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20th January, 2016 (12 Comments)

Point Topic has updated their Digital Deprivation Index that attempts to identify which parts of the UK are most likely to struggle with the take-up of superfast broadband (30Mbps+) services, often due to issues such as low income or disability. Sadly West Somerset and Hull come top of the table.

router with fibre optic cables on top

13th January, 2016 (0 Comments)

The latest statistics from Point Topic reveal that the total number of world fixed broadband subscriptions reached approximately 738 million in Q3 2015, with the vast majority of growth being driven by fibre optic (FTTH/C/P) based technologies; albeit mostly in parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America.


9th December, 2015 (7 Comments)

A new report from Point Topic suggests that consumer and business uptake of Gigabit (1000Mbps+) class broadband connections, which are often delivered via pure fibre optic lines (FTTH/P), is on the rise. But uncertainty still exists around the ultimate demand for such services, particularly symmetric in the residential market.


16th October, 2015 (0 Comments)

New data reveals that the world is now home to a total of 700 million broadband Internet lines (Q2 2015) and the dominance of pure copper line (ADSL) connections has now been replaced by significantly faster fibre optic (FTTH/P) and hybrid fibre (FTTC/x) services. But the regional picture is mixed.

fibre optic green cable flay

14th September, 2015 (1 Comment)

The latest information on the availability of true ultrafast fibre optic broadband (FTTH/P/B) services, most of which are capable of delivering Gigabit class speeds (1000Mbps), has estimated that some 351,642 premises in the United Kingdom are now within reach of such a service (up from 251,522 last year).

new home construction

30th April, 2015 (2 Comments)

One the United Kingdom’s largest property websites, Zoopla (PrimeLocation), has today snapped up the uSwitch price comparison site for £160 million in a move that could result in home buyers being given more information about local broadband performance.

fibre optic uk superfast broadband internet cables

14th April, 2015 (3 Comments)

The latest Point Topic statistics reveal that the total number of world fixed broadband subscriptions reached 714 million at the end of last year, although the level of growth has continued to decline for three consecutive quarters. A huge surge in the uptake of ultrafast pure fibre optic (FTTH/P/B) lines has been the only real positive.

money gbp sterling pound pile

20th October, 2014 (6 Comments)

The latest research from Point Topic and Adroit Economics has suggested that SME businesses could benefit to the tune of 40bn Euros (£32bn+ Gross Value Added) by 2020 thanks to the roll-out of “superfast broadband” services, with firms in the United Kingdom predicted to be one of the top three performers with GVA of 6bn+ Euros (£4.75bn+). But before too long businesses may be asking for 250Mbps+.

fibre optic and ethernet network cables

10th September, 2014 (13 Comments)

The latest information on superfast broadband availability has revealed that, at the end of June 2014, some 87.9% of premises in the United Kingdom were in areas that are listed as offering services via a Next Generation Access (NGA) network and some 251,522 (premises passed) were potentially within reach of a true ultrafast (100Mbps+) fibre optic (FTTH/P/B) connection.

united kingdom money map

29th July, 2014 (6 Comments)

The United Kingdom has one of the world’s most aggressively competitive broadband ISP markets and a new report from Point Topic helps to put this into some context by showing how we compare with other major countries and the variance of our tariffs. In terms of entry-level tariffs, we are ranked 7th in the world, albeit behind some odd front runners including Sudan, India and Belarus etc.

copper telecoms and broadband cable scrap

3rd July, 2014 (10 Comments)

The latest Q1-2014 global broadband report from UK telecoms analyst Point Topic has revealed that the world is now home to 690.1 million fixed line broadband subscribers (+1.9% in the quarter), which is up from +0.4% recorded at the end of 2013. It’s also the first quarter where the market share for older copper line broadband connections (e.g. ADSL, SDSL) has dipped below 50%.

point topic uk logo

26th June, 2014 (67 Comments)

Telecoms analyst Point Topic has uploaded an interesting new map of the United Kingdom, which highlights the location of 570 telephone exchanges that aren’t on any of the current lists from BT for their superfast broadband (FTTC/P) roll-out (commercially or via the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK scheme).

network connections

11th June, 2014 (0 Comments)

Telecoms analyst Point Topic has revealed that there were an estimated 22,782,100 active fixed line broadband subscribers in the United Kingdom at the end of 2013 (including from smaller altnets), which includes 5,615,780 superfast broadband (25Mbps+) / NGA users (24.6% of the total). But as expected, Virgin Media and BT continue to dominate.

superfast broadband uk take up 2014

10th June, 2014 (7 Comments)

A new take-up map for superfast broadband (30Mbps+) connections in the United Kingdom has caused Point Topic to complain that millions of consumers are still “waiting for something to buy” because Internet content developers still haven’t come up with a “killer app” to take advantage of the service.

9th April, 2014 (0 Comments)

The world became home to a total of 678.6 million broadband lines at the end of 2013 (up by around 1.5% in the final quarter vs 1.8% in Q3), which is being driven by continued growth in the uptake of Next Generation Access (NGA) style superfast fibre optic (FTTH/P) and hybrid fibre (FTTC) connections.

12th March, 2014 (4 Comments)

The latest research from Point Topic has claimed that superfast broadband (30Mbps+) coverage in the United Kingdom increased by 4.9% during 2013, reaching a total coverage of 75.2% (20.4 million homes) during the beginning of 2014. Ofcom has also published their European Broadband Scorecard, which puts the UK ahead of the other “major” EU states.

25th February, 2014 (8 Comments)

The popular online property sales database, RightMove, has confirmed that their service for displaying the “typical” broadband ISP speeds at each of the 1 million+ homes listed on its website in the United Kingdom has now left the trial phase and become a permanent feature.

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