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ISP News Archives for April 2019

Shell Energy Broadband

11th Apr 2019 (8 Comments)

Energy provider and UK ISP Shell Energy (formerly First Utility) has launched a new range of discounts on their standard and superfast broadband packages (including phone line rental) for new subscribers, which reduces the monthly rental for the first 18 months of service by several pounds.

telephone united kingdom communications

11th Apr 2019 (21 Comments)

The UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has launched a shotgun blast of three new consultations today that cover how the fixed line broadband ISP and phone market will need to change as consumers are migrated from old analogue telephone services (PSTN) to new digital Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) platforms.

dns domain name system logo uk isp

11th Apr 2019 (22 Comments)

A significant change is on the way that could improve the security of the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) by adopting DNS over HTTPS (DoH), although this could also create lots of new problems for broadband ISPs and mobile operators (e.g. disrupting UK Government required censorship systems) that may be hard to overcome.

hyperoptic engineer next to network box

11th Apr 2019 (5 Comments)

City focused UK fibre optic (FTTP/B) broadband ISP Hyperoptic has today claimed that their new-build installation teams have hit a 99% success rate for day-one connectivity in the last year, which means that residents moving into a new property enabled with their Gigabit speed capable service can get online within just 24 hours.

new build home broadband uk ftth

10th Apr 2019 (0 Comments)

The Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA), which represents both alternative broadband ISPs, has announced that they hope to “tackle” the challenge of ensuring that new build UK homes can all benefit from the latest gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks by conducting a dedicated seminar.

three uk mobile broadband

10th Apr 2019 (3 Comments)

Mobile network operator Three UK has managed to integrate Callsign‘s enhanced customer protection technology into their service, which is a customer authentication and ID verification system that could improve SIM-swap and call-divert fraud detection for users on their 3G and 4G network.

uk map england scotland wales northern ireland

10th Apr 2019 (47 Comments)

The Government’s £1.7bn publicly funded Broadband Delivery UK scheme, which has so far helped to extend “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) networks to 5,076,552 extra premises since 2013, has today published its latest take-up data to the end of 2018. The good news is it continues to grow and boost coverage.

gigaclear essex street cabinet

9th Apr 2019 (8 Comments)

Despite a recent delay to Gigaclear’s state aid supported contract with the Superfast Essex (SFE) project (here), the rural UK ISP has today confirmed that some of the first homes in Uttlesford to benefit from their new 900Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network have now gone live in Birchanger.

sse enterprise telecoms

9th Apr 2019 (11 Comments)

SSE Enterprise Telecoms, which operates a 12,000km+ long fibre optic and Ethernet network across the United Kingdom, will today launch a new “cost-saving consumer broadband access product” for ISPs called Scalefast FTTC that could help providers to launch better Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) based packages.

united kingdom grey green coloured

9th Apr 2019 (4 Comments)

Mobile operator EE (BT) has once again come top of the latest Q1 2019 report from OpenSignal, which analysed crowd-sourced data over a 90 day period (starting 1st December 2018) to identify the 4G availability, mobile broadband speeds and latency performance of each UK operator.

telegraph pole engineers fttp openreach 2019

8th Apr 2019 (63 Comments)

Network access provider Openreach (BT) has announced that their “Fibre First” deployment of Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP technology has now covered over 1.2 million UK premises. On top of that they’ve confirmed the next batch of 12 UK areas that will start to benefit over the next 12 months.

virgin media fibre optic spades

8th Apr 2019 (26 Comments)

Liberty Global, the owner of UK cable operator Virgin Media and one that has traditionally shunned the idea of providing true wholesale access to their ultrafast broadband network (a mix of hybrid fibre coax and full fibre FTTP), is now alleged by one newspaper’s sources to be reviewing the idea again.

virgin media high resolution

8th Apr 2019 (13 Comments)

Cable ISP Virgin Media has discounted the price of their 108Mbps (6Mbps upload) ultrafast broadband and phone bundle to just £29 per month for the first 12 months of service (£47 thereafter), although you also have to pay a one-off setup fee of £25.

internet and uk computer law

8th Apr 2019 (16 Comments)

The UK Government is to publish a new ‘Online Harms White Paper‘ that proposes to establish a regulator for internet content, which among other things would be tasked with forcing websites to remove bad content (e.g. hate speech, fake news) and even blocking or imposing fines upon those that fail to comply.


6th Apr 2019 (159 Comments)

The forthcoming roll-out of new ultrafast 5G mobile networks will in some areas benefit from shorter masts being upgraded to taller ones in order to fit the new infrastructure and improve coverage. But as one example in Manchester shows, such developments have a tendency to attract complaints.

satellite in earth orbit

5th Apr 2019 (12 Comments)

Internet retail giant Amazon has joined SpaceX, Facebook, Telesat and British registered OneWeb to become the latest company with an eye toward launching a new global “low-latency, high-speed” broadband network, which will be supported by a huge constellation of 3,236 small Satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

birmingham new street

4th Apr 2019 (1 Comment)

Mobile operator Vodafone has announced that Birmingham New Street is the first train station in the United Kingdom to be upgraded with their future 5G mobile technology as part of a live trial. Sadly a speedtest of the network struggled to get anywhere close to the often promoted Gigabit broadband speeds.

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