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10th July, 2024 (8 Comments)

The BT Wholesale Broadband Availability Checker, which is really intended for network operators and ISPs but has always been used by savvy consumers to check the status of BTW and Openreach based services, appears to have recently made a change that seems to stop displaying ADSL results in areas where VDSL or FTTP (or both) are present.


10th July, 2024 (3 Comments)

LetterOne, the investment firm behind alternative network provider Upp’s £1bn project to deploy a new full fibre (FTTP) broadband ISP network across 1 million premises in the East of England (here), has asked the High Court of Justice in London to rule it was unlawfully ordered to sell the network by the UK Government.

Encrypted Computer Data

9th July, 2024 (6 Comments)

A new critical security vulnerability has been discovered in the popular RADIUS network authentication protocol, which is used by networks across the world to help users connect with their services (i.e. everything from broadband ISPs to VPNs, mobile operators and more) and thus could leave them exposed to Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) style attacks.



9th July, 2024 (7 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone UK conducted another trial of Network Slicing technology on their latest 5G Standalone (SA) powered mobile broadband network at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which despite heavy network load was able to dedicate a “slice” of capacity to help drink vendors speed up card transactions.

EE UK Scam Guard on Smartphone email PR on 09072024

9th July, 2024 (4 Comments)

Broadband ISP and mobile network operator EE (BT) has today launched a new technology service for Pay Monthly mobile customers called ‘Scam Guard’, which is a network-level security defence that harness AI to better protect users from “nuisance calls, dark web hackers and phishing scams“. But it’s not free.


9th July, 2024 (2 Comments)

Mobile network analyst Streetwave has partnered up with the Caerphilly County Borough Council (CCBC) in Wales to harness local refuse (bin) collection trucks in order to map the local network (mobile broadband) performance across the area, which covers services from EE (BT), O2 (Virgin Media), Vodafone and Three UK.


uk customer satisfaction index

9th July, 2024 (2 Comments)

The Institute of Customer Service (ICS) have just published their second biannual UK Customer Satisfaction Index for July 2024, which reveals that three mobile and broadband (telecoms) providers made it into their table of the country’s top 50 organisations – Tesco Mobile (20th), Utility Warehouse (23rd) and giffgaff (32nd). But it’s not all good news.


9th July, 2024 (4 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone has announced that they’ve worked with Meta (Facebook etc.) to trial and deploy a new mobile broadband (4G, 5G) “network optimisation” for “short-form videos” across the UK and 10 other countries, which is said to “free up network capacity” for customers and allows them to “view more high-quality short videos“.


9th July, 2024 (4 Comments)

City-focused gigabit broadband ISP Hyperoptic, which has now built a full fibre (FTTP/B) network to cover “more than” 1.73 million homes across parts of 64 UK towns and cities (up from 1.6m on 3rd June 2024), has today secured £150m from the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) to help “accelerate” their network expansion.


8th July, 2024 (5 Comments)

Alternative network operator and ISP Grain (Grain Connect), which has already grown their new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to cover 220,000 premises RFS (21st May 2024) and 30,000 customers, has today announced that they’ve put their service live in part of Brighton (East Sussex, England).

cityfibre Toby Box photo

8th July, 2024 (1 Comment)

CityFibre have today announced that the first customer has just gone live on their new full fibre (FTTP) broadband ISP network in Cambridgeshire (England) under the £69m state aid supported Project Gigabit rollout contract (Lot 5), which began its construction phase back in February 2024 (contract was awarded in March 2023).


8th July, 2024 (10 Comments)

Customers of mobile operator and UK ISP Vodafone may like to know that the operator has finally introduced their new 2.2Gbps (symmetric) speed home broadband package, which is based off CityFibre’s national Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network and includes their premium “Pro II” features. But they also have a 1.6Gbps option on Openreach’s network.



8th July, 2024 (17 Comments)

One of the UK market’s largest alternative network operators, Netomnia (YouFibre), has today announced that after four years of work they’ve managed to build their 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP infrastructure to cover 1 million premises passed (Ready for Service) – rising to 1.6m once the Brsk merger (here) completes.


8th July, 2024 (12 Comments)

Broadband ISP Virgin Media (O2) has begun the second phase of their effort to deploy the new “Smart Support” service, which aims to boost the reliability of internet connections by proactively identifying and tackling issues remotely at no extra cost. So far only 50,000 users have benefitted from this since its April 2024 launch (here), but new customers will now join them.

Peter Kyle UK Government MP for Labour at Desk - Twitter PR 06072024

8th July, 2024 (22 Comments)

The new UK Government is off to a rapid start this week and has already appointed Peter Kyle (MP) to be the new Secretary of State at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), which oversees many of the country’s public broadband and mobile infrastructure projects. But bigger news on planning is expected from the chancellor, Rachel Reeves, today.

uk map green broadband telecoms britain

8th July, 2024 (7 Comments)

ISPreview’s latest biannual UK summary of fixed broadband coverage for H1 2024 has found that “full fibre” (FTTP) ISP networks have grown to reach 67.68% of premises (up from 60.54% in H2 2023) and 83.39% are within reach of “gigabit” speeds (up from 79.86%). Continue on to see details for England, Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland.


6th July, 2024 (0 Comments)

New customers looking to join UK ISP Hey! Broadband, which caters for areas covered by F&W Networks‘ new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) lines, may like to know that the provider is currently offering their top 900Mbps (symmetric) package for just £1.99 per month for the first six months of service on a 24-month term (£28 thereafter).

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