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24th February, 2015 - 10:25 am (8 Comments)

The national UK telecoms operator, BT, has today announced that their “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC) network is now available to 1.5 million homes and businesses across Scotland, which is up sharply from 1 million in April last year.


17th February, 2015 - 9:04 am (20 Comments)

An apparently small number of Openreach’s VDSL (FTTC) “fibre broadband” modem users are being sent replacement white power adaptors (HW-120100B12W) after a “manufacturing fault” allegedly meant that a component inside the old black PSU adapter plug (FM120007-UK) might “fail and break the casing“.


11th February, 2015 - 12:09 pm (0 Comments)

The Cumbria County Council has approved an additional public funding boost of £5.6m in order to expand the coverage of superfast broadband (24Mbps+) from the current target of 93% by 2015 to 95% by 2017. The contract will now go out to tender, although BT looks certain to win it.


10th February, 2015 - 8:31 am (17 Comments)

BT has launched another trial of their VDSL2 based ‘up to’ 80Mbps Wireless-to-the-Cabinet (WTTC) broadband technology, this time via the small village of Westow that sits on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors in England.

bt openreach fibre optic broadband

9th February, 2015 - 2:38 pm (5 Comments)

The state aid supported Better Broadband for Oxfordshire project, which is working with BT to extend superfast broadband access (24Mbps+) to 90% of the county by the end of 2015, has today signed a £5.1m extension contract that will expand this coverage to another 6,500 local premises.

fibre optic and ethernet network cables

9th February, 2015 - 9:13 am (4 Comments)

Several remote rural villages in Herefordshire (England), which include Llangarron and the nearby villages of Llancloudy and Llangrove, look set to become some of the first in the county to benefit from the arrival of a new ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network that will offer top speeds of 330Mbps (Megabits per second).


9th February, 2015 - 12:01 am (11 Comments)

The Government’s £1.7bn state aid fuelled Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project, which is predominantly working with BT in order to make fixed line superfast broadband (24Mbps+) connections available to 95% of people in the United Kingdom by 2017, has announced that its efforts have helped to put the service within reach of 2 million premises (total UK coverage of approximately 80%).

bt openreach logo uk

6th February, 2015 - 8:42 am (0 Comments)

At the end of last month BTOpenreach, which looks after BT’s national telecoms network in the United Kingdom, revealed that they had launched a Proof of Concept trial with ISPs to test a new, faster and simpler engineer repair service for broadband and phone lines. At the time there wasn’t enough meat for a news story but now we have more detail.

bt openreach fttc cabinet and engineer

5th February, 2015 - 3:47 pm (13 Comments)

All the recent talk of BT’s plan to roll-out ultrafast G.fast broadband technology from 2016/17 (here and here), which could deliver speeds of up to 500Mbps to “most homes“, might be overlooking the fact that there’s still room to improve the existing ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) service via special amplifiers and other methods.


5th February, 2015 - 9:05 am (14 Comments)

Israel-based semiconductor company Sckipio, which last year became the first manufacturer to release commercial hardware for the next generation hybrid-fibre G.fast (ITU G.9701) broadband technology that BT is also hoping to roll-out in the United Kingdom from 2016/17 (details), claims to have already doubled the technology’s reach.


3rd February, 2015 - 3:32 pm (11 Comments)

The state aid supported CSW Broadband project has signed a new £10.73m Phase 2 Broadband Delivery UK contract with BT, which will help a further 17,000+ premises to receive “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) and push total coverage to “nearly” 94%. But worryingly the project will not complete until summer 2019, well behind the Government’s end of 2017 target.

scotland map

3rd February, 2015 - 10:48 am (9 Comments)

The Digital Scotland project has today revealed the next batch of 43 locations (54,000 premises), including parts of the remote Outer Hebrides, Mull and the Isle of Bute, that will benefit from their on-going £410m project with BT to ensure that “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services are available to 85% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2015 and 95% by the end of 2017.

BT Wholesale engineers

2nd February, 2015 - 1:40 pm (24 Comments)

Interestingly BT appears to have informed UK ISPs that they plan to upgrade a large swathe of predominantly smaller telephone exchanges, many of which are in rural areas, from their older and slower 20th Century Network (20CN) based broadband and phone platform to the latest 21CN and Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) service between April and June 2015.

openreach bt fttc broadband modem

2nd February, 2015 - 4:33 am (21 Comments)

BTOpenreach has informed Internet Service Providers (ISP) that they intend to remove their Basic Install product for Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) based “fibre broadband” lines on 1st January 2016 and, a year after that, they’ll also stop support (replacement) for consumers who suffer faulty VDSL modems.

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