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ISP News Archives for March 2016

 
80mbps bduk "up to" broadband speed limit traffic sign

10th March, 2016 (19 Comments)

Blink and you’ll miss it. Without any fanfare the Government’s Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, appears to have officially confirmed that 90% of the United Kingdom can now access a “superfast broadband” service, thanks partly to Phase 1 of their Broadband Delivery UK programme with BT.

bt 80mbps_fttc_broadband

10th March, 2016 (16 Comments)

The UK Government’s Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, has taken a break from praising the progress of BTOpenreach’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) roll-out in order to criticise them for their “absolutely woeful” customer service. At the same time he also called for ISPs to stop advertising line rental with a separate price and called for clearer broadband speeds.

cityfibre microtrenching york uk

9th March, 2016 (4 Comments)

A new report from IHS has said that Cityfibre’s Gigabit fibre optic (FTTP) broadband network will increase its coverage area from “15% of all UK households to 20%” by 2020, which will help to boost NGA Internet connections to 15.5 million. But the figures do require some clarification.

bt openreach blowing fibre

9th March, 2016 (5 Comments)

The Connecting Cambridgeshire scheme in England, which is currently working with BT (Openreach) in order to make FTTC/P based “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) services available to 95% of the county by 2017, has said that another 7,500+ premises could benefit from a future contract extension.

cityfibre uk

9th March, 2016 (0 Comments)

Updata Infrastructure, which is part of Capita IT Enterprise Services and delivers public sector focused network connectivity solutions, has today signed a new deal that will allow them to access Cityfibre’s existing UK network of urban focused ultrafast fibre optic (FTTP) cables and related infrastructure.

plusnet uk

9th March, 2016 (7 Comments)

UK ISP Plusnet has reintroduced the offer of 6 months free service on their up to 38Mbps Unlimited Fibre (FTTC) broadband package (£14.99 per month thereafter), which is perhaps slightly awkward timing given today’s other advertising related news.

fibre optic broadband bt cables

9th March, 2016 (35 Comments)

The CEO of BT Group, Gavin Patterson, has confirmed to the ‘Media & Telecoms 2016 & Beyond‘ conference in London that he will “significantly … accelerate the deployment” of their ultrafast 330Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology. But the details remain wafer thin.

advertising standards authority uk 2016

9th March, 2016 (7 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an old website advert for Plusnet’s broadband packages, which “misleadingly” claimed to offer a “TOTALLY UNLIMITED” and “Truly unlimited” service with no usage limits. But in reality there was a poorly explained traffic management policy.

b4rn ftth in snow

8th March, 2016 (10 Comments)

The outspoken co-founder of the rural Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire focused community B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) project, Christine Conder, has uploaded a new video to help explain how their successful Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network first got off the ground.

truespeed_fibre_optic_trench

8th March, 2016 (9 Comments)

The diggers have finally come out after TrueSpeed Communications confirmed that they had started the build of their new symmetric 100Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network, which will initially connect the rural village of Priston in North East Somerset (England).

pirate internet piracy flag

7th March, 2016 (0 Comments)

The UK Labour MP for Dudley North, Ian Austin, has called on the Government’s Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, to protect consumers after an 83-year-old customer of Sky Broadband was dubiously accused of sharing unlawful copies of ‘The Company You Keep‘ (TCYK) film over public BitTorrent file sharing (P2P) networks.

surf_telecoms

7th March, 2016 (0 Comments)

Internet provider Surf Telecoms has achieved the secure government-approved network certification known as CAS(T) or CESG Assured Services (Telecommunications), which is one of the necessary milestones on the path towards becoming a full Public Services Network (PSN) provider.

virgin media coaxial copper cable advertised as fibre optic

7th March, 2016 (52 Comments)

The seemingly endless debate about the pros and cons of advertising hybrid-fibre broadband connections as “fibre optic” has once again reared its head after a number of refreshed adverts for Virgin Media’s cable network began promoting their service as “optical fibre” alongside pictures of what is clearly a copper core coaxial cable.

drumcavel_road_scotland

7th March, 2016 (9 Comments)

A small community of rural homes and businesses around Drumcavel Road near Glasgow (Scotland) have been left without working fixed line broadband or phone services for one month, which occurred after a local fusebox exploded and damaged some of BTOpenreach’s underground infrastructure.

andrews and arnold uk isp

7th March, 2016 (5 Comments)

UK ISP Andrews and Arnold (AAISP) has announced that they intend to launch a new package for bog standard ADSL2+ (up to 20Mbps) based home broadband lines, which will give customers 1 TeraByte of monthly usage (a huge increase on the current 100 GigaByte [0.1TB] cap). But it’s not cheap.

businesses need broadband connections

5th March, 2016 (4 Comments)

At least part of the on-going effort to roll-out superfast broadband (24Mbps+) services in the Cotswolds, which is a rural area that predominantly straddles both Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, has been halted after Gloucestershire Council suspended £500,000 of its joint funding.

locheilnet_mast

4th March, 2016 (0 Comments)

Not-for-profit community (CIC) ISP Locheilnet, which was set-up in 2012 with support from locals and £91,500 from Community Broadband Scotland (CBS), has expanded its 35Mbps capable wireless broadband network in Fort William by doubling its network capacity via a new cable.

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