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16th August, 2017 - 7:39 am (11 Comments)

A couple of months ago we became the first to detail Openreach’s trial of a combined FTTdp and G.fast broadband network that used hardware from NetComm Wireless. Today NetComm has confirmed that their test achieved a peak aggregate broadband speed of 1.66Gbps.

fibre optic broadband bt cables

14th August, 2017 - 11:27 am (5 Comments)

A new report from techUK, which represents 950 companies in the United Kingdom’s technology sector, has called for “near universal” coverage of “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) by 2020 and 90% coverage of “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) to become a reality by 2025.

gfast street cabinet extension pod on right side

14th August, 2017 - 9:10 am (77 Comments)

Officially speaking Openreach (BT) hasn’t yet announced the start of their post-pilot commercial roll-out of 330Mbps capable G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) hybrid fibre broadband technology, yet unofficially the related PCP street cabinet extension pods have been popping up all over the place.

building britains connected future openreach van

7th August, 2017 - 11:03 am (32 Comments)

Last month Openreach (BT) launched a new consultation that hinted at a large-scale deployment of “full fibre” FTTP ultrafast broadband, which could cover up to 10 million premises by around 2025 (here). Today a leaked copy of that document has pegged the cost at between £3bn to £6bn.

cerberus networks

1st August, 2017 - 5:47 pm (33 Comments)

Business ISP Cerberus Networks appears to have become one of the first providers in the United Kingdom to launch a “commercial” package using Openreach’s (BT) new 330Mbps G.fast “ultrafast broadband” technology and they’ve also introduced some “affordable” FTTP services.

broadband infrastructure group big uk

29th July, 2017 - 12:01 am (35 Comments)

Grant Shapps’s (MP) cross-party British Infrastructure Group, which is supported by 57 MPs, has published its latest Broadbad 2.0 report, which among other things calls for consumers in the United Kingdom to be compensated for sub-10Mbps broadband speeds. Sadly it also makes some mistakes.

BT HQ UK Building Logo

28th July, 2017 - 7:56 am (0 Comments)

After a chaotic start to the year BT has today published their latest report for Q2 2017 (calendar), which saw their retail broadband base reach a total of 9,286,000 subscribers (up by 19K vs 29K in Q1) and this includes 5.1 million “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) users (up 170K vs 211K in Q1).


24th July, 2017 - 5:16 pm (8 Comments)

Property developer firm the Berkeley Group, which has a partnership to roll-out Openreach’s (BT) 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology at new build sites, has said that “ultrafast broadband” is now “almost as important to new home buyers as running water and electricity.”

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21st July, 2017 - 5:18 pm (43 Comments)

The cross-party British Infrastructure Group (BIG), which is led by Grant Shapps (Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield), will next week publish their new Broadbad 2.0 report that is expected to highlight a number of problems with the state of broadband in the UK and call for improvements.


20th July, 2017 - 9:43 am (4 Comments)

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN, which supplies the kit being used in various broadband roll-outs around the world, have conducted lab trials of the new hybrid-fibre G.fast technology using the 212MHz and coordinated Dynamic Time Allocation (cDTA) upgrades.

bt fibre optic cable bloom

17th July, 2017 - 5:24 pm (55 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has today launched their consultation on the prospects for a “large-scale” roll-out of Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) ultrafast broadband technology across the United Kingdom by around 2025, which in theory could see the operator’s “full fibre” network reach up to 10 million premises.


14th July, 2017 - 1:16 pm (6 Comments)

Openreach has confirmed that their Phase 2 ISP trial of Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SOGEA), which allows consumers to buy a standalone “Fibre Broadband” (FTTC / VDSL2) line without the voice (phone) service, is to be extended for a little longer past 17th July 2017.

Coaxial Copper Cables

10th July, 2017 - 1:43 pm (30 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority has announced that their existing probe into the use or abuse of “fibre broadband” terminology in ISP adverts, which can currently apply to both slower hybrid fibre (FTTC / HFC DOCSIS) and ultrafast “full fibre” (FTTP/H) services, is being extended.

netcommwireless fttdp gfast node dp

23rd June, 2017 - 1:09 am (52 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has confirmed that they’re testing a new Fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) style of G.fast broadband technology that mounts hardware from NetComm Wireless on top of telegraph poles, which shows that the operator hasn’t given up on FTTdp.

copper and fibre optic hybrid broadband cables uk

17th June, 2017 - 8:32 am (13 Comments)

Historically hybrid-fibre broadband services like VDSL (FTTC) rely on a mix of fibre optic and twisted-pair copper cables, although signal attenuation over the latter always ends up reducing performance over distance and the new G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) technology is particularly susceptible.


13th June, 2017 - 10:35 am (5 Comments)

The Broadband Forum has today pushed G.fast “ultrafast broadband” technology closer to market readiness and multi-vendor deployment by certifying the first six hardware products for use from ARRIS, Calix, Huawei, Metanoia, Nokia and Technicolor.


2nd June, 2017 - 7:51 am (18 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has confirmed that the first trial of their SOGEA based SOGFast service, which will allow UK consumers to order an “ultrafast broadband” (up to 330Mbps) standalone G.fast line without also needing to take a phone (voice) service, will begin in July 2017 and run until December 2017.

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