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22nd June, 2017 - 12:28 pm (8 Comments)

The national telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today updated their 2017 Wholesale Broadband Access (WBA) market review by proposing changes to improve competition around the UK, where BT (Openreach) continues to have Significant Market Power, and in Hull where KCOM is dominant.

ofcom mobile network tracking uk

16th June, 2017 - 11:19 am (1 Comment)

Ofcom has used crowd-sourced data collected from 4,288 users of their Smartphone app to reveal that 72% of users in UK urban areas were satisfied with their overall mobile service, although this falls to just 56% in rural areas. Elsewhere WiFi gave the best YouTube speed (average of 6.6Mbps).

three uk mobile broadband

16th June, 2017 - 9:47 am (3 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has today hit mobile operator Three UK with a fine of £1,890,000 after its network was temporarily unable to provide customers in Kent, Hampshire and parts of London with access to the emergency services (police, fire etc.), which wasn’t helped by reliance on a single data centre.


9th June, 2017 - 1:40 am (12 Comments)

ISPreview.co.uk has received some information from our industry sources about the direction of Ofcom’s planned revision to their voluntary code of practice for broadband ISP speeds. A consultation on this is expected to be launched within the next month and today we can offer a preview.

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.

wireless internet radio spectrum frequency

6th June, 2017 - 11:55 am (12 Comments)

A new study from the UK telecoms regulator has found “no evidence” to support claims made by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), which had complained that Openreach’s (BT) VDSL2 based Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) broadband technology had “resulted in interference to radio reception.”


2nd June, 2017 - 10:36 am (1 Comment)

Fixed wireless broadband ISP Airband have put in an application for Code Powers from Ofcom, which could make it easier and cheaper for them to expand their rural focused network beyond existing coverage in the Midlands, South West and Wales.

ships at sea cruise ship

31st May, 2017 - 1:05 pm (0 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has proposed to make it easier for ships to support on-board use of Mobile devices (e.g. handsets and tablets), without the need for a wireless telegraphy licence, in the 3G and 4G radio spectrum bands.

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

31st May, 2017 - 12:15 pm (3 Comments)

Ofcom has announced that fully unbundled (MPF) ISPs, such as Sky Broadband and TalkTalk, will benefit from a small reduction to their annual Openreach (BT) wholesale charge for related customer lines to £84.38 +vat (currently £85.29), effective from 1st July 2017.

bt engineer cutting fibre optic cable

24th May, 2017 - 8:54 am (10 Comments)

UK ISP TalkTalk has reportedly complained that BT is not offering them enough compensation, which comes after Ofcom ruled in March 2017 that Openreach had broken their rules by failing to pay ISPs proper compensation for late installations of high-speed business lines (Ethernet).


19th May, 2017 - 2:18 pm (9 Comments)

Switching mobile operators in the UK will shortly become as easy as sending a text message. Ofcom has proposed changes to the mobile switching process that will introduce a new “text-to-switch” system, which is expect to cost the industry £44 million to implement over 10 years.

high uk prices and costs

18th May, 2017 - 8:29 am (56 Comments)

Broadband providers Vodafone, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband have complained that Ofcom’s delay to the introduction of their recently proposed wholesale price reduction on Openreach’s (BT) 40Mbps (10Mbps upload) Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) service could cost consumers £140 million.

telephone broken uk

12th May, 2017 - 11:24 am (6 Comments)

The telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today opened a new review into the cost of calling some telephone services, which follows recent concerns over the high prices and unfair practices that consumers may sometime face when contacting 118 (directory enquiries) or 070 numbers etc.

wireless broadband internet mast

9th May, 2017 - 12:28 pm (7 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has today said that only a “small number of households [up to 36,000] may be affected by interference” when they shift UK Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) services out of the 700MHz spectrum band (TV will go to 600MHz) and replace it with Mobile Broadband (4G, 5G).


5th May, 2017 - 1:41 pm (0 Comments)

After years of fighting, the Court of Appeal has rejected BT’s most recent attempt to stop a ruling by Ofcom over the rate of interest payable in respect to their past overcharging for Ethernet services, which could force them to pay £22m+ to rivals. Next stop.. Supreme Court?

5G Mobile Wireless Radio Mast

3rd May, 2017 - 12:51 pm (7 Comments)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today published a new report that makes 23 recommendations to help the Government roll-out future 5G Mobile services from 2020 and achieve “reliable universal coverage” of the United Kingdom by 2025. Easier said than done.


2nd May, 2017 - 11:00 am (2 Comments)

Ofcom’s latest Q4 2016 Telecoms Market Data Tables have revealed that the United Kingdom ended last year with a total of 25,250,000 fixed residential and small business broadband lines, which is a quarterly increase of +216K (0.9%) and a year-on-year rise of 542K (2.2%).

telegraph pole and bt openreach engineer

20th April, 2017 - 10:24 am (8 Comments)

The UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has today set out their final plans for opening up Openreach’s (BT) national network of telegraph poles and underground cable ducts so that they can be used by rival ISPs in order to deploy ultrafast “full fibre” broadband (FTTH/P) services.

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