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1st July, 2015 - 8:18 am (23 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“.


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.


3rd June, 2015 - 7:39 am (20 Comments)

In this guest editorial Nicholas Hardiman, an IT consultant who has worked with Internet and Enterprise technologies since the 1990s, interviews Openreach’s (BT) Senior Project Manager, Steve Jones, about the work being done to bring faster “fibre broadband” connectivity to many thousands of new homes and businesses in Wales.

bt copper cable thieves

21st May, 2015 - 7:59 am (2 Comments)

Criminals who cause misery to many thousands of people every year by pulling vast amounts of BT’s vital copper telecoms and broadband cable out of the ground (Metal Theft) may be displeased to learn that the operator has agreed to continue its work with the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.


20th May, 2015 - 11:19 am (43 Comments)

A tiny rural civil parish village called Claverton in Somerset, which is home to around 115 people (70 homes) and resides near Bath in England, has apparently become the first such UK village to privately co-fund with BT to build a completely new “fibre broadband” (FTTC) network.

telegraph pole rural broadband openreach engineer

20th May, 2015 - 9:47 am (15 Comments)

BT has confirmed that 100 businesses in the city of Swansea (Wales) will benefit when they begin their technically-focused trial of 500Mbps capable G.fast (ITU G.9701) broadband technology in the area this summer.


18th May, 2015 - 1:44 am (12 Comments)

Any plans to deploy Broadband Regenerators (BBRA) around the United Kingdom, which could be used to boost some of the slowest copper ADSL based broadband lines from hundreds of Kilobits per second (Kbps) to 3-4Mbps (Megabits), appear to be stuck “on hold” at BT.

bt openreach logo uk

16th May, 2015 - 1:53 am (1 Comment)

In the future when one of BTOpenreach’s engineers pops around to investigate a fault (SFI2) or boost your broadband connection then they may now also access your ISP supplied router in order to interrogate the data it holds and hopefully highlight or reduce the occurrence of repeated faults (especially early life failures on new lines).

fibre optic cable duct connectivity

15th May, 2015 - 8:19 am (55 Comments)

In a surprise move Ofcom’s Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR2016) has done a U-turn on its 2012 policy by proposing that rival ISPs, specifically those that provide Leased Lines, should be granted access to BT’s national Dark Fibre network (i.e. un-lit fibre optic lines that have spare capacity for coping with future demand).

bt openreach uk engineer

13th May, 2015 - 1:24 pm (2 Comments)

After a small delay BTOpenreach has this week started to trial a fix for the latency and performance problems that were created on some superfast broadband Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) lines following the recent introduction of Physical Retransmission ReTX (G.INP – ITU G.998.4) technology.

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