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11th April, 2017 - 2:23 pm (13 Comments)

None of the 17 initial pilot locations announced for BT’s pilot of 330Mbps capable G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) broadband technology has included anywhere in Northern Ireland, but all that changed today after they confirmed that 4,000 premises in Antrim would benefit.

virgin media coaxial copper cable advertised as fibre optic

4th April, 2017 - 8:09 am (49 Comments)

Fans of accurate definitions may be pleased to note that the Advertising Standards Authority has finally agreed to review the often confusing way in which ISPs promote “fibre broadband” packages. This can be applied to both slower hybrid fibre (FTTC) and ultrafast full fibre optic (FTTH/P) services.

gfast extension pod low res

20th March, 2017 - 12:54 pm (13 Comments)

A few more details have leaked out today about Openreach’s (BT) new 330Mbps capable G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) broadband technology, which among other things reveals that ISPs will be able to raise a fault if a customer’s line speed drops below a threshold of 100Mbps.

g.fast kent cabinet live

13th March, 2017 - 11:53 am (14 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has today announced that the first customer on their new pilot of ‘up to’ 330Mbps capable hybrid fibre G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) broadband technology has gone live in Gillingham (Kent). The pilot aims to reach 138,000 premises in 17 UK locations by the end of March 2017.

tank pointing at bt openreach engineer long

10th March, 2017 - 7:38 am (64 Comments)

After an exhausting year of disagreements it’s today been announced that BT and the UK telecoms regulator have finally reached an agreement on the future of the operator’s network access division, which means that Ofcom won’t need to force through Openreach’s “legal separation“.

5g mobile broadband

16th February, 2017 - 2:15 pm (18 Comments)

Forget FTTC, G.fast, FTTH/P and other forms of fixed line “fibre broadband” connectivity. According to a new report from mobile operator O2, the economic benefits of future 5G based Mobile Broadband technology will overtake “fibre” by 2026.

asus dsl-ac88u g.fast router

15th February, 2017 - 10:34 am (13 Comments)

Technology firm ASUS has this week become one of the first major manufacturers to officially release a G.fast integrated wireless broadband router (DSLAC88U), which also offers integrated ADSL/VDSL2, WiFi speeds of up to 3167Mbps and will cost you a small fortune.

bt openreach logo uk

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.

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.

Virgin Media 2014 UK Logo

9th February, 2017 - 11:10 am (54 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media appears to be quietly tweaking the ‘Max Traffic Rate‘ (speed profile) for some of their broadband packages, which for example means that those with their 300Mbps HomeWorks+ add-on may theoretically be able to achieve 345Mbps (its old profile was 330Mbps).

fibre optic cable connections at BT Openreach

6th February, 2017 - 9:34 am (48 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.

Carillion uk telecoms engineers

3rd February, 2017 - 8:58 am (4 Comments)

Carillion telent has announced a 3-year extension (extendable to 5 years) to its framework agreement with Openreach (BT), which could be worth up to £1.5bn. They’re BT’s main delivery partner for the management, maintenance and upgrading of their UK “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P/G.fast) network.


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.

Openreach bt g.fast UK broadband availability checker

31st January, 2017 - 4:48 pm (23 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has confirmed to ISPreview.co.uk that their Fibre Availability Checker will tomorrow be updated to enable the inclusion of a G.fast order journey, but you shouldn’t expect to get a lot of detail. Plus the coverage of their “ultra fast” service is very limited.

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