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8th December, 2017 - 4:36 pm
john lewis broadband uk logo

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The internet provider division of high street retail giant John Lewis has today launched a special time-limited offer, which will bundle a “free” Google Home smart speaker to any new customers who subscribe to their ADSL or FTTC “fibre” based broadband and phone bundles. Read More..

8th December, 2017 - 12:01 am
internet download and upload speed arrows

Author: Mark Jackson | 11 Comments

A new study has used data from 1,064,681 consumer speedtests to produce a list of the top 30 fastest and slowest streets for download speed. Thorpe Lane in Trimley St Martin (Suffolk) was the slowest on 0.68Mbps, while Benford Avenue in Motherwell (Lanarkshire) was the fastest at 177.01Mbps. Read More..

7th December, 2017 - 1:03 pm
bt_openreach_engineer_at_fttc_cabinet

Author: Mark Jackson | 23 Comments

Openreach has paused a trial of Physical Retransmission ReTX (G.INP) technology for their troublesome ECI based FTTCfibre broadband” street cabinets. The technology works fine on their Huawei estate but ECI has long been the naughty child, although their trial is expected to continue next year. Read More..

7th December, 2017 - 11:40 am
wireless microwave radio tower

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Ofcom has today proposed changes that could result in faster fixed wireless data and broadband links, such as exploring the potential for radio spectrum above 92GHz, changing the authorisation regime in the 64-66GHz band to licence exempt and expanding the use cases for 57-66 GHz (V band). Read More..

7th December, 2017 - 9:18 am
opensignal_4g_mobile_uk_awards_dec_2017

Author: Mark Jackson | 8 Comments

Crowd-sourced data experts OpenSignal have just published their Mobile Network performance study for the United Kingdom, which found that EE came top for 4G and 3G download speed and network availability. On the flip side Vodafone delivered the fastest 4G and 3G latency times. Read More..

6th December, 2017 - 11:28 am
openreach fibre broadband fttc cabinet

Author: Mark Jackson | 20 Comments

The Community Fibre Partnerships scheme that Openreach (BT) runs, which offers grants up to £30,000 to help co-fund the cost of upgrading an area to receive their FTTC or FTTP based “fibre broadband” network, expects to have benefited 60,000 UK premises within 12 months (currently 30,000). Read More..

6th December, 2017 - 10:25 am
wireless_mobile_network_operator_uk_mast

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

A study of crowd sourced data from Tutela Technologies has found that mobile operator EE delivered the fastest 4G based Mobile Broadband speed and latency in the United Kingdom, although Vodafone came out top for older 3G networks and they also experienced less packet loss. Read More..

6th December, 2017 - 8:00 am
zen internet uk isp

Author: Mark Jackson | 27 Comments

Zen Internet appears to have quietly become one of the first ISPs to begin offering the new 150Mbps and 300Mbps “Full FibreFTTP ultrafast broadband tiers to residential consumers, which can be taken either with or without line rental and the pricing is pleasantly affordable. Read More..

5th December, 2017 - 4:36 pm
rural broadband and river scene

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Last week the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) managed to cause a storm by announcing the closure of 62 branches for 2018, although at the time the bank said online banking would still allow remote customers to access their accounts. But a new report warns of problems with broadband connectivity. Read More..

5th December, 2017 - 4:01 pm
now tv bskyb uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

The Sky-owned broadband ISP and UK video streaming provider, NOW TV, has today finally added the popular SyFy TV channel to their platform. The new channel is available to those who include an ‘Entertainment Pass‘ for £7.99 per month into their monthly subscription. Read More..

5th December, 2017 - 1:50 pm
testing fibre

Author: Mark Jackson | 10 Comments

The Superfast Staffordshire project with Openreach (BT) claims to have succeeded in its original Phase 2 contract goal, which aimed to make fixed line FTTC/P superfast broadband (24Mbps+) networks available to order by 95% of premises before the end of 2017 (c.97% in terms of the raw “fibre” footprint). Read More..

5th December, 2017 - 1:17 pm
hyperoptic 1gbps broadband sign

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

Urban fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic, which is rolling out their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB/P) broadband network to parts of 28 UK cities and towns, has today confirmed that they’ve started the roll-out of Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6) and expect to finish the work in 2018. Read More..

5th December, 2017 - 8:22 am
blue planet 2 in 4k BBC iPlayer

Author: Mark Jackson | 17 Comments

The BBC has announced that their video streaming iPlayer service will, from Sunday 10th December 2017, release the full TV series of Blue Planet II in 4K (UltraHD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) video quality as part of an initial trial. But you’ll need a good broadband connection and the right kit to view it. Read More..

4th December, 2017 - 9:35 am
uk fibre optic submarine cable map by telegeography

Author: Mark Jackson | 7 Comments

Breaks in the high capacity fibre optic data cables that link countries around the world together and on the internet, many of which sit on the seabed, are not uncommon. Now a new report has warned that other countries and terrorists could potentially cripple the UK by attacking those. Read More..

4th December, 2017 - 8:43 am
openreach bt engineering team with spades

Author: Mark Jackson | 75 Comments

The CEO of Ofcom, Sharon White, has claimed that Openreach’s (BT) aspiration to conduct a “large-scale” rollout of 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband to 10 million UK homes and businesses by around 2025 is “dependent on up to £7 a month being added to broadband bills.” Read More..

2nd December, 2017 - 7:51 am
nte5c_mastersock_bt_openreach

Author: Mark Jackson | 32 Comments

Openreach has started an unexpected third UK ISP trial of their long in the making Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SOGEA) product, which will allow consumers to buy a standalone “fibre broadband” (FTTC VDSL2 or G.fast) line without the voice (phone) service. Read More..

1st December, 2017 - 4:33 pm
openreach engineer with drum of fibre optic cable

Author: Mark Jackson | 9 Comments

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has opened a new consultation on a change to help foster the roll-out of “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband networks by preventing BT from reducing its wholesale charges for slower hybrid fibre (FTTC) connections in areas where rivals are building new networks. Read More..

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