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17th September, 2012 (8 Comments)

The government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office, which handles public funding for the country’s national roll-out of superfast broadband services, looks set to cast a questionable eye over BT’s related “fibre” based (FTTC / P) roll-out costs after an internal discussion paper pointed to several areas of concern.

internet emergency

14th September, 2012 (4 Comments)

The governments Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed that Fujitsu UK, which alongside BT is one of only two telecoms operators bidding for major national superfast broadband deployment contracts, is now classified as “high risk” and thus subject to additional scrutiny.

uk fibre optic fttc cable

12th September, 2012 (6 Comments)

The boss of the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office, which is responsible for managing the country’s national superfast broadband strategy, tenders and related public funding, has said that he expects to resolve Europe’s competition concerns with the process “this month“.

europe map

5th September, 2012 (1 Comment)

The European Commission’s (EC) plan to boost funding for its Digital Agenda strategy by €9.2bn (£7.3bn), which will help to make superfast broadband (30Mbps+) services available to 100% of EU people by 2020 and would directly impact projects in the UK, could be affected after the Cypriot presidency questioned the allocation.

wireless broadband internet mast

3rd September, 2012 (0 Comments)

The European Commission (EC) has today moved to tackle the rising demand for Mobile Broadband and WiFi data traffic, which doubles every year and could soon reach over 1 Trillion MegaBytes per month in Europe alone, by removing the regulatory barriers that prohibit radio spectrum sharing and White Space tech.

2mbps for all UK people by 2015 sign

29th August, 2012 (25 Comments)

Point Topic’s Tim Johnson has told the Broadband Forum’s quarterly meeting in Bucharest that UK and EU plans to deploy superfast broadband are at risk of putting too much emphasis on headline speeds and “not enough on the user experience“, with 40 million homes in Europe still unable to get even basic speeds of 2Mbps (Megabits per second).

liverpool uk merseyside

24th August, 2012 (0 Comments)

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which aims to reduce economic disparities between EU member states by supporting regeneration, has called for broadband projects to help it spend £6m that has been set aside to improve internet access for small businesses in Merseyside (North West England).

world internet

22nd August, 2012 (7 Comments)

Content delivery firm Akamai has today published a useful summary of national broadband ISP speed and coverage targets from different countries around the world, which provides for an interesting comparison with the UK’s own ambitions. But how do we compare?

fibre optic cable uk

9th August, 2012 (8 Comments)

Telecoms analyst Point Topic has today revealed that some 10% (2 million+) of the United Kingdom’s fixed line ISP subscribers were connected via a superfast broadband (25Mbps+) service at the start of July 2012, which leaves 16.3 million on standard broadband products with sub-25Mbps speeds (total 21.3 million). But problems remain.

fibre optic uk superfast broadband internet cables

3rd August, 2012 (30 Comments)

The UK government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed that its national roll-out of superfast broadband (25Mbps+) services has been hit by “at least” a 3 month delay after the European Commission (EC) expressed competition concerns with the process.

fibre optic rural broadband rollout uk

30th July, 2012 (7 Comments)

The European Commission (EC) has given a “high priority” to resolving competition concerns over the UK governments allocation of State Aid for its national superfast broadband deployment, which appears to be delaying the approval of funding for several related Local Broadband Plans (LBP).

united kingdom

24th July, 2012 (5 Comments)

The Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA), which works to support the development of next generation internet access around the UK, has announced the forming of a new group of smaller ISPs that could challenge BT’s apparent dominance of the publicly funded superfast broadband roll-out. But is it too little, too late?

worcestershire uk broadband

17th July, 2012 (2 Comments)

The Worcestershire County Council (WCC) in England warns that a “gross miscalculation” has been made over the time it would take to get final approval from Europe to proceed with its planned superfast broadband roll-out, which is delaying the project that was supposed to proceed in June 2012.

europe map

12th July, 2012 (9 Comments)

The European Commission (EC) has today set out new rules to help boost investment, development and competition in the rollout of superfast broadband technologies and services right across Europe, which will “apply at least until 2020” and support its wider Digital Agenda targets.

european union map flag

19th June, 2012 (15 Comments)

The European Commission (EC) has released its annual 2012 Digital Agenda Scoreboard, which assesses the progress towards Europe’s broadband delivery targets. It found that just 5.5% of UK lines have adopted a superfast broadband ISP service that can deliver download speeds of 30Mbps+ (EU average 8.5%).

chi onwurah mp uk

15th June, 2012 (17 Comments)

The local MP for Newcastle Central and Labour’s shadow minister for innovation and digital infrastructure, Chi Onwurah, has criticised the European Commission (EC) for having a “bias in favour of fibre” and switching its EU state aid rules (here) to focus more on “ultra-fast” (100Mbps+) fibre optic FTTH style broadband networks.

fibre optic ftth broadband cable laying

13th June, 2012 (3 Comments)

The European Commission (EC) has given state aid approval for the UK government to release between £7m-£10m in order to rollout an “ultra-fast” fibre optic based 80-100Mbps+ (Megabits per second) capable broadband ISP network in Birmingham by 2015 and turn it into one of ten large “super-connected cities“.

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