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26th Nov 2019 (3 Comments)

At present if you want to take a home broadband service on Cityfibre’s new Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network then, under an exclusivity agreement, you have to get it from their UK ISP partner Vodafone (Gigafast Broadband). But if a reported contract renegotiation succeeds then more ISPs could join (TalkTalk, Sky Broadband etc.).

26th Nov 2019 (7 Comments)

Openreach (BT) appears to be hunting for a third strategic supplier to help support their UK roll-out of a new Gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network. The move might also help to reduce their reliance on Chinese firm Huawei, which remains the subject of on-going security concerns.

25th Nov 2019 (2 Comments)

City focused FTTP/B broadband ISP Hyperoptic, which claims to cover more than 400,000 UK premises, has gone live with its Black Friday discounts for 2019. As part of that they’re offering no connection fees across all of their services (use promo code BF19 on orders) and those taking a 12 month term will get a giftcard worth £50 – £75.

25th Nov 2019 (13 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has announced that, after 12 months of building, their 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network in the UK city of Bristol has now extended its coverage to 80,000 local premises (40% of the city) and rising. Sadly they don’t say how much further they intend to go.

25th Nov 2019 (1 Comment)

BT’s Next Generation Text Service (NGTS), which since 2014 has been run on behalf of all UK landline or mobile phone providers and helps people with hearing and speech difficulties to communicate over the phone, has today been rebranded to Relay UK and upgraded to provide new functionality for users.

25th Nov 2019 (14 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has begun a consultation on the proposed introduction of a new “bulk upgrade process,” which requires an exclusion in Openreach’s (BT) quality of service regulation but would make it more efficient for them to upgrade slower lines to FTTC (VDSL2) based broadband ISP connections.

25th Nov 2019 (11 Comments)

Cable ISP Virgin Media has issued an update on the Project Lightning expansion of their ultrafast broadband and TV network in Scotland, which has so far seen them invest an extra £150m to reach a further 220,000 premises since 2016. We assume they’re still headed toward the 360,000 target set a few years ago.

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25th Nov 2019 (1 Comment)

The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the telecoms industry was the fastest growing sector for R&D spending in 2018, which saw related communications providers (ISP) and network builders increase their spending on research and development by 25.4% or £192m (total of £947m).

24th Nov 2019 (23 Comments)

The UK Conservative Party has today published their own Manifesto for the 12th December 2019 General Election, which naturally repeats their existing pledges to cover the whole of the UK with “gigabit-capable” broadband services by 2025 and to spend £5bn on helping to reach those in the hardest to reach (final 20%) of areas.

23rd Nov 2019 (5 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has announced that their new Dark Fibre X product, which is only focused upon serving the very limited inter-exchange connectivity market, will now get its full launch (national UK availability) a little earlier than expected on 20th December 2019.

22nd Nov 2019 (36 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK (Hutchison 3G UK) has today revealed that the rollout of their new 5G mobile network is running “slightly behind” their original plan, which they suggest is due to some issues with planning permission, securing the right backhaul capacity and migration to their new cloud core network.

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22nd Nov 2019 (3 Comments)

Full fibre UK ISP Truespeed, which is currently rolling out a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across parts of South West England (e.g. Somerset), last night won the “Small Business of the Year Award” at this year’s annual Bath Business Awards 2019 event.

22nd Nov 2019 (10 Comments)

UK ISP Onestream has today cut the price of their somewhat unique 17Mbps (1.5Mbps upload) FTTC based broadband and phone line rental package for Black Friday, which takes it from an already low point of £17.99 to just £13.99 per month on a 12 month contract term (£27.99 thereafter).

22nd Nov 2019 (7 Comments)

UK ISP BT has put their annual Black Friday broadband and TV discounts live, which include some extra discounts on a couple of their “fibre” (FTTC) packages, 6 months free Amazon Prime with TV (some of those also come with half price BTSport) and a sprinkling of Reward Cards (pre-paid MasterCard) worth up £125 on some packages.

21st Nov 2019 (20 Comments)

The Scottish Government has awarded BT (Openreach) the final LOT 1 contract – as preferred bidder – to deliver their new £600m R100 (Reaching 100%) project, which originally (here) aspired to make “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) ISP networks available to “every single premises in Scotland” by the end of 2021.

21st Nov 2019 (29 Comments)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), which represents 200 broadband and other internet providers within the sector (many more than this number exist), has today warned of “deep flaws” within Labour’s new proposals for broadband (here) and said that the “entire telecoms sector” is echoing similar concerns.

21st Nov 2019 (0 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today announced that its Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Mansoor Hanif (former BT director), is to leave after only joining the organisation last year (here). The regulator’s Group Director of Strategy and Research, Yih-Choung Teh, will hold his position until a replacement is found.

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