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fluidone isp logo

28th February, 2019 (0 Comments)

Business focused UK ISP FluidOne (Rigby Group plc), which are perhaps best known for their broadband and mobile network aggregation solutions (Platform One), has today been acquired by mid-market private equity investor firm Livingbridge for an undisclosed sum.

5g mobile broadband users uk

28th February, 2019 (0 Comments)

Global consultancy firm Arthur D. Little has today published their new 5G Country Leadership Index, which benchmarks 40 countries by an analysis of technical infrastructure and tendency for 5G commercialisation. Overall the UK just creeps into the top ten, placing us on the border between “leaders” and “followers“.

gigaworld

28th February, 2019 (16 Comments)

The boss of European cable operator Liberty Global, Mike Fries, has revealed to investors that they intend to launch “two gigabit cities” in the UK this year via Virgin Media, which as the name suggests could result in related homes gaining access to speeds of 1Gbps (1000Mbps+) using the latest network upgrades.

oneweb rocket launch arianespace soyuz

28th February, 2019 (0 Comments)

British registered space company OneWeb, part of a joint venture with Airbus, last night succeeded in launching the first six (OneWeb F6) of their compact low-latency ultrafast broadband satellites into circular Low Earth Orbit (LEO) around the earth at 1000km (close to their operational orbit).

bt uk isp logo

28th February, 2019 (0 Comments)

Telecoms giant BT has today announced that they’re creating more than 1,600 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across areas such as engineering, customer service, TV production and cyber-security (inc. within EE and Plusnet). The new recruits will join its over 82,800 strong UK workforce during 2019.

virgin media uk

28th February, 2019 (78 Comments)

Cable ISP Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) has published their latest results to the end of 2018 (calendar Q4), which saw their network extend to cover another 144,000 premises and their broadband base grow to total 5,224,600 (up by 21.7K in the quarter vs 36.4K in Q3). But they’re also boosting top speeds from 350Mbps to 500Mbps!

broadband uk isp speed discussion

28th February, 2019 (15 Comments)

An important change is due to be introduced tomorrow as part of Ofcom’s new Voluntary Codes of Practice on Broadband Speed (VCoP), which will require the largest UK ISPs to give you more information about your estimated line performance and make it easier to exit a contract penalty free (if faults cannot be fixed).

scottish highlands road

27th February, 2019 (5 Comments)

A new discussion paper from the University of Surrey, which was produced as part of the UK Government’s 5G Testbed and Trials programme, has warned that it will take more than “competition and public financing” to fill the existing rural mobile coverage gaps with 5G (mobile broadband) services. But they’ve got ideas.

wifi wireless internet access

27th February, 2019 (1 Comment)

The Broadband Forum has released the first Indoor Wi-Fi Performance Test Standard (TR-398), which is the result of an industry collaboration to produce a standard for testing Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) performance in the home. This may make it easier to compare WiFi on different ISP routers and devices.

zen internet uk isp

27th February, 2019 (22 Comments)

Rochdale-based UK ISP Zen Internet has informed us that they’ve introduced a number of big price reductions (i.e. these are permanent changes, not temporary discounts) across their standard ADSL and superfast Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) based broadband and phone bundles. Plus there’s a lifetime price guarantee!

TalkTalk Logo 2017

27th February, 2019 (11 Comments)

A complaint by UK broadband ISP Plusnet has resulted in the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banning a website and TV advert for TalkTalk’s service, which saw them “misleadingly” claim to be the “only major provider to guarantee no mid-contract broadband price rises on all our plans.” Except they aren’t.

BT Smart Hub Router 2016

27th February, 2019 (12 Comments)

A complaint by UK cable ISP Virgin Media has resulted in the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banning a couple of BT adverts after they misleadingly claimed their Smart Hub broadband router could deliver the “UK’s most powerful Wi-Fi vs. major broadband providers.” It’s not the first time that’s happened.

5g mobile wireless mast tower uk

26th February, 2019 (1 Comment)

A new partnership between Blu Wireless, Network Rail, the Department for Transport, DCMS and FirstGroup has been announced that could see Gigabit capable 5G Fixed Wireless Broadband being installed on-board trains for South Western Railway, Great Western Railway, the TransPennine Express and Hull Trains.

balquhidder rural fibre optic dig

26th February, 2019 (4 Comments)

The Balquhidder Community Broadband (CIC) project, which is supported by UK ISP Bogons and the Stirling Council in Scotland, has installed the final street cabinet of their community built and 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network.

wales uk map broadband dragon

26th February, 2019 (14 Comments)

The UK Government appears to have rejected a £12.9m accelerated gainshare proposal from Openreach (BT), which was first proposed last year (here) as a possible solution to help complete a number of unfinished (part-built) “fibre broadband” (FTTC and FTTP) deployments in Wales.

openreach engineer in rural england uk

26th February, 2019 (14 Comments)

The UK Government has today announced the launch of a new £3m pilot project under their £190m Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) programme, which within the “next few months” aims to connect more than 100 primary schools in rural parts of England to a Gigabit capable FTTP broadband ISP network.

europe countries

25th February, 2019 (10 Comments)

The United Kingdom has been named in a new study as one of the most inexpensive countries in the European Union for 3G and 4G based Mobile Broadband and call services, which is in no small part thanks to Three UK’s increasingly cheap data tariffs. By comparison the Czech Republic and Cyprus came out as the most expensive.

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