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bt openreach uk engineer team

20th October, 2014 - 1:23 pm (36 Comments)

BTOpenreach has announced its intention to recruit another 500 full-time broadband and telephone engineers, mostly in London, Surrey (England), Aberdeen (Scotland) and more generally around Wales. The move forms part of BT’s on-going efforts to meet Ofcom’s new quality of service requirements (faster fault fixing and installations etc.).


20th October, 2014 - 8:53 am (29 Comments)

Sometimes the most advanced and interesting developments happen towards the end of a roll-out and that appears to be the case in Surrey (England), where one of our readers has spotted an ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) rollout finally taking place in the tiny village area of Hascombe.

bt openreach logo uk

17th October, 2014 - 8:01 am (0 Comments)

BTOpenreach, which works to maintain and upgrade BT’s national telecoms and broadband network across the United Kingdom, looks set to update their performance information website (www.expect.openreach.co.uk) next week with the latest repair statistics and the addition of some interesting new features.

scotland uk regions map

14th October, 2014 - 10:21 am (1 Comment)

The Digital Scotland project has today announced the next 67 locations (80,000 homes and businesses), including 15 new communities in the Highlands and Islands region, that will benefit from the £410m scheme which aims to make BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services available to 85% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2015 and rising to 95% by the end of 2017.


14th October, 2014 - 8:10 am (1 Comment)

One of BT’s off-duty business improvement coaches, Martin Jones, claims to have spotted an Openreach Street Cabinet in the Gloucester city centre area that has apparently been painted by the well-known graffiti artist, Banksy, whose work can often sell for a small fortune. Uh oh.


7th October, 2014 - 1:40 pm (4 Comments)

A serious fire at BT’s main telephone exchange in central Derby (Colyear Street) has left tens of thousands of customers without a working phone line across parts of both Derbyshire and Staffordshire in England.

bt openreach logo uk

5th October, 2014 - 5:28 pm (24 Comments)

A recently updated specification document for BT’s ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) service (SIN 498) has included mention of a new Street Cabinet based ADSL2+ broadband service, which would be “used to provide extended reach beyond what is possible with VDSL2“.

openreach bt fttc broadband modem

2nd October, 2014 - 8:25 am (7 Comments)

The outspoken boss of broadband provider AAISP (Andrews and Arnold), Adrian Kennard, has criticised BTOpenreach for making a “very very detrimental change” to the terms of their Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) service. In particular Openreach intends to stop supporting the VDSL modem they provide, which the ISP fears could make it harder and more costly to get faults fixed.

cable theft and damage uk police

30th September, 2014 - 9:27 am (24 Comments)

Thousands of homes and businesses in the London boroughs of Croydon and Sutton have had their broadband and phone services disrupted after criminals pulled 140 metres worth of BT’s valuable copper telecoms cable out of the ground last week.

telegraph pole and bt engineer

25th September, 2014 - 8:36 am (16 Comments)

BTOpenreach recently completed a field trial of a new Mobile Infill Infrastructure Solution (MiiS), which is designed to leverage BT’s existing fixed line network in order to deliver mobile services into areas that suffer from “non-existent or patchy” coverage, and has now made the product available to mobile operators and ISPs across the United Kingdom.

bt copper cable thieves

23rd September, 2014 - 11:32 am (27 Comments)

Criminals have disrupted the broadband and phone services for at least 5,000 people and businesses in the North East England town of Billingham (Durham), which is home to a total population of 36,000+, after they stole large sections of vital copper telecoms cable from BT’s local network.

bt rural fibre broadband cabinet uk

17th September, 2014 - 12:55 pm (7 Comments)

BTOpenreach has proposed a new product option (‘Single-Order GEA-FTTC’) that could allow customers to take a Fibre-to-the-Cabinet based superfast broadband service, albeit without also needing to have a traditional phone solution for voice calls (aka – Naked FTTC).

fibre optic uk cables

12th September, 2014 - 1:30 pm (1 Comment)

Ofcom has proposed to grant Code Powers to BSkyB Ltd. (Sky Broadband) in order to both make it easier for them to maintain and develop their core fibre optic network (e.g. quicker approval for street works) and to support trials of new solutions, such as a Passive Infrastructure Access (PIA) and Sub-Loop Unbundling (SLU) related broadband services.


11th September, 2014 - 3:45 pm (5 Comments)

Several Rothesay locals, which is a small but principal town of around 5,000 people on the Isle of Bute (West Scotland), have complained after BT advised that it would not be possible to connect their new premises to broadband until November 2014 due to capacity problems at the nearby telephone exchange (the normal wait is usually around 2 weeks).

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