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14th December, 2017 - 5:25 pm (16 Comments)

The Scottish Government has today confirmed that it plans to spend £600 million on gap funding for their R100 programme, which aims to make a superfast broadband (30Mbps+) capable network available to 100% of Scotland by the end of 2021 (March 2022 when viewing as a financial year).

openreach engineer with drum of fibre optic cable

1st December, 2017 - 4:33 pm (9 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has opened a new consultation on a change to help foster the roll-out of “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband networks by preventing BT from reducing its wholesale charges for slower hybrid fibre (FTTC) connections in areas where rivals are building new networks.

fibre_optic_cable_strands_coloured

23rd November, 2017 - 8:39 am (6 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator has today announced that they are revoking and re-examining the changes imposed under their 2016 Business Connectivity Market Review (e.g. Dark Fibre Access), which follows a BT supported ruling from the Competition Appeal Tribunal against their market definitions.

fibre_broadband_advertising

23rd November, 2017 - 12:01 am (33 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has today determined that it is “not materially misleading” to describe broadband services that use fibre optic cables for only part of the connection to consumers’ homes (e.g. FTTC) as “fibre broadband“, much to the annoyance of UK MPs and critics.

80mbps bduk \"up to\" broadband speed limit traffic sign

23rd November, 2017 - 12:01 am (8 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority has today given notice to Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the United Kingdom that, with effect from 23rd May 2018, they will expect all broadband ISPs to advertise “average” speeds (the median measured at peak time) for their headline packages.

disconnected internet broadband

10th November, 2017 - 9:39 am (7 Comments)

As expected Ofcom has today set out the final details for their new automatic compensation system, which will force UK ISPs to compensate consumers (cash or bill credits) for a total loss of broadband connectivity, albeit only under certain circumstances (e.g. the outage lasts longer than 2 working days).

fibre optic blue light abstract 2017

31st October, 2017 - 9:12 am (34 Comments)

After conducting an industry consultation Openreach (BT) has today claimed that ISPs offered “broad support” for their proposal to conduct a “large scale” rollout of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) ultrafast broadband across the UK, which could in theory reach 10 million premises by 2025. But no deal.. yet.

fibre optic cable strands

18th October, 2017 - 11:41 am (0 Comments)

Openreach has today advised us about the forthcoming launch of their new Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) product for ISPs (OSA Filter Connect), which appears to be a Dark Fibre style solution that has been designed to address many of the perceived failings of a “one-size fits all” regulated product.

broadband isp download speed uk progress

6th October, 2017 - 10:15 am (7 Comments)

Consumers will soon benefit from more accurate information on what broadband line speeds they can expect from their ISP and what they can do if this isn’t delivered. The changes form part of a proposed update to Ofcom’s voluntary code of practice for residential speeds.

BT major fibre optic cable junction telephone exchange uk

15th August, 2017 - 1:17 pm (29 Comments)

The proposed Dark Fibre Access product from Openreach (BT), which would have allowed rival ISPs to gain “physical access” to the operator’s existing fibre optic cables (i.e. enabling them to install their own equipment at either end of the fibre within cable ducts), has today officially been cancelled.. for now.

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9th August, 2017 - 10:47 am (7 Comments)

Ofcom has today revised their Wholesale Local Access (WLA) charge controls in order to show how their planned broadband / FTTC price reductions could be impacted by BT’s voluntary proposal to spend £450m to £600m on the roll-out of a 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation.

isp Internet download speed arrow uk

1st August, 2017 - 12:25 pm (18 Comments)

Most won’t have noticed but Ofcom has published an update to last year’s cost analysis for the proposed broadband Universal Service Obligation, which reveals that the Government asked them to model a 20Mbps (2Mbps upload) USO option and it might be better value for money.

10Mbps broadband uk uso usc

30th July, 2017 - 8:18 am (50 Comments)

After a lot of negotiation the Government and BT have today proposed a deal that could see the operator fund a new Universal Service Obligation (USO), which will aim to ensure that everybody can request a broadband download speed of at least 10Mbps by 2020. Now for the caveats.

tank pointing at bt openreach engineer long

10th March, 2017 - 7:38 am (64 Comments)

After an exhausting year of disagreements it’s today been announced that BT and the UK telecoms regulator have finally reached an agreement on the future of the operator’s network access division, which means that Ofcom won’t need to force through Openreach’s “legal separation“.

10Mbps UK Broadband USO

16th December, 2016 - 12:59 pm (6 Comments)

The national telecoms regulator has today proposed a series of options for how a new legally-binding 10Mbps broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) could be rolled out across the United Kingdom by 2020, but it’s expensive and the final decision is down to the Government.

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