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ISP News Archives for June 2019

openreach fttc cabinet with engineer smiling

29th Jun 2019 (33 Comments)

Long-time readers of ISPreview.co.uk will know that Openreach (BT) has had plenty of issues when trying to get network upgrades working at their optimal on their estate of ECI supplied street cabinets (particularly for hybrid fibre FTTC broadband ISP services). Now it looks like they might possibly be about to replace some of them.

scottish highlands road

28th Jun 2019 (6 Comments)

The Countryside Alliance, which is home to 100,000 members who campaign to protect UK rural areas, has called on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) to demand a “funding strategy” from the Government to support the aspiration of making “full fibre” (FTTP) broadband available nationwide by 2033.

gfast cabinet internals

28th Jun 2019 (31 Comments)

In an interesting development Openreach (BT) has decided to change the “minimum selling rule” for their hybrid fibre G.fast broadband lines from 100Mbps to 120Mbps, which means that UK ISPs won’t be able to sell the service to customers unless their lines can achieve downloads of 120Mbps+.


28th Jun 2019 (19 Comments)

Mobile operator EE (BT) has today revealed further details about their new 5GEE WiFi plans and advanced HTC 5G Hub (Mobile Smart Hub) wireless router, which will deliver ultrafast mobile broadband speeds to consumers across parts of the United Kingdom. But it’s a bit pricey for what you get.

mobile smartphone and uk sim card sizes

28th Jun 2019 (53 Comments)

The telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today braced the industry for the introduction of their new “Text-to-Switch” (Auto-Switching) system for UK mobile operators like Vodafone, O2, Three UK and EE, which is going live on Monday next week. The new system will make it easier and quicker for consumers to change networks.

united kingdom black map

28th Jun 2019 (1 Comment)

The UK Government has announced the “first ever” tourism sector deal, which among other things aims to “prepare Britain for an extra 9 million visitors per year” and includes a commitment to build 130,000 new hotel rooms by 2025. As part of that there’s also a relatively small £250,000 boost for broadband connectivity.

vodafone isles of scilly 5g

27th Jun 2019 (12 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone has confirmed that the Isles of Scilly, which sits 45km off the south coast of Cornwall, will join Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London as being one of the first UK places to benefit from their commercial rollout of 5G mobile broadband technology on 3rd July 2019.

ee apple tv 4k

27th Jun 2019 (12 Comments)

Mobile operator and ISP EE will today replace their ageing bespoke Pay TV (IPTV) product, which was only available alongside their fixed line home broadband and phone packages, with a new service powered by an Apple TV 4K set-top-box, but it won’t be a particularly cheap add-on.

cityfibre sign

26th Jun 2019 (7 Comments)

Fibre optic network builder Cityfibre has today announced that they’ve begun building their new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband network in the city of Leeds (at a cost of £120 million), which is being supported by residential ISP partner Vodafone UK (Gigafast). But local competition is rife.


26th Jun 2019 (0 Comments)

Worcester-based ISP Airband, which is busy deploying a fixed wireless and hybrid FTTP broadband network across a number of large UK rural areas, has appointed a former executive of mobile operators O2 and giffgaff – Mark Stansfeld – to become their new chairman.

cityfibre peterborough council fttp deployment

26th Jun 2019 (2 Comments)

In a surprising development Cityfibre’s Smart City trial with Cross Keys Homes (CKH) has been accused by Big Brother Watch of turning Peterborough’s social housing estates into “surveillance zones,” which apparently stems from a deployment of sensors that connect to their full fibre broadband network.


26th Jun 2019 (12 Comments)

Oxford-based UK ISP Zzoomm, which aspires to cover 1 million UK homes with a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network by the end of 2024 (here), has confirmed that some 6,800 premises in the town of Henley-on-Thames (Oxfordshire) will be the first to benefit from their rollout.


26th Jun 2019 (10 Comments)

A new trial has enabled cable operator Virgin Media UK to deploy a 1Gbps (150Mbps upload) capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP / RFoG) broadband network into the Berkshire village of Greenham near Newbury, which was made possible by feeding the network via a 10Gbps high-capacity millimetre wave (mmW) radio link.

fttp node openreach 2019

26th Jun 2019 (59 Comments)

One of the little known gripes against Openreach’s on-going UK rollout of “gigabit capable” Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP technology is that some newly deployed areas are still limiting the network to a top download speed of 330Mbps (50Mbps upload), rather than supporting 1Gbps speeds.

gigaclear uk

25th Jun 2019 (9 Comments)

Rural focused full fibre ISP Gigaclear, which has an ambition to deploy a 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to cover 500,000 UK premises by the end of 2022, has appointed James Lowther to be its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).


25th Jun 2019 (1 Comment)

City-focused full fibre broadband ISP Hyperoptic has today launched its first Digital Skills Academy for local people in Southwark (London), which they say will enable 50 “volunteer champions” to be given free training and support so that they can then help to develop the digital skills of other residents in the borough.


25th Jun 2019 (23 Comments)

Cable broadband and TV operators, such as Virgin Media in the UK, that have adopted or are in the process of adopting the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard could also benefit from a new software update. This could enable them to deliver ultra low latency times of around 1ms (millisecond) or less.

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