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21st October, 2016 - 3:33 pm (6 Comments)

The Government’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has today uploaded a batch of reports and case studies that are designed to provide help and information for anybody looking to establish their own community broadband solutions.

trains network rail engineers

21st October, 2016 - 3:08 pm (10 Comments)

Engineers working for Network Rail have damaged a mass of BTOpenreach’s cable ducts near Uxbridge (West London) because they “were not highlighted in the thorough surveys we carried out prior to the work.” As a result broadband and phone services in the area, including West Drayton, are suffering a major outage.

broadband internet speed uk

21st October, 2016 - 1:20 pm (4 Comments)

The International Telecommunication Union, specifically ITU-T Study Group 15, has doubled the best speeds achievable via the new G.fast broadband standard to 2Gbps and added support for coaxial cable. Openreach (BT) are due to begin the commercial UK roll-out of this service in late 2017.


19th October, 2016 - 12:08 pm (0 Comments)

The Quality of Service (i.e. minimum standards for repairs and new line provision) targets that Ofcom imposed upon Openreach (BT) in 2014 (here) look set to be extended until 31st March 2018 and the regulator will also make some additional tweaks.


18th October, 2016 - 12:41 pm (30 Comments)

Openreach (BT) and Huawei have today claimed to be the “first companies in Europe” to trial three new ultrafast fibre optic broadband technologies, including 40Gbps (Gigabits per second) capable NG-PON2, 10Gbps XGS-PON and 2.5Gbps GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) over a single fibre.

copper cable pile

18th October, 2016 - 8:12 am (34 Comments)

A new trial of the future XG.FAST technology, which could one day replace Openreach’s forthcoming G.fast based ultrafast broadband service, has beaten last year’s BT trial by pushing a peak aggregate speed of 8000Mbps over 30 metres of twisted-pair copper (BT achieved 5.6Gbps at a similar distance).

criticism uk consumer broadband isp complaints

13th October, 2016 - 1:57 pm (1 Comment)

A new report from the IPPR North think-tank has claimed that small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are lagging behind other businesses in the “Northern Powerhouse” (northern England) region due to a “double-whammy of patchy … broadband connectivity” and lack of digital skills.

openreach rural cable duct digging

13th October, 2016 - 11:55 am (2 Comments)

A new BT commissioned report from Analysys Mason has perhaps unsurprisingly warned that Ofcom’s effort to encourage alternative network (AltNet) ISPs to build rival ultrafast broadband networks, such as by opening up access to Openreach’s cable ducts, may fail to achieve the desired result.

slow broadband speed

12th October, 2016 - 2:51 pm (7 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has announced some enhancements and an extension of their new 18Mbps (2Mbps upload) Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) based product trial, which began in July 2016 (here) and is designed to help people stuck on slow ADSL based pure copper broadband lines.

10Mbps UK Broadband USO

12th October, 2016 - 9:55 am (9 Comments)

BT has said that the Government can avoid imposing a tricky industry levy on ISPs or using public funding to help pay for the proposed 10Mbps broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) because they’ll take the full responsibility, as well as pushing superfast broadband (24Mbps+) to 97-98% of the UK.


11th October, 2016 - 1:00 pm (2 Comments)

Israel-based Sckipio, which helped to create some of the kit that BT has used in their UK trials of 330Mbps capable hybrid-fibre G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) broadband (roll-out plan), has today launched three new technologies that they hope will make the connectivity method more useful.


11th October, 2016 - 12:48 pm (1 Comment)

The £1.56m state aid supported Broadband Delivery UK pilot of a new superfast fixed wireless broadband network, which was built by Airwave in North Yorkshire (England), appears to have run into an overbuilding conflict with BT’s (Openreach) roll-out of FTTC based “fibre broadband” services.


11th October, 2016 - 12:05 pm (3 Comments)

Customers of Sky Broadband and possibly a few other ISPs in the North of Scotland may be experiencing sporadic connectivity problems with their broadband and phone services today, which appears to have been caused by BTOpenreach’s “over-running network maintenance.”


6th October, 2016 - 3:09 pm (2 Comments)

Openreach (BT) will today make a small update to their ‘When can I get fibre?‘ broadband coverage checker, which should offer a bit of extra detail about the availability of “ultrafast” 330Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology. But the change will only work for locations in Wales.

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