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ofcom uk telecoms regulator

29th July, 2015 - 10:26 am (1 Comment)

The telecoms regulator has re-run its FTTC / VULA “margin squeeze” test, which was introduced earlier this year as a mechanism for keeping BT’s “fibre broadband” prices fair by ensuring they “maintain a sufficient margin between wholesale and retail … charges“, and found that the operator is not in breach.

fibre optic broadband cables

29th July, 2015 - 9:48 am (3 Comments)

The debate over whether or not broadband ISPs that don’t sell a pure “fibre optic” (FTTH/P) broadband connection should be allowed to use such terminology in their adverts is nothing new, but a new ruling by the Government of France shows that some countries are taking a stand.

vodafone uk mobile broadband

25th July, 2015 - 7:42 am (13 Comments)

Mobile giant Vodafone UK has just reported their latest results to the end of June 2015 (Q2), which reveals that their fixed broadband customer base has increased by +4,000 to total 70,000 and 4G subscribers have grown from 3M in Q1 to 4.7M now, with related outdoor network coverage reaching 68%.

isle_of_bute

23rd July, 2015 - 12:01 am (1 Comment)

After a long wait some 2,700 premises in Rothesay, which is the main town of around 5,000 people on the Isle of Bute (West Scotland), have finally been given access to “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC) connectivity as part of the wider Digital Scotland project.

telegraph_pole_and_bt_openreach_engineer

17th July, 2015 - 2:16 pm (39 Comments)

BTOpenreach has told ISPreview.co.uk that the first large-scale residential trial of their future G.fast broadband technology (details), which the telecoms operator expects to sell via the Next Generation Access 2 (NGA2) tag, will begin next month in Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire) and ISPs are now being invited.

united_kingdom_of_great_britain_map_500

16th July, 2015 - 8:11 am (41 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has today published a new discussion document as part of their major Strategic Review of Digital Communications, which asks for feedback on the vexed question of whether Openreach should be completely separated from BT so as to boost UK broadband and phone competition.

drones_flying

7th July, 2015 - 10:15 am (8 Comments)

BT says that in the future their Internet and phone related UK engineering tasks could be improved, especially in remote rural areas, by harnessing semi-autonomous flying drones to “deliver urgent parts for our network” or provide “temporary broadband access” (please don’t call it Fibre-to-the-Drone).

bt openreach logo uk

3rd July, 2015 - 1:14 pm (0 Comments)

BTOpenreach has announced another round of significant price reductions on their high-capacity business focused Ethernet services, such as the 10Gbps Ethernet Backhaul Direct (EBD) and Wholesale Extension Services (WES).

bt_80mbps_fttc_broadband

1st July, 2015 - 8:18 am (24 Comments)

A small but mildly comical change has been made in the Government’s publicity drive for the Broadband Delivery UK project. Somebody somewhere finally recognised that those big red and white “speed limit” signs, which are often used to highlight the top speed of 80Mbps for FTTC “fibre broadband” lines, needed an “up to” prefix.

sky broadband uk

29th June, 2015 - 8:24 am (16 Comments)

Sky (Sky Broadband) has used the backdrop of Ofcom’s on-going strategic review of the UK’s digital communications market to formally demand that the national telecoms regulator launch a competition review of BTOpenreach, which manages BT’s underlying broadband and phone infrastructure.

bt openreach fttc cabinet and engineer

16th June, 2015 - 1:18 pm (16 Comments)

BTOpenreach has confirmed that VDSL2 Vectoring (ITU-T G.993.5), which reduces crosstalk interference on ‘up to’ 40-80Mbps FTTC “fibre broadband” lines and thus improves service speeds, is now being deployed beyond trial areas; specifically focusing on “areas where it delivers the most benefit to customers“.

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

11th June, 2015 - 10:52 am (0 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator has today launched a consultation on several new tweaks to the FTTC “margin squeeze” test, which is designed to keep the BT’s “fibre broadband” prices under control by forcing them to “maintain a sufficient margin between [their] wholesale and retail superfast broadband charges“.

bt_gfast_trial_street

11th June, 2015 - 9:46 am (60 Comments)

The CTO of BT’s Wholesale division, Colin Bannon, has revealed that their future G.fast (ITU G.9701) broadband technology has also been tested on longer copper lines of 350 metres and the operator found that at this distance it was still able to deliver Internet speeds of 300Mbps.

bt urban tower

8th June, 2015 - 1:07 am (1 Comment)

One and a half years ago BT made a £50 million commitment to expand the commercial roll-out of superfast capable “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to 400,000 additional premises in 30 UK cities. Since then the operator has remained largely silent and questions are now growing over the projects status.

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