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splicing fibre optic openreach

26th July, 2019 (45 Comments)

The state aid supported Connecting Cumbria project, which has so far made “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) services available to around 93% of premises in the county (125,000 extra homes and businesses), is being extended to add a further 2,000+ premises via Openreach’s Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

b4rn trench dig 2019

30th January, 2019 (2 Comments)

Lancashire-based rural ISP B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) has announced that they intend to almost double their staff count by hiring a further 20 people. The additional hires will help to grow their community built and funded 1Gbps FTTH network to reach more homes in the English countryside.

b4rn ftth in snow

27th November, 2018 (3 Comments)

The B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) project, which is deploying a community built and funded 1Gbps “full fibre” (FTTH) rural broadband network to homes in several counties, have taken the hopefully temporary decision not to process new EIS1 forms (Enterprise Investment Scheme) for investments made into the ISP.

vodafone_5g_holographic_call

20th September, 2018 (10 Comments)

The hype train for the next generation of ultrafast 5G mobile technology, which will be able to deliver multi-Gigabit broadband speeds and faster latency to consumers, has kicked up another gear today after Vodafone confirmed they had conducted the UK’s first live holographic call using the technology.

b4rn fibre optic cable rolls

11th September, 2018 (14 Comments)

Plucky rural ISP B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North), which has spent the past 6 years deploying a 1Gbps capable community built and funded “full fibre” (FTTH) broadband network to remote homes in several counties across England, looks set to hit their 5,000 connections target by around the end of this month.

road diversion openreach work

5th July, 2018 (21 Comments)

A dispute between Openreach (BT), the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme and the local authority’s Connecting Cumbria project appears to be stalling a plan that could otherwise see fixed line “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) ISP services extended to a number of previously excluded villages.

virgin media engineer street works

17th May, 2018 (6 Comments)

A couple of months ago we reported that Virgin Media was facing 14 alleged safety breaches in the Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, which related to the expansion of their cable broadband and TV network in Cumbria. This week the ISP admitted to seven offences and was fined £385,000.

virgin media fibre optic cable construction team

22nd March, 2018 (14 Comments)

Cable TV and ultrafast broadband ISP Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) seems to be in hot water again after the Carlisle Magistrates’ Court in Cumbria highlighted 14 alleged safety breaches (locations), which relate to the Project Lightning network expansion in residential areas.

ee 4g external antenna

9th February, 2018 (31 Comments)

Mobile operator EE has decided to complement their existing 4G based wireless 4GEE Home Broadband service by introducing its own brand of external antenna, which can be fixed to the outside of your house in order to improve signal reception and thus Mobile Broadband performance.

b4rn east anglia network building and spade

14th December, 2017 (5 Comments)

The recently formed B4RN East Anglia (B4RNorfolk) ISP has this week gathered a group of volunteers to help mark the official start of construction on their new community built and funded 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband network for rural Norfolk and Suffolk (England).

solway communications uk

10th November, 2017 (2 Comments)

Fixed wireless broadband and fibre optic ISP Solway Communications has installed a new mast near Moota, which will help to expand their signal coverage area to include Cockermouth and more parts of West Cumbria in England (this doesn’t yet appear to show on their website’s coverage map).

underground fttp node bt openreach

12th September, 2017 (41 Comments)

Network provider Openreach (BT) appears to have completed the pilot of a new process option for Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) “ultrafast broadband” networks, which enables them to run optical fibre cables over their existing copper cable network / ducts at housing developments.

old hutton and middleshaw fttc cabinet

2nd September, 2017 (31 Comments)

Openreach has been criticised for a “criminal waste of taxpayers’ money” after their state aid supported roll-out of ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable FTTC broadband technology threatened to overbuild yet another one of B4RN’s community built 1Gbps FTTH/P networks, this time in Cumbria.

b4rn fibre optic cable rolls

27th July, 2017 (1 Comment)

The B4RN for Casterton project has completed the primary roll-out of their 1Gbps community built and funded fibre optic (FTTP/H) broadband network to the rural Cumbria village of Casterton and several surrounding areas, which was supported by £91,700 of local funding.

virgin_media_docsis_fibre_optic_trench_digger

7th July, 2017 (6 Comments)

Contractors working for Virgin Media in Carlisle (Cumbria) have faced criticism over the quality of their work after 400 defects were logged in one year, with the local authority now having to inspect 90% (instead of the “usual” 10%) of their street works and instruct a lot of repairs.

b4rn_street_cabinet_on_tractor

4th July, 2017 (18 Comments)

The plucky rural ISP B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North), which has been deploying their 1Gbps community built and funded fibre optic (FTTP/H) broadband network to remote homes in Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire, has now connected 3270 properties and is expanding into Suffolk and Norfolk.

b4rn rural fibre optic cable fibrequeen

30th June, 2017 (3 Comments)

The community funded and built 1Gbps B4RN Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network in rural parts of Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire has received some extra support from the EU’s Digital Single Market team, which has published a couple of new videos on the project.

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