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bt copper cable thieves

21st May, 2015 - 7:59 am (1 Comment)

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 (54 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.

isles of scilly

12th May, 2015 - 11:44 am (0 Comments)

According to BT about 1 in 3 premises (homes and businesses) on the Isles of Scilly are now connected to the operators new “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network, which was only installed on the island community some six months ago as part of the wider EU backed £132m Superfast Cornwall project.

bt building logo

7th May, 2015 - 8:18 am (30 Comments)

The national UK telecoms operator, BT, has today published the latest results for Q1-2015 (calendar) and confirmed that their retail business added +121,000 new broadband subscribers in the quarter (up from +119k in Q4 2014) to total 7,713,000, which includes 3,010,000 on BTInfinity “fibre broadband” (up by +266k vs +209k in Q4 2014).


5th May, 2015 - 1:43 am (2 Comments)

The way in which consumers switch between different fixed line home broadband ISP and phone providers in the United Kingdom will soon change, hopefully for the better. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to how and how it will impact your ability to change provider.

bt fibre notice of intent for rural west sussex UK

1st May, 2015 - 8:44 am (37 Comments)

Ordinarily the news that BT is bringing fibre optic broadband (FTTC/P) cables to your area would be welcome. But it’s not always so and sometimes the use of public money to help upgrade the smallest of UK rural areas, especially when a “superfast” (24Mbps+) capable provider is already serving local customers, can raise concerns.

bt openreach logo uk

24th April, 2015 - 4:18 pm (11 Comments)

Back in March we reported that BTOpenreach’s roll-out of Physical Retransmission ReTX (G.INP – ITU G.998.4) technology, which can improve the performance of their ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) lines, had hit a few snags (here) with some customers losing performance, connectivity and or suffering higher latency.


22nd April, 2015 - 8:03 am (9 Comments)

The on-going rollout of superfast capable “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services across the UK by BT has hit a snag after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the revised estimated service availability dates, which BTOpenreach supply, were “likely to mislead consumers” because they were not based on a proper analysis.

copper and fibre optic hybrid broadband cables uk

20th April, 2015 - 7:36 pm (26 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.

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