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openreach bt engineer at a street cabinet fttc

23rd September, 2017 - 7:14 am (23 Comments)

Some users of Openreach’s (BT) ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) broadband lines, specifically those stuck on troublesome ECI based street cabinets, may soon benefit from a speed boost when OR attempt to adopt a default target downstream noise margin of 3dB.


22nd September, 2017 - 4:10 pm (21 Comments)

Alternative network provider WarwickNet (CableCom) has today stolen a march on Openreach (BT) by upgrading their own street cabinets to support the latest hybrid-fibre G.fast broadband services with ultrafast download speeds of ‘up to’ 500Mbps (well above Openreach’s 330Mbps peak).

fibre optic blue strands storm

21st September, 2017 - 7:41 am (5 Comments)

The Essex County Council (ECC) in England has unveiled details of their final Phase 4 contract under the Superfast Essex project, which could be supported by up to £29 million of public investment and aims to reach “near” to 100% coverage of “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) by 2021.

genesis technical systems dsl rings

20th September, 2017 - 2:31 pm (2 Comments)

Canadian firm Genesis Technical Systems (GTS) has managed to get their long-gestating mBond technology through BT’s Modem Conformance Testing (MCT) for the SIN498 standard, which means that their bonded copper broadband line kit can be used on Openreach’s FTTC (VDSL2) network.

55mbps sky guarantee

18th September, 2017 - 9:54 am (11 Comments)

Internet provider Andrews & Arnold (AAISP) has attempted to spoof modern advertising practices and Sky Broadband’s recent offer of a 55Mbps “Minimum Speed Guarantee” by proposing to go one further with a 56Mbps guarantee. Naturally they’re quick to explain the caveats.

fibre optic cables and uk network server setup 2017

18th September, 2017 - 12:01 am (11 Comments)

The roll-out of “ultrafast” fibre optic broadband services using Gigabit capable FTTH/P/B technologies is continuing to ramp up in 2017, with our latest annual estimate of total premises passed across the United Kingdom reaching 1,084,500 (up from 780k in 2016) and this is set to surge.

kcom hull uk engineer vans

15th September, 2017 - 9:00 am (4 Comments)

Over the past two years we’ve heard plenty of debate about the Government and BT’s proposed plan for a legally-binding 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation for broadband, although there’s been very little talk about KCOM’s position in Hull and East Yorkshire, where they dominate the local market.


14th September, 2017 - 1:05 pm (0 Comments)

Earlier this year Ofcom proposed to impose a raft of new Quality of Service standards and charge controls upon Openreach’s (BT) national broadband and phone network (here). Today the regulator has published a revision, which changes some of the proposed targets.

openreach bt fibre optic cable hands

13th September, 2017 - 12:26 pm (1 Comment)

The Connecting Cheshire scheme in England has confirmed that their roll-out of “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services across Cheshire and Warrington will soon be extended, which is thanks to the securing of an additional public investment worth £7.25 million.

Vodafone UK 2016

12th September, 2017 - 2:19 pm (6 Comments)

New customers of Vodafone’s unlimited ‘up to 38Mbps and ‘up to’ 76Mbps capable FTTC (VDSL2) based “fibre broadband” packages can now benefit from a 20% discount on the monthly rental, which will apply for the first 18 months of service. As a result the prices now start from £20 per month.

united kingdom coloured counties map

9th September, 2017 - 9:42 am (44 Comments)

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK project has published its latest Q2 2017 take-up data for the state aid supported roll-out of “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) services across the United Kingdom, which shows that many regions are seeing 40%+ adoption and that will boost clawback.

united kingdom black coloured high res

9th September, 2017 - 12:01 am (25 Comments)

The Government’s £1.6bn+ Broadband Delivery UK project has today confirmed that a total of £645m in public funding (i.e. clawback and efficiency savings) will be returned to help expand the reach of “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) to 98% of premises in the United Kingdom by around 2020.

gigaclear fibre optic street works rural

8th September, 2017 - 5:39 pm (7 Comments)

The Connecting Devon and Somerset project has today named the first 21 communities (i.e. 9,000 initial homes and businesses) that will benefit from Gigaclear’s roll-out of a new 1Gbps FTTP broadband network in the region, which is due to start deploying from November 2017.

fibre optic cable connectors openreach

7th September, 2017 - 4:03 pm (15 Comments)

Internet service providers that make use of Openreach’s network in the United Kingdom will be pleased to learn that the operator has dropped the price of their 1Gbps and 10Gbps Cablelink services, which are often used to support “fibre broadband” services like FTTC (G.fast or VDSL2) and FTTP.

sky broadband uk logo 2017

7th September, 2017 - 10:26 am (14 Comments)

New and existing Sky TV customers, as well as existing Sky Broadband, Talk and TV customers without “Fibre“, can now benefit from an significant price reduction if they choose to add one of the operator’s ‘up to’ 38Mbps or 76Mbps capable Sky Fibre (FTTC) superfast broadband services.


4th September, 2017 - 4:46 pm (59 Comments)

BT Wholesale has published an updated price list (effective from 1st September 2017), which gives us a useful glimpse at the wholesale charges that UK ISPs will need to pay if they want to buy the operator’s 160Mbps (30Mbps upload) or 330Mbps (50Mbps upload) based G.fast broadband service.

old hutton and middleshaw fttc cabinet

2nd September, 2017 - 12:01 am (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.

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