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22nd February, 2017 - 12:01 am (0 Comments)

A new voucher scheme has been launched for businesses in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire and the Borough of Telford & Wrekin (England), which offers local SMEs up to £25,000 to help fund the installation of a 30Mbps+ “superfast” Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband connection.

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18th February, 2017 - 8:09 am (17 Comments)

The Valuation Office Agency‘s imminent “revaluation” of business rates (due to take effect from the 1st April 2017) could do more harm than good to the roll-out of fibre optic broadband, not least by hitting BT and Virgin Media with a £1.3bn tax hike on existing infrastructure over the next 4-5 years.

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17th February, 2017 - 2:26 pm (12 Comments)

Around 900 businesses in Colchester (Essex, England) are slowly starting to gain access to a new “ultrafast” (1Gbps+) broadband network, which follows a Dark Fibre roll-out deal that was signed in September 2016 between Colchester Borough Council and an independent network operator.

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16th February, 2017 - 1:15 pm (0 Comments)

Alternative network provider WarwickNet (CableCom) has announced the imminent completion of 12 new Street Cabinets in Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire, England), which will be used to bring ultrafast capable fixed line broadband services to local business parks and industrial estates.

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16th February, 2017 - 7:49 am (20 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has published their latest results to the end of 2016 (Q4), which saw their broadband base grow by +48.8K in the quarter (down from +59.9K in Q3) to total 4,916,700 customers. Some 215,000 extra premises have also been added to their network coverage.

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14th February, 2017 - 10:22 am (5 Comments)

BT’s network access division, Openreach, has today announced the completion of an “independent majority” on their newly formed board with the final appointment of Liz Benison as a non-executive member. Liz is currently the CEO of public services provider Serco in the UK and Europe.

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13th February, 2017 - 2:58 pm (6 Comments)

Last week we reported on the case of four men who had been found guilty of a £160m financing fraud that involved Total Asset Finance (TAF) and H2O Networks Ltd. (here), which was one of the UK’s early FTTH/P network pioneers. The men have now been sentenced to a total of 44 years in jail.


13th February, 2017 - 11:53 am (0 Comments)

Business ISP Onecom has launched a new “Lighting Up Coventry” campaign for businesses in the West Midlands city, which offers installation worth £2,000 at no charge to any business that takes their “ultra-fast” (up to 1Gbps) Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) broadband.

fibre optic ftth broadband cable laying

8th February, 2017 - 8:33 am (0 Comments)

After years of waiting the Southwark Crown Court has found four men guilty of a £160 million financing fraud, which is a case that began in 2010/11 (here) after the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) opened an investigation into one of the UK’s early pioneers of alternative fibre optic broadband networks.

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8th February, 2017 - 1:06 am (0 Comments)

The latest Telecoms Market Data Tables from Ofcom have confirmed that the United Kingdom is home to a total of 25,087,000 fixed home and small business broadband lines (up by +229K in Q3 vs +206K in Q2 2016), with nearly half (44.32%) being Next Generation Access (NGA) services.

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7th February, 2017 - 9:47 am (0 Comments)

Business ISP Gamma has moved to upgrade their national core network in the United Kingdom by signing a new long-haul Dark Fibre agreement with Cityfibre. The access agreement will connect 15 data centres and exchanges across the country via CityFibre’s long-distance and metro networks.

Vodafone UK 2016

2nd February, 2017 - 7:43 am (3 Comments)

The latest Q4 2016 (calendar) results from Vodafone UK reveal that their fixed line broadband base has grown by +16,000 in the quarter (sharply down from +30K in Q3) to total 183,000 customers and outdoor 4G coverage now stands at 97% (Ofcom’s definition). But still no sign of their Pay TV service.


1st February, 2017 - 8:54 am (50 Comments)

The lack of a final agreement with Ofcom over Openreach’s future structure and position in the broadband market hasn’t stopped BT from progressing with their own plan for governance change. This has today resulted in the appointment of the network operator’s first “independent” board members.

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1st February, 2017 - 7:53 am (5 Comments)

TalkTalk has today published their quarterly trading update (Q4 2016 calendar), which doesn’t reveal a lot but did confirm that their “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) base had grown by +74,000. Sadly overall on-net churn has risen to 1.6% (up from 1.4% at the last report), with -42,000 subscribers lost.

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