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27th October, 2020 (17 Comments)

Good news, SpaceX has unofficially revealed how much they intend to charge open beta customers of their new Starlink Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband service. Bad news, it’ll set you back $99 (c.£75) per month for the service rental and $499 (c.£380) for the ground terminal, tripod and router hardware.

27th October, 2020 (5 Comments)

Thales in the UK, working alongside Nokia and SkyFive, has today announced that their new 4G LTE Air to Ground (A2G) network is being made available to the global market, which could mean faster in-flight WiFi speeds of up to 100Mbps (shared between all of the passengers) and latency times of less than 50ms.

27th October, 2020 (3 Comments)

BT has today announced that they will build and manage one of the UK’s “first” live 5G Private Network (5GPN) across Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland, which will deliver a secure and ultrafast mobile broadband platform to reach the Port’s main operational areas.

video gamer playing on computer

27th October, 2020 (7 Comments)

RootMetrics has today published a new study of 5G based mobile broadband speeds and latency, which compares the network and coverage from EE (BT), Vodafone, Three UK and O2 in order to determine which operator is likely to deliver the best cloud gaming (remote play video games) performance in London.

27th October, 2020 (0 Comments)

Managed communications provider and ISP Air IT has acquired London-based Netstar UK Limited and Birmingham-based Microtrading Limited for undisclosed sums, which has enabled the group to effectively double its size in the space of just nine months, while also expanding more into London and the West Midlands.

27th October, 2020 (29 Comments)

The CEO of rural UK full fibre ISP B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North), Barry Forde, has become the first person to sign-up to the provider’s new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) plan. The first live speed test of this produced a download speed of 8341Mbps and uploads of 6644Mbps, with latency of just 1ms.

consumer switching uk broadband and phone

27th October, 2020 (9 Comments)

Ofcom UK has set out new measures that will make switching between broadband ISPs on physically separate networks easier (e.g. Openreach to Cityfibre), but due to the complexities involved providers will be given until December 2022 implement it. Mobile operators will also be banned from selling “locked” handsets.


26th October, 2020 (14 Comments)

Some 6,900 homes in the North East Derbyshire town of Dronfield have just become the latest to benefit from the expansion of Virgin Media’s new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network, although initially locals will only be able to access a top speed of 516Mbps (average) until the future DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade completes.

talktalk uk broadband isp 2020

26th October, 2020 (3 Comments)

Budget broadband ISP TalkTalk has today published their first ‘Internet Insights‘ report, which is a quarterly analysis of the provider’s network data with bitesize insights about internet usage trends in the UK. For example, between July 2019 and June 2020 customers of their FTTP packages increased their usage by 108%.

sky broadband router SR203

26th October, 2020 (5 Comments)

The change to Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Sunday, which saw clocks go back by 1 hour, has given some customers of UK ISP Sky Broadband – specifically a few of those with a VoIP based Sky Talk service and the SR203/204 (Sky Hub) router, a reprieve from an otherwise on-going timing bug.

26th October, 2020 (2 Comments)

Rural UK ISP Alncom, which over the past few years has built a mix of fixed wireless and “full fibre” broadband networks, have now begun to build a new ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to reach the Northumberland market town of Alnwick.

24th October, 2020 (8 Comments)

Broadband ISP and TV operator Virgin Media have just completed a small extension of their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in the Lancashire (England) towns of Blackburn and Darwen, which now covers an additional 1,200 homes.

rural broadband landscape uk

24th October, 2020 (15 Comments)

A new ISP called Broadband for Rural Kent (B4RK), which as the name suggests is modelling itself on B4RN’s community centric build strategy, is in the process of being setup by Tim Higgs and plans to help cater for poorly served villages in the county by deploying a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

23rd October, 2020 (7 Comments)

The Scottish Government has today linked their new Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) to the UK’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme in order to significantly boost the value of their vouchers, which expands the pot up to £8,500 for SMEs and up to £6,500 for homes.

23rd October, 2020 (3 Comments)

Ofcom UK has today given notice to Motorola and Sepura of a proposed infringement decision, which provisionally finds that the pair “broke competition law by exchanging competitively sensitive information” in relation to a contract for the continued operation of Airwave, the existing Emergency Services Network (ESN).

postoffice uk broadband

23rd October, 2020 (10 Comments)

Several UK ISPs including Shell Energy, Sky Broadband and TalkTalk are today reportedly all being named as the “remaining bidders” for the Post Office’s telecoms division, specially its base of around 500,000 broadband and phone customers – said to be valued at around £100m.

23rd October, 2020 (5 Comments)

Mobile network operators giffgaff and Tesco Mobile have both come top of a new survey conducted by management consultancy firm Yonder, which attempts to identify the best performing UK mobile networks for customers under lockdown (COVID-19).

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