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10th Aug 2022 (0 Comments)

The Communication and Utilities Regulatory Authority (CURA) for the Isle of Man, a British Crown Dependency, has probed the 10% price hike introduced by local broadband ISP Manx Telecom during June 2022 and ruled that the operator broke the rules by failing to “fully inform” their customers of the increase.

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10th Aug 2022 (1 Comment)

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme in England has announced that 900 homes and businesses have now benefitted from their Mobile Boost Scheme, which aims to improve rural 4G mobile (mobile broadband and voice) coverage by offering vouchers (up to £1,200) to help deploy indoor mobile signal boosters.

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10th Aug 2022 (1 Comment)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a website advert for UK mobile operator Lebara after a rival provider, Vectone Mobile, complained that the company was “misleadingly” promoting “unlimited” UK minutes and texts on plans that included a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) with thresholds.

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10th Aug 2022 (4 Comments)

A complaint raised by rival UK ISP BT (EE) has resulted in the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banning two adverts (a website and email promotion) for Sky Broadband’s service, both of which were found to have misleadingly claimed that the company was the “Top Performing Major Provider“.

9th Aug 2022 (1 Comment)

Gigabit broadband ISP BeFibre has issued a progress update on their work to support the rollout of a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, which is being built across towns in several counties (e.g. Essex, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire etc.) by network access partner Digital Infrastructure.

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9th Aug 2022 (0 Comments)

CityFibre UK has today announced that they’ve started the construction phase of their £30m project to deploy a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network in the Greater Manchester town of Rochdale (England), which is being supported by civil engineering firm Network PLUS.

9th Aug 2022 (46 Comments)

A small group of MPs have given their backing to a new Private Members Bill (PMB), which would make it mandatory for UK operators building full fibre (FTTP) broadband ISP networks to initiate a local consultation when deploying new telecommunications infrastructure in residential areas (e.g. telecoms poles).

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8th Aug 2022 (26 Comments)

A new MSE report has called on Ofcom to improve consumer protection measures for mobile roaming when within the EU, which follows after the organisation’s research highlighted that consumers are still at risk of being caught out by unexpected roaming costs. But operators aren’t helping by adopting different definitions of a “day“.

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8th Aug 2022 (13 Comments)

CityFibre has announced that they’ve begun to extend their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network across the large suburban village and civil parish of Binley Woods in Warwickshire, which is expected to cost somewhere around £500,000 – making it one of the operator’s smallest builds to date.

ISPA UK ISP Awards Logo 2021

8th Aug 2022 (1 Comment)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has published a shortlist of finalists for their 2022 annual industry awards, which sees various broadband ISPs being nominanted across several categories. Once again, Exa Networks received the highest number of nominations (4), with CommunityFibre, Giganet, KCOM and Ogi also doing well.

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8th Aug 2022 (10 Comments)

Benchmarking firm nPerf has today published the results from their latest annual crowdsourced study into UK mobile broadband (4G, 5G) performance for the first half of 2022, which once again crowns EE as the best network operator for internet connectivity. But Three UK is starting to threaten and delivered the fastest download speeds.

8th Aug 2022 (1 Comment)

The Telecom Acquisitions Group (Global4) has today announced that they’ve acquired yet another UK broadband ISP and phone provider in the shape of Poole-based Hive Telecom, which follows a series of prior acquisitions that included Home Telecom, Eclipse Broadband, Fleur Telecom and Weekly Broadband.

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8th Aug 2022 (3 Comments)

Full fibre builder and UK ISP Brsk has announced that their rollout of a new gigabit-capable and “open access” Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network is being extended to parts of the West Midlands, with the operator anticipating that they deployment in the region will cover approximately 250,000 homes and businesses.

European Union member states

8th Aug 2022 (3 Comments)

The European Commission recently published their annual 2022 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which charts how the EU’s fixed line broadband ISP and mobile networks compare across all of its 27 countries. The UK was removed from this report post-Brexit, but it’s still possible to see how we compare by using Ofcom’s data.

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8th Aug 2022 (13 Comments)

Mobile and broadband provider BT (EE) and Nokia claim to have achieved somewhat of a “European first” by aggregate four channels of radio spectrum in a live 5G Standalone (SA) network. In theory, this could make their UK mobile network capable of delivering some exceptionally fast download and upload speeds.

sky broadband router SR203

6th Aug 2022 (16 Comments)

In a surprise development, new and existing customers who sign-up to one of Sky Broadband’s superfast, ultrafast or gigafast (FTTC, G.Fast or FTTP) powered internet access packages are now being given a “Wall to Wall WiFi guarantee” at no extra cost. Sky’s Wi-Fi Guarantee is normally only available as part of their paid ‘Boost’ add-on.

Virgin Media O2 Engineer Outside Cabinet

6th Aug 2022 (9 Comments)

UK ISP Virgin Media (VMO2) has been spotted expanding their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across a number of new towns and villages to the south of Edinburgh in Scotland, which appears to be taking place at the same time as they upgrade some existing areas to XGS-PON technology.

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