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ISP News Archives for June 2021

BT Home Essentials

28th Jun 2021 (12 Comments)

UK ISP BT has now made their new low cost “Home Essentials” social tariff available to those on Universal Credit and other means-tested benefits, which gives eligible customers an unlimited 36Mbps (10Mbps up) “fibre broadband” (FTTC / FTTP) service – plus 700 minutes of included phone calls – for £15 a month.


27th Jun 2021 (21 Comments)

UK ISP BT and satellite operator OneWeb, which is partly owned by the UK government, have reached an agreement that will see the two working together to bring ultrafast low-latency broadband speeds to some of the hardest to reach rural parts of the country, where even their £5bn Project Gigabit programme would struggle to go.

icon speed test

26th Jun 2021 (9 Comments)

We’re nearly six months into 2021 and that means it’s time to take a quick look back to see how the UK’s average broadband download and upload speeds have changed across the fastest nationally available fixed line ISPs and mobile network operators. The good news is there’s been a good increase from most providers.


25th Jun 2021 (3 Comments)

Hull-based UK broadband ISP KCOM has followed last month’s sale of their off-net Eclipse Internet base (here), which went to the Global 4 Group, by selling off its national ICT business to Nasstar, which is an established managed services specialist provider.


25th Jun 2021 (26 Comments)

Technology firm Cisco has today published their UK Broadband Index, which surveyed 2,000 employees across the country to get their take on the current standard of home internet connectivity. Overall, 70% want to see the economic recovery post-COVID19 being built on better internet access, and 55% believe “broadband should be free.“

giffgaff logo uk

25th Jun 2021 (14 Comments)

Mobile operator giffgaff has announced that they’re boosting the data (mobile broadband) allowances on some of their existing 4G and ultrafast 5G plans, which will apply to both new and existing customers. For example, their £12 per month “goodybag” will grow from 10GB to 12GB at no extra cost.

25th Jun 2021 (8 Comments)

Full fibre broadband ISP Hyperoptic UK has secured new partnership agreements with Birmingham Council and the City of Wolverhampton Council in the West Midlands of England. The move will enable them to expand their gigabit-capable network to cover tens of thousands of additional homes in both cities.

zzoomm yellow van

25th Jun 2021 (6 Comments)

Alternative broadband ISP Zzoomm, which is deploying a 10Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to 1 million UK homes by the end of 2025, has apologised to their customers in the Oxfordshire town of Henley-on-Thames after a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) assault disrupted their connectivity.

5g mast on smartphone uk mobile

25th Jun 2021 (5 Comments)

Opensignal, which uses crowd-sourced data to benchmark mobile networks, has found that 5G connected users in 20 of the leading markets for the new mobile broadband tech see much greater mobile data usage than 4G users. The biggest increase was in Japan (2.7x), while the UK scores 2.0x and Ireland came last on 1.2x.

A internet net and data digital concept

24th Jun 2021 (31 Comments)

The controversial decision today by UK mobile operator EE to reintroduce EU roaming charges for new and upgrading customers (here) has resulted in some concern that other operators would follow suit. In response, we asked O2, Vodafone and Three UK to clarify whether they’re planning to do something similar.


24th Jun 2021 (6 Comments)

The Government’s Building Digital UK programme has started another Public Review, this time for Dorset in England, which aims to identify any existing or planned commercial coverage of gigabit broadband ISP networks. This should help to establish the areas where public investment may be needed to deploy the service.

ee uk logo

24th Jun 2021 (43 Comments)

EE (BT) has followed this morning’s confusion over O2’s tougher excess data charges for EU roaming (here) by revealing that they will be reintroducing EU roaming charges for new or upgrading customers from 7th July 2021. In short, you’ll be charged £2 a day to use your allowances across 47 European countries from January 2022.


24th Jun 2021 (3 Comments)

Broadband ISP BT has today said it will “vigorously defend itself” – at the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) – against the claim of having allegedly overcharged c.2.3 million landline-only customers, which has been brought by law firm Mishcon de Reya on behalf of a former Ofcom telecoms consultant, Justin Le Patourel.

space satellite broadband spacecraft

24th Jun 2021 (2 Comments)

Researchers at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics have tried to compare the estimated global data capacity of the four largest Low Earth Orbit (LEO) based ultrafast broadband satellite constellations – SpaceX (Starlink), Telesat, OneWeb, and Amazon (Kuiper). Interestingly, they end up closer than you might think.

vodafone uk london 5g engineer

24th Jun 2021 (8 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone has today confirmed that their first pilots of ultrafast 5G Standalone (SA) network technology, which is being supported by kit from Ericsson (here), have finally gone live in parts of London, Manchester and Cardiff. The move follows last year’s trial at Coventry University in summer 2020.

o2 uk mobile sim

24th Jun 2021 (23 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 (VMO2) appears set to introduce a tougher Fair Usage Policy (FUP) for data (mobile broadband) usage when roaming around the EU. From 2nd August 2021, Pay Monthly customers will now be charged £3.50 for every GigaByte of data used over a cap of 25GB. But this is not a new approach.


24th Jun 2021 (28 Comments)

Sky’s sibling UK ISP and TV video streaming service, NOW (NOW Broadband), has confirmed to ISPreview.co.uk that they’ve taken the decision to drop the popular Discovery TV channel (usually included as part of the ‘Entertainment Pass‘) and related content from their platform, which will take effect from 30th June 2021.

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