in order to help bring superfast broadband connectivity to parts of rural south Wiltshire in England, specifically the Dun Valley and surrounding areas, have been dealt a blow due to several key ducts being blocked by silt.


7th January, 2015 - 1:43 pm (5 Comments)

The Cornwall County Council (CCC) in south west England looks set to approve a new Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) next week, which will aim to expand the coverage of “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) connectivity from the currently level of around 95% and make “superfast” (30Mbps+) services available to 99% by March 2019.

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6th January, 2015 - 12:08 pm (0 Comments)

The £20m Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire project in England, which is currently working with BTOpenreach to make “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services available to 95% of local premises by the end of March 2016, is tomorrow expected to approve a £5.2m+ Phase 2 extension that will to push coverage to 97%.


6th January, 2015 - 9:24 am (23 Comments)

Residents of a new Bovis Homes development called Kingsmere, which is located adjacent to the busy market town of Bicester in Oxfordshire (England) and claims to be “well on its way to establishing itself as a new modern village“, have become so frustrated by the slow sub-2Mbps state of local BTOpenreach based broadband speeds that they’ve setup posters to warn potential buyers.

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31st December, 2014 - 12:58 pm (23 Comments)

BTOpenreach, which holds the responsibility for maintaining much of BT’s national telecoms network across the United Kingdom, has on New Year’s Eve announced a heap of new price reductions and increases for their line rental (WLR and LLU), Ethernet and various other connectivity services.


30th December, 2014 - 1:57 am (16 Comments)

It’s been a year since ISPreview.co.uk published our first summary guide of home broadband routers with integrated VDSL2 (FTTC) modems (here), which are designed to be used with superfast ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable “fibre broadband” offering ISPs (BT, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband etc.). Since then the options have increased and so here’s our new selection for 2015.

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23rd December, 2014 - 12:20 pm (1 Comment)

The Connecting Cheshire project in England has been given a £6 million boost after the local authority signed a new Phase 2 Broadband Delivery UK deal with BT under the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP), which will expand the planned “fibre broadband” coverage to an extra 10,000 homes and businesses in the county by summer 2017.


23rd December, 2014 - 7:59 am (0 Comments)

The Hampshire County Council (England) has signed a second £22.2m Broadband Delivery UK contract with BT under the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP), which will push superfast broadband (24Mbps+) connectivity out to an extra 34,500 homes and businesses (i.e. “at least” 95% of the local population) by “mid 2019 or earlier” (well past the national 2017 target year!).

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