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14th August, 2020 (0 Comments)

The Mobile UK trade body, which represents Three UK, Vodafone, O2 and EE (BT), has called on the Government to accelerate their softening of mobile planning laws, which comes after a new survey found that 59% of business would be helped by “enhanced mobile coverage and data capacity” as part of their COVID-19 recovery.

14th August, 2020 (8 Comments)

On the 10th September 2020 Openreach (BT) will make their new ‘Premium Connection’ service available to broadband ISPs that sell their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service, which costs £40 +vat more than the standard engineer install and in turn gives consumers a wider choice of installation activities.

14th August, 2020 (0 Comments)

UK ISP Pine Media, which recently revealed that the roll-out of their 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network will be extended to cover 50,000 premises in the city of Sheffield (here), has revealed that they’re now going to extend this into rural parts of South Yorkshire and neighbouring Derbyshire.

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13th August, 2020 (0 Comments)

The way we all use UK landline phone and mobile calling services is changing and as a result Ofcom are today proposing changes to their regulation via the new Wholesale Voice Markets Review 2021-26 (WVMR), which among other things will set new caps on call termination charges and deregulate other areas.

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13th August, 2020 (5 Comments)

Mobile operator EE (BT) has launched a new “BT Sport in a Box” package for their Pay Monthly customers, which costs £45 and includes 3 months’ access to the BTSport TV app with inclusive data, 3 months large screen access and an inclusive Google Chromecast (worth c.£75) “so that they can watch every game on their TV at home.”

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13th August, 2020 (10 Comments)

Rural fibre optic broadband ISP Gigaclear has announced that they are to recruit 150 new, full-time engineers into their in-house team by the end of March 2021. The move is intended to support the on-going deployment of their 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across more of England.

13th August, 2020 (4 Comments)

At present many homes in the Chalke Valley (Wiltshire, England) suffer from slow fixed broadband speeds and extremely weak mobile signals, but a new Government funded community project – Ch4lke Mobile – is finally starting to change that by building their own 4G and 5G based mobile broadband network.

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13th August, 2020 (2 Comments)

Hampshire-based business broadband provider Onecom, which last year secured a £100m funding package from LDC and Ares Management Corporation (here), is going on the hunt for acquisitions to boost their growth and the first of those is rival ISP Glamorgan Telecom, which operates in the South West and South Wales.

13th August, 2020 (1 Comment)

A new Opinium based survey from Uswitch.com, which questioned a “nationally representative” sample of 4,003 UK adults between 24th to 27th July 2020, has claimed that 4.7 million people suffered a “broadband outage” lasting more than 3 hours in the past year and this cost the economy some £1.5bn.

12th August, 2020 (19 Comments)

As the heatwave starts to breakdown we’ve begun to see a growing number of “severe” thunderstorms strike across the UK, some of which have already caused damage to telecoms infrastructure. At present the worst incident has occurred in Edinburgh after a telephone exchange was flooded, but more storms are forecast.

12th August, 2020 (3 Comments)

Over the past few weeks criminal gangs have conducted a series of thefts (Metal Thefts) of copper telecoms cable in East London, which has disrupted broadband ISP and phone connectivity on Openreach’s (BT) UK network for those living closest to the incidents. As usual a reward of £1,000 is being offered to help catch the thieves.

12th August, 2020 (24 Comments)

Openreach has officially started to expand their range of EV cars and vans beyond last year’s limited trial of 11 vehicles with Renault (here), which they’ve done by adding 279 new EVs from Vauxhall that will soon be used by their UK broadband and phone engineers (including 270 Vivaro-e vans and 9 Corsa-e cars).

12th August, 2020 (6 Comments)

The UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has banned two adverts for Sky’s (Sky Broadband) TV and Netflix bundles, which promoted a £20 or £25 one-off setup fee to new customers but failed to make sufficiently clear that existing customers would have to pay an upfront fee of “up to £219“.

12th August, 2020 (7 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 has kicked the 5G mobile hype train into high gear again, this time by predicting that the new mobile broadband tech could work alongside connected technologies, such as smart grids and autonomous vehicles, to save up to 269 megatonnes of CO2 by 2035 (England’s total emissions in 2018 were 280 Mts).

11th August, 2020 (13 Comments)

Last autumn Openreach (BT) revealed that the West Devon (England) town of Okehampton would be among 13 other rural locations to help pilot a “range of new tools and techniques” for deploying their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network (here). Fast forward to today and the work is almost completed.

11th August, 2020 (0 Comments)

Carmarthenshire-based ISP Dyfed Superfast (Dyfed IT), which supplies wireless broadband services to premises across rural parts of Wales, has acquired rival network Pembs WiFi for an undisclosed sum and aims to extend gigabit broadband coverage. The latter had been building a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

11th August, 2020 (0 Comments)

Budget UK internet service provider TalkTalk has launched a new promotion that bundles one year’s worth of included access to Amazon’s Prime video streaming and delivery service (normally worth £79 per year) into their unlimited “fibre broadband” (FTTC, G.fast), phone and TV bundles.

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