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20th September, 2017 - 8:47 am (0 Comments)

The SNP controlled Scottish Government has this month set out their work programme for 2017-18, which among the known broadband promises (R100) has also pledged to deliver free WiFi “throughout major town and city centres” and to match the UK Government’s rates relief on new fibre investment.

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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.

fibre optic blue light abstract 2017

13th September, 2017 - 8:58 am (0 Comments)

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council in Northern Ireland has agreed to bid for £2.12m of public funding from the UK Government’s new £200m programme, which could help the region to build a new “Gigabit” fibre optic ring around the region and improve rural connectivity.

hyperoptic fttp fttb broadband engineer van

11th September, 2017 - 9:51 am (2 Comments)

Ultrafast fibre optic broadband ISP Hyperoptic, which deploys their FTTP/B network into large buildings around dense UK urban areas, has been ranked 17th in the Tech Track’s latest league table of Britain’s 100 private tech companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest 3 years.


4th September, 2017 - 4:06 pm (8 Comments)

Rural fibre optic ISP Gigaclear has today handed the £90 million civil engineering contract for deploying their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) ultrafast broadband network into Gloucestershire and Herefordshire (England), which should reach “almost” 70,000 premises, to Complete Utilities.

fibre optic broadband and ethernet network cable

3rd September, 2017 - 7:57 am (15 Comments)

The Government has chosen a Sunday to announce that they’ve committed £10m from a new fund to launch 6 local pilots of “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband / Ethernet networks, which aims to “test innovative ways” of using the service to connect businesses, homes and public sector sites.

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.


1st September, 2017 - 9:25 am (3 Comments)

The digital divide between UK rural and urban areas is not a new or unfamiliar problem, although a new study from academics at Aberdeen University in Scotland has warned that the issue “will persist for the foreseeable future,” unless public policy does more to embrace alternative network providers.

router with fibre optic cables on top

30th August, 2017 - 11:40 am (37 Comments)

The Government of the United Kingdom has this week started a new consultation on their proposal to introduce 100% business rates relief for new “full-fibre” (FTTH/P) broadband networks (estimated to be worth £60m), which will run from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2022.

gtc engineer and van

29th August, 2017 - 8:04 am (1 Comment)

Utility infrastructure provider GTC (Brookfield Utilities UK) appears to have responded to Openreach’s (BT) increasingly attractive FTTP “full fibre” broadband offer for new build home developers by enhancing their rival proposition via the Home Builders Federation, which makes it more accessible.

vodafone home fibre broadband

23rd August, 2017 - 7:58 am (10 Comments)

Last year “industry sources” indicated that Vodafone could be planning to build their own “full fibre” network in the United Kingdom (here). A new report claims that they are now in “early but serious” talks with Openreach (BT) about the prospect of a joint investment on a “large-scale” FTTP/H build.


22nd August, 2017 - 1:57 pm (4 Comments)

The Superfast Cornwall project, which has a long term aspiration to deliver 99% coverage of “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) by 2020, has today taken the next step by signing a new deal with Openreach (BT) that will put a further 7,000+ premises within reach of 1Gbps “full fibre” (FTTP) by 2019.


22nd August, 2017 - 10:13 am (2 Comments)

Fibre optic broadband provider Gigaclear has this month marked the fifth anniversary of their ultrafast 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network going live in the rural villages of Appleton and Eaton (Oxfordshire), which were among the first in England to get their service.

building britains connected future openreach van

7th August, 2017 - 11:03 am (32 Comments)

Last month Openreach (BT) launched a new consultation that hinted at a large-scale deployment of “full fibre” FTTP ultrafast broadband, which could cover up to 10 million premises by around 2025 (here). Today a leaked copy of that document has pegged the cost at between £3bn to £6bn.

green fibre optic cable expansion

5th August, 2017 - 12:01 am (13 Comments)

Some fibre optic broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe appear to be suffering from a shortage in supply of certain high capacity optical fibre cables from major European manufacturers, such as OFS and Tratos, which in some cases is causing huge delays.

hyperoptic engineer van high resolution broadband

4th August, 2017 - 12:01 am (0 Comments)

The Newcastle City Council has today announced that Hyperoptic have been chosen to supply their 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises / Building (FTTP/B) based ultrafast broadband network to 25 of the local authority’s social housing developments. The roll-out is already underway.

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