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14th October, 2020 (7 Comments)

Cityfibre UK has today announced that they’ve commenced build on their £24 million project to deploy a new gigabit broadband capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTH) network across the Berkshire town of Slough, which is being supported by civil engineering firm VolkerSmart Technologies.

12th October, 2020 (19 Comments)

A new company called Broadreach Networks has just thrown its hat into the increasingly crowded ring of operator’s that all intend to build gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband networks, but this one seems to be less of an ISP and more of a wholesale provider – with a focus upon smaller towns.

9th October, 2020 (2 Comments)

After a bit of a delay it appears as if rural UK ISP Gigaclear is finally starting to make some solid progress on their state aid supported contract in East Berkshire, which over the last nine months has laid 55km of new fibre to help cover 4,300 premises with their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

19th August, 2020 (19 Comments)

Cityfibre UK has today revealed the first solid details of their plan to deploy a new “gigabit-capable” Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTH) based broadband ISP network across the towns of Slough (Berkshire) and Swindon (Wiltshire), which will involve a commercial investment of £24m and £40m respectively.

10th June, 2020 (55 Comments)

New ISP Swish Fibre, which last year began work to extend their 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to cover 250,000 premises across the Home Counties (i.e. just outside London), has today unveiled a full list of 33 poorly served towns (22 new additions) where their service is due to be rolled out next.

29th May, 2020 (5 Comments)

Rural fibre optic UK ISP Gigaclear has confirmed that their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in West Berkshire – built with support from public investment via the Superfast Berkshire project – is now nearly complete following massive delays. Some 14,000 local premises can already access the service.

27th January, 2020 (0 Comments)

Civil engineering firm Kier has today secured a new “multi-million pound” Openreach Network Services Agreement (ONSA), which is their first with the network operator. The deal will see them assisting the telecoms giant in deploying and maintaining both fibre optic and copper broadband services across Hampshire and Berkshire.

hyperoptic engineers talking near mdu

25th September, 2019 (0 Comments)

The Reading Borough Council has proposed a new agreement with UK ISP Hyperoptic that could result in them installing Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) initially to the authority’s own high-rise housing stock (subject to survey), but with the potential for further expansion to cover up to 75% of the geographic area of the Borough.

gigaclear soil dig ftth fttp

12th September, 2019 (11 Comments)

Fibre optic ISP Gigaclear UK, which is working to rollout a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in rural Berkshire, appears to have suffered another local setback after Network Rail refused permission to run optical cable over one of their bridges near Binfield.


26th June, 2019 (10 Comments)

A new trial has enabled cable operator Virgin Media UK to deploy a 1Gbps (150Mbps upload) capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP / RFoG) broadband network into the Berkshire village of Greenham near Newbury, which was made possible by feeding the network via a 10Gbps high-capacity millimetre wave (mmW) radio link.

vodafone mast and logo

7th February, 2019 (7 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone has today announced that they’ve this week joined with Qualcomm and Ericsson to conduct “over the air” tests of their future 5G network with an early Smartphone prototype, which uses the latest Gigabit broadband speed capable Snapdragon™ X50 modem.

vodafone 4g 5g mobile manholes

10th December, 2018 (12 Comments)

Most of the time when a mobile operator wants to improve their network coverage then they install new base stations or small cells in high locations, such as on top of a building, mast or street light. Now Vodafone has decided to go in the opposite direction by installing small antennas “below street level.”

bt fibre optic cable bloom

25th October, 2018 (10 Comments)

The cries of “oh no, not another one!” can already be heard today as the Superfast Berkshire project in England joins others in confirming that their roll-out of fibre-based broadband ISP networks – via both Gigaclear and Openreach (BT) – will face a significant delay in the county (affecting both Phase 2 and 3 contracts).

gigaclear manhole

10th September, 2018 (7 Comments)

It’s two years since full fibre UK ISP Gigaclear announced that they could deploy their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to the rural village of Crazies Hill in Berkshire (here), which beat Openreach (BT) and Virgin Media to the punch. Sadly the local residents are still waiting.

virgin media engineer street works

25th September, 2017 (1 Comment)

Residents of central Wargrave (Berkshire) have been told that cable operator Virgin Media will now expand their ultrafast broadband and TV network to cover around the High Street, which follows an earlier decision not to proceed due to a lack of demand and fears over the potential for major disruption.

gigaclear fibre optic trench digging

25th July, 2017 (3 Comments)

Rural fibre optic ISP Gigaclear and national operator Openreach (BT) have won the Phase 3 roll-out contracts for Berkshire in England, which will see a mix of 1Gbps FTTP and up to 80Mbps FTTC broadband being used to reach an additional 13,500 homes and businesses by the end of 2019.

virgin media project lightning rollout wrexham

24th July, 2017 (11 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media has had to roll back on part of last year’s pledge to roll-out their ultrafast broadband and TV network across the large Berkshire village of Wargrave. Apparently the work would cause too much disruption and there hasn’t been enough demand in related streets.

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