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fibre optic broadband cable deployment HYPEROPTIC ONLY

22nd Aug 2013 (12 Comments)

Telecoms analyst Point Topic has today published a new report on broadband coverage across the United Kingdom, which predicts that superfast (30Mbps+) availability could hit 90.8% by the end of 2015. ISPreview.co.uk has also been able to obtain an exclusive map that splits the presence of fibre FTTx and cable (DOCSIS) networks.

worcestershire uk broadband

22nd Aug 2013 (11 Comments)

The Worcestershire County Council (WCC), which recently signed a state aid supported £20.75m deal with BT to make “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) available to 90% of local premises by mid-2016 (here), has warned that it could use some of the money to overbuild an existing superfast wireless broadband network.

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

22nd Aug 2013 (11 Comments)

Sky Broadband has moved to reassure people after some of their customers noticed that the third-party SessionCam service appeared to be monitoring private activity upon sensitive parts of the ISPs online account management (My Sky) pages, such as the page for entering payment details.

satellite dish eutelsat

21st Aug 2013 (0 Comments)

Ayrshire-based ISP Internet Anywhere, which claims to be Scotland’s largest reseller of Eutelsat’s up to 20Mbps capable Tooway based satellite broadband services, has become one of the first businesses to make use of a new crowd-funding platform that could help to plug the country’s remaining internet notspots and slowspots.

sony playstation 4

21st Aug 2013 (33 Comments)

Sony has announced that its forthcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) video games console, which is officially confirmed to arrive in the United Kingdom on 29th November 2013, has chosen broadband provider Virgin Media to be its main ISP partner. Rumours of a new 200Mbps product are also floating around.

virgin media uk

20th Aug 2013 (43 Comments)

Customers of Virgin Media’s superfast 30Mbps and legacy 20Mbps cable broadband packages have been advised that the monthly price they pay will, effective from 1st October 2013, rise by an extra £2.50 a month.

europe map

20th Aug 2013 (26 Comments)

A new study has claimed that Europe will fail to make superfast broadband (30Mbps+) ISP speeds available to 100% of households by 2020. But it will achieve 90% coverage and most of that will be due to the mass adoption of hybrid-fibre (e.g. FTTC and cable) technologies that combine fibre optic with existing copper or coax cables.

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

20th Aug 2013 (2 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator has today issued a correction to its original July 2013 proposal (here) that would force BT into reducing the cost of their fixed line wholesale broadband services (WLR, SMPF, MPF) to ISPs. The changes represent only a small price difference of a few pence to a few pounds but then the original proposal wasn’t huge either.

internet emergency

20th Aug 2013 (9 Comments)

Only weeks after the government put in place a stricter policy to nudge big broadband ISPs into censoring access to “adult” internet content (here) and it’s now positioning for a fight against the online worlds next biggest perceived evil.. swearing and trolls. Easier said than done.

sky broadband uk

19th Aug 2013 (13 Comments)

Sky Broadband (BSkyB) have quietly updated their FAQ pages with more information about the forthcoming migration of O2 UK and BE Broadband fixed line ISP customers, which was previously expected to begin during the “autumn“. We now know that this process will start in October 2013 and should end sooner than expected.

aquiss uk isp

19th Aug 2013 (9 Comments)

Shropshire-based ISP Aquiss has begun offering free installation alongside their superfast unlimited “fibre” (FTTC) broadband packages, which will save new customers £96 inc. VAT off the normal retail price. A second discount is also added if you take their phone (line rental) service.

bt openreach fttc cabinet and engineer

19th Aug 2013 (28 Comments)

BTOpenreach has advised ISPreview.co.uk that their first trial of VDSL Vectoring (ITU-T G.993.5) technology, which could make even faster speeds available to more people on BT’s superfast (‘up to’ 80Mbps) hybrid-fibre (FTTC) broadband network, has been delayed a little but should now begin “within the next few weeks“.

shetland islands uk

17th Aug 2013 (13 Comments)

Broadband connectivity on Shetland might be gradually improving, thanks to a new undersea fibre optic link and investment, but many residents of the smaller surrounding islands (Yell, Unst and Fetlar) continue to suffer from slow connectivity (sub-1Mbps) and BT has yet to clarify its commitment. The solution could be a new community initiative.

Andrews and Arnold Office

17th Aug 2013 (8 Comments)

Business ISP Andrews and Arnold (AAISP) has confirmed that they’ve started moving “a lot of” BE/O2 Wholesale broadband lines over to their other back-haul carrier (TalkTalk Wholesale), which has primarily been caused by a loss of customers and related “uncertainty over the Sky take over“.

digital region south yorkshire uk

15th Aug 2013 (51 Comments)

As feared the £100m+ Digital Region broadband network, which acted as an alternative to BT and delivered superfast broadband services to 80% of premises in South Yorkshire (England), has finally fallen under a growing weight of debt and announced its closure.

internet law uk

15th Aug 2013 (8 Comments)

The Open Rights Group has applied to have a procedural judge (a ‘Master’) in the UK High Court investigate their request for the court orders (injunctions), those related to website blocking, to be made public. Rights Holders use these when forcing big ISPs to censor specific websites (e.g. Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents).

talktalk uk isp

15th Aug 2013 (5 Comments)

Internet provider TalkTalk has advised that its “Superpowered Fibre Broadband” (FTTC) service can now be taken alongside a new phone line or migration via one engineer installation and one go live date, which follows the July 2013 trial. The ISP has also launched its new half-price offers, which slashes the cost of fibre and standard broadband.

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