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20th October, 2017 - 10:57 am (0 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has begun an investigation of Lycamobile in order to determine whether the operator breached industry regulations for EU mobile roaming, not least by levying a surcharge and applying overly strict data (3G, 4G) roaming limits.

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20th October, 2017 - 9:31 am (0 Comments)

The latest H2 2017 study of 3G and 4G mobile network performance in London by RootMetrics has once again awarded the best operator crown to EE, although rivals from O2, Vodafone and Three UK are catching up and the latter did at least manage to beat EE for “Call Performance“.


19th October, 2017 - 3:32 pm (7 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has announced that they are to conduct a second Proof of Concept (PoC) trial of “Spectrum Refarming” technology, which in theory could result in a boost to broadband speeds by allowing different technologies (e.g. FTTC / VDSL2 and G.fast) to share the same spectrum frequency.


19th October, 2017 - 2:01 pm (0 Comments)

The Government has today laid draft regulations in Parliament that revise the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) in order to make it easier and cheaper for network operators to roll-out new broadband and telecoms infrastructure (masts, cables etc.) on public and private land.


19th October, 2017 - 12:16 pm (0 Comments)

Small and medium sized businesses (SME) on the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, which sits on the southern end of Spain’s Iberian Peninsula in the Mediterranean sea, can now get access to symmetrical broadband speeds of up to 200Mbps via GibFibre‘s fibre optic (FTTH/B) network.

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19th October, 2017 - 11:41 am (0 Comments)

Scientists working out of the Optical Networks Group at University College London have developed a cheaper and simpler receiver for optical “full fibre” (FTTH/P) broadband networks, which makes it possible to dedicate a wavelength of light to each subscriber and “avoid bandwidth sharing.”


18th October, 2017 - 5:14 pm (3 Comments)

Consumer magazine PC Pro has published the latest results from their annual 2017 Awards event, which once again – for the 14th consecutive time – saw Zen Internet scoop the win for Best ISP (AAISP was the runner-up) and also Best Web Host (Tsohost was the runner-up).

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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.


18th October, 2017 - 11:06 am (0 Comments)

Alternative ISP Voneus, which has deployed their ‘up to’ 100Mbps capable “Wireless Fibre To The Home” (WFTTH) broadband network into a number of UK rural areas, has announced the acquisition of rival provider Cotswold Wireless for an undisclosed sum.

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18th October, 2017 - 7:26 am (27 Comments)

Fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic, which supplies up to 1Gbps FTTP/B broadband services to large buildings in many UK urban areas, has had one of its circular adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) because the promotion looked too much like an official communication from BT.


17th October, 2017 - 5:38 pm (11 Comments)

Nokia says they will become the first to demonstrate a hybrid Wireless Passive Optical Network (PON) solution at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin, which can offer up to 1Gbps broadband speeds to homes by harnessing both an optical fibre network and WiGig’s 60GHz wireless standard (802.11ad).

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17th October, 2017 - 4:18 pm (2 Comments)

Canadian firm Genesis Technical Systems, which last month got their “last mile” mBond kit approved for use on Openreach’s hybrid fibre FTTC (VDSL2) broadband network in the UK (here), has now secured their first orders from Hertfordshire based ISP Next Generation Access (NGA).

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17th October, 2017 - 1:55 pm (13 Comments)

Europol, which helps the 28 member states of the EU (inc. UK) to fight serious international crime and terrorism, has called on broadband and mobile providers to end the use of Carrier Grade NAT (CGN) in order to “increase accountability online” and stop people “sharing the same IP address as a criminal.“


17th October, 2017 - 11:36 am (36 Comments)

The Chief Executive of the UK telecoms regulator, Sharon White, has told a cross-party committee of MPs that a “key test” of Ofcom’s new regulatory approach to BT will be whether or not Openreach can “do a co-investment deal with another operator” following their “full fibre” broadband consultation.

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17th October, 2017 - 7:51 am (0 Comments)

Hull-based Connexin, which operates wireless broadband networks in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire (England), looks set grow after it secured an investment of £10m from Digital Alpha Advisors (DAA). A focus on smart cities (e.g. public Wi-Fi), 100 extra staff and a new data centre are all in the plans.


16th October, 2017 - 3:59 pm (0 Comments)

The publicly funded Community WiFi scheme in Essex, which offers small grants (up to £400) to help communities setup a public wireless network via local hubs (village halls, community centres etc.), has this month been opened up to all suppliers via the regional Superfast Essex project.

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16th October, 2017 - 2:15 pm (4 Comments)

The City of London Corporation has today announced that their ultrafast “gigabit speed” capable free public WiFi network, which will be operated by O2 and Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure (CTIL) under a 15 year contract, has finally gone live across the ‘Square Mile’ area.

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