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30th Sep 2020 (3 Comments)

Rural focused UK ISP Gigaclear has announced that their existing deployment of gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology in the Braintree District of Essex is to be extended into the local town of the same name. As a result the provider now expects to cover 20,000 premises in the area.

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30th Sep 2020 (29 Comments)

Customers awaiting a firmware update from Virgin Media UK to fix the throttling of broadband speeds on IPv4 internet traffic – specifically when data packets carry Protocol 41 (i.e. the IPv6 encapsulation / tunnel protocol) – may be unhappy to learn that there’s still no ETA, despite the issue being acknowledged 8 weeks ago.

30th Sep 2020 (9 Comments)

Ofcom has today published their annual 2020 Communications Market Report (CMR), which reveals the latest information about the take-up, revenue and impact of fixed line broadband, phone, mobile, TV and radio services across the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland).

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30th Sep 2020 (14 Comments)

The Welsh Government has issued a progress update on their £52.5m Phase 2 Superfast Cymru contract with BT (Openreach), which is deploying a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to cover a further 39,000 premises. The data to June 2020 shows that 9,895 have so far been completed.


30th Sep 2020 (4 Comments)

Wireless broadband ISP Bluewave, which serves rural premises across parts of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire (Wales) with claimed speeds of “up to” 40Mbps for £29.99 per month, has been criticised by some of its customers for taking publicly funded vouchers and then failing to deliver a good or working service.

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29th Sep 2020 (15 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has issued some interesting new internal guidance to its UK engineers for handling Lift and Shifts (i.e. moving a line to a new DSLAM port) on Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) based broadband cabinets, which now allows ports to be used if the max line speed is above 72Mbps.


29th Sep 2020 (0 Comments)

Customers of Virgin Media’s mobile division, specifically new and existing Pay Monthly users who upgrade before 8th Nov 2020, will now also be entitled to a “one-off screen replacement” service in the first 12 months of their contract. But sadly this will only be offered to a very limited selection of Smartphones (when supplied via Virgin).


29th Sep 2020 (8 Comments)

Broadband and mobile giant BT (EE) has today announced a new deal that, as part of their on-going work to phase-out Huawei, will turn Finnish telecoms firm Nokia into their “largest infrastructure partner” for ultrafast 5G based Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment and related UK network coverage.


29th Sep 2020 (13 Comments)

Financial analyst firm Cowen has attempted to predict the capability of SpaceX’s new mega constellation of small Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Starlink satellites, which they claim should eventually be able to serve 485,000 simultaneous data streams in the USA with 100Mbps speeds or 1.5 million streams with over-subscription.

28th Sep 2020 (6 Comments)

UK ISP The 4th Utility, which last month secured a £25m investment boost from DIF Capital Partners to support the next phase of their 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband rollout (here), has today announced that they will create 60 new jobs in Greater Manchester.

connected britain award

28th Sep 2020 (0 Comments)

The annual Connected Britain Awards 2020 (Total Telecom) have announced the winners of this year’s event, which among other things saw “hyperfast” UK broadband ISP Hyperoptic scoop the “Consumer Connectivity Project of the Year” award and Glide win for the “SME Service Provider of the Year” category.

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28th Sep 2020 (33 Comments)

The CEO of BT Group, Philip Jansen, has warned MPs that at the current pace it will take until 2033 to achieve universal UK coverage of gigabit-capable broadband, or 2027 if some £9bn worth of cuts in tax (e.g. business rates) and red tape can be found. Considerably later than PM Boris Johnson’s target for 2025.


28th Sep 2020 (6 Comments)

Alternative UK ISP Zzoomm, which holds an ambition to cover 1 million UK homes with a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network by the end of 2025 (here), has today secured £100 million from Oaktree Capital Management to fuel its future expansion.

27th Sep 2020 (7 Comments)

Cityfibre have recently begun replacing some fairly modern Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based gigabit broadband equipment in areas (e.g. York) that were originally built out by FibreNation (FN), back when the company was still owned by UK ISP TalkTalk.

26th Sep 2020 (11 Comments)

The Solutions Director (Colin Kirkpatrick) for Emtelle UK, which is a global manufacturer of blown fibre and ducted network solutions for the industry, has told ISPreview.co.uk in a new interview that ISPs should focus on a “One Dig” strategy to boost the roll-out of “gigabit broadband” by building and sharing spare duct space.


26th Sep 2020 (44 Comments)

Some of those trying to take one of UK ISP BT’s ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based home broadband packages have been left confused by how the provider is handling the transition to their new VoIP style ‘Digital Voice’ service, which stems from the fact that it isn’t yet available to every Openreach based full fibre line.

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25th Sep 2020 (11 Comments)

Customers of UK ISP Sky Broadband and Sky TV may like to know that the operator has become an official partner for the online video game ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War‘, which means they’ll get free early access, via the Sky VIP app, to the beta test a month before its release and without having to pre-order.

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