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30th Aug 2020 (58 Comments)

The elephant in the room of the UK Government’s broadband centric Universal Service Obligation (USO) has always been the fact that it isn’t truly “universal” and tens of thousands of premises have fallen outside of its scope. In other words, getting a minimum speed of 10Mbps can become very expensive for some.

29th Aug 2020 (5 Comments)

The Founder and CEO of broadband ISP Voneus, Steve Leighton, has told ISPreview.co.uk in a new interview that the 2025 target for every UK home to gain access to gigabit-capable broadband is “unrealistic” and that Ofcom’s approach to regulation needs to take more account of alternative networks (AltNets).

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28th Aug 2020 (11 Comments)

A successful bid for investment has today resulted in Cardiff Council (Wales) securing a £500,000 funding boost from the Welsh Government (WG), which will be used to improve the cable duct infrastructure that transports a lot of fibre optic broadband and data connectivity around the city.

28th Aug 2020 (34 Comments)

The entire village of Edenderry in County Down has just become Openreach’s (BT) first demand-led Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) in Northern Ireland, which has enabled the entire community to be covered by their 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network.

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28th Aug 2020 (8 Comments)

A new survey of 4,006 UK adults, which was conducted by consumer magazine Which? in July 2020, has found that 36% of mobile customers whose bundled airtime contracts (handset and mobile tariff) have ended in the last 2 months are still overpaying on their bill. This is despite many operators pledging to tackle the practice.

28th Aug 2020 (4 Comments)

The CEO of Rural ISP County Broadband, Lloyd Felton, has called on the UK Government to put more “resources and training opportunities into the engineering industry” in order to help tackle the shortage of skilled “full fibre” engineers, which are needed in order to keep the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband moving.

27th Aug 2020 (42 Comments)

A new Opinium survey of 2,002 UK adults, which was commissioned by ISP Zen Internet, has claimed that 2 million of the 10 million UK households that have a broadband and TV bundle are considering unbundling themselves from the package “due to a lack of value” and 1.7 million have already done so.


27th Aug 2020 (9 Comments)

The Head of Airbus US Space Systems, Debra Facktor, appears to have flatly rejected the idea that construction of OneWeb‘s new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband satellites could in the future be moved from their $85m (£64m) facility in Florida (USA) and shifted over to the United Kingdom.

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27th Aug 2020 (3 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 (Telefonica UK) looks set the introduce some changes to their popular ‘Family Plan‘ discounts from 10th September 2020, which will cut the top 30% and 40% reduction rates and instead introduce a flat 20% discount for every eligible Pay Monthly connection you add.

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27th Aug 2020 (13 Comments)

The UK Government has today called on local authorities to help support the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband (FTTP, DOCSIS 3.1) and 5G mobile networks by, among other things, implementing new advice on land access and valuations in order to speed up the pace of deployment.

26th Aug 2020 (4 Comments)

Thousands of customers of Manx Telecom on the Isle of Man (British Crown Dependency) have been left without broadband access for two long days after the provider suffered a major outage, although worryingly the provider has not yet been able to identify the problem.

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26th Aug 2020 (18 Comments)

Crowd-sourced analyst firm Opensignal has today published new benchmarks of 5G based mobile broadband networks across 12 countries, which finds that the United Kingdom returns reasonable average download speeds of 133.5Mbps (vs 25.9Mbps on 4G). But we have the weakest level of network availability (4.5%).

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26th Aug 2020 (5 Comments)

Businesses and some surrounding homes on the Hillhouse Technology Enterprise Zone in Wyre (Lancashire, England) look set to benefit after the local Wyre Council agreed to support a £250,000 extension (SPR-2) of the nearby Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN), which could widen the availability of gigabit broadband speeds.

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26th Aug 2020 (44 Comments)

Cable broadband ISP Virgin Media UK is to launch a budget 15Mbps internet access package that costs just £15 per month, which doesn’t have a fixed-term contract length but is only available to customers who are receiving Universal Credit. Furthermore, there will be no price changes while benefit payments are being received.

26th Aug 2020 (0 Comments)

Broadband ISP WightFibre, which is currently busy rolling out a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network across the Isle of Wight (South Coast of Hampshire, UK), have just appointed NetworkPlus to be their new Construction Manager.

26th Aug 2020 (22 Comments)

It’s not often that you see a lone Openreach broadband engineer, stood atop a ladder and surrounded by water some 30 metres off the shore. But that’s exactly what John McConnell found himself doing after a tiny island in the middle of Loch Lomond (Scotland) was cut off, which needed an awkward cable to be fixed.

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25th Aug 2020 (17 Comments)

We’ve just been informed that UK ISP Gigaclear has today reached a settlement in their R100 (Reaching 100%) legal dispute with the Scottish Government. The case had been preventing the LOT 1 part of the deployment contract from being award to BT and thus delaying the roll-out of “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+).

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