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25th May, 2017 - 11:03 am (6 Comments)

The latest Q1 2017 figures from the Government’s £1.6bn+ Broadband Delivery UK project has revealed that some 4,426,493 additional premises across the United Kingdom can now order a “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) service as a result of their joint investment with local councils and the private sector.

bt engineer cutting fibre optic cable

24th May, 2017 - 8:54 am (10 Comments)

UK ISP TalkTalk has reportedly complained that BT is not offering them enough compensation, which comes after Ofcom ruled in March 2017 that Openreach had broken their rules by failing to pay ISPs proper compensation for late installations of high-speed business lines (Ethernet).

bt fibre optic cable bloom

19th May, 2017 - 3:46 pm (25 Comments)

In keeping with today’s earlier G.fast announcement (here), Openreach (BT) has also confirmed the introductory pricing for their two matching Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) based broadband speed tiers: 160Mbps (30Mbps upload) and 330Mbps (50Mbps upload).

Openreach BT UltraFast G.fast Fibre Broadband

19th May, 2017 - 1:33 pm (15 Comments)

How much will the next generation of 160-330Mbps based G.fast broadband technology cost to buy from your ISP in the United Kingdom? Today Openreach (BT) has given us a good indication by publishing their first Early Market Deployment (EMD) wholesale prices for the service and it looks affordable.

high uk prices and costs

18th May, 2017 - 8:29 am (54 Comments)

Broadband providers Vodafone, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband have complained that Ofcom’s delay to the introduction of their recently proposed wholesale price reduction on Openreach’s (BT) 40Mbps (10Mbps upload) Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) service could cost consumers £140 million.

long reach vdsl broadband trial at street cabinet

17th May, 2017 - 11:06 am (19 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has issued an update on their existing plan to run a “commercial pilot” of Long Reach VDSL (FTTC) broadband technology, which involves around 120 premises across 6 rural locations. The operator claims that if deployed LR-VDSL could bring “fibre” to 99% of the UK by 2020.


16th May, 2017 - 8:08 am (7 Comments)

The BT Wholesale Broadband Checker has recently added a new row to its output that appears to very generally reflect the status of a wiring issue known as a ‘Bridge Tap‘, which so far as we can tell only shows when testing with a specific telephone number (not address or postcode checks).

worcestershire uk broadband

12th May, 2017 - 7:57 am (0 Comments)

The Worcestershire County Council in England recently slipped under our radar when they issued a tender for Phase 3 of the Superfast Worcestershire project, which will commit up to £2,627,415 of public funding to expand the local availability of “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+).

BT HQ UK Building Logo

11th May, 2017 - 8:01 am (39 Comments)

The BT Group has released their latest quarterly report (Q1 2017 calendar), which saw their retail broadband base reach a total of 9,276,000 subscribers (up by 29K vs 83K in Q4 2016) and Openreach has begun a consultation on the “potential benefits and costs of a large-scale FTTP deployment.“

openreach uk telecoms engineer with back turned

10th May, 2017 - 8:50 am (13 Comments)

A new Proof of Concept trial in Kent (England) is about to begin that could allow Openreach’s (BT) new ultrafast G.fast technology to share the same spectrum as existing FTTC (VDSL2) “fibre broadband” services, which in the future might help to boost speeds beyond 330Mbps.

broadband internet speed uk

9th May, 2017 - 6:01 pm (9 Comments)

California-based ASSIA, which supplies broadband management systems to ISPs, has today announce that “extreme high frequency sub-millimeter waves” could in the future be used to push broadband speeds of up to 1Tbps (Terabit per second) down a single 100 metre twisted-pair copper line.


9th May, 2017 - 11:28 am (3 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has informed participating ISPs that they’re “not planning further trials” of their 18Mbps (2Mbps upload) FTTC / VDSL2 “fibre broadband” product with new customers, although it will remain open to existing subscribers.. for now.


6th May, 2017 - 8:29 am (33 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has confirmed to ISPreview.co.uk that over the past few weeks the cost estimates given out for their co-funded Community Fibre Partnerships, which work with local groups in order to deliver faster FTTC or FTTP broadband into poorly served areas, have been reduced.

big ben, london uk parliament

26th April, 2017 - 4:55 pm (32 Comments)

The Digital Economy Bill 2017 has today effectively been approved by both houses of parliament, which means positive changes for UK broadband connectivity (10Mbps USO, compensation etc.). On the other hand the internet faces more censorship and a proposed 30Mbps USO was dropped.

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