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wireless radio spectrum mast

2nd December, 2021 (13 Comments)

Ofcom has today opened a new consultation that seeks feedback on how to maximise the long-term value of Terahertz spectrum, which is expected to play a role in future wireless broadband and mobile broadband (6G) technologies and could deliver speeds of 1 Terabits per second (Tbps) or 1000Gbps (Gigabits).

money lock

1st December, 2021 (4 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 (VMO2) has been fined £150k by the UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, after they were found to have provided “inaccurate and incomplete information” during an earlier investigation into the company’s billing issues (here), which separately resulted in the operator being fined £10.5m for overcharging customers.

end_of_contract_text_notice

30th November, 2021 (5 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today given itself a pat on the back after its research found that 1.3 million broadband ISP customers had secured better deals as a result of their new End-of-Contract Notification (ECN) system. Overpayments by mobile customers also dropped by £100m due to new rules on handset bundles.

British sterling one pound coin currency

24th November, 2021 (11 Comments)

A new Opinium survey for Uswitch, which questioned 2,000 UK adults this month, has estimated that 65% of those deemed to be “financially vulnerable people” aren’t aware that social tariffs for broadband exist from various UK ISPs, with just 15% of eligible households actually applying for them.

openreach 2017 back jacket of engineer

21st November, 2021 (31 Comments)

Several alternative UK network (AltNets) builders, including Gigaclear and CityFibre, among others, are reportedly set to launch a legal challenge against Ofcom’s recent approval of Openreach’s “Equinox” offer (here), which introduces a “major” price cut (details) to the incumbents Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband products.

internet_law_uk_broadband_mobile

19th November, 2021 (3 Comments)

The UK Court of Appeal (CoA) has granted broadband ISP BT permission to try to appeal the Competition Appeals Tribunal‘s (CAT) judgement, which last month rejected the operator’s attempt to stop a £600m class action claim against them – related to the alleged overcharging of 2.3 million landline-only phone customers.

fibre optic orange cable blast 2016 gigapixel

16th November, 2021 (0 Comments)

Wireless network and IT services provider APC Solutions (APC Communications Solutions), which also runs the Essex (England) focused ISP Essex WiFi, has revealed that they intend to expand into building their own gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband services.

complaints ofcom report isp broadband tv phone mobile

16th November, 2021 (7 Comments)

Ofcom has published their latest Q2 2021 (calendar) consumer complaints study, which saw TalkTalk come top of the naughty table for gripes about their fixed line home broadband and phone services. Meanwhile, Virgin Media took the most flak for Mobile and Pay TV, although overall complaints were down.

British sterling one pound coin currency

12th November, 2021 (0 Comments)

Ofcom has today fined two little-known UK broadband ISPs – Met Technologies (Met Plus Telecom and Millenium Talk) and Guaranteed Telecom (Zoom Telecom) – a total of £35,000 after they were found to have switched 110 consumers to their service without permission (SLAMMING).

10Mbps UK Broadband USO

11th November, 2021 (33 Comments)

Ofcom has today finalised the changes that were first confirmed in July to improve how BT handles delivery of the UK’s Universal Service Obligation (USO), which aims to bring faster broadband ISP speeds to those who can’t yet receive a 10Mbps+ capable download speed and aren’t planned to do so in the near future.

Fiber Optic cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports

9th November, 2021 (15 Comments)

The UK Government’s new Telecommunications (Security) Bill (TSB) is set to become law after passing through both houses of parliament this month, but it goes much further than just banning Huawei from the UK’s 5G mobile networks. Broadband ISPs, both big and small alike, also face a cacophony of tedious new rules.

BT-Phone-Box-Evolution-2021

9th November, 2021 (4 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today announced that they intend to protect around 5,000 “vital phone boxes” from closure by BT and KCOM, but only those that are truly still needed by local communities. Without such protection, some of those phone boxes considered “vital” would still have been set for removal.

Signal tower service concept

4th November, 2021 (5 Comments)

Ofcom has today confirmed that they will next year introduce new changes to help expand the range of licence exempt “mobile phone repeaters” for UK consumers to adopt, which can be used in locations where people want to boost mobile signals for indoor and in-vehicle (low gain) use.

network_modem_cable

1st November, 2021 (2 Comments)

Ofcom has today published their fifth annual report into monitoring of the Open Internet Access Regulations (OIAR), also known as “net neutrality” rules. In short, no particular concerns regarding providers’ (broadband ISPs and mobile operators) practices were identified, but there were some interesting little tidbits.

kcom home fttp outside install

28th October, 2021 (10 Comments)

Ofcom has today published the outcome of their latest Hull Area Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review 2021-26, which tends to largely influence what rules they set for KCOM’s dominant network in the Hull (East Yorkshire) area. The main changes this time reflect deregulation and a new Dark Fibre requirement.

28th October, 2021 (5 Comments)

Just when you thought there were already enough alternative network (altnet) providers building gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband in the UK, along comes another one in the shape of WhyFibre, which plans to cover “underserved” parts of South England.

mobile mast uk in circle

27th October, 2021 (8 Comments)

Ofcom has today approved an earlier proposal – requested by both Three UK and EE (BT) – to increase the permitted power output for the equipment that UK mobile operators use in the 800MHz band, which is expected to result in a small coverage improvement for the related 4G data (mobile broadband) and calling services.

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