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fibre optic and ethernet network cables

20th May, 2015 - 8:55 am (9 Comments)

The Government’s £1.7bn state aid supported Broadband Delivery UK project, which aims to make superfast broadband (24Mbps+) speeds available to 95% of the country by 2017/18 and is largely dominated by BT, has been deemed “effective” by a new independent evaluation. But the report also raises a few concerns.


20th May, 2015 - 7:43 am (2 Comments)

Telecoms giant BT has formally tabled an appeal with the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) against Ofcom’s new “margin squeeze” test, which is designed to keep the operators FTTC “fibre broadband” prices under control by forcing them to “maintain a sufficient margin between [their] wholesale and retail superfast broadband charges“.


19th May, 2015 - 1:49 pm (0 Comments)

A total of three Government supported Phase 2 Broadband Delivery UK contracts have today been signed between BT and the English counties of Wiltshire, Lincolnshire and Central Bedfordshire (inc. Bedford Borough, Luton and Milton Keynes), which will expand the reach of superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) connectivity to many more premises.

pile of pounds sterling currency

18th May, 2015 - 7:55 am (0 Comments)

The Government’s Chancellor is currently preparing a second “emergency” Budget 2015 for 8th July 2015 and as such the Institute of Directors (IoD), which represents 34,500 business leaders and directors, has used that as an opportunity to call for more spending on infrastructure, with broadband connectivity top of the list.

wireless microwave link uk

15th May, 2015 - 9:32 am (1 Comment)

The Lincolnshire County Council has rejected an alternative superfast broadband network proposal from a little known ISP called ionNET, which would have used its point-to-point and ‘up to’ 30Mbps capable wireless broadband network to reach rural parts that the local BT and Broadband Delivery UK programme might overlook.

new build uk homes gtc infrastructure

12th May, 2015 - 2:18 pm (15 Comments)

The Cheshire East Council looks set to become the latest local authority in England to require that all new build residential and business premises be constructed with support for “state of the art high-speed Internet connectivity“, which will apparently constitute “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+).


12th May, 2015 - 8:43 am (2 Comments)

The newly elected Conservative Government has conducted somewhat of an exercise in musical chairs, which has resulted in the previous Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Sajid Javid MP, being replaced by John Whittingdale, the MP for Maldon.

cable maintenance

11th May, 2015 - 9:51 am (17 Comments)

The Onlincolnshire project in the East Midlands of England, which is currently working with BT to roll-out FTTC/P based “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) services to “at least” 89% of all premises in the county by April 2016, appears to have briefly hit a snag with a small EU funding shortfall.

westminster uk government

9th May, 2015 - 8:12 am (21 Comments)

The political landscape today is radically different from how it began the week, with the Conservatives having successfully won a slim overall majority. But what does that mean for broadband connectivity and Internet access in the United Kingdom? We take a quick, politically neutral, look.


7th May, 2015 - 5:00 pm (5 Comments)

In a controversial twist the Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has called on a superfast broadband project in Rothbury (Northumberland), which received a slice of state aid, to repay any benefits derived from claw-back (as opposed to reinvesting into better coverage).


7th May, 2015 - 10:08 am (6 Comments)

The Connect8 campaign, which represents the residents of eight rural villages in southern Oxfordshire where BT have refused to upgrade (Howe Hill, Britwell Hill, Cookley Green, Greenfield, Park Corner, Pishill with Stonor, Russells Water and Swyncombe), looks set to adopt a fixed wireless broadband network to fix the problems.


6th May, 2015 - 12:46 pm (2 Comments)

After somewhat of a change in management the European Commission has today moved to adopt the final design for a Digital Single Market strategy across the EU, which among other things aims to foster online trade, harmonise radio spectrum for mobile services and create better incentives for investment in high-speed broadband.

bt fibre notice of intent for rural west sussex UK

1st May, 2015 - 8:44 am (37 Comments)

Ordinarily the news that BT is bringing fibre optic broadband (FTTC/P) cables to your area would be welcome. But it’s not always so and sometimes the use of public money to help upgrade the smallest of UK rural areas, especially when a “superfast” (24Mbps+) capable provider is already serving local customers, can raise concerns.

gci ranking 2015

23rd April, 2015 - 11:02 am (2 Comments)

The annual Global Connectivity Index from Huawei, which claims to offer a quantitative assessment of connectivity and its value from both national and industrial perspectives, reports that the United Kingdom has dropped to 5th place due to weaknesses with “low cable infrastructure” and rural Mobile Broadband coverage.

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