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businesses need broadband connections

21st October, 2014 - 4:29 pm (0 Comments)

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, which is working with BT and local councils in order to help make “superfast broadband” speeds of 24Mbps+ available to 95% of the population by 2017, is hoping to foster take-up of the new service by making consumers more aware of its existence.

its_technology_group

20th October, 2014 - 1:51 am (1 Comment)

The Chief Executive Officer of IT services provider and fibre optic builder ITS Technology, Roy Shelton (MBA), has told ISPreview.co.uk as part our exclusive interview that broadband development in the United Kingdom “cannot only rely on the public sector for investment” and more must be done to foster the smaller and more agile operators.

wireless microwave link uk

13th October, 2014 - 2:57 pm (4 Comments)

Mobile operator EE has apologised to some of Shropshire’s residents after many locals, especially those in rural areas, complained of worsening coverage following the merger between T-Mobile and Orange UK several years ago.

internet_privacy_and_security_uk_isp

13th October, 2014 - 12:56 pm (4 Comments)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today set out the five principles that it hopes will be used by the Government as part of on-going plans to reform state surveillance laws and related regulations, which some fear could result in a broadening of powers and more unnecessary snooping on innocent individuals.

openreach_fibre_broadband_is_coming

9th October, 2014 - 10:05 am (21 Comments)

On Tuesday next week the Suffolk County Council in England will vote to approve a new plan that aims to extend their existing £40m Better Broadband for Suffolk project and make superfast broadband (24Mbps+) speeds available to 95% of the county, although it won’t complete until sometime in 2018 (later than the national target of 2017).

wales uk counties map

8th October, 2014 - 9:51 am (0 Comments)

The Welsh Government has today awarded a multi-million pound and 7 year contract to BT’s Global Services division, which will see the national UK telecoms operator taking the reins of Wales’s Public Sector Broadband Aggregation (PSBA) network (this has been in operation since 2007).

shropshire bduk broadband rollout map

8th October, 2014 - 9:07 am (25 Comments)

The Shropshire and Marches Campaign for Better Rural Broadband has announced its withdrawal from the local county broadband partnership, with concerns over attendance, confidentiality clauses, pre-set agendas and politics allegedly hampering their ability to propose and devise new ways of match funding with the Government’s £11.38m Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) grant.

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

2nd October, 2014 - 10:00 am (10 Comments)

In a somewhat expected move the Chief Executive of national UK telecoms and media regulator Ofcom, Ed Richards, has announced that he is to stand down from his post at the end of December 2014. At present nobody has been lined up to replace him.

euros_currency1

2nd October, 2014 - 9:29 am (8 Comments)

The outgoing Vice-President of the European Commission’s (EC) Digital Agenda project, Neelie Kroes, had stern words for members of the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (ETNO) yesterday when she warned against protectionist positions and stated that “sometimes I think the telecoms sector is its own worst enemy“.

children internet surfing

30th September, 2014 - 5:09 pm (9 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.

sajid_javid_mp_uk

29th September, 2014 - 1:41 pm (38 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.

business_broadband_connection_voucher_uk

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.

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