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9th August, 2022 (56 Comments)

A small group of MPs have given their backing to a new Private Members Bill (PMB), which would make it mandatory for UK operators building full fibre (FTTP) broadband ISP networks to initiate a local consultation when deploying new telecommunications infrastructure in residential areas (e.g. telecoms poles).

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8th August, 2022 (4 Comments)

The European Commission recently published their annual 2022 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which charts how the EU’s fixed line broadband ISP and mobile networks compare across all of its 27 countries. The UK was removed from this report post-Brexit, but it’s still possible to see how we compare by using Ofcom’s data.

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3rd August, 2022 (0 Comments)

The £23.8m deployment by Virgin Media Business (VMO2) of a new 2,700km long “full fibre” network in Greater Manchester, which is designed to connect over 1,500 public sector sites, has also resulted in 17 public sites – including homeless shelters, charities and community centres – benefiting from free fibre broadband until 2025.

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1st August, 2022 (6 Comments)

The Welsh Parliament‘s Climate Change, Environment, and Infrastructure Committee (CCEIC) has today publish a new report into the state of broadband internet access across Wales, which makes 10 recommendations for how the UK and Welsh Government’s could improve connectivity and fill the remaining gaps.

Virgin Media O2 Female Fibre Splicer

29th July, 2022 (31 Comments)

The parents of Virgin Media (Liberty Global) and O2 (Telefonica), supported by InfraVia Capital Partners, have today announced the creation of a new Joint Venture (JV) to build an XGS-PON based and wholesale focused Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network that will cover “up to” 7 million additional UK homes.

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28th July, 2022 (4 Comments)

The BT Group has published their Q1 2022/23 results to June 2022, which saw the coverage of Openreach’s gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network reach 7.957 million premises (up by a record of 763K in the quarter vs 752K last quarter). Meanwhile, EE’s 5G network now reaches 55% of the UK population.

22nd July, 2022 (26 Comments)

The state aid supported Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has been hit by yet another controversy after it “terminated” two contracts with Bath-based broadband ISP Truespeed, which had suffered delays in its £6.7m (public investment) deal to deploy a full fibre network to cover 15,172 premises.

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20th July, 2022 (45 Comments)

The CEO of UK ISP 4th Utility, Tony Hughes, has today said that access to reliable broadband should be a basic human right and that now is the time for the Government to “rethink” their investment in the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project. Instead, Tony believes that such funding should be diverted to upgrade broadband infrastructure.

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20th July, 2022 (0 Comments)

The Government’s Digital Secretary, Nadine Dorries MP, has appointed Simon Blagden CBE to be the new chair of their Building Digital UK (BDUK) executive agency, which has responsibility for delivering faster broadband and mobile networks across the nation (e.g. the £5bn Project Gigabit scheme and the £1bn Shared Rural Network).

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20th July, 2022 (6 Comments)

The Welsh Government has issued an easy to miss statement on Digital Connectivity in Wales, which among other things reveals that their £52.5m Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband rollout contract with Openreach (BT) is now expected to cover slightly more premises. But this will push completion back to 31st March 2023.

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15th July, 2022 (2 Comments)

UK ISP FACTCO has today finished its rollout of a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to the rural village of Cambois, which they claim is the “largest completed [gigabit voucher] project to date” in Northumberland (England).

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13th July, 2022 (0 Comments)

The North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has been allocated £16.89 million over three years – April 2022 to March 2025 – from the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF), which they say will be spent on everything from “a lack of broadband coverage to poor rural transport links“.

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12th July, 2022 (10 Comments)

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project and UK ISP Airband have today issued a new July 2022 update on their Phase 2 contract to deploy a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across the region, which has so far covered 2,500 premises in hard to reach rural areas.

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7th July, 2022 (22 Comments)

The latest independent biannual summary of UK broadband coverage for H1 2022 has estimated that “full fibre” (FTTP) ISP networks have boosted their reach to 37.61% of premises (up from 30.23% in H2 2021) and 69.24% are within reach of “gigabit” speeds (up from 65.22%). But the results vary around England, Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland.

5th July, 2022 (4 Comments)

The state aid supported Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project in England has today issued another update on the full fibre rollout progress of their £6m Fibre Extension Programme (FEP) contract with Openreach (BT), which was originally due to complete by the end of 2021 but is still ongoing.

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5th July, 2022 (0 Comments)

Broadband ISP WightFibre, which is busy building a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to cover around 78,000 premises on the Isle of Wight by the end of 2023 (South Coast of Hampshire, England), has announced that they’ve just hit the 40,000 premises passed milestone (up from 35k in Feb 2022).

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1st July, 2022 (8 Comments)

The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Kate Forbes, has issued a brief progress update on their £600m Reaching 100% (R100) project with BT (Openreach), which is busy extending fixed “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) coverage – the vast majority of which is coming via FTTP – across rural parts of the country.

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