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5th September, 2017 - 3:55 pm (20 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has this week carried out their threat to pursue a Judicial Review of Ofcom’s forthcoming 4G and 5G radio spectrum auction in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands, which will seek to impose a tougher spectrum cap that could stop EE (BT) from bidding.

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2nd September, 2017 - 7:59 am (9 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has published another round of price reductions for their Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) products, which primarily focuses upon the connection fees for their 100Mbps service and 1Gbps rental prices. The cuts should start from 1st October 2017, assuming Ofcom’s policy doesn’t change.

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1st September, 2017 - 12:01 am (4 Comments)

The Citizens Advice agency has claimed that over 1 in 3 people who moved house during the past two years has suffered an “unexpected delay” in getting their broadband working, with some facing a delay of more than 2 weeks. The charity demands that ISPs pay compensation for such delays.

radio spectrum tower mast united kingdom

21st August, 2017 - 9:38 am (5 Comments)

Last month Three UK threatened Ofcom with a Judicial Review unless they changed the rules of their 4G and 5G radio spectrum auction in order to aggressively curb EE’s (BT) dominance (here). Now EE has issued its own letter before action in order to defend against such measures.

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21st August, 2017 - 8:04 am (9 Comments)

The Citizens Advice agency has estimated the cost of BT, Virgin Media and Sky Broadband’s proposed voluntary system for handling automatic compensation, which would be paid during a total loss of broadband service. But consumers could receive 32% less than via Ofcom’s own plan.

BT major fibre optic cable junction telephone exchange uk

15th August, 2017 - 1:17 pm (29 Comments)

The proposed Dark Fibre Access product from Openreach (BT), which would have allowed rival ISPs to gain “physical access” to the operator’s existing fibre optic cables (i.e. enabling them to install their own equipment at either end of the fibre within cable ducts), has today officially been cancelled.. for now.

First Utility Broadband

14th August, 2017 - 10:04 am (0 Comments)

Energy provider First Utility, which recently entered the United Kingdom’s crowded internet and telecoms sector, has called on Ofcom to introduce new regulation that would force broadband ISPs to give customers plenty of warning when their initial service discounts and contracts are coming to an end.

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9th August, 2017 - 1:34 pm (62 Comments)

Residents of the Grand Eagles holiday park in Perthshire (Scotland) have claimed that Openreach holds a virtual “monopoly” after they accused the operator of trying to “extort” £3,500 per property from home owners, who aren’t covered by the current Universal Service Obligation.

mobile mast vector

9th August, 2017 - 10:09 am (17 Comments)

Here we go again. Mobile operator Three UK has issued a formal letter before action to Ofcom, which threatens the regulator with a Judicial Review unless they change the rules of their forthcoming 4G and 5G radio spectrum auction in order to more aggressively curb EE’s (BT) dominance.

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8th August, 2017 - 11:29 am (0 Comments)

Sky (Sky Broadband) will be pleased to learn that Ofcom has today dropped a 2 year old investigation into whether or not the operator breached the regulator’s consumer protection rules for governing the termination of landline and broadband contracts.


8th August, 2017 - 11:18 am (1 Comment)

The UK telecoms regulator has hit KCOM, the incumbent telecoms and broadband provider for Hull in East Yorkshire, with a fine of £900,000 after “a serious weakness” in their network resulted in 74 calls to the emergency services failing after a BT telephone exchange in York flooded during Storm Eva.

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.

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3rd August, 2017 - 12:01 am (0 Comments)

The annual 2017 Communications Market Report (CMR) has today been published, which reveals the latest information about the take-up and impact of Broadband, Mobile, Phone, TV and Radio services across the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland).

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1st August, 2017 - 12:25 pm (18 Comments)

Most won’t have noticed but Ofcom has published an update to last year’s cost analysis for the proposed broadband Universal Service Obligation, which reveals that the Government asked them to model a 20Mbps (2Mbps upload) USO option and it might be better value for money.


1st August, 2017 - 10:26 am (6 Comments)

A lengthy investigation by Ofcom has found “reasonable grounds for believing” that Kent based broadband ISP True Telecom may have breached several consumer protection rules over their handling of service migrations and contracts, including SLAMMING.


1st August, 2017 - 9:53 am (5 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has today set out “detailed pricing proposals” for Openreach’s (BT) new Duct and Pole Access product, which allows their existing telegraph poles and underground cable ducts to be used by rivals in order to deploy new ultrafast broadband services (e.g. FTTP/H).

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29th July, 2017 - 12:01 am (35 Comments)

Grant Shapps’s (MP) cross-party British Infrastructure Group, which is supported by 57 MPs, has published its latest Broadbad 2.0 report, which among other things calls for consumers in the United Kingdom to be compensated for sub-10Mbps broadband speeds. Sadly it also makes some mistakes.

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