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22nd July, 2019 (1 Comment)

Over the past few months we’ve had a number of emails from people in rural parts of Hampshire that have been overlooked by the state aid supported Hampshire Superfast Broadband project. All wanted to know how the council, which has been fairly quiet on the subject since 2017, planned to tackle the final 2-3% of premises.

slow as a snail uk network connection

20th July, 2019 (39 Comments)

A few years ago Sky Broadband became the first ISP to stop accepting orders from UK customers on lines – often rural ones – where speeds were stuck below 2Mbps (here). Sadly more providers appear to have joined this club of shunning those on slower lines, which for some may exasperate the feeling of digital exclusion.

ee uk logo

19th July, 2019 (6 Comments)

New customers of EE’s UK fixed line home broadband and phone (ADSL, FTTC and G.fast) packages may like to know that the ISP will later this morning knock another -£2 off their monthly prices for the first 18 months of service, although this will only be available to order between now and 28th July 2019.

vodafone mast and engineer

17th July, 2019 (5 Comments)

Vodafone has announced that their new 5G network, which promises average mobile broadband speeds of 150-200Mbps and peaks up to 1Gbps, has now started rolling out into Birkenhead, Bolton, Gatwick, Lancaster, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton after initially only going live in a few major cities.

engineer bt looking at telecoms and broadband cables

16th July, 2019 (7 Comments)

The Suffolk County Council in England has issued a new report on the progress of their £64m project to help extend the coverage of “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) capable ISP networks to 98% of local premises by the end of 2020, which after some initial delays is now running nearly 6 months ahead of schedule.

kcom van with ladder on top

13th July, 2019 (5 Comments)

After a frenzied week of bidding The Takeover Panel has announced that Macquarie Infrastructure – MEIF 6 Fibre – had won the auction for Hull and East Riding’s (East Yorkshire, England) incumbent broadband ISP KCOM. The group put in a huge final bid of £627m to see off competition from rival Humber Bidco.

Vodafone UK 2016

12th July, 2019 (1 Comment)

New customers looking to take one of Vodafone’s fixed line FTTC based superfast broadband and phone packages are, until 13th August 2019, also being offered an included Amazon Echo Plus smart speaker (retails at up to £139.99). On top of that the ISP has also slightly reduced their monthly price on the 35Mbps plan.

eol all in one pcp fttc huawei openreach cabinet

11th July, 2019 (4 Comments)

The South Gloucestershire Council in England, which is currently working with Openreach (BT) to extend a FTTC/P based “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) network to nearly universal coverage (currently over 97%), has secured another £900,000 from the EU and UK Government’s to reach an extra 100 rural businesses.

Shell Energy Broadband

10th July, 2019 (3 Comments)

Energy supplier and UK ISP Shell Energy (formerly First Utility) has heavily discounted their broadband and phone packages for new subscribers, which for example cuts the price of their top 63Mbps (average speed) package from £34.99 to £26.99 per month for the first 18 months of service.

fttp testing node openreach

8th July, 2019 (27 Comments)

The Community Fibre Partnerships scheme from Openreach (BT), which offers to help co-fund the cost of upgrading digitally isolated communities to receive their FTTC, G.fast or FTTP based superfast broadband ISP network, has now signed-up its 930th community and expects to deliver for 100,000 UK premises.

united kingdom map and broadband cable mobile

8th July, 2019 (22 Comments)

The Government’s Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James MP, has wrongfully claimed that its Building Digital UK programme has now helped to push fixed “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) network coverage to 97% of UK premises (the expectation is that this could reach around 98% by the end of 2020).

united kingdom broadband connectivity

5th July, 2019 (13 Comments)

The Building Digital UK scheme, which since 2013 has helped to extend “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) networks to 5,123,530 extra premises (up by +46.9K since Q4 2018), has just published its latest take-up data to the end of March 2019. Coverage continues to grow, albeit slowly as contracts near their end.

onestream logo uk isp

5th July, 2019 (9 Comments)

Hampshire-based UK ISP Onestream has launched an intriguing new broadband package called “Jetstream Lite Fibre Unlimited,” which is unique because it appears to be based off Openreach’s (BT) national Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL) network and yet only promises a max download speed of 20Mbps (2Mbps upload).

kcom van in car park

5th July, 2019 (1 Comment)

In a surprise twist The Takeover Panel has ordered that the proposed sale of the incumbent telecoms and broadband operator for Hull in East Yorkshire, KCOM, should go to auction after neither of the two bidders were able to declare their offers for the company as “final“. The stage is now set for a c.£600m sale.

united kingdom digital connectivity

4th July, 2019 (1 Comment)

Ofcom has today published their 2019 Communications Market Report (CMR), which reveals the latest information about the take-up and impact of Fixed Line Broadband, Phone, Mobile, TV and Radio services across the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland).

vodafone mast and logo

3rd July, 2019 (35 Comments)

ISP Vodafone has today gone live in 7 UK cities with their new 5G based ultrafast mobile broadband network. At the same time they’ve moved to challenge Three UK by introducing a new range of SIM-only and handset plans with “unlimited data” (also on 4G services). A new home broadband (FTTC) and mobile bundle is coming too.

openreach fttc cabinet with engineer smiling

29th June, 2019 (33 Comments)

Long-time readers of ISPreview.co.uk will know that Openreach (BT) has had plenty of issues when trying to get network upgrades working at their optimal on their estate of ECI supplied street cabinets (particularly for hybrid fibre FTTC broadband ISP services). Now it looks like they might possibly be about to replace some of them.

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