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david cameron northmoor

19th August, 2014 (29 Comments)

Residents and businesses in the Parish of Northmoor (West Oxfordshire, England) can now benefit from an ultrafast 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network after the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, turned up for Gigaclear’s official switch-on event.

telecoms engineer street works at night

18th August, 2014 (2 Comments)

One authority to rule them all.. and in the darkness bind them. The EEF claims that the United Kingdom would benefit from the establishment of a permanent UK Infrastructure Authority to manage everything from long-term planning to investment and development of the national transport, energy and presumably also its communications (broadband and phone) networks.

pirate internet piracy flag

18th August, 2014 (12 Comments)

Internet provider TalkTalk Business has allegedly taken the seemingly unusual decision to forward a USA sourced copyright infringement notice from Warner Bros., which concerns a suspected attempt to share the recent Godzilla movie over P2P (BitTorrent), to a customer via its sibling ISP Opal Solution.

wales uk map

18th August, 2014 (0 Comments)

The state aid supported £425m Superfast Cymru project with BT in Wales, which aims to make faster “fibre broadband” (FTTC) speeds of up to 80Mbps available to 96% of premises by the end of spring 2016 (total of 700,000 premises), has confirmed that over 190,000 premises are now able to benefit thanks to its work.

new home construction

16th August, 2014 (78 Comments)

A new 200 acre housing development in South Gloucestershire (Charlton Hayes), which once complete will include 2,200 homes (inc. a school, business space and shops) and is situated near to the notorious Internet slowspot of Bradley Stoke, has seen its first residents complain about the lack of ISP choice because they can only get Seethelight’s 300Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) service.

fibre_optic_cable_duct_messy

15th August, 2014 (0 Comments)

Ofcom has today proposed to grant Code Powers to ISP WarwickNet Ltd., which would make it simpler for them (e.g. easier approval for street works) to roll-out their “superfast” and “ultrafast” broadband network by, among other things, making use of BTOpenreach’s cable duct and pole sharing (DPS) products.

ee uk logo

15th August, 2014 (16 Comments)

Some operators seem to have a knack for finding new ways of annoying their customers. As a case in point, EE has decided that broadband and mobile customers who call their support line will be offered the ability to jump in front of the queue for an additional one-off fee of 50 pence.

openreach fttc two engineers

15th August, 2014 (64 Comments)

The second phase of BTOpenreach’s VDSL Vectoring (ITU-T G.993.5) trial, which could improve the performance of BT’s existing “up to” 80Mbps capable hybrid-fibre (FTTC) superfast broadband lines by significantly reducing interference (crosstalk), has finally got underway and will run for “at least” 3 months.

plusnet uk

14th August, 2014 (3 Comments)

PlusNet has informed ISPreview.co.uk that their 8 month old customer trial of a YouView (IPTV) based broadband TV service is “going very well“, but sadly even after all this time they’re still unable to give any indication of when a commercial launch might occur.

fttc bt cabinet internals

14th August, 2014 (10 Comments)

BTOpenreach has announced their intention to pilot a new capability (GEA-FTTC Start and GEA-FTTC Stop) from 22nd September 2014, which will in the long run enable them to provision superfast broadband (FTTC) lines at a faster and cheaper rate than is currently possible. But there is a caveat involved.

talktalk uk isp

13th August, 2014 (31 Comments)

New and re-contracting customers of TalkTalk who wish to benefit from the ISPs annual pre-paid line rental discount (aka – Value Line Rental) will be unhappy to learn that they’ve quietly hiked their prices and this time it’s a fairly dramatic adjustment.

world internet connectivity

13th August, 2014 (2 Comments)

Most of you probably won’t have noticed but a sizeable chunk of the global Internet suffered a brief period of instability and slowdown today (around 9am BST), which occurred after an error with Verizon’s autonomous systems and Cisco’s older routers caused a critical Internet routing limit to be reached. It will probably happen again too.

daisygroup

13th August, 2014 (0 Comments)

In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey there’s a wonderfully unsettling moment where HAL, the on-board AI, sings the song Daisy. In other news Lancashire-based Daisy Group, a telecoms, web and broadband supplier that’s believed to be worth around £400m+, has just become the subject of a cash offer from a group being led by the operators CEO.

qb_spark

13th August, 2014 (0 Comments)

Breaking into the United Kingdom’s already crowded and aggressively competitive broadband market is not for the faint of heart, never the less two new ISPs have recently sprung into life alongside some big claims and expectations – QB Telecom and Spark (Spark Energy). But is it still possible to succeed where so many others have failed.

playstation now

13th August, 2014 (1 Comment)

Sony has given broadband ISPs another set of data hogs to worry about after they confirmed that consumers in the United Kingdom would be the first in Europe to beta test their new PlayStation Now streaming service in 2015, while their PlayStation TV product (designed to take on Google Chromecast and NOW TV etc.) is expected to surface this autumn 2014.

Virgin Media 2014 UK Logo

13th August, 2014 (0 Comments)

A regional press advert for Virgin Media’s old cable broadband, phone and TV bundles (specifically the ‘Premiere Collection’) has been banned for being “misleading” by the Advertising Standards Authority after Sky (Sky Broadband) complained that the comparison with its rival ‘The Family Bundle’ was wrong.

bt infinity broadband vision iptv

13th August, 2014 (10 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a TV advert for BT’s superfast “fibre optic broadband” BTInfinity (FTTC) service after an individual complained that the second set of on-screen text, which contained several significant conditions, was not clearly legible.

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