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13th August, 2020 (0 Comments)

A new Opinium based survey from Uswitch.com, which questioned a “nationally representative” sample of 4,003 UK adults between 24th to 27th July 2020, has claimed that 4.7 million people suffered a “broadband outage” lasting more than 3 hours in the past year and this cost the economy some £1.5bn.

12th August, 2020 (11 Comments)

As the heatwave starts to breakdown we’ve begun to see a growing number of “severe” thunderstorms strike across the UK, some of which have already caused damage to telecoms infrastructure. At present the worst incident has occurred in Edinburgh after a telephone exchange was flooded, but more storms are forecast.

12th August, 2020 (3 Comments)

Over the past few weeks criminal gangs have conducted a series of thefts (Metal Thefts) of copper telecoms cable in East London, which has disrupted broadband ISP and phone connectivity on Openreach’s (BT) UK network for those living closest to the incidents. As usual a reward of £1,000 is being offered to help catch the thieves.

12th August, 2020 (22 Comments)

Openreach has officially started to expand their range of EV cars and vans beyond last year’s limited trial of 11 vehicles with Renault (here), which they’ve done by adding 279 new EVs from Vauxhall that will soon be used by their UK broadband and phone engineers (including 270 Vivaro-e vans and 9 Corsa-e cars).

12th August, 2020 (5 Comments)

The UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has banned two adverts for Sky’s (Sky Broadband) TV and Netflix bundles, which promoted a £20 or £25 one-off setup fee to new customers but failed to make sufficiently clear that existing customers would have to pay an upfront fee of “up to £219“.

12th August, 2020 (7 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 has kicked the 5G mobile hype train into high gear again, this time by predicting that the new mobile broadband tech could work alongside connected technologies, such as smart grids and autonomous vehicles, to save up to 269 megatonnes of CO2 by 2035 (England’s total emissions in 2018 were 280 Mts).

11th August, 2020 (13 Comments)

Last autumn Openreach (BT) revealed that the West Devon (England) town of Okehampton would be among 13 other rural locations to help pilot a “range of new tools and techniques” for deploying their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network (here). Fast forward to today and the work is almost completed.

11th August, 2020 (0 Comments)

Carmarthenshire-based ISP Dyfed Superfast (Dyfed IT), which supplies wireless broadband services to premises across rural parts of Wales, has acquired rival network Pembs WiFi for an undisclosed sum and aims to extend gigabit broadband coverage. The latter had been building a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

11th August, 2020 (0 Comments)

Budget UK internet service provider TalkTalk has launched a new promotion that bundles one year’s worth of included access to Amazon’s Prime video streaming and delivery service (normally worth £79 per year) into their unlimited “fibre broadband” (FTTC, G.fast), phone and TV bundles.

11th August, 2020 (12 Comments)

Alternative “full fibre” ISP YouFibre, which a few months ago started their first gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network roll-out in the small Durham (England) town of Peterlee (here), has just recently followed that by welcoming the first of several live customers.

10th August, 2020 (21 Comments)

Mobile operator EE (BT) has today confirmed that they’ve just completed the build of their 500th new mobile site, located in Glencoe (Scotland), as part of their contract to roll-out a new 4G based Emergency Services Network (ESN). This is on top of the 19,000 existing sites that have already been upgraded for the ESN.

10th August, 2020 (0 Comments)

Broadband ISP and TV provider Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) has completed another network extension, which this time sees an additional 2,500 homes in Leasowe – an area on the north coast of the Wirral Peninsula (Merseyside) – gain access to their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service.

10th August, 2020 (5 Comments)

UK ISP Hyperoptic, which has deployed their 1Gbps capable “full fibre” (FTTP/B) broadband network across large apartment and office buildings in various cities, has launched a new migration service that makes it cheaper and easier for them to switch people who are still stuck in an existing contract with another ISP.

10th August, 2020 (22 Comments)

In an odd development Eurostar has blamed the Coronavirus for their decision to disable wireless broadband connectivity (WiFi) in their Standard class train coaches. Meanwhile those travelling in Standard Premier and Business Premier are apparently immune and can still surf the internet (bandwidth allowing).

8th August, 2020 (2 Comments)

New UK ISP Beacons Telecom (related Facebook page) has today revealed some of the first details about their plans to deploy a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based gigabit-capable broadband network across rural parts of Wales, which is already starting to connect some of its first customers.

8th August, 2020 (33 Comments)

The UK Government has today announced that nearly half a million premises have been connected to gigabit-capable broadband since summer 2018, which stems from £1bn of public investment. But in order to push take-up they’re now launching a new Gigabit Take-Up Advisory Group (GigaTAG).

7th August, 2020 (4 Comments)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today published their latest annual 2020 Internet Access report, which reveals that 5% (2.7 million) of UK adults have not used the internet in the past 3 months and that’s down from 7% (3.9 million) last year. Sadly issues of age and disability remain key barriers to adoption.

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