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exchange fibre openreach

8th August, 2019 (3 Comments)

Network access provider Openreach (BT) will today soft launch a new Dark Fibre X product into the UK market that is based off Ofcom’s somewhat restrictive design, which for the time being only focuses upon the limited inter-exchange connectivity market.

copper and fibre optic hybrid broadband cables uk

6th August, 2019 (1 Comment)

David Henriques, a Senior Associate Economist at Ofcom and Visiting Fellow at the LSE, has appeared to suggest that menu regulation for fibre optic broadband networks may be a better approach for the United Kingdom to take than incentive orientated regulation.

giffgaff logo uk

30th July, 2019 (3 Comments)

Ofcom has concluded their investigation into “inaccurate” billing at 4G mobile operator giffgaff – owned by O2 (Telefonica UK) – and has fined the company £1.4 million after it found that an error in their billing system led to around 2.6 million customers’ being overcharged up to almost £2.9m in total over a period of nearly 8 years.

ee 4g mast in a rural uk field

25th July, 2019 (2 Comments)

As expected Ofcom has today unveiled a new sharing framework that will be applied for four of the United Kingdom’s radio spectrum frequency bands (airwaves), which should make it possible for smaller mobile and fixed wireless broadband ISP networks to be created in order to deliver local coverage or industrial use.

complaints ofcom report isp broadband tv phone mobile

23rd July, 2019 (11 Comments)

A new report from Ofcom has revealed that Plusnet attracted the most UK consumer complaints for fixed line broadband and phone in Q1 2019, while Vodafone attracted the most gripes for Mobile and TalkTalk for Pay TV services. On the flip side Sky Broadband (Sky TV) and EE generated the fewest fixed line moans.

mobile operator smartphone problems uk spanner

22nd July, 2019 (8 Comments)

The UK communications and media (broadband, mobile, TV etc.) regulator has today set out a range of new measures that are intended to tackle bundles of both mobile handsets and tariffs (airtime contracts) together, which often continue to charge consumers for the handset even once the minimum contract term has ended.

slow as a snail uk network connection

20th July, 2019 (41 Comments)

A few years ago Sky Broadband became the first ISP to stop accepting orders from UK customers on lines – often rural ones – where speeds were stuck below 2Mbps (here). Sadly more providers appear to have joined this club of shunning those on slower lines, which for some may exasperate the feeling of digital exclusion.

bt_openreach_fibre_optic_cable_roll

18th July, 2019 (1 Comment)

Ofcom has today opened a new investigation to examine whether BT has complied with its charging obligations, which occurred after the UK operator indicated to the regulator that it may not have correctly billed for Excess Construction Charges (ECCs) when providing new business lines (Ethernet services etc.).

ofcom uk telecoms regulator

12th July, 2019 (4 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today proposed to make a “slight change” to the technical parameters allowed for licence exempt use of in-vehicle low gain mobile phone repeaters (aka – signal boosters / signal enhancers), which in theory could help to improve mobile reception inside vehicles.

fibre optic jungle

11th July, 2019 (8 Comments)

Dorset-based My Fibre Limited, which describes itself as a “mechanical or industrial engineering” company that runs some Dark Fibre networks, has proposed to extend their network and may build an ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISP service for a rural community in mid-Wales.

giffgaff logo uk

10th July, 2019 (4 Comments)

Mobile operator giffgaff (O2 MVNO) is facing a new challenge after Ofcom said they found “reasonable grounds for believing” that the UK firm may have provided “inaccurate information” in response to two requests, which were sent during the course of a probe into allegedly “inaccurate” billing.

o2 uk mobile sim

10th July, 2019 (1 Comment)

The telecoms regulator has opened an investigation into mobile operator O2 and its compliance with their billing rules (General Condition 3.2), which requires providers to ensure that their charges are accurate and represent the services received by the customer. Apparently they’ve suffered an “Extraordinary Performance Failure.”

communication services

10th July, 2019 (12 Comments)

Ofcom UK has today said that they’re currently probing two zero rated services from EE (‘Music and Video Passes’) and Sky Mobile (‘Sky Watch’) over possible breaches of the EU’s rules for protecting Net Neutrality (i.e. there must be no serious blocking or slowing of access to legal websites or internet services).

telephone uk red ringing broadband

8th July, 2019 (5 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today introduced new protections, which are designed to make it harder for dodgy fixed broadband ISPs and phone providers to block or hinder consumers from being able to port their telephone numbers to a different provider.

united kingdom digital connectivity

4th July, 2019 (1 Comment)

Ofcom has today published their 2019 Communications Market Report (CMR), which reveals the latest information about the take-up and impact of Fixed Line Broadband, Phone, Mobile, TV and Radio services across the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland).

openreach 2017 van and fibre cable with engineer

3rd July, 2019 (18 Comments)

Ofcom has today deemed Openreach to be making “real progress” in their on-going efforts to become a distinct “legally separate” company away from BT, although the UK telecoms regulator seeks more “transparency” around their efforts to increase independence and solid details on their future FTTP broadband plan beyond 2020.

mobile smartphone and uk sim card sizes

28th June, 2019 (40 Comments)

The telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has today braced the industry for the introduction of their new “Text-to-Switch” (Auto-Switching) system for UK mobile operators like Vodafone, O2, Three UK and EE, which is going live on Monday next week. The new system will make it easier and quicker for consumers to change networks.

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