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CityFibre Street Works and Signs

22nd June, 2023 (4 Comments)

Network operator CityFibre has today announced that they’ve secured enough legal UK land and property access agreements (wayleaves) to connect over 1 million homes owned by local authorities and housing associations to their new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network.

Paying bills

24th May, 2023 (65 Comments)

Ofcom has this morning announced that it will NOT block Openreach’s proposed “Equinox 2” discount scheme for their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP products from being introduced, which came after rival networks raised competition concerns over the plans.

telephone_restriction_image

16th May, 2023 (8 Comments)

Crewe-based broadband and phone provider Ice Telecommunications Ltd (Ice Comms) has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after they were found to have made 72,682 unsolicited marketing (SPAM) calls to businesses registered with the CTPS or TPS between 13th Sept 2021 and 31st Jan 2022.

Internet Danger Websites with Scam Ads and Malware

21st April, 2023 (11 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 (VMO2) has, after analysing and blocking tens of millions of malicious and fraudulent text (SMS) messages targeting its UK customers, revealed the top five most common fraud texts blocked on their network (firewall) in March 2023. Topping the table were texts from criminals posing as someone’s mum or dad.

telephone broken uk

19th April, 2023 (2 Comments)

A new study from economic consultancy firm Fideres has accused UK telecoms regulator Ofcom of “tacitly allowing” TalkTalk, Virgin Media (VMO2) and other voice-only landline providers (e.g. SSE) to overcharge consumers by up to £200 million since 2009 (£100m by TT, £50m by VMO2, and a further £50m by smaller providers).

5th April, 2023 (6 Comments)

Ofcom’s ongoing probe into internet-based UK cloud services, which tend to be dominated by big providers like Amazon (AWS) and Microsoft (Azure), has uncovered practices and features that “could limit competition” and is proposing to refer the market to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for further investigation.

internet_law_uk_broadband_mobile

29th March, 2023 (7 Comments)

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today set out its “red lines” for businesses (including broadband and mobile providers) that make use of “price reduction” and “urgency claims” when selling their products and services to UK consumers. People are also being encouraged to report online rip-offs via a new form.

openreach bt fibre optic cable hands

17th March, 2023 (96 Comments)

Ofcom has this morning announced that they will need “an additional two months” to undertake further analysis of Openreach’s “Equinox 2” discount scheme, which will delay the operator’s planned 1st April 2023 launch of cheaper wholesale prices on their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP products.

trunk networks

14th March, 2023 (5 Comments)

Business broadband ISP and IT support provider Trunk Networks, which previously also operated the residential focused No One and Leetline sub-brands, appears to have slipped into liquidation toward the end of last year. But while Trunk is no more, those residential off-shoots continue to grow.

5g mobile sim logo uk

13th March, 2023 (0 Comments)

The High Court (King’s Bench Divison) has once again blocked a questionable crowd-funded legal challenge by the Action Against 5G campaign, which had been attempting to disrupt the UK rollout of 5G (mobile broadband) over fears that the government was being “unlawful” in “failing to protect the public from the health risks from 5G.“

fibre optic uk network cable flay glowing 2020

8th March, 2023 (30 Comments)

The Independent Networks Co-operative Association, which represents UK alternative broadband ISP networks, has today warned Ofcom that “more than £25bn worth of investment” to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure “will be directly threatened” if Openreach is allowed to introduce new FTTP wholesale price discounts (Equinox 2).

Avealto HAPS Airship Balloon

13th February, 2023 (0 Comments)

British technology and telecoms start-up Avealto, which is developing a High Altitude Platform (HAPs) that could be used in place of satellites to deliver broadband / data and voice connectivity, has got into a legal trademark spat with Airbus after the latter changed the name of their alternative Zephyr programme to Aalto.

fibre optic cable strands gigapixel

3rd February, 2023 (45 Comments)

Ofcom has today opened an expected consultation into Openreach’s ‘Equinox 2‘ discount scheme, which will further reduce the wholesale prices of their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband products for ISPs and thus consumers. But their “provisional” view is “not intervene“, which is likely to anger alternative networks (AltNets).

video streaming player

20th December, 2022 (63 Comments)

The UK Government’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced an interesting new campaign in partnership with Meta yesterday, which among other things decided to label “password sharing on streaming services [e.g. Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.] … without paying a subscription” as breaking copyright law. That’s a lot of new criminals.

cityfibre cable reels optical fibre

6th December, 2022 (25 Comments)

Network builder Cityfibre has today announced that they’ve formally submitted a Competition Act complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Ofcom against Openreach (BT), which accuses the operator of “undertaking an aggressive strategy to foreclose infrastructure competition in the UK fibre broadband market“.

Censored web

28th November, 2022 (18 Comments)

The UK Government has confirmed the mess of confusing legislation that is the Online Safety Bill (OSB), which attempts to clampdown on “harmful” internet content (i.e. via fines, website blocks by broadband ISPs and other sanctions), will return to Parliament “next week” (5th Dec) with some key changes.

BeFibre-Engineer-Working-in-Chamber

9th November, 2022 (0 Comments)

Network operator Digital Infrastructure, which is working with ISP BeFibre to cover over 1 million UK premises with their full fibre broadband infrastructure by the end of 2027 (here), has worked with law firm Trenches Law to pilot a new surveying service that could help speed up the time to deployment.

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