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15th September, 2021 (9 Comments)

The latest independent data from Thinkbroadband has revealed the top 36 local authorities in the United Kingdom where Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband coverage has reached over 50%. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the list is topped by Hull (99.08%), where KCOM has already completed their full fibre rollout.

Optical Fibre Network Connector Lit

15th September, 2021 (12 Comments)

The FTTH Council Europe has today published their latest forecast for the growth of “full fibre” (FTTP/H/B) based broadband ISP networks across Europe, which predicts that the United Kingdom will see a staggering growth of +488% over the next five years to achieve 25 million homes passed by 2026 (up from 7m by the end of 2021).

wales uk counties map

13th September, 2021 (3 Comments)

The Welsh Government has issued a Q2 2021 progress update on their £52.5m Phase 2 Superfast Cymru contract with BT (Openreach), which reveals that 20,490 premises (up from 19,919 in Q1 2021 and 15,649 in Q4 2020) have now gained access to the operator’s 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

9th September, 2021 (3 Comments)

The UK Government has today invested £4m to support a new 2-year project (DCIA) trial, which aims to make it easier for network operators to access and deploy 5G mobile (mobile broadband) infrastructure on street furniture and public buildings, such as CCTV poles, traffic lights, lampposts, bus shelters and so forth.

9th September, 2021 (7 Comments)

The UK Government has announced that their project to create a National Underground Asset Register (NUAR), which reflects a digital map of underground pipes (water etc.) and cables (fibre optic broadband, power etc.), is entering the “Build Phase” and could help to cut some of the £2.4bn (per year) cost of accidental utility damage.

Fugro-Fibre-Optic-Cable-Laying-Ship-UK

6th September, 2021 (7 Comments)

Earlier this year the Scottish Government named 15 islands under their £600m Reaching 100% (R100) project which, supported by BT (Openreach) and Global Marine, would gain access to superfast broadband ISP speeds via 16 new subsea fibre optic cable links (here). Today we have a small progress update on this.

scotland r100 broadband lots map uk

3rd September, 2021 (9 Comments)

The Scottish Government has today issued a progress update on their £600m Reaching 100% (R100) programme with Openreach (BT), which provides more detail on their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) dominated plan for extending “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) across the LOT 1 area – North Scotland and the Highlands.

house building uk broadband

2nd September, 2021 (2 Comments)

The latest H1 2021 study of UK broadband coverage in new build homes has indicated that 92.8% of houses constructed during the first half of this year were connected to a “full fibre” (FTTP) ISP network (up from 90% in H2 2020), which rises to 98.6% for 30Mbps+ “superfast broadband” services (up from 98.3%).

VX-FIBER-Lila-Connect-FTTP-street-works

30th August, 2021 (22 Comments)

In a new ISPreview.co.uk interview the Chairman of Swedish operator VX Fiber, Mikael Sandberg, has helped to illuminate the “stark difference in attitude towards fibre in the UK compared with Sweden” and highlights some of the ways in which FTTP broadband deployments on this side of the channel could be improved.

Andrew Hepburn Openreach Scotland

27th August, 2021 (7 Comments)

Openreach’s (BT) Director of fibre build for the UK, Andrew Hepburn, has today helped ISPreview.co.uk to understand some of the challenges they face in extending Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband across rural parts of Scotland under the £600m Reaching 100% (R100) project and how they’re overcoming them.

26th August, 2021 (1 Comment)

Rural focused UK ISP Alncom, which alongside RunFibre are currently deploying a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across parts of Northumberland, Durham and South Gloucestershire (here), has put in an application for Code Powers with Ofcom in order to speed up their rollout.

wales uk three maps

24th August, 2021 (1 Comment)

The Welsh Government has today launched a new Open Market Review (OMR) for Wales, which aims to identify any existing or planned commercial coverage of gigabit broadband ISP networks. The review will help to establish the areas where public investment may be needed to deploy the service.

24th August, 2021 (7 Comments)

The Government’s Building Digital UK (DCMS) team has today announced that their £5bn Project Gigabit programme will supply an extra £25m for the Project Stratum contract in Northern Ireland, which will enable the rollout of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP technology to reach an additional 8,500 premises.

big ben uk parliament

24th August, 2021 (27 Comments)

The UK Government’s Office for Science has published a new report into increasing the contribution of science and technology for the sustainability of the UK’s health and care system, which among other things advises that the Prime Minister should consider “designating broadband as an essential utility.” But that isn’t a magic fix.

Sheep on a meadow and the Dinas Reservoir, near Ponterwyd Ceredigion, Dyfed, Wales, UK

23rd August, 2021 (0 Comments)

The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which is a UK-wide charity that was founded by The Prince of Wales, has opened up applications for their ‘Supporting Rural Communities’ fund that could provide up to £25,000 over 2 years to support “innovative projects” that “create a long-term difference” in remote rural areas (e.g. broadband upgrades).

20th August, 2021 (11 Comments)

The UK Government has just launched several new Public Reviews at once, this time for Shropshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Suffolk and Norfolk in England, which aims to identify any existing or planned commercial coverage of gigabit broadband ISP networks. Such reviews help to establish the areas where public investment may be needed.

house building uk broadband

18th August, 2021 (5 Comments)

The Welsh Government (WG) has just published an updated version of their quality requirements for any new affordable homes that are funded by the WG itself (e.g. social housing), which among other things will require that they must now be made “ready” for gigabit-capable broadband ISP connections.

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