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ISP News Archives for September 2015

 
euros currency

30th September, 2015 (0 Comments)

The European Commission has today announced new changes that are designed to encourage large institutional investors, such as insurers and pension funds, to put an extra £15bn or so into the development of infrastructure projects (broadband, roads, energy etc.) around Europe.

metronet uk logo

30th September, 2015 (2 Comments)

The CEO of Metronet UK, Elliot Mueller, has described a recent report from Deloitte (here), which warned that slow and patchy broadband was leaving smaller businesses in Manchester at a disadvantage, as being “fundamentally wrong and damaging” after it ignored alternative connectivity methods.

wales uk development

30th September, 2015 (4 Comments)

The state aid supported Superfast Cymru project has today announced that they’ve helped to put an additional 504,352 premises within reach of “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) services, which equates to coverage of 79% across Wales.

northmoor_gigaclear

30th September, 2015 (9 Comments)

Last year hundreds homes in the rural West Oxfordshire parish of Northmoor celebrated the arrival of Gigaclear’s new 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network. Today we’ve done a quick follow-up interview with the ISP and a local councillor to see what kind of impact it’s had.

talktalk uk fibre broadband

30th September, 2015 (5 Comments)

Low cost ISP TalkTalk will today reduce the cost of their ‘up to’ 38Mbps capable unlimited “Superfast Fibre Broadband” (FTTC) package to just £5 per month for the entire 18 month contract term (£17.50 per month thereafter). A free connection and “Super Router” are also included.

labour political party uk

29th September, 2015 (7 Comments)

The new leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has today given his first big conference speech and as part of that he pledged “investment in fast broadband to support new high technology jobs“, but details were in short supply.

sky broadband uk

29th September, 2015 (0 Comments)

A large number of Sky Broadband and related Sky Talk (phone) customers in parts of North West England (mostly in and around Cheshire) appear to be suffering from a Major Service Outage (MSO), which began last night at around 8pm and is continuing this morning.

virgin media engineer street works

29th September, 2015 (49 Comments)

As expected Virgin Media (Liberty Global), the national urban-focused UK cable operator, has today launched another “free” increase to their subscribers broadband speeds up to a maximum of 200Mbps (Megabits per second), but it’s not as much as had been expected and uploads remain unchanged.

network_modem_cable

28th September, 2015 (1 Comment)

Analyst firm IDATE recently updated its World FTTx Database, which provides for an interesting snapshot of the different fixed line technologies that countries around the world are using for “superfast broadband“. Suffice to say that Europe and the UK love hybrid-fibre (VDSL / FTTC).

fibre optic blue green strands

28th September, 2015 (9 Comments)

As expected Sky Broadband has today echoed last week’s news from TalkTalk (here) and Cityfibre, which confirmed that the first trial customers are now live on their joint “ultrafast” 940Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network in the city of York (North Yorkshire).

vodafone uk broadband

28th September, 2015 (3 Comments)

Plans for a gigantic European merger or asset swap between mobile giant Vodafone and fixed line cable operator Liberty Global (parent company for Virgin Media UK) look unlikely to proceed after talks between the two were terminated several months after they first began.

4g mobile broadband uk wireless lte technology

28th September, 2015 (15 Comments)

Local residents and the North Swindon MP have raised concerns about the general feasibility and size of masts being used as part of a £1.9m project with UKB Networks, which will push “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) coverage to 99.4% of premises by 2016 via a fixed wireless 4G (LTE) network.

virgin media streetworks

25th September, 2015 (3 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has confirmed that their £3bn “Project Lightning” network expansion will also benefit homes and businesses in the large spa town of Cheltenham (Gloucestershire, England).

bt openreach big van

25th September, 2015 (19 Comments)

Earlier this week BT announced plans to make a minimum broadband speed of 5-10Mbps universally available by around 2020 (here) and one part of that involved the use of Long Reach VDSL2 (FTTC), which could help bring “higher speed broadband to hard-to-reach communities“.

northern_powerhouse_uk_jobs_2015

25th September, 2015 (10 Comments)

A new study from financial firm Deloitte has warned that slow / patchy broadband connectivity could be leaving small and medium sized businesses in the North West of England at a disadvantage, particularly those in the more urban areas of Liverpool and Manchester.

wireless_energy_radio_spectrum

25th September, 2015 (3 Comments)

Remember White Space technology? In case you’ve forgotten, it allows the gaps in radio spectrum that exist between Digital Terrestrial TV (470MHz to 790MHz) channels to be harnessed and used for broadband or other communication services. Sadly developers have struggled to meet Ofcom’s licensing requirements, so the regulator has had to cut a few corners.

rural broadband and river scene

24th September, 2015 (26 Comments)

Recently the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK office gave an update on the progress of their 7 Market Test Pilots, which are testing alternative solutions (fibre optic, satellite, wireless etc.) for bringing broadband to remote rural areas. The good news is that early customers appear to be happy.

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