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children internet surfing

30th September, 2014 - 5:09 pm (8 Comments)

The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has told the Government to do more to improve Internet connectivity in Schools across the United Kingdom, after their annual survey of ICT capabilities found that poor WiFi provision was a “major problem” in 65% of primary and 54% of secondary schools. Meanwhile 42% of primary and 31% of secondary schools also considered themselves to be “under-resourced” in broadband provision.


29th September, 2014 - 1:41 pm (25 Comments)

The Government’s Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid, has today told the annual Conservative Party Conference that having better broadband Internet connectivity than the largest EU states is “never enough” and he wants the United Kingdom to “compete with the likes of Japan and South Korea“, where ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) networks are common.

labour political party uk

23rd September, 2014 - 4:06 pm (24 Comments)

Impossible promise or inevitable reality. The British Labour party has effectively kicked off their 2015 General Election campaign today by seeming to support new proposals from the Labour Digital group, which demands a “national focus on connectivity” that will deliver 1000Mbps (1Gbps) broadband to all homes and offices, with 10Gps connections for business hubs like Tech City.

world internet connectivity

22nd September, 2014 - 1:58 pm (0 Comments)

Back in 2010 the United Nations (UN) set four key global digital development targets for Internet access and broadband connectivity, but how much progress has been made? Today the UN’s Broadband Commission has published their latest annual report, which reveals that a lot of progress has been made but some targets will slip the net.


22nd September, 2014 - 8:32 am (1 Comment)

As expected the Government has today moved to boost the low uptake of their Connection Vouchers scheme, which offers grants worth between £200 and £3,000 to help small and medium sized businesses install a superfast broadband (30Mbps+) service in any of 22 cities across the United Kingdom, by making further changes.

dcms superfast broadband britain

22nd September, 2014 - 1:37 am (4 Comments)

Credible sources have informed ISPreview.co.uk that the coalition Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme will later this autumn announce a 3rd phase of public funding to help bring high-speed Internet access to the final 5-8% of the United Kingdom’s population.


19th September, 2014 - 7:36 am (1 Comment)

As expected BT has now officially signed a new Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) contract that will aim to roll-out FTTC/P based “fibre broadband” services to 98% of South Yorkshire (i.e. Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) by the end of 2017.

europe digital agenda

17th September, 2014 - 3:39 pm (1 Comment)

Ofcom’s carefully crafted control of the United Kingdom’s market for broadband and phone services might face a challenge next month. A leaked proposal suggests that the EU’s new rules, which are designed to foster a Single Telecoms Market, could seek to remove some of the charge controls on BT’s services.

london uk broadband internet city

16th September, 2014 - 11:43 am (11 Comments)

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (Conservative), will today meet some of the United Kingdom’s largest ISPs and mobile operators (including Virgin Media, BT and O2 UK) at a ‘Connectivity Summit’ where it’s hoped that a strategy can be devised to help improve the city’s superfast broadband connectivity.


16th September, 2014 - 8:33 am (6 Comments)

The Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton) in England’s West Midlands has, after sitting out the first round of funding from the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, finally agreed a £7.5m project to make superfast broadband (24Mbps+) services available to 95% of local premises by 2017.


15th September, 2014 - 8:12 am (20 Comments)

The heated debate over Scottish independence, which is due to be decided in a referendum this week (Thursday 18th Sept), took another twist over the weekend as national telecoms and broadband operators including BT, TalkTalk, O2 (Telefonica UK), Vodafone, EE and Three UK united in a rare show of unity to highlight some of their considerations.

fibre optic networking

9th September, 2014 - 10:25 am (0 Comments)

In an interesting move the Bristol City Council (South West England) has decided to try and drum up more interest in the local Broadband Connection Vouchers scheme by extending its availability to businesses outside of the city’s administrative boundary. More UK cities may soon follow suit.

wireless broadband internet mast

8th September, 2014 - 8:54 am (4 Comments)

As expected the Government appears to have failed in its first tentative bid to boost mobile voice and Mobile Broadband coverage around the United Kingdom by attempting to encourage greater sharing of masts (network infrastructure) in the hope of fostering a national roaming policy.


8th September, 2014 - 1:19 am (14 Comments)

A lot has been said about the ups and downs of the Government’s national Broadband Delivery UK scheme, not least with regards to the lack of detailed coverage maps, BT’s dominance of the contract(s) and how the final gap of 5% will be closed. ISPreview.co.uk has today roped in the CEO of BDUK, Christopher Townsend, to answer some of the most common queries.

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