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northern ireland uk map

25th April, 2018 (0 Comments)

Last year the Conservative UK government agreed to hand £75m per year (over two years) to “help provide ultra-fast broadband” (100Mbps+) across Northern Ireland, which formed part of a political deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order to secure the support of their 10 MPs.

confused uk consumer

19th April, 2018 (2 Comments)

A curious new report from BroadbandChoices has claimed that only 12 out of the 391 UK councils analysed have reached 95% coverage of “superfast broadband” and the worst is allegedly West Dunbartonshire (Scotland), which suffers from only 11% coverage. Except it’s completely wrong.

router broadband isp disconnected

17th April, 2018 (17 Comments)

Another day, another security scare. A joint statement by the FBI, DHS and UK NCSC has warned that the Russian Government are now actively conducting “malicious cyber activity” with the aim of compromising network infrastructure devices such as switches, firewalls and even home broadband routers etc.

scotland broadband map uk project split

17th April, 2018 (9 Comments)

The Scottish Government has today announced that 95.5% of homes and businesses across Scotland should be able to order a “high speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) based internet line, although this figure drops to just 92.7% when considering those able to access “superfast broadband” speeds of 24Mbps+.

internet information technology

16th April, 2018 (3 Comments)

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned UK telecoms operators against using hardware and services provided by ZTE – a Chinese state-owned enterprise – because of the “potential risks to the UK’s national security.”

fibre optic broadband and ethernet network cable

16th April, 2018 (23 Comments)

A recent debate of the Digital Infrastructure Panel (hosted by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills), which included representatives from ISPs BT, Hyperoptic and Virgin Media, has highlighted government policy and or regulation as the “key barrier” to large-scale investment in “full fibre” (FTTH/P) broadband.

scotland uk regions map

16th April, 2018 (11 Comments)

The Scottish Government‘s Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has called on the UK government to correct the “grossly unfair” 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband, which appears to be in conflict with Scotland’s own £600m plan to deploy 30Mbps+ broadband to nearly all homes.

cityfibre urban fibre optic rollout

12th April, 2018 (2 Comments)

A new report created jointly by the Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA), UKWISPA and Point Topic has estimated that alternative network ISPs had expanded the reach of FTTP/H/B based “full fibre” ultrafast broadband networks to 998,500 premises at the end of 2017.

consumer switching uk broadband and phone

11th April, 2018 (7 Comments)

The Government has today published a new Green Paper that proposes a number of changes to help protect consumers from bad practices, such as by simplifying Terms & Conditions (T&Cs), bundles and protecting people from “unexpected payments” that may arise via subscription services.

router_home_broadband_hardware

6th April, 2018 (6 Comments)

The Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has written to First Trust Bank, Ulster Bank and Danske Bank in the hope of encouraging them to help invest in improvements to local broadband connectivity. Recently online banking has become much more important due to the closure of local branches.

broadband_speed_discussion

6th April, 2018 (17 Comments)

The County Councils Network (CCN), which highlights itself as the “national voice” for England’s 37 county councils, has today claimed that 72% of the country’s counties are below the national average download speed of 45Mbps and 27% have average speeds below Ofcom’s 30Mbps+ definition of “superfast“.

fibre optic cable connector illustration broadband

5th April, 2018 (28 Comments)

The past 24 months have been awash with announcements about “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband network builds across the United Kingdom, which can sometimes make it a little bit difficult to keep track of all the developments (nice problem to have). So here’s a quick summary of the key plans.

new build uk homes gtc infrastructure

4th April, 2018 (16 Comments)

The Local Government Association, which represents roughly 370 councils across England and Wales, has called on UK property developers to introduce a new FTTP Kitemark so that the public can easily see when a new build home is able to access Gigabit capable “full fibre” broadband ISP connections.

big_ben_uk_parliament_night

3rd April, 2018 (4 Comments)

The House of Lords Communications Committee has launched a new inquiry that will investigate regulation of the internet, which among other things will examine “whether online platforms have sufficient accountability and transparency, and whether they use fair and effective processes to moderate content.”

5g itu

30th March, 2018 (7 Comments)

The UK government has today proposed to develop a “large-scale, citywide testbed” as part of a multi million pound “5G city” trial of the future high speed Mobile technology, which forms part of their Urban Connected Communities Project.

helicopter openreach ethernet to mast install

30th March, 2018 (8 Comments)

Today high speed Ethernet lines supply capacity for everything from your broadband ISP connection to cash machines and delivering them can be difficult. So much so that Openreach’s (BT) Kevin Murphy has warned that some of Ofcom’s key performance targets may be “operationally unachievable.“

10Mbps UK Broadband USO

28th March, 2018 (20 Comments)

As promised the Government has today set out their chosen design for the new Universal Service Obligation (USO), which pledges to give everybody in the United Kingdom the “legal right” to request a 10Mbps+ capable “high speed broadband” connection from 2020, but challenges remain.

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