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    Speed: 30Mbps | Unlimited
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    Speed: 38Mbps | Unlimited
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12th December, 2017 - 2:30 pm
openreach_gfast_pod_and_engineer

Author: Mark Jackson | 16 Comments

Openreach (BT) has announced a new Proof of Concept (PoC) for their rollout of G.fast based “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) services, which will see them offering to carry ISP Customer Premises Equipment (e.g. routers and modems) on their vehicles in order to help improve service delivery. Read More..

12th December, 2017 - 11:58 am
rfbenchmark_mobile_download_speed_eu

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

A new batch of crowd-sourced data from RFBenchmark compares European countries by their Mobile Broadband (3G / 4G) performance. Overall the UK appears to trail most other countries with an average download of 11.9Mbps (4.2Mbps upload) and network latency of 108 milliseconds. Read More..

12th December, 2017 - 10:00 am
aylesbury-vale-farmer-digging

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

The Aylesbury Vale District Council in Buckinghamshire (England, UK) has agreed to conduct an independent inquiry into the controversial Aylesbury Vale Broadband project, which was setup by the council to roll-out an ultrafast rural “full fibre” (FTTH) network but has since run into difficulties. Read More..

11th December, 2017 - 11:31 am
virgin media engineers observed by ofcom

Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

Some 9,000 homes and businesses in the new Tyne and Wear (England) based town of Washington will be the next to benefit from Virgin Media’s £3bn Project Lighting network expansion, which aims to complete its local deployment by the end of 2019. Read More..

11th December, 2017 - 10:18 am
here_east_campus

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Tenants (commercial and retail businesses) of the 1.2 million square feet Here East campus, which is based at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London UK, can now access broadband and Ethernet speeds of ‘up to’ 1Gbps via WiFi and fibre optic connectivity within 5 working days. Read More..

8th December, 2017 - 4:36 pm
john lewis broadband uk logo

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The internet provider division of high street retail giant John Lewis has today launched a special time-limited offer, which will bundle a “free” Google Home smart speaker to any new customers who subscribe to their ADSL or FTTC “fibre” based broadband and phone bundles. Read More..

8th December, 2017 - 12:01 am
internet download and upload speed arrows

Author: Mark Jackson | 11 Comments

A new study has used data from 1,064,681 consumer speedtests to produce a list of the top 30 fastest and slowest streets for download speed. Thorpe Lane in Trimley St Martin (Suffolk) was the slowest on 0.68Mbps, while Benford Avenue in Motherwell (Lanarkshire) was the fastest at 177.01Mbps. Read More..

7th December, 2017 - 1:03 pm
bt_openreach_engineer_at_fttc_cabinet

Author: Mark Jackson | 29 Comments

Openreach has paused a trial of Physical Retransmission ReTX (G.INP) technology for their troublesome ECI based FTTCfibre broadband” street cabinets. The technology works fine on their Huawei estate but ECI has long been the naughty child, although their trial is expected to continue next year. Read More..

7th December, 2017 - 11:40 am
wireless microwave radio tower

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Ofcom has today proposed changes that could result in faster fixed wireless data and broadband links, such as exploring the potential for radio spectrum above 92GHz, changing the authorisation regime in the 64-66GHz band to licence exempt and expanding the use cases for 57-66 GHz (V band). Read More..

7th December, 2017 - 9:18 am
opensignal_4g_mobile_uk_awards_dec_2017

Author: Mark Jackson | 8 Comments

Crowd-sourced data experts OpenSignal have just published their Mobile Network performance study for the United Kingdom, which found that EE came top for 4G and 3G download speed and network availability. On the flip side Vodafone delivered the fastest 4G and 3G latency times. Read More..

6th December, 2017 - 11:28 am
openreach fibre broadband fttc cabinet

Author: Mark Jackson | 43 Comments

The Community Fibre Partnerships scheme that Openreach (BT) runs, which offers grants up to £30,000 to help co-fund the cost of upgrading an area to receive their FTTC or FTTP based “fibre broadband” network, expects to have benefited 60,000 UK premises within 12 months (currently 30,000). Read More..

6th December, 2017 - 10:25 am
wireless_mobile_network_operator_uk_mast

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

A study of crowd sourced data from Tutela Technologies has found that mobile operator EE delivered the fastest 4G based Mobile Broadband speed and latency in the United Kingdom, although Vodafone came out top for older 3G networks and they also experienced less packet loss. Read More..

6th December, 2017 - 8:00 am
zen internet uk isp

Author: Mark Jackson | 27 Comments

Zen Internet appears to have quietly become one of the first ISPs to begin offering the new 150Mbps and 300Mbps “Full FibreFTTP ultrafast broadband tiers to residential consumers, which can be taken either with or without line rental and the pricing is pleasantly affordable. Read More..

5th December, 2017 - 4:36 pm
rural broadband and river scene

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Last week the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) managed to cause a storm by announcing the closure of 62 branches for 2018, although at the time the bank said online banking would still allow remote customers to access their accounts. But a new report warns of problems with broadband connectivity. Read More..

5th December, 2017 - 4:01 pm
now tv bskyb uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

The Sky-owned broadband ISP and UK video streaming provider, NOW TV, has today finally added the popular SyFy TV channel to their platform. The new channel is available to those who include an ‘Entertainment Pass‘ for £7.99 per month into their monthly subscription. Read More..

5th December, 2017 - 1:50 pm
testing fibre

Author: Mark Jackson | 18 Comments

The Superfast Staffordshire project with Openreach (BT) claims to have succeeded in its original Phase 2 contract goal, which aimed to make fixed line FTTC/P superfast broadband (24Mbps+) networks available to order by 95% of premises before the end of 2017 (c.97% in terms of the raw “fibre” footprint). Read More..

5th December, 2017 - 1:17 pm
hyperoptic 1gbps broadband sign

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

Urban fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic, which is rolling out their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB/P) broadband network to parts of 28 UK cities and towns, has today confirmed that they’ve started the roll-out of Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6) and expect to finish the work in 2018. Read More..

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