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4th December, 2020 (0 Comments)

Ofcom UK has today launched a new consultation to help define their future spectrum management strategy for the 2020s, which among other things aims to boost support for localised spectrum access (e.g. creating local wireless networks via 5G etc.) and promote greater sharing of existing spectrum in higher frequencies.

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4th December, 2020 (13 Comments)

The UK communications and media regulator, Ofcom, has launched a new investigation into Sky (Sky Broadband) over their apparent refusal to issue end-of-contract notifications to Pay TV customers. At issue is whether or not Sky’s standalone Pay TV services fall within the definition of an “electronic communications service“.

4th December, 2020 (0 Comments)

Worcestershire-based ISP Airband, which earlier this week revealed that they planned to deploy their ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to over 500,000 UK premises by the end of 2025 (here), has today made fresh progress on that by confirming several locations in Devon that will benefit.

4th December, 2020 (4 Comments)

The latest Point Topic forecast of fixed gigabit broadband ISP network coverage for the United Kingdom, which considers both the future impact of “full fibre” (FTTP/B) and Cable (DOCSIS) networks, has predicted that they will reach 87.60% of premises by the end of 2025 and then 98.36% by 2030.

3rd December, 2020 (20 Comments)

Network access provider Openreach (BT) has today launched a new consultation on their plans to close 4,600 exchanges across the United Kingdom, which is largely reflective of the inevitable move away from copper-based broadband lines and toward a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) orientated future.

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3rd December, 2020 (5 Comments)

The CEO of Ofcom UK, Dame Melanie Dawes, today told the FTTH Council Europe that the regulator intends to give operators’ deploying “full fibre” (FTTP/B) broadband networks as much flexibility to build as possible and thus doesn’t “expect to introduce cost-based prices for fibre services until at least 2031.”

3rd December, 2020 (2 Comments)

A new survey from law firm DLA Piper, which surveyed 62 senior executives at major investment and advisory firms for the “full fibre” sector, has found that 28% believe the ongoing pandemic has led to higher FTTP broadband rollout and more appetite from investors. Germany, the UK and Poland are the most attractive locations for this.

3rd December, 2020 (16 Comments)

Cityfibre has today announced that four new UK ISPs – Air Broadband, Highnet, Triangle Networks and Trunk Networks – have joined their growing national 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to launch consumer services, which complements existing deals with Vodafone, TalkTalk, Giganet and Zen Internet etc.

3rd December, 2020 (5 Comments)

The FTTH Council Europe has published their annual market forecast for the growth of “full fibre” (FTTP/B) broadband ISP networks, which finds that some countries are expected to see an “outstanding growth” in the number of homes passed in 2026 compared to 2019, such as Germany (+730%), the United Kingdom (+548%) and Italy (+218%).

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3rd December, 2020 (9 Comments)

The troubled Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project faced heavy criticism yesterday after UK Government MPs in the House of Commons highlighted on-going delays in awarding the new Phase 2 rollout contract(s), which aim to extend “superfast broadband” into more rural areas. But Christmas may bring a resolution.

3rd December, 2020 (18 Comments)

Cable broadband ISP Virgin Media will today switch-on their new DOCSIS 3.1 network upgrade for “hundreds of thousands of homes” in Cardiff and across South Wales, which means that well over 7 million UK homes can now access their top Gig1 service (1104Mbps download and 52Mbps upload).

3rd December, 2020 (5 Comments)

A new report has used data from 398,973 consumer speedtests to identify the top 10 fastest and slowest UK streets for broadband ISP download speed, which finds that Queens Road in Weybridge (Surrey) was the “slowest” on 0.12Mbps and Dale Lane in Appleton (Cheshire) is the fastest at 639.67Mbps. But there are caveats.

2nd December, 2020 (34 Comments)

A new study by WIK, which was commissioned by the FTTH Council Europe, has found that consumers are still being confused by the use (or abuse) of the term “fibre” in broadband ISP advertising, which can just as easily refer to slower hybrid connections (e.g. FTTC using copper and fibre lines) as it can a “full fibre” (FTTP) service.

2nd December, 2020 (10 Comments)

Cityfibre has announced that their plan to rollout a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP network across the large UK town of Reading (Berkshire), the city of Gloucester (Gloucestershire) and Plymouth (Devon), costing £58m, £31m and £52m respectively, is due to begin in January 2021.

2nd December, 2020 (10 Comments)

A new joint study between Telefonica (e.g. O2 UK) and telecoms kit maker Nokia, which focused on the power consumption of the RAN (Radio Access Network), has claimed that the latest generation of ultrafast 5G based mobile (mobile broadband) networks are up to 90% more energy efficient “per traffic unit” than existing 4G ones.

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2nd December, 2020 (19 Comments)

Network access provider Openreach (BT) has confirmed that they’ve “reluctantly” begun a high court case against budget broadband ISP TalkTalk, which reportedly centres on a dispute over unpaid fees (said to be worth c.£16m) for wholesale access to its high-speed fibre optic based Ethernet products.

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2nd December, 2020 (8 Comments)

The Welsh Government has issued a Q3 2020 progress update on their £52.5m Phase 2 Superfast Cymru contract with BT (Openreach), which is deploying a 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to cover 39,000 extra premises in rural Wales. The data to September 2020 shows 14,698 premises have now been completed.

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