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copper and fibre optic hybrid broadband cables uk

20th April, 2015 - 7:36 pm (17 Comments)

Earlier this year BT announced a decade long deployment plan for their next generation G.fast (ITU G.9701) broadband technology (details), which will begin in 2016/17 and should eventually make download speeds of ‘up to’ 500Mbps available to “most homes” across the United Kingdom.

bt openreach show van

6th April, 2015 - 12:43 am (20 Comments)

It’s well known that significant cable damage in rural areas can sometimes take significantly longer for BTOpenreach’s engineers to fix than in busy urban locations, where more people will feel the pain. Sadly this appears to be the case for 40 homes in the village of Wonersh, but the bigger issue is now one of compensation.

bt superfast fibre van

30th March, 2015 - 9:14 am (53 Comments)

BTOpenreach has set a trial date for the ability to order a naked superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC / VDSL) service, which means you could take the broadband without also having to pay a separate fee for the phone line rental (aka – Naked VDSL, Single Order GEA-FTTC or SoGEA). There’s also a small update on VDSL Amplifiers and Vectoring.


27th March, 2015 - 1:46 am (3 Comments)

In an unsurprising move BT has agreed to extend their contract with the Scotland-based Emtelle Group, which manufactures cable duct (plastic piping that encases underground fibre optic cables) as well as sub-duct and blown fibre products at its two plants in Hawick and Jedburgh, for another four years until 2019.

fttc street cabinet internals new

26th March, 2015 - 10:24 am (36 Comments)

Earlier this year BTOpenreach confirmed (here) that they were deploying Physical Retransmission ReTX (G.INP – ITU G.998.4) technology to improve the performance of their ‘up to’ 40-80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) lines. But at least one ISP has noticed that this is also increasing latency times by around 15ms (miliseconds) and in other cases a loss of speed is observed on some lines.


25th March, 2015 - 8:20 am (1 Comment)

The CSW Broadband project, which recently signed an extended deal to bring BT’s “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) network to “nearly” 94% of Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry by summer 2019, has revealed the next batch of areas that can expect to receive faster connectivity in the very near future.

bt openreach fibre optic cable install

19th March, 2015 - 1:14 pm (0 Comments)

BTOpenreach has posted a small, but potentially important, change concerning the Excess Construction Charges (ECC) for their single biggest deployment (62,000 premises passed) of ultrafast 330Mbps capable Fibre-the-the-Premises (FTTP) technology in rural parts of Cornwall (England).


18th March, 2015 - 3:02 pm (15 Comments)

The £35m+ Superfast Surrey project in England has announced the completion of its main deployment phase, which means that an additional 82,000 homes and businesses in the county can now gain access to BTOpenreach’s “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network; albeit a few months later than originally planned (end of 2014).

superfast cornwall

17th March, 2015 - 12:01 pm (5 Comments)

Telecoms giant BT has today reported that their joint £132m Superfast Cornwall project with the EU, which has already deployed the operators “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to cover around 95% of local premises (including the Isles of Scilly), has seen strong uptake by local premises with 60,000 subscribers choosing to adopt it.


13th March, 2015 - 1:53 am (26 Comments)

Representatives of a small rural village in East Norfolk (England), Wiveton, have spoken to ISPreview.co.uk about their frustration after local broadband download speeds collapsed from around 6Mbps at Christmas to less than 2Mbps now. Some are even suffering speeds as low as 39Kbps and this includes a few living just yards from the exchange.


12th March, 2015 - 8:29 am (56 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s national telecoms regulator has today announced the start of a major strategic review into the country’s digital communications market, which could have significant implications. It will look at everything from competition and investment, to future innovation and the availability of broadband, phone and mobile services.

bt rural fttc street cabinet

9th March, 2015 - 8:16 am (7 Comments)

Over the years the placement of BT’s (Openreach) superfast broadband (FTTC) capable street cabinets have occasionally caused anger among NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard), a lot of it unwarranted, but sometimes there may be a stronger case for adjustment.

bt openreach uk engineer team

5th March, 2015 - 10:39 am (8 Comments)

BT has announced that it plans to create 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs during 2015/16 for fields such as software development, IT, engineering (Openreach) and digital technology.

northern ireland uk

2nd March, 2015 - 9:00 am (6 Comments)

The on-going Northern Ireland Broadband Improvement Project (NIBIP), which only began one year ago, appears to have been boosted by another £17 million investment in order to help bring BT’s faster “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) connectivity to an additional 38,000 premises.

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