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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.

broadband_forum

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.

nte5c_mastersock_bt_openreach

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.

gfast street cabinet extension pod on right side

31st May, 2017 - 2:21 pm (47 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has today officially started to switch-on the pilot locations for their new 330Mbps capable G.fast broadband technology, which has spent the past few months being deployed to 138,000 UK premises. As part of that we’ve also got some new coverage details.

Openreach BT UltraFast G.fast Fibre Broadband

19th May, 2017 - 1:33 pm (15 Comments)

How much will the next generation of 160-330Mbps based G.fast broadband technology cost to buy from your ISP in the United Kingdom? Today Openreach (BT) has given us a good indication by publishing their first Early Market Deployment (EMD) wholesale prices for the service and it looks affordable.

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.“

openreach uk telecoms engineer with back turned

10th May, 2017 - 8:50 am (13 Comments)

A new Proof of Concept trial in Kent (England) is about to begin that could allow Openreach’s (BT) new ultrafast G.fast technology to share the same spectrum as existing FTTC (VDSL2) “fibre broadband” services, which in the future might help to boost speeds beyond 330Mbps.

broadband internet speed uk

9th May, 2017 - 6:01 pm (9 Comments)

California-based ASSIA, which supplies broadband management systems to ISPs, has today announce that “extreme high frequency sub-millimeter waves” could in the future be used to push broadband speeds of up to 1Tbps (Terabit per second) down a single 100 metre twisted-pair copper line.

two_openreach_engineers_working

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 (57 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).

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