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bt wholesale broadband checker july 2017

18th July, 2017 - 9:45 am (13 Comments)

The BT Wholesale Broadband Checker has recently added two additional rows to its output for the customer premise environment (‘VRI‘ and ‘NTEFaceplate‘) and so far as we can tell these only show when testing with a specific telephone number (i.e. not specific address or postcode checks).

telegraph pole with openreach ont fibre optic testing

8th June, 2017 - 12:00 pm (20 Comments)

A recent meeting between ISPs and BT has yielded fresh information on the expected performance of Openreach’s new Long Reach VDSL (FTTC) broadband tech, as well as some updates on their XdB trials, FTTP roll-out progress and a few hints about other changes.

openreach bt engineering team with spades

1st June, 2017 - 7:58 am (35 Comments)

The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) has warned BT that it will “use all means up to and including industrial action” if the UK telecoms giant pushes forward with any plan to close the company’s “gold-plated” defined-benefits pension scheme, which could be suffering under a £14bn deficit.


16th May, 2017 - 8:08 am (7 Comments)

The BT Wholesale Broadband Checker has recently added a new row to its output that appears to very generally reflect the status of a wiring issue known as a ‘Bridge Tap‘, which so far as we can tell only shows when testing with a specific telephone number (not address or postcode checks).

BT HQ UK Building Logo

11th May, 2017 - 8:01 am (39 Comments)

The BT Group has released their latest quarterly report (Q1 2017 calendar), which saw their retail broadband base reach a total of 9,276,000 subscribers (up by 29K vs 83K in Q4 2016) and Openreach has begun a consultation on the “potential benefits and costs of a large-scale FTTP deployment.“

fluidone isp logo

18th April, 2017 - 6:27 am (3 Comments)

Business communications provider FluidOne, specifically their wholesale platform, has launched a new promotion that offers free activations on their BTWholesale based ADSL2+ and superfast FTTC broadband products (saving up to £55 +vat per connection).

BT engineer at work

10th February, 2017 - 4:15 pm (19 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has announced that their Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SOGEA) product, which aims to give consumers a truly standalone (naked) FTTC / VDSL “Fibre Broadband” line without the voice (phone) service, will enter Phase 2 of its trial with UK ISPs from 2nd March 2017.

fibre optic cable connections at BT Openreach

6th February, 2017 - 9:34 am (49 Comments)

At the end of last month BT (Wholesale) released an update on their UK roll-out plans for various future broadband upgrades and technologies, which covers a variety of areas from the new FTTP speed profiles to the national roll-out of 21CN WBC (replacing all IPStream by 2018). Check out what’s coming.

BT HQ UK Building Logo

27th January, 2017 - 7:50 am (53 Comments)

BT has today published their latest quarterly results (Q4 2016 calendar), which saw their retail broadband base grow by +83k to total 9,276,000 subscribers (up from +76k added in Q3) and Openreach report that 7,177,000 now take an FTTC/P based “fibre broadband” service via their UK network.

bt wholesale broadband checker - downstream handback threshold

18th January, 2017 - 4:41 pm (16 Comments)

The official BT Wholesale Checker has recently added a new column for Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) based broadband lines called “Downstream Handback Threshold (Mbps)” and after a few days of head scratching we now know what it means.


15th January, 2017 - 2:26 am (64 Comments)

Running an ISP is far from easy and for those providers that make use of BT’s national UK telecoms network then there can be added complications, particularly when it comes to the tedious task of trying to get a broadband fault fixed by an engineer. Now AAISP’s boss, Adrian Kennard, has done a video to explain.


14th December, 2016 - 9:31 am (30 Comments)

At the end of last month Ofcom confirmed that they’d force Openreach into “legal separation” from the BT Group (here), which they view as necessary to improve competition / fairness in the UK telecoms and broadband market. But a Haitong Research study warns that Pensions remain a roadblock.

bt wholesale uk

11th December, 2016 - 2:24 pm (35 Comments)

The BT Wholesale Checker has added a couple of new columns to reflect the availability of Openreach’s (BT) 18Mbps (2Mbps upload) capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) based “fibre broadband” product, which is aimed at people who still use slow ADSL copper broadband lines.


29th November, 2016 - 7:51 am (66 Comments)

Bad news for BT today. Ofcom confirms that it has been unable to reach a voluntary agreement over the future of Openreach and would now force the operator to adopt “legal separation“. A new UK framework for the next decade of telecoms and broadband regulation will now be established.

BT Centre in Newgate Street, London

27th October, 2016 - 8:33 am (36 Comments)

The latest quarterly (Q3 2016 calendar) results have been published by BT today, which reveal that their retail broadband base now tops 9,193,000 customers (up by +76K, unchanged from Q2) and 4,473,000 of those take their ‘Infinity‘ (FTTC/P) superfast broadband (up by +216K vs +181K in Q2).


21st September, 2016 - 10:32 am (7 Comments)

Cardiff-based ISP Spectrum Internet, which builds some of its own network and unbundles a few BT exchanges, has released a new range of broadband packages for businesses within its Wales and South West England network. It’s also one of the only ones to offer Fibre-on-Demand (FoD).

BT HQ UK Building Logo

28th July, 2016 - 7:57 am (25 Comments)

BT has published their latest quarterly results (calendar Q2 2016), which saw their total base of retail broadband customers top 9,117,000 (up by +76K in Q2 vs 1.045m in Q1) and 4,257,000 of those make use of their FTTC/P based Infinity superfast broadband service (up by +181K vs +214k in Q1).

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