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23rd October, 2019 (5 Comments)

Over the past few years many of the broadband ISP market’s smallest and biggest UK players, such as BT and Sky Broadband, have deployed the “new” IPv6 internet addressing standard. Sadly the same cannot be said for Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Plusnet. We asked each for an update and here’s what they said.

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22nd October, 2019 (1 Comment)

The North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has announced that they’ve started the build phase of their £15.1 million project to deploy a new Gigabit capable “full fibre” network, which will be used to help connect some 370 public sector sites (e.g. council buildings, hospitals etc.) across the county over the next 18 months.

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22nd October, 2019 (10 Comments)

Mobile operator and ISP Vodafone UK has started to inform their existing customers that the standard price of their fixed line home broadband packages will be increasing from December 2019, with the underlying monthly cost being set to rise by £2.50 extra per month.

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22nd October, 2019 (0 Comments)

Business broadband and communications provider Onecom, which recently secured a £100m funding package from LDC and Ares Management Corporation to help accelerate their “organic and inorganic growth ambitions” (here), has announced their intention to recruit a further 125 workers as part of their expansion.

wireless radio spectrum mast

22nd October, 2019 (4 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK, specifically their Three Wholesale division, has today announced their first pilot of a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN / LPWA), which is intended to form the foundation for an eventual nationwide roll-out in order to help connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices (e.g. remote sensors, smart devices etc.).

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22nd October, 2019 (38 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) has today announced that the second UK city area to benefit from their new 1Gbps broadband speed upgrade is Greater Manchester, which is set to benefit around 500,000 premises in the area and follows Southampton (100,000 premises) as their first city last month.

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21st October, 2019 (23 Comments)

UK ISP Sky Broadband (Comcast) has today officially made their new G.fast powered Ultrafast 1 (145Mbps) broadband and VoIP (SOGEA) phone packages available for both new and existing customers to order. Prices start from £39 per month and there’s a £39.95 one-off setup fee (we think it’s a free upgrade for existing customers).

confused consumer man uk

21st October, 2019 (6 Comments)

Which? has conducted a detailed piece of qualitative research into consumer engagement within the UK’s broadband ISP market, which perhaps unsurprisingly found that 20% of people view the market as complex (more than any other sector) and 48% view switching packages as risky (again, more than any other sector).

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19th October, 2019 (25 Comments)

UK ISPs that make use of Openreach’s network via their “gigabit-capable” Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband products may be pleased to learn that the operator has discounted the price of their 10Gbps Cablelink services, which helps to provide the capacity for such full fibre connections.

county broadband engineer holding fibre duct ftth

18th October, 2019 (18 Comments)

UK ISP County Broadband, which last year raised £46 million from Aviva to help it rollout a new Gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across the rural East of England region, has today confirmed that their build plan will cover 50 rural villages by Q2 2020 (reaching 15,000 total homes passed).

3d rendering of optical fiber background

18th October, 2019 (2 Comments)

Axione UK, which is a subsidiary of French communications provider Axione S.A.S, has revealed that they’re planning to deploy a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based Gigabit-capable broadband network in the United Kingdom, which would be made available for other ISPs to harness via wholesale. All eyes on Scotland.

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18th October, 2019 (0 Comments)

Business communications provider Digital Wholesale Solutions (formerly Daisy Group), which also supplies a number of ISPs, has announced that they can now also take advantage of Cityfibre’s new Gigabit speed “full fibre” broadband and Dark Fibre / Ethernet network across 27 UK towns and cities.

denver church broadband norfolk

18th October, 2019 (1 Comment)

Engineers from UK ISP Intouch Systems (aka – ITSwisp and WiSpire) have, after two years of preparation and waiting, made use of an agreement with the Church of England to deploy new antenna equipment that will boost a wireless broadband signal across the Norfolk village of Denver.

bt broadband logo 2019 official

18th October, 2019 (21 Comments)

The BT Group has flicked the full implementation switch on their new branding today, after first announcing the change in May 2019 (here). As a result their new logo has now completely replaced the old one across their various estates, sites and products.

ipv6 internet address

17th October, 2019 (17 Comments)

The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), which manages regional distribution of internet addresses for the UK, Europe, Middle East and parts of Central Asia, has confirmed that their final reserve pool of Internet Protocol v4 (IPv4) addresses will completely run out in November 2019.

internet piracy uk copy

17th October, 2019 (13 Comments)

A new study, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Chapman University, has examined the impact of forcing UK broadband ISPs to block individual piracy websites (via court order) and discovered that it caused a decrease in overall piracy, as well as a 7 to 12% increase in the use of legal subscription sites.

mobile network mast among trees

17th October, 2019 (12 Comments)

At some point in the future Vodafone, O2, Three UK and EE (BT) may take the decision to start switching off their old 2G (GPRS, EDGE etc.) mobile networks; mostly used for voice. A new report from the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and Real Wireless helps to highlight some of the challenges this could create.

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