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14th November, 2012 (0 Comments)

The £1m European Rural Broadband Challenge Fund (RBCF) and Outer Hebrides LEADER programme have successfully helped to fund and develop a new fibre optic network, which has been used to bring superfast broadband to five of the six houses in the tiny Highlands and Islands village of Dalmore (Scotland).

uk fibre optic fttc cable

13th November, 2012 (5 Comments)

BT has said that the United Kingdom is already in the “vanguard of fibre deployment” within Europe and called upon the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee to release detailed economic modelling to support their latest proposal, which demands speeds of 100Mbps for every home in the EU by 2020.

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12th November, 2012 (0 Comments)

Analyst firm Point Topic has released its report into the coverage of superfast broadband (Next Generation Access) services in the EU, which is intended to assess how close Europe is to achieving its Digital Agenda goals. Apparently the EU as a whole is just “half-way towards the goal” of 30Mbps+ for all by 2020.

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8th November, 2012 (8 Comments)

The UK government’s Culture Secretary, Maria Miller MP, will today fly out to Brussels with the hope of persuading the European Commission (EC) to grant final approval for the release of state aid funding, which would allow local authorities to proceed with their national roll-out of superfast broadband services.

fibre optic broadband cables

6th November, 2012 (20 Comments)

The European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) has supported calls for a “radical” boost to Europe’s Digital Agenda strategy, which could see “ultrafast” broadband ISP speeds of 100Mbps (Megabits per second) being made available to 100% of UK and EU households by 2020; with 50% able to get speeds of 1000Mbps (1Gbps).

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23rd October, 2012 (0 Comments)

The UK country manager for Brocade, a global network solutions provider, has suggested that BT and Virgin Media’s legal challenge against the use of public money (State Aid) to improve broadband services in the city of Birmingham might actually “improve the scheme’s chances of success“.

fibre optic ftth broadband cable laying

22nd October, 2012 (6 Comments)

National UK telecoms operators BT and Virgin Media have “disappointed” Birmingham City Council (BCC) after they launched a shock legal challenge against the city’s £10m publicly funded (State Aid) plan to expand the reach of “ultrafast” (100Mbps+) broadband ISP and public wifi services by 2015.

european union flag

20th October, 2012 (6 Comments)

The European Council, which is represented by the leaders of each member state (e.g. UK Prime Minister, David Cameron), yesterday set aside its doubts and gave explicit support to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and its proposed investment of €9.2bn (almost £7.5bn) into the delivery of faster broadband services.

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16th October, 2012 (5 Comments)

The Vice President for Europe’s Digital Agenda project, Neelie Kroes, has called upon member states to have “the courage to invest” in ultrafast broadband services that will deliver “Usain Bolt Internet” speeds to everybody in the region by 2020. Otherwise we risk being “tied down by slow connections“, warned Kroes.

fibre optic ultrafast broadband uk

11th October, 2012 (4 Comments)

The Broadband Stakeholders Group (BSG), a government think-tank, has published a new study that examines the predicted demand for superfast broadband ISP products. The good news is that it “gives cause for optimism and confidence“, with the UK comparing well on the international stage, but big challenges remain.

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8th October, 2012 (1 Comment)

The FTTH Council Europe, which campaigns for a future enabled by 100Mbps+ capable Fibre to the Home (FTTH) based fibre optic internet connections, has called on the EU not to shrink its proposed €9.2bn (£7.44bn) commitment to boosting broadband connectivity via the pan-European Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

european union flag

8th October, 2012 (1 Comment)

The European Commission’s (EC) competition boss, Joaquín Almunia, has confirmed that the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office, which is responsible for managing the country’s national superfast broadband strategy, will shortly be given permission to distribute State Aid funding to related projects around the country.

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1st October, 2012 (2 Comments)

The Cumbria County Council, which last month awarded its £70m contract (external investment) for rolling out superfast broadband (25Mbps+) services to BT, will also spend £2.5m on a new “integrated business support programme” to promote related products to local businesses. But is it necessary?

world internet

24th September, 2012 (0 Comments)

The International Telecommunication Union‘s (ITU) Broadband Commission has released its first global report into the state of mobile and fixed line broadband ISP deployment worldwide, which includes a country-by-country breakdown that tracks progress towards achieving the UN’s four primary digital development targets.

uk internet statistics

24th September, 2012 (6 Comments)

The results from 1,613 respondents to ISPreview.co.uk’s latest monthly web-based reader poll has revealed that 81.5% claim to “require” a minimum real-world broadband download speed of equal to or greater than 10Mbps (Megabits per second) but only a third (34.4%) actually receive their currently required speed.

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24th September, 2012 (7 Comments)

The Country Land and Business Association(CLA), which represents land owners across England and Wales, has today called upon the coalition government to firm up its roll-out plan for faster broadband in rural areas by introducing new legal assurances and performance-related measures to ensure proper delivery.

european union flag

20th September, 2012 (2 Comments)

The Vice President of the European Commission’s (EC) Digital Agenda project, Neelie Kroes, has today told a delegation in Bulgaria that Europe needs “fast broadband networks for everyone” or “none of the magic will happen” and economic growth might suffer.

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