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20th October, 2018 - 12:01 am (7 Comments)

Alternative rural UK ISP Gigaclear is still reeling from the embarrassment of having to make a public apology for the “significant” delays to their roll-out of “full fibre” (FTTP) ultrafast broadband in Devon and Somerset (here). Now they’ve also had to do the same for Northamptonshire.

openreach fttc street cabinet engineer with beard working

19th October, 2018 - 2:43 pm (8 Comments)

An unusual case of overbuild has cropped up in Essex (England) after Openreach deployed a new superfast Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) network into an area that had already gained “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) speeds with the help of public investment and ultrafast FTTP. Both roll-outs are supported by the Superfast Essex project.

fttp ont and bbu open lid openreach

19th October, 2018 - 10:00 am (33 Comments)

At present new installations of Openreach’s (BT) Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based UK ultrafast broadband ISP technology all come with a Battery Backup Unit (BBU) by default next to the Optical Network Unit (ONT), which helps users to maintain access to emergency services if they use VoIP. But this is about to stop.

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19th October, 2018 - 7:31 am (6 Comments)

New customers who sign-up for one of BT’s standard “Superfast Fibre Broadband” (FTTC/P) and phone packages are now being offered a “FREE” Fitbit Charge 3 activity tracker smartwatch (RRP £129.99). On top of that they’ll also get a Prepaid Mastercard, which on some deals can be worth up to £90.

gigaclear_fastershire_fttp_build

18th October, 2018 - 4:02 pm (10 Comments)

The Fastershire scheme in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire (England), which is supported by both county councils and the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, has ordered UK rural ISP Gigaclear to produce a new plan after their roll-out of Gigabit capable FTTP “full fibre” technology suffered delays.

Origin Broadband Logo 2016

18th October, 2018 - 11:02 am (18 Comments)

Sporadic reports are coming in this morning from customers of the Doncaster-based ISP Origin Broadband, which appears to be giving some of their subscribers just 30 days’ notice to change ISP before they are disconnected due to a “network restructure outside of our control.”

businesses need broadband connections

17th October, 2018 - 5:12 pm (13 Comments)

A new survey of 10,053 UK employees (inc. 322 telecoms workers) from 25 sectors by Salary Finance has found that 52% of telecoms workers reported experiencing financial worries, while 59% suffer stress, 47% claimed they were more prone to panic attacks, 46% felt depressed and 52% of engineers were tackling sleeplessness.

multiplayer_gaming_latency_uk_isp

17th October, 2018 - 10:50 am (26 Comments)

Full fibre (FTTP) builder Cityfibre has used a new survey of 1,005 “serious” online gamers (multiplayer) as ammunition to criticise older copper based broadband (ADSL) and hybrid fibre (FTTC etc.) ISPs, which they complain have plagued users with connectivity issues (“too much lag“) and slow download speeds.

orkney sea scotland island

17th October, 2018 - 8:03 am (4 Comments)

Broadband slow-spots in several remote parts of the Orkney islands (Scotland) could soon gain access to superfast broadband download speeds of up to 70Mbps (20Mbps upload) as part of the 5G based “RuralFirst” project, which earlier this year (here) was awarded a public grant worth £4.3m to help test the new wireless tech.

three uk mobile broadband

17th October, 2018 - 7:23 am (5 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has had one of its website adverts banned for “misleadingly” claiming that customers could “Roam the world in 71 destinations at no extra cost,” which is despite still imposing a “fair use limit” of 12-13GB on Mobile Broadband (3G, 4G) data usage.

security internet connected uk devices

16th October, 2018 - 4:30 pm (1 Comment)

Internet Service Providers (ISP) have warned that the Government’s push to improve cyber security and thus turn the UK into the “safest place to be online” could be at risk, unless they tackle the “convoluted regulatory system” and avoid creating “unnecessary complexity” (e.g. duplication of reporting and responsibilities).

house prices and broadband speed

16th October, 2018 - 2:21 pm (1 Comment)

Real estate company Strutt & Parker has published their latest Housing Futures (New Horizons) 2018 report, which in a very unsurprising development found that home broadband ISP connectivity is now seen as essential by 57% of house movers (up from 48% last year).

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16th October, 2018 - 1:24 pm (8 Comments)

Ofcom has published the technical advice that they supplied to the government on improving rail passengers’ access to mobile data services (mobile broadband via 3G, 4G or 5G), which identifies some useful spectrum bands and estimates that by 2025 the busiest trains may need to be fed by 1.7Gbps to 3.6Gbps of capacity.

aquiss uk isp

16th October, 2018 - 9:55 am (9 Comments)

Shropshire-based ISP Aquiss has reduced the price of their symmetrical 1Gbps Fully Managed Business Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) “full fibre” broadband product to £375 +vat per month, which is available around 14 towns and cities across the United Kingdom.

mobile choice awards 2018

16th October, 2018 - 8:43 am (6 Comments)

The annual Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2018, which are supported by TechRadar, has released its winners list to confirm that Sky Mobile (Sky Broadband) picked up the award for ‘Best Mobile, TV and Broadband Provider‘ (ISP) and EE secured ‘Best Network‘. But there were also wins for Three UK and Giffgaff.

house building uk broadband

16th October, 2018 - 12:01 am (0 Comments)

The Central Lancashire Local Plan (development strategy), which covers the geographical areas of Preston, Chorley and South Ribble, looks set to include a new measure that would require local property developers to ensure that all new build homes have “access to Superfast Broadband from the outset.”

Virgin Media 2014 UK Logo

15th October, 2018 - 7:04 pm (8 Comments)

Customers of Virgin Media’s UK cable broadband and TV network in parts of London (particularly the western side) are tonight suffering from a major network outage due to an unspecified power fault, which began after 4pm today and is currently still on-going.

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