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8th Jan 2020 (37 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a “misleading” advert by campaign group Electrosensitivity-UK after it wrongfully claimed that the roll-out of ultrafast 5G mobile networks could result in a range of health effects, such as “reduced male fertility, depression, disturbed sleep and headaches, as well as cancer.”

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8th Jan 2020 (20 Comments)

The national telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today launched their first combined Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review 2021-26 (FTMR), which proposes major changes to help boost investment in “full fibre” broadband and high capacity Ethernet (leased line) services for both the residential and business connectivity markets.

8th Jan 2020 (3 Comments)

The incumbent broadband ISP for East Yorkshire and Hull, KCOM, has today announced the “first phase” of a major new £100m project to expand the coverage of their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service beyond their current network area, which will initially reach new parts of East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

7th Jan 2020 (2 Comments)

Openreach has unveiled some new special offers to help ISPs facilitate their analogue telephone (WLR) to digital voice (VoIP), and copper to “full fibre” (FTTP), Exchange Upgrade trials (here, here and here) in Mildenhall (Suffolk) and Salisbury (Wiltshire) respectively.

7th Jan 2020 (1 Comment)

ITS, which runs 24 alternative full fibre and hybrid (wireless and fibre) networks across the United Kingdom (current contracts enable access to over 70,000 premises), has today announced a new £45m deal with Aviva Investors to help “fast track” its plans to build new “full fibre” data and broadband ISP networks.

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7th Jan 2020 (4 Comments)

The Wi-Fi Alliance has begun its campaign to nudge broadband and telecoms regulators from across the world to support their efforts to approve the 6GHz band for use alongside WiFi networks, which could in theory be introduced into the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard alongside the Wi-Fi 6E terminology.

7th Jan 2020 (0 Comments)

Just like clockwork the UK telecoms and media regulator, Ofcom, has today proposed a new annual work plan for the next year. The generalised summary covers everything from improving fairness for consumers (e.g. end-of-contract notifications), internet regulation and boosting the roll-out of faster broadband ISP and mobile services etc.

7th Jan 2020 (49 Comments)

Cable ISP Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) has this morning announced that all customers still stuck on one of their slower superfast broadband packages (e.g. 50Mbps) – equating to over 1 million subscribers – are to be upgraded to “ultrafast” download speeds of 108Mbps (10Mbps upload) for FREE.

6th Jan 2020 (25 Comments)

The latest independent model has estimated that the H2 coverage of fixed “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) ISP networks across the United Kingdom has risen to 96.45% (up from 96.1% in H1), while “full fibre” (FTTP) now reaches 11.01% of premises (up from 8.13%) and 59.30% can get 100Mbps+ (up from 57.5%).

6th Jan 2020 (8 Comments)

Shropshire-based UK ISP Aquiss has today announced the launch of their first “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) class package, which is based off Openreach’s (BT) rapidly growing Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network. Until now they only offered FTTP via the slower “superfast” tiers (max speeds of 40Mbps or 80Mbps).

6th Jan 2020 (0 Comments)

Trouble finding a new home broadband ISP? You’re not alone. Consumers in the UK face a bewildering choice of different providers and networks, which is only going to get worse as a growing number of new entrants enter the market. Our annual editors pick aims to highlight some of the top options for quality or affordability.

4th Jan 2020 (20 Comments)

Customers of Sky (Sky TV and Sky Broadband) may be pleased to learn that the Comcast owned broadcaster and ISP intends to hire more engineering, customer support and TV content creator staff in 2020, which could see their headcount increase again by around 3,000 jobs (making for a total of over 30,000 employees).

3rd Jan 2020 (16 Comments)

The Herefordshire County Council (HCC) has confirmed that they’ve set aside £500,000 to support a new broadband grant scheme under the joint Fastershire project with Gloucestershire County Council, which will provide funding to help isolated communities that are not yet part of the current roll-out programme.

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2nd Jan 2020 (4 Comments)

The UK broadband ISP division of John Lewis has kicked off the New Year by returning their discounts to Black Friday levels and added in some e-Gift cards, which are worth between £40 and £75 depending upon the package. Apparently these new deals will run until 28th January 2020.

2nd Jan 2020 (7 Comments)

It’s sometimes hard to believe that the UK’s first ever mobile phone call (1G network) was made by Michael Harrison, Vodafone’s founder and first Chairman, just after midnight on 1st January 1985 in London (Parliament Square). Mobile phones have certainly come a long way since the huge Vodafone Transportable VT1 device.

2nd Jan 2020 (1 Comment)

Shropshire-based UK ISP Aquiss has launch a new January sale, which discounts their Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) based superfast home broadband packages to half price for the first 6 months of service, although this excludes line rental (i.e. you’ll still need to buy phone line rental from elsewhere).

1st Jan 2020 (19 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 UK (Telefonica) ended 2019 last night by announcing that they had switched-on their ultrafast 5G based mobile broadband network in a further 13 cities across the United Kingdom, which meant they finished the year with a total of 20 as planned. But coverage in the new cities remains focused upon the busiest parts.

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January 2020
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