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22nd September, 2016 - 11:37 am (37 Comments)

The CEO of Openreach (BT), Clive Selley, has today given a progress update on their plans to improve national broadband connectivity. Among other things this included improvements to their FTTP roll-out for new build homes, a list of trial locations for the 10Mbps USO focused LR-VDSL technology and a huge extension of their G.fast pilot to 138,000 UK premises.

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21st September, 2016 - 12:29 pm (3 Comments)

The European Commission has today proposed a revised Fair Use Policy (FUP) for their plan to end EU mobile roaming charges from 15th June 2017 (i.e. any call, text or data allowances will come from your domestic plan), which replaces the one that was withdrawn almost as soon as it was announced.

5G Mobile Wireless Radio Mast

19th September, 2016 - 2:48 pm (6 Comments)

The recently departed CEO of mobile operator O2 (Telefonica UK), Ronan Dunne, has warned that the Government’s new Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 is not radical enough to cope with the possibility of 500,000 applications for small new 5G masts.. and that’s just in London.

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19th September, 2016 - 11:38 am (3 Comments)

Network Rail appears to have shelved a plan that would have seen the national railway operator effectively privatise their large track-side fibre optic and data infrastructure, which carries all sorts of transport, video (CCTV etc.), signalling and others communications.


19th September, 2016 - 9:14 am (9 Comments)

Telecoms giant BT, with support from Virgin Media, will today kick off a new advertising campaign that aims to fight back against the persistent calls by rival ISPs and politicians for Ofcom to split them from control of their national network access division, Openreach.

wireless rural broadband field mast

17th September, 2016 - 8:19 am (3 Comments)

Tucked deep within the new Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 is a measure that will give Ofcom enough power to impose a financial penalty (worth up to 10% of a company’s gross revenue) on Mobile Network Operators’ (MNO) or Fixed Wireless ISPs that fail to deliver on a coverage obligation.


15th September, 2016 - 5:39 pm (62 Comments)

Politicians and their “facts” often give us a headache and today it’s the turn of the Labour Party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who claims that the United Kingdom has some of the “slowest and most expensive broadband” among the 35 members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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15th September, 2016 - 11:12 am (5 Comments)

The National Audit Office has warned that the Government’s move to replace the existing Airwave wireless communications network, which is used by the police, fire and other emergency services, with a 4G solution supplied by EE is “inherently high risk” and the dangers are not being taken seriously enough.


14th September, 2016 - 12:26 pm (17 Comments)

The European Commission has officially unveiled its future Connectivity proposals, which among other things include a new target for “all European households” to get a minimum Internet download speed of 100Mbps+ by 2025, with businesses and the public sector being told to expect 1Gbps+.

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14th September, 2016 - 11:48 am (2 Comments)

The European Internet Services Providers Association, which represents ISPs from across the UK and EU, has warned that the European Commission’s new Digital Single Market proposals include “regressive” measures that could make ISPs more responsible for the activity of their users.


14th September, 2016 - 8:19 am (23 Comments)

The former Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, appears to have taken a different approach to the Government’s position after saying that he was “utterly confused” by those wanting to break-up BT, while singling out TalkTalk, Vodafone and Sky Broadband for specific criticism.

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13th September, 2016 - 9:37 am (11 Comments)

Internet video streaming giant Netflix has once again rubbed broadband ISPs up the wrong way after it effectively called for providers to scrap packages that impose data caps (usage allowances) on their subscribers. But not every house needs an “unlimited” service and not every ISP can afford to run one.


13th September, 2016 - 7:57 am (5 Comments)

The Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils across England and Wales, has called on the Government’s new Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 to nudge ISPs into sharing their broadband speed data so that consumers can more easily compare the performance of individual houses.


12th September, 2016 - 1:56 pm (2 Comments)

The European Union’s plan to end mobile roaming charges from 15th June 2017 (i.e. any call, text or data allowances will come from your domestic plan), which will also apply to the UK until we leave in a few years’ time, has been thrown into confusion after a key part of the policy was withdrawn.

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