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14th May, 2022 (8 Comments)

The status of the state aid supported Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) contract with alternative broadband ISP Truespeed, which aims to cover 15,170 premises across Bath and Somerset with a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, remains in doubt after concerns were raised earlier this year over build “delays“.

Red Road Closed road sign in a UK city street.

13th May, 2022 (1 Comment)

The Government has announced changes that are designed to improve the quality of street works, not least through more inspections, better quality resurfacing and tougher fines for poor quality road works and leaving behind potholes. But the new rules also include changes to help support the rollout of gigabit-capable broadband.

rural countryside broadband uk isp

12th May, 2022 (10 Comments)

A new survey of over 4,000 businesses in England, which was conducted by the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE), has claimed that sub-standard infrastructure in rural areas – particularly the lack of quality broadband in many parts – is making it harder for businesses to be “resilient and bounce back from adversity“.

BT Tower 2021

12th May, 2022 (18 Comments)

The BT Group has published their Q4 2021/22 results to March 2022, which saw the coverage of Openreach’s gigabit Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network grow by a record 752,000 premises in the quarter (up from +662K last quarter) to total 7.2 million. The operator also signed an FTTP co-provisioning deal with Sky Broadband.

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10th May, 2022 (10 Comments)

Prince Charles has today carried out the State Opening of Parliament event – formally still referred to as the “Queen’s Speech“, which sets out the UK Government’s agenda for the coming session. The speech contained no real surprises, but it did include and reiterate some bills that will impact broadband infrastructure and internet safety.

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3rd May, 2022 (9 Comments)

Back in January the Government’s Building Digital UK team “soft launched” a new National Rolling Open Market Review (NROMR) process for their £5bn Project Gigabit broadband rollout with a limited number of suppliers (here). Today they’ve launched another NROMR and are opening it up to more suppliers.

27th April, 2022 (14 Comments)

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Rural Powerhouse has today published a new report that warns “Rural Britain is not a museum” and is being “held back” by, among many other things, “slow” broadband connectivity and the need to urgently improve 4G and 5G mobile infrastructure.

Gigabit-Broadband-Speed-Sign-in-Black

13th April, 2022 (16 Comments)

The Scottish Government have complained that the UK government are yet to provide any “sense” of the delivery timescale, or how much funding will be allocated to it, from the £5bn Project Gigabit broadband rollout. The SG also claims that the project may only target the “cheapest and easiest to reach premises“, at the expense of rural areas.

wales uk map broadband dragon

9th April, 2022 (14 Comments)

The Building Digital UK team has published a new Public Review (PR) consultation for Wales, which reveals that some 327,174 premises might need state aid help under the Government’s £5bn Project Gigabit broadband rollout scheme in order to access 1Gbps speeds (rising to 984,806 if including ‘Under Review‘ premises).

water valve

6th April, 2022 (13 Comments)

The UK Government has today announced the start of their new “Fibre in Water” trial, which will test the deployment of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband cables through 17km of live drinking water mains between Barnsley and Penistone (Yorkshire). In theory, this could help to cut the cost of rural broadband delivery and reduce leaks.

Project-Gigabit-UK-Gov-Investment-Scheme-2025

6th April, 2022 (3 Comments)

The Building Digital UK team has started a new batch of Open Market Reviews (OMR) under Phase 3A of the Government’s £5bn Project Gigabit broadband rollout, which will examine network coverage in Herefordshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire and East Riding.

Fibrus Digging Rural Road

31st March, 2022 (0 Comments)

Alternative network and UK ISP Fibrus has today secured a further investment boost of £220m from a consortium of banks, including the UK Infrastructure Bank, which will be used to extend their existing rollout of a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in Northern Ireland to 330,000 premises.

Money Pounds Savings for UK Homes

31st March, 2022 (2 Comments)

The Australian-based financial services firm Macquarie Group and UK Government have jointly announced a new £12bn private investment in “sustainable infrastructure“, which among other things includes a plan to help spread “super-fast wireless broadband and ultra-fast fibre” (FTTP) across more parts of rural England.

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29th March, 2022 (6 Comments)

The Building Digital UK team has today published another batch of Public Reviews (PR) for Surrey, Lancashire, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire (inc. Swindon), Derbyshire, East Sussex and Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes under the Government’s £5bn Project Gigabit broadband rollout.

house building uk broadband

24th March, 2022 (2 Comments)

The Superfast South Yorkshire project, which represents the broadband connectivity interests of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield in England, has given itself a pat on the back this week after reporting that a change to local planning rules has helped to ensure that 17,000 new build homes are capable of gigabit speeds.

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23rd March, 2022 (17 Comments)

The Government’s Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi MP, has today made a new commitment for “every school across the country” to be able to access “high speed internet” by 2025, which is said to complement the wider £5bn Project Gigabit broadband rollout programme. Funding will also be provided for related WiFi upgrades.

rural broadband landscape uk

22nd March, 2022 (6 Comments)

The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE), which is collaborating with the UK Government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK) team within DCMS, has launched a new survey that seeks views and experiences of rural broadband connectivity from small and medium-sized businesses (SME) present in such areas.

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