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27th March, 2020 (11 Comments)

Vodafone UK will today join some of the other major ISPs (e.g. BT) by increasing the minimum contract term of their “superfast” FTTC broadband and phone packages from 18 to 24 months. At the same time they’ll also discount the Superfast 1 (35Mbps) package to be priced the same as Superfast 2 (63Mbps) from £20.95 a month.

19th March, 2020 (84 Comments)

The UK Government’s new legally-binding Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband – supplied by ISPs BT and KCOM – will tomorrow go live. The aim is to ensure that anybody living in a digitally disadvantaged area can request a “minimum” download speed of at least 10Mbps (1Mbps upload), but there are caveats.

18th March, 2020 (15 Comments)

Some early feedback from Openreach’s (BT) latest trial of ReTransmission (ReTx / G.INP) technology on Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) based broadband ISP lines, specifically those using the operator’s UK estate of ECI street cabinets, has shown improvements in service speed and latency times (ping).

6th March, 2020 (11 Comments)

Sky’s sibling ISP and TV streaming service, NOW TV (NOW Broadband), has slashed the monthly price of their Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) based “Fab Fibre” (36Mbps) and “Super Fibre” (63Mbps) broadband packages with inclusive anytime UK calls to £22 and £28 per month respectively. No setup fee.

6th March, 2020 (15 Comments)

The deputy leader of Dorset Council, Peter Wharf, this week told a cabinet meeting that he was “now going to be not so nice” to Openreach (BT), which occurred after one of their managers allegedly told the local authority that their current roll-out of “superfast broadband” (FTTC/P) was a “shambles.“

4th March, 2020 (25 Comments)

After several years Openreach (BT) has finally announced that their G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) “ultrafast broadband” ISP technology, which is capable of offering download speeds up to 330Mbps (50Mbps upload), is to finally get a full commercial launch on 1st April 2020. But its coverage seems unlikely to improve much.

3rd March, 2020 (19 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has notified us that the full commercial launch of their new “stand-alone broadband” product for UK ISPs – Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SOGEA) – has officially started, which they said “marks the beginning of the end” for the old analogue telephone network (known to most as the “landline” phone service).

29th February, 2020 (25 Comments)

The latest independent modelling of “gigabit” (1000Mbps+ / 1Gbps+) capable broadband technologies and coverage has revealed that related ISP networks are now available to 14.32% of UK homes and businesses (4.3 million premises), which compares with 12.40% for “full fibre” (FTTP) networks (3.7m).

28th February, 2020 (17 Comments)

UK ISP Sky Broadband (Comcast) has today discounted the price of their “Superfast Fibre” (FTTC at average download speeds of 59Mbps) package by -£2 to make it £25 per month for the first 18 months of service (£32 thereafter). On top of that they’ve also removed the setup fee (usually between £9.95 to £19.95).

21st February, 2020 (41 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has today revealed how much it will charge UK ISPs to use the new 500Kbps (0.5Mbps) “low bandwidth speed tier” on their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) and SOGEA (standalone FTTC / VDSL2) based broadband lines, which might sound silly by modern standards but it has a specific purpose.

19th February, 2020 (15 Comments)

Customers of Vodafone UK’s fixed line home broadband service (both FTTC and FTTH powered sides) may like to know that the ISP has recently updated their related Privacy Policy, which reveals just how much data they’re collecting from your home network and router. Some will be surprised, others will be “meh..“

13th February, 2020 (29 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has announced plans to trial ReTransmission (ReTx / G.INP) technology on “more” of their Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) based broadband network, but what the public briefing doesn’t tell you is that this time they’re going to try rolling it out on their estate of ECI street cabinets.

7th February, 2020 (23 Comments)

UK ISP BT has today slashed the price of their 67Mbps (average speed) “Superfast 2” broadband (FTTC / FTTP) and phone bundle, which is now being offered for £29.99 per month (plus £10 upfront) for the first 24 month contract term (£37.99 thereafter). On top of that they’re offering an £80 Reward Card (pre-paid Mastercard).

7th February, 2020 (2 Comments)

The Welsh Government (WG), which is currently working with Openreach (BT) to extend gigabit-capable”full fibre” (FTTP) broadband to a further 26,000 premises by March 2021 (here and here), has announced that they intend to open some of their own telecoms ducts up for use by ISPs to help boost connectivity and capacity supplies.

5th February, 2020 (14 Comments)

Mobile giant and UK ISP Vodafone has published their latest quarterly results to the end of December 2019 (financial Q3 19/20), which saw them add +20,000 fixed broadband customers to total 687,000 (down from +61k added in the previous quarter) and mobile customers jumped to total 18,056,000 (up by +250k)

4th February, 2020 (1 Comment)

Civil engineering firm Morrison Telecom Services (MTS), part of the M Group Services, has today secured an Openreach (BT) Network Services Agreement (ONSA), which will see them helping the operator to deploy and maintain their fibre broadband ISP networks across multiple parts of the UK.

1st February, 2020 (1 Comment)

Energy provider and UK ISP Shell Energy has kicked off February 2020 by discounting their range of home broadband and phone packages for new subscribers, which appear to drop the prices lower than last year’s Black Friday event. On top of that they’ve added some Amazon shopping vouchers.

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