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23rd January, 2021 (15 Comments)

For the first time Cityfibre has revealed to ISPreview.co.uk that their £4bn programme, which is deploying a new gigabit-capable (1000Mbps+) Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to 30% of UK homes and businesses over the next few years, has now reached a total of over 500,000 premises passed.

22nd January, 2021 (5 Comments)

Maybe it was just a lot of hot air but Google (Alphabet) has announced that Loon, their long-running project that aimed to deploy mobile broadband (4G / 5G) connectivity from High Altitude Platforms (stratospheric balloons), is “winding down” as a company after they struggled to turn it into a commercial success.

22nd January, 2021 (3 Comments)

The Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) in Wales has today announced that the first of many gigabit-capable broadband cabinets have just been install in several rural communities, which stem from four new pilot schemes with Broadway Partners (UK ISP Broadway Broadband).

22nd January, 2021 (15 Comments)

Some 6,800 additional homes in the town of Accrington, which sits in Lancashire (England), have just become the latest to benefit from the on-going expansion of UK ISP Virgin Media’s (Liberty Global) new gigabit-capable and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband network.

22nd January, 2021 (25 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone UK has launched a new 4G based Gigacube B818 router and several associated mobile broadband plans. The new kit is described as being a “flexible alternative to standard broadband“, which they claim will allow customers to “benefit from high-speed internet access in areas without fixed-line connectivity.”

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22nd January, 2021 (3 Comments)

A new Assembly Research study has found that UK broadband ISPs and mobile operators responded quickly to the COVID-19 crisis and have so far provided a colossal £940m worth of support, such as via free allowances (data, calls and texts), special packages, zero rated data on websites, discounts and support for online learning etc.

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21st January, 2021 (17 Comments)

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published an ‘issues statement‘ on the proposed £31bn merger between mobile operator O2 and broadband ISP (inc. TV, phone) Virgin Media, which highlights the authority’s two main concerns – the risk of higher consumer prices and worse 5G connectivity for rivals.

21st January, 2021 (13 Comments)

UK ISP Pure Broadband has today become the latest provider to join Cityfibre’s growing national Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, which will enable them to take a wholesale service and thus launch gigabit-capable internet packages across a number of initial UK towns and cities during early 2021.

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21st January, 2021 (14 Comments)

Mobile operator giffgaff has announced that they will soon be boosting the data (mobile broadband) allowances on some of their plans and as part of that they’ll also launch two new 5G ready “golden goodybag” plans. But it’s not all good news as the operator is doubling the price of data usage on their Pay As You Go (PAYG) service.

21st January, 2021 (16 Comments)

Budget conscious internet provider TalkTalk appears to be nearing completion of a new ‘Smart Home Protection‘ service (app), which is currently being trialled by a number of their broadband customers and looks to be an upgrade of their existing ‘Supersafe Boost’ (usually costs an extra £4 per month) and HomeSafe service.

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20th January, 2021 (21 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone has said that they won’t be following EE’s (inc. Plusnet and BT) lead by offering free data (mobile broadband) access to BBC Bitesize (education) content during the latest COVID-19 lockdown because it is “not possible,” at least not without applying the same rule to the whole of the BBC’s UK website.

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20th January, 2021 (5 Comments)

UK ISP TalkTalk Business recently began offering a new promotion on their Openreach based “Business Full Fibre” (FTTP) broadband products for small and medium sized businesses, which on top of the existing monthly discount also gives new customers the first 3 months of service for free.

20th January, 2021 (16 Comments)

The latest biannual H2 2020 study of mobile network (4G and 5G) performance across the United Kingdom by RootMetrics has found that EE (BT) continues to be the best overall operator. On top of that they also delivered the fastest median (average) broadband download speed of 43Mbps (similar to 42.6Mbps in H1).

19th January, 2021 (0 Comments)

The trade association for UK mobile operators, Mobile UK, has warned that calls for the 5G rollout to be delayed on health grounds are “without merit“. The commentary comes after Professor John William Frank (University of Edinburgh) alleged that the transmitter density required for 5G may be “potentially harmful to health.”

19th January, 2021 (14 Comments)

Broadband ISP Quickline has today become the latest ISP to join Cityfibre’s growing national wholesale Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, which will enable them to launch gigabit-capable internet packages across a number of initial UK towns and cities during early 2021.

19th January, 2021 (4 Comments)

The Chairman of the cross-party UK Commons Business Select Committee, Darren Jones MP (Labour), will tomorrow propose a new Private Members Bill that seeks to introduce a new low cost “social tariff” for broadband, which will be focused upon families with children on free school meals (i.e. disadvantaged groups).

19th January, 2021 (4 Comments)

Hull-based UK ISP KCOM, which serves broadband and phone users across their network in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, has launched a new “January Sale” that discounts selected Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) prices by up to 26%. The catch is that you have to be within one of their new network extension areas.

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