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16th May, 2022 (1 Comment)

Network access provider Openreach (BT) has named Luke Picken as the winner of its ‘Engineer of the Year 2022’ award. Luke is said to have worked around the clock across South West Scotland to keep people connected to their broadband ISP and phone connections in the wake of Storm Arwen during late November 2021.

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16th May, 2022 (7 Comments)

Earlier this year we reported that a new operator called Open Infra was gearing up to start rolling out a new 8Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP network in the UK (here). Members of our community have now helped us to spot some of their first build sites and packages, in Norfolk and London.

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15th May, 2022 (2 Comments)

A growing number of broadband ISPs and fibre optic network builders are in the process of establishing a new group called SHIFT (Safety & Health In Fibre Telecoms), which – as the name might suggest – aims to improve the sometimes far from perfect health and safety practices and standards in the UK fibre industry.

4th Utility Fibre Exploding in City Picture

14th May, 2022 (3 Comments)

UK ISP 4th Utility, which is currently ramping up their rollout of a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to include more homes (SDU) and large residential blocks (MDU), appears to be preparing to launch a cheaper “social tariff” package for those on benefits. But for now it’s only available to one building.

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14th May, 2022 (8 Comments)

The status of the state aid supported Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) contract with alternative broadband ISP Truespeed, which aims to cover 15,170 premises across Bath and Somerset with a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, remains in doubt after concerns were raised earlier this year over build “delays“.

bt sport 2020

13th May, 2022 (6 Comments)

Broadband ISP BT has informed us that their BTSport TV streaming service is making the 2022 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League finals available for everyone in the UK to watch – for free – whether on TV, online (BTS YouTube Channel) or on mobile.

Zzoomm Engineers Back of Jacket

13th May, 2022 (18 Comments)

UK ISP Zzoomm has today announced that their new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network has added 7 new market towns across Cheshire, North Yorkshire and Staffordshire to their build plan, which means that they’ve so far announced enough locations to reach 250,000 premises in England.

Red Road Closed road sign in a UK city street.

13th May, 2022 (1 Comment)

The Government has announced changes that are designed to improve the quality of street works, not least through more inspections, better quality resurfacing and tougher fines for poor quality road works and leaving behind potholes. But the new rules also include changes to help support the rollout of gigabit-capable broadband.

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13th May, 2022 (11 Comments)

Ookla, which runs the popular Speedtest.net service for broadband and mobile connections, has announced that they’ve redesigned how they measure latency to give users better access to this metric and to provide more information so that you can better “understand where the bottlenecks in your network’s responsiveness” are.

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12th May, 2022 (60 Comments)

Unconfirmed reports claim that mobile operators Vodafone and Three UK (CK Hutchison Holdings) have opened early stage talks with a view to reaching an agreement over a possible merger / joint venture of their two businesses in the UK, which would reduce the number of primary network operators from four to three.

rural countryside broadband uk isp

12th May, 2022 (9 Comments)

A new survey of over 4,000 businesses in England, which was conducted by the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE), has claimed that sub-standard infrastructure in rural areas – particularly the lack of quality broadband in many parts – is making it harder for businesses to be “resilient and bounce back from adversity“.

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12th May, 2022 (2 Comments)

Last year saw rural ISP Alncom enter into a new partnership with business provider Commsworld (here) to help support the rollout of their new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across parts of Northumberland and Durham in England. The fruits of this agreement are now starting to show.

CityFibre Trenching Engineers 2022

12th May, 2022 (0 Comments)

CityFibre has announced that they will invest £15m to rollout their new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network across “nearly every” home and business in the Norfolk seaside town of Great Yarmouth. Construction work on the new full fibre network is planned to “begin this winter“.

MS3 Engineer on Trench Digger

12th May, 2022 (2 Comments)

Hessle-based network provider MS3, which is backed by infrastructure fund Asterion and is working to deploy a new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network in the North of England (here), has added the three Lincolnshire towns of Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Cleethorpes to their build plan.

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12th May, 2022 (20 Comments)

South Korean tech giant Samsung, which has historically played a major role in the development of new mobile network technologies, has this week published some of its early research findings into the future 6th Generation (6G) of mobile broadband technology and set out what sort of technologies it may incorporate.

BT Tower 2021

12th May, 2022 (18 Comments)

The BT Group has published their Q4 2021/22 results to March 2022, which saw the coverage of Openreach’s gigabit Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network grow by a record 752,000 premises in the quarter (up from +662K last quarter) to total 7.2 million. The operator also signed an FTTP co-provisioning deal with Sky Broadband.

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11th May, 2022 (14 Comments)

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has banned several adverts for Tesco Mobile – most of which were intended to highlight how big mobile operators were hiking their prices again – after 52 people complained that they contained offensive content (i.e. words that alluded to an expletive) and some could also be seen by children.

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