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16th March, 2018 - 7:25 am
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Author: Mark Jackson | 18 Comments

Cable ISP Virgin Media has launched a sale of their standalone 50Mbps to 300Mbps ultrafast broadband packages (no phone service required), which cuts £7 off the monthly rental for the first 12 month contract term. Customers also need to pay a £20 one-off activation fee. Read More..

15th March, 2018 - 9:32 am

Author: Mark Jackson | 23 Comments

A new report from mobile operator O2 has claimed that future 5G networks could save UK households £450 a year on energy, council and food bills. Apparently it’s all due to swanky things like smart grids, discounts on council tax (hah!) and reducing food waste etc. Break out the salt for some pinching. Read More..

15th March, 2018 - 12:01 am
openreach uk engineering team

Author: Mark Jackson | 14 Comments

As first hinted in February (here), Openreach (BT) has today confirmed that they will hire 3,500 new trainee engineers over the next 12 months. The recruits are needed to help the operator deliver on its promise to make 1Gbps capable FTTPfull fibre” broadband available to 3 million premises by 2020. Read More..

15th March, 2018 - 12:01 am
broadband vouchers ultrafast gigabit uk full fibre

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

The UK government has launched a new nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS), which is funded by a pot of £67m and aims to provide vouchers worth up to £3000 for businesses (SME) or £500 to residents to help with the costs of connecting to “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband. Read More..

14th March, 2018 - 11:48 am
bt openreach fibre optic cable install

Author: Mark Jackson | 53 Comments

Openreach (BT) has issued a new notice to ISPs that sell their Gigabit capable FTTP on Demand broadband product, which reminds them of how “FoD capacity” will continue to be “constrained” by an “industry-wide operational capacity of 20 FoD orders per calendar month.” Read More..

14th March, 2018 - 10:20 am
fibre optic cable 3

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

The central England city of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire UK has today announced a new deal with Swedish FTTH provider VXFIBER, which pledges to roll-out an “open access” and Gigabit capable “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband network to cover both “residents and businesses.” Read More..

14th March, 2018 - 9:49 am

Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

Yesterday saw the government announce that 13 areas across the United Kingdom had secured a share of £95m from the £190m Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) challenge fund (here), which will help to build new Gigabit capable broadband networks. Today we’ve put together a summary of each project. Read More..

13th March, 2018 - 1:33 pm
pound coin money new

Author: Mark Jackson | 31 Comments

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has given his 2018 Spring Statement and confirmed the first £95m allocation from the government’s £190m Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) challenge fund, which was setup to stimulate commercial investment in “gigabit capable” broadband (rural and urban). Read More..

13th March, 2018 - 9:34 am

Author: Mark Jackson | 25 Comments

A new study conducted by economic consultancy Regeneris, which was commissioned by Cityfibre, has predicted that the total economic impact of deploying “full fibre” (FTTP/H) ultrafast broadband ISP networks, across 100 distinct UK city and towns, could reach £120bn over a 15 year period. Read More..

13th March, 2018 - 1:54 am

Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

A specialist ISP for the UK education market, Schools Broadband, has invited schools to beta test their new 330Mbps based ultrafast broadband service. Participants can expect a free installation and free no-obligation service for 1 year (includes DfE compliant web filtering and network security). Read More..

13th March, 2018 - 12:01 am
united kingdom broadband connectivity

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

A new study of broadband ISP growth has confirmed the unsurprising news that the UK is in a slowdown. The market is now home to a total of 26,265,000 lines but only 203800 were added in Q4 2017, which compares with 241900 in Q4 2016, 255200 in Q4 2015 and 339400 three years ago. Read More..

12th March, 2018 - 1:34 pm
scotland uk regions map

Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

The Scottish Government has today announced a new investment of £25 million that will be used to fund the 4G Infill Programme, which aims to help build new mobile network masts in locations with no existing 4G coverage in order to improve local connectivity. Read More..

12th March, 2018 - 11:36 am
virgin media test and dun valley ftth build uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

Last year we revealed that a new community project with Virgin Media would extend the operator’s 350Mbps FTTH broadband and TV network to 12 small rural villages (around 4,000 premises) in the Test and Dun Valleys of Hampshire (England). Today the build phase has finally begun. Read More..

12th March, 2018 - 11:03 am
ofcom uk telecoms regulator

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

The national telecoms regulator has today confirmed that their auction of 4G and 5G friendly Mobile spectrum, which will see 40MHz of frequency in the 2.3GHz band (2350-2390MHz) and 150MHz in the 3.4GHz band (3410-3480MHz and 3500-3580MHz) being distributed, will begin on Tuesday 20th March. Read More..

12th March, 2018 - 10:39 am
fibre optic cables on a table

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

A new study estimates that the Community Fibre Partnerships scheme from Openreach (BT), which offers grants of up to £30K to help co-fund the cost of upgrading an area to receive their FTTC or FTTP based “fibre broadband” ISP network, could deliver an economic boost of £340m to the UK. Read More..

12th March, 2018 - 9:26 am
censorship internet button

Author: Mark Jackson | 10 Comments

The government has quietly delayed their new age verification rules until the end of 2018, which was set to be targeted at websites and “apps” that contain pornographic content. Broadband ISPs would also be required to block sites that fail to comply with the new rules. Read More..

12th March, 2018 - 8:50 am
rural broadband landscape uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 8 Comments

The coverage of UK “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) ISP networks may be growing but a new report from Rural England, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Amazon, which examines how rural businesses use digital technologies, has warned that slow take-up of the service is also holding them back. Read More..

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