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7th October, 2015 - 9:21 am (1 Comment)

Ofcom are “disappointed” after a screw-up forced BT to request the temporary use of shared computer systems across their divisions with BTOpenreach, which is a breach of the 2005 Undertakings and their commitment to “functional separation” of systems and processes.


6th October, 2015 - 8:20 am (12 Comments)

A recent update from BTWholesale suggests that the newly proposed SoGEA (Naked VDSL) product, which would give you the ability to order a standalone superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC) line without also having to pay a separate fee for the phone service, might not see a commercial launch until late 2017.

BT Centre in Newgate Street, London

1st October, 2015 - 8:19 am (39 Comments)

The UK Government’s Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, has said that he is a “sceptic” of proposal that BT could be split from control of their national broadband and phone network (Openreach) and warned that it has “lots of potential to backfire.” Penny for your thoughts Ofcom.

bt openreach big van

25th September, 2015 - 2:43 pm (19 Comments)

Earlier this week BT announced plans to make a minimum broadband speed of 5-10Mbps universally available by around 2020 (here) and one part of that involved the use of Long Reach VDSL2 (FTTC), which could help bring “higher speed broadband to hard-to-reach communities“.

bt rural fibre broadband cabinet uk

24th September, 2015 - 8:57 am (20 Comments)

The Managing Director of Fluidata, Piers Daniell, has highlighted one of the most frustrating and often overlooked problems with BTOpenreach’s roll-out of Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) based “fibre broadband” services. When the service is technically available, but due to a capacity shortage you can’t get it.

telegraph pole and bt engineer

23rd September, 2015 - 10:47 am (6 Comments)

Alternative network providers that make use of BTOpenreach’s pricey Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) solution, which allows ISPs to share the operators network infrastructure in order to deploy new services (e.g. faster broadband), can now access an up-to-date map of the overhead network (telegraph poles).


23rd September, 2015 - 8:36 am (0 Comments)

It’s been many months since a new state aid supported Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) contract was signed in Wiltshire (England) to extend the local roll-out of BT’s superfast broadband (24Mbps+) network beyond the current target of 91% by March 2016 and today we’re finally given the details.


22nd September, 2015 - 9:04 am (121 Comments)

As predicted yesterday BT has today announced a new roll-out plan for delivering faster broadband (at least 5-10Mbps) connections to the hardest to reach final 5% of premises in the United Kingdom (mostly rural homes) and an aim to push “ultrafast” 300-500Mbps G.fast to 10 million premises.

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21st September, 2015 - 11:03 am (39 Comments)

Reports suggest that BT’s CEO, Gavin Patterson, will tomorrow outline a new plan for expanding the reach of faster broadband services to the final 5% of premises in the United Kingdom (most of those are in remote rural locations).

businesses need broadband connections

21st September, 2015 - 8:53 am (17 Comments)

The Institute of Directors (IoD), INCA and Self-Employed & Freelancer Association (IPSE) have today joined Sky (Sky Broadband), TalkTalk and Vodafone in a new open letter that calls for the telecoms regulator to subject BT to a competition probe, which could result in the operator being split up.

bt openreach blowing fibre

18th September, 2015 - 10:53 am (0 Comments)

BT’s state aid supported roll-out of “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services has sometimes been criticised for not giving enough attention to businesses, perhaps fearful for the loss of any lucrative leased line revenues. As such they’re keen to tout some recent improvements at Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone.

broadband and phone prices pound sign

18th September, 2015 - 9:58 am (34 Comments)

Sky (Sky Broadband) has ratcheted up the pressure on Ofcom’s Strategic Review of the UK’s digital communications market, which will decide whether or not to separate BT from control of their telecoms and broadband network, by criticising the operator’s alleged lack of investment and interest in building a national Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network.


17th September, 2015 - 8:46 am (44 Comments)

At the end of last month BTOpenreach began connecting customers to their large-scale 6-9 month trial of 500Mbps capable NGA2 G.fast broadband technology and 1Gbps Fibre-on-Demand (FOD2) in the market town of Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire). Now we have the first official progress update.

copper and fibre optic hybrid broadband cables uk

16th September, 2015 - 1:13 am (20 Comments)

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) in Taiwan has this week officially begun the world’s first commercial deployment of next generation G.fast broadband technology, which is the same service that BT are currently trialling (here) for launch in the UK during 2016/17.

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