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31st Jul 2020 (0 Comments)

Rural operator Broadway Partners (ISP Broadway Broadband), which aims to roll-out their “gigabit-capable … fibre” network to cover 500,000 UK homes and businesses by the end of 2022, has announced a new £2m scheme to help improve connectivity across rural Monmouthshire in Wales.

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31st Jul 2020 (6 Comments)

At the start of this year the UK Government unveiled a £30m package to support an open competition (here), which aimed to look at how ultrafast 5G mobile (mobile broadband) could create “new opportunities in industries including film, TV, video games, logistics and tourism.” The winning projects have now been revealed.

31st Jul 2020 (5 Comments)

UK ISP BT Business has today extended the availability of their converged HALO packages to include small business customers, which combines their “fibre broadband“, 4G unlimited mobile and digital phone line (app based) service into a single bundle from £42.95 +vat per month. There’s also a new Small Business Support Scheme.

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31st Jul 2020 (17 Comments)

New customers of Vodafone UK’s Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) based Gigafast Broadband ISP packages, which are based off Cityfibre’s £4bn roll-out programme, may like to know that the provider will today adopt the same pricing strategy as on their FTTC based “superfast” plans (i.e. £3 discount for existing mobile subscribers).

31st Jul 2020 (0 Comments)

The European operations of broadband ISP Bigblu (BBB Europe), which supplies various satellite and fixed wireless internet access services to consumers across the UK and parts of EU, has been acquired by satellite operator Eutelsat for a consideration of c.£38m (just as their new high speed Konnect satellite is due to enter service).

31st Jul 2020 (16 Comments)

Online shopping giant Amazon has confirmed that they plan to invest over $10 billion (£7.60bn) in order to build their own mega constellation of 3,236 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to rival SpaceX and OneWeb, which will aim to deliver ultrafast broadband to some of the poorest connected communities across the world.

31st Jul 2020 (22 Comments)

BT has today published their Q1 2020/21 results, which reveals that Openreach has expanded their “ultrafast broadband” ISP network to cover 5.81 million UK premises (up from 5.4m last quarter) and that includes 2.98m on FTTP (up from 2.57m) and 2.83m on G.fast (up from 2.81m). Plus 5G via EE is now live in 100 cities and towns.

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31st Jul 2020 (19 Comments)

Back in June it was revealed that around 80 of NETGEARs broadband wireless router(s), modems and other products suffered from a remote code execution vulnerability, which could allow “unauthenticated remote code execution with root privileges.” The company patched some of those but seems to have no plan for doing the rest.

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30th Jul 2020 (19 Comments)

The UK Government’s (DCMS) Building Digital UK team, which is responsible for implementing much of their “full fibre” and gigabit broadband deployment plans, has begun piloting a new consumer led (instead of supplier led) approach for the Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

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30th Jul 2020 (2 Comments)

The Dorset County Council (DCC) has this week become the latest in a string of local authorities to invest £1m into a “top up” scheme alongside the UK Government’s £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme, which helps properties in the most remote rural locations to access ultrafast broadband.

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30th Jul 2020 (44 Comments)

Existing customers of cable TV and ultrafast broadband ISP Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) have this week begun receiving a new email from the operator, which informs them of “a little good news” and reveals that they “won’t see any other price rise in 2020.” The provider normally hikes prices annually by around 5% (average).

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30th Jul 2020 (0 Comments)

A new Opinium survey has found that the loss of electricity for longer than 24 hours would be the biggest “inconvenience” for those surveyed in the East of England (76%), which is followed by the broadband link going down (9%), fridge not working (8%), loss of central heating (5%) and the car failing to start (3%).

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30th Jul 2020 (16 Comments)

A new survey of from low cost ISP TalkTalk has claimed that nearly two thirds (62%) of British people admit they would consider NOT buying a house if it didn’t have a “strong, reliable internet connection,” although they neglect to define what “strong” means (we suspect it’s likely to vary from person to person).


29th Jul 2020 (12 Comments)

London-focused broadband ISP CommunityFibre has today announced a major investment of £400 million to help fuel a huge expansion of their 10Gbps speed capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across the UK’s capital city, which is being funded by global equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC and management group DTCP.

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29th Jul 2020 (74 Comments)

Ofcom has proposed to change their UK regulation as a result of Openreach’s (BT) recent commitment to extend their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to a further 3.2 million rural properties, which will allow the operator to include these investment costs in its prices upfront.

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29th Jul 2020 (9 Comments)

At the end of last year Openreach (BT) introduced a new wholesale discount on their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service (here), which encouraged ISPs to build stronger take-up in return for reductions on service rental and connection fees. The good news is that this has now been expanded and improved.

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29th Jul 2020 (4 Comments)

UK ISP G.Network and a major London landlord, the Howard de Walden Estate (HDWE), have agreed a deal that means 850 properties across 92 acres of London’s Marylebone area will now gain access to their 900Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network “as a standard feature for its residential occupiers.”

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