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ISP News Archives for November 2020


30th Nov 2020 (1 Comment)

Infracapital owned broadband ISP Gigaclear, which has already built their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to cover 130,000 UK premises, has today officially launched their new Community Hub Scheme that will offer a “free” 900Mbps business service on a 12 month term to key community sites in the areas they cover.


30th Nov 2020 (54 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has today announced that their 5G based (mobile broadband) network has now started to go live across busy parts of some 154 UK towns and cities (via a total of 800 cell sites and masts), which also includes the launch of their first Ericsson powered 5G sites in Manchester, Glasgow and Reading.

30th Nov 2020 (0 Comments)

Worcestershire-based UK broadband ISP Airband, which has spent the past few years deploying a number of fixed wireless and “full fibre” (FTTP) networks to rural areas, has today revealed that Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has acquired a majority stake in the company and plans a major fibre deployment.

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30th Nov 2020 (10 Comments)

In another telecoms policy surprise the UK Government has today announced that mobile operators, such as Three UK, EE (BT) and Vodafone, must stop installing “any” Huawei equipment in ultrafast 5G networks from the end of September 2021. A 35% cap on kit will also apply to FTTP and gigabit broadband from Jan 2023.

copper vs fibre optic openreach engineer

29th Nov 2020 (48 Comments)

Budget UK phone and broadband ISP TalkTalk has reportedly approached Sky Broadband and Vodafone about the possibility of combining forces in a legal challenge to halt a key change in Ofcom’s Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review 2021-26 (FTMR), which could result in Openreach (BT) charging higher wholesale prices.


28th Nov 2020 (43 Comments)

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has maintained its threat of strike action against broadband and mobile giant BT after the operator concluded their consultation on changes to redundancy terms, which among other things will see the operator slash redundancy payments in half (from 24 months to 12).

5g signal

27th Nov 2020 (65 Comments)

Crowdsourced benchmarking firm Tutela has just published the results of a new study, which examined the effect of network congestion on 4G and the latest ultrafast 5G based mobile broadband networks from EE (BT), Vodafone, O2 and Three UK. Sadly Three suffered the most and slowed by over 36% during peak hours, on average.

27th Nov 2020 (10 Comments)

The on-going rollout of gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP networks across the UK, as well as in other countries, may soon be starting to benefit from the use of Augmented Reality. This can help engineers to see – with more clarity than ever – exactly what sort of infrastructure already exists under the surface.


26th Nov 2020 (2 Comments)

Users of the broadband-based BT Sport TV App may be pleased to know that the operator will be adding Dolby Atmos® surround sound technology to it on Saturday 28th November 2020, which will get its first outing during the 12.30pm Brighton v Liverpool Premier League (football) match. But there are caveats.


26th Nov 2020 (15 Comments)

Sky UK (Sky Broadband, Sky TV) has today become the latest media and broadband operator to start transitioning their fleet of engineer vehicles to more energy efficient ones, which in this case means the adoption of 151 Ford Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vans (PHEVs) rather than full EVs.

26th Nov 2020 (21 Comments)

A new study from the Prysmian Group, which was commissioned by cable manufacturer Europacable, has found that Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP networks are the most energy efficient of consumer fixed line technologies, compared with FTTC (VDSL2) and Hybrid Fibre Coax (DOCSIS 3 networks, like Virgin Media).


26th Nov 2020 (10 Comments)

UK ISP Pulse8 Broadband has reduced some of their monthly prices and, unlike other providers at this time of year, these reflect changes to their standard pricing (i.e. not temporary discounts). The main change is on their FTTC based plans, although they also offer FTTP and G.fast via Openreach’s network.

26th Nov 2020 (16 Comments)

Broadband ISP BT has today announced their new “Smarter Living Challenge” project with Hubbub, which over the next 3 months will trial the use of various smart devices in order to help show whether they can help 60 diverse UK households to both cut their bills and carbon emissions.

fibre to the home broadband

25th Nov 2020 (39 Comments)

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has today published his 2020 Spending Review and in so doing has kicked off the new £5bn UK Gigabit Broadband Programme, which previously aimed to ensure that “every home” could access a 1Gbps capable connection by the end of 2025 but now expects a “minimum” of 85% coverage by that date.

25th Nov 2020 (3 Comments)

A new study by Global Wireless Solutions (GWS), which was conducted by Censuswide with 2,007 UK adults during September to early November 2020, has determined that only 64% of properties have a “decent broadband” (10Mbps+) service and a third (30%) are suffering from “inadequate throughputs” (i.e. sub-2Mbps speeds).

25th Nov 2020 (14 Comments)

At some point in the near future Amazon plans to introduce a new feature to their smart devices (Echo, Echo Show, Ring etc.) called ‘Sidewalk‘, which by default will create a new wireless network – this has access to both your broadband ISP connection and that of your neighbour’s (if they have similar kit) – to improve connectivity.

mobile network masts four uk 3g 4g 5g

25th Nov 2020 (11 Comments)

A number of UK Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) on BT’s (EE) national UK mobile network, such as the mobile solutions offered by broadband providers like Plusnet and The Phone Co-op, may soon gain access to modern features (ultrafast 5G etc.) as a result of an expanded deal with Transatel (NTT Group).

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