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talktalk office manchester

23rd May, 2019 (0 Comments)

Budget UK ISP TalkTalk has today revealed that they added a further +2,000 on-net broadband customers to total 4,289,000 during the first three months of 2019 (down sharply from +44k added in the previous quarter). Work on their FibreNation roll-out of “full fibre” (FTTH) broadband is also set to begin this Summer.

virgin media engineer by van

23rd May, 2019 (2 Comments)

Cable ISP Virgin Media has today announced that they have “plans to connect more homes” to their 516Mbps capable ultrafast broadband and TV network in Scotland, provided the Scottish Government and local authorities are able to support them. Sadly they haven’t said how much further they’d go.

price and cost rises uk

23rd May, 2019 (17 Comments)

A new study from Housesimple, which examined average UK house prices on streets with some of the slowest broadband ISP speeds (under 1Mbps) and then compared prices on those with neighbouring streets within the local area, has claimed that “ultra slow” speeds could knock 24% (average) off the value of a property.

speed meter broadband download upload uk isp

23rd May, 2019 (9 Comments)

A new 4media survey of 2,002 residents in rural England, which was commission by UK full fibre and wireless ISP County Broadband, has found that 57% were “frustrated” by the poor performance of their internet connection and 43% were “unsure” of the difference between “superfast” (FTTC) and “ultrafast” (FTTP) lines.

bt wholesale sogea fttc and g.fast broadband availability

23rd May, 2019 (3 Comments)

The launch of Openreach’s new Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SOGEA) product, which enables consumers to buy a standalone UK hybrid fibre broadband (FTTC / VDSL2 or G.fast) ISP line without the voice (phone) service, looks to be imminent as its availability status has recently been added to the BT Wholesale checker service.

video games and multiplayer internet networks

23rd May, 2019 (5 Comments)

A new uSwitch survey of 2,000 UK adults, which has been weighted to reflect a nationally representative criteria, claims that 77% of households with people who play online multiplayer video games have experienced problems with their broadband ISP connections (e.g. disconnections, buffering and slowdowns).

ee_5g_speedtest

22nd May, 2019 (24 Comments)

Mobile operator EE (BT) has today moved to steal some of Vodafone’s thunder by announcing that their own commercial ultrafast 5G mobile (mobile broadband) network will go live (non-trial) from 30th May 2019 in parts of London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. New rollout locations for 2020 have also been confirmed.

TalkTalk Logo 2017

22nd May, 2019 (3 Comments)

The fallout from a 2015 cyberattack against TalkTalk’s UK website, which exposed the personal data of 156,959 customers to hackers, appears to be continuing after a new report alleges that the broadband ISP failed to correctly inform 4,545 customers that their data had been compromised (instead they were told it was NOT exposed).

award best golden cup broadband isp

22nd May, 2019 (6 Comments)

The second stage of the annual Broadband Genie 2019 survey has today presented several awards to Zen Internet, the Post Office and Plusnet after they took the top spots across various different UK ISP performance categories. Overall budget ISP Plusnet took home the most wins, including for “Best Broadband Provider.“

wifi hotspot free internet

22nd May, 2019 (4 Comments)

The European Commission has recently confirmed the winners from their second call up of applications for the €120m WiFi4EU initiative, which includes 14 municipalities in the United Kingdom that should now receive vouchers worth up to €15K (£13.2K) to help them install FREE public WiFi wireless broadband hotspots by 2020.

plusnet uk

22nd May, 2019 (2 Comments)

Low cost UK ISP Plusnet has discounted the price of their entry-level ADSL2+ (10Mbps avg.) based unlimited broadband and phone bundle to just £17 per month for the first 12 months of service (including free activation), which seems designed to challenge the price points of rivals TalkTalk, Post Office and Direct Save Telecom.

openreach_website_2019

21st May, 2019 (59 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has launched a new website this week, which cleans things up quite nicely and also introduces a new availability checker for fibre optic based broadband ISP services on their UK network (FTTC, G.fast and FTTP), which now includes a choice of providers and a pre-registration page for non-FTTP areas.

b4rn barry forde outside ftth cabinet

21st May, 2019 (7 Comments)

Plucky rural UK ISP B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North), which is deploying a community built and funded 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband network to remote premises in several counties across England, expects to achieve 6,000 live connections by the end of June and has raised £2m via crowdfunding.

kcom engineer ourside house fttp install

21st May, 2019 (7 Comments)

The incumbent ISP for Hull and East Riding (East Yorkshire), KCOM, appears to have announced the “completion” of their £85m “Lightstream” roll-out, which means that nearly all of the 200,000+ premises within their network area should now be within reach of a 900Mbps+ Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service.

mobile mast uk in circle

20th May, 2019 (2 Comments)

The UK High Court of Justice has ruled that Ofcom must pay back £220m to mobile operators as part of restitution for the regulator’s handling of a licence fee hike to the 900MHz and 1800MHz (3G and 4G) spectrum bands (i.e. £82.4m to EE, £54.4m for Vodafone, £54.4m for O2 and £26.9m for Three UK).

fttp openreach build 2018 two engineers

20th May, 2019 (1 Comment)

Some 5,300 additional homes and business in Cambridgeshire look set to benefit from Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) ultrafast broadband ISP technology. The news follows a new deal between the council and Openreach (BT), which will help to achieve their ambition for 99% “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) coverage by the end of 2020.

5g and mast uk tower microwave mmwave

20th May, 2019 (18 Comments)

The next generation of multi-Gigabit speed capable 5G based mobile broadband networks could be facing yet another challenge due to a backlog of disputes over access to UK street furniture (lampposts etc.). Related deployments in some parts of the country are allegedly being delayed by as much as 2 years.

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