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29th July, 2021 (5 Comments)

The latest combined Q2 2021 results from broadband ISP, TV and mobile operator Virgin Media and O2 has, among other things, revealed that they plan to completely upgrade their existing Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFX) network – some 14.3 million premises – with Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband tech by the end of 2028.

29th July, 2021 (2 Comments)

A new cross-party “super committee” has today begun to scrutinise the UK Government’s new Online Safety Bill (Online Harms), which aims to have Ofcom clampdown on “harmful” online content (e.g. hate speech, bullying, terrorism, conspiracy theories etc.), while precariously trying to balance that with freedom of speech.

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28th July, 2021 (0 Comments)

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a deeper Phase 2 investigation to examine any “competition concerns” that may surround the £8.6bn (€10 billion) sale of CK Hutchison Holdings (Three UK) interests in European tower assets and businesses to Spanish company Cellnex.

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28th July, 2021 (6 Comments)

Some customers of Sky Broadband’s service, particularly those in Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and around Sheffield (South Yorkshire), are starting to see their internet and phone connections return to normal after an unspecified service disruption struck earlier this morning.

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28th July, 2021 (0 Comments)

The Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA), which represents alternative broadband networks (AltNet), has seen its UK membership balloon skywards after gaining 32 members in 2021 so far. The growth reflects a surge in new AltNets, many of which are building their own Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) infrastructure.

Netomnia Engineer up Telegraph Pole

28th July, 2021 (45 Comments)

Netomnia, which is working to make their 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network available to 1 million UK premises by 2024 (here and here), are facing complaints in a number of their build areas after residents began objecting to the erection of new telegraph poles “without their knowledge or consent.”

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28th July, 2021 (4 Comments)

A complaint by rival mobile operator EE (BT) has prompted the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to ban several of Vodafone’s adverts after they “misleadingly” claimed to be the “UK’s Best Network” or “UK’s best mobile data network” for 4G and 5G services (mobile broadband).

Red Road Closed road sign in a UK city street.

27th July, 2021 (6 Comments)

The annual Digging Up Britain 2021 report from LSBUD (Line Search Before You Dig), which provides an online asset search facility to UK civil engineering firms for underground pipes and cables, has reported that there was a 24% increase in the amount of digging work performed by the telecoms industry over the last 12-months.

27th July, 2021 (3 Comments)

Full fibre ISP Hyperoptic has today agreed a blanket wayleave agreement with independent housing association Gloucester City Homes (GCH), which will enable their gigabit-capable broadband network (FTTP/B) to reach thousands of properties owned by the association.

27th July, 2021 (5 Comments)

Belfast-based ISP Fibrus, which has spent the past couple of years deploying a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across Northern Ireland, has today announced that their build is being extended to include 300,000 premises in the North of England (i.e. Cumbria, Northumberland and North Yorkshire).

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27th July, 2021 (20 Comments)

A new Opinium survey of 4,000 UK adults, which was commissioned by Uswitch, has claimed that 14.85 million people have been hit by a “major broadband outage” in the last year – this is said to be three times the number of the previous year’s survey (4.7 million).

27th July, 2021 (0 Comments)

Rural focused UK ISP Gigaclear, which has already extended their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to reach 170,000 premises in England (they aim to cover 500,000 UK properties by 2023), has just start to extend their rollout across the Buckinghamshire town of Winslow.

Netomnia fttp engineers walking away

26th July, 2021 (6 Comments)

Full fibre builder Netomnia, which aims to make their 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network available to 1 million UK premises by 2024 (here and here), has today commenced survey and other preparatory to work on their £54m rollout across Stockton-on-Tees (Durham).

26th July, 2021 (2 Comments)

Broadband ISP WightFibre, which is investing up to £90m to rollout a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across the Isle of Wight (South Coast of Hampshire, UK), has teamed up with law firm Trenches Law and apartment block specialist BSC to help boost their deployment.

Virgin Media O2 UK Logo is forged

26th July, 2021 (6 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 UK (VMO2) has today, perhaps unsurprisingly, announced that their existing relationship with supplier Ericsson will be extended to include deployment of their “cloud native, container-based dual-mode 5G Standalone Core” network.

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26th July, 2021 (21 Comments)

New customers of UK ISP TalkTalk might like to know that the provider has teamed-up with Amazon to offer its eero 6 and eero Pro 6 mesh Wi-Fi systems, which will be given to those taking out one of their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based “Future Fibre” home broadband packages.

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26th July, 2021 (14 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK, supported by research from CCS Insight, has today called on the Government not to overlook the benefits of “5G WiFi” in their plan to rollout gigabit-capable broadband across the country. Apparently, 5G based Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) could do it “faster and for half the cost of fixed lines.”

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