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29th June, 2022 (0 Comments)

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), which is a think-tank that advises the UK Government on various related areas of telecommunications policy, is no more and has been replaced by the Digital Connectivity Forum (DCF). The new group touts a “redefined mission and vision” that has been crafted with industry stakeholders.

wessex internet fibre team in field tractor

28th June, 2022 (1 Comment)

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has announced that their existing full fibre broadband rollout contract with rural UK ISP Wessex Internet is to be extended, which will see a further 1,110 homes and businesses in South Somerset gaining access to their gigabit speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

big ben uk parliament

27th June, 2022 (3 Comments)

The UK Government has today confirmed that the country’s biggest broadband and mobile providers have agreed to a raft of “new commitments“, which are designed to help people who may be struggling with the cost-of-living. But many of the pledges sound like those we’ve seen before, during the pandemic.

27th June, 2022 (2 Comments)

The Welsh Government has just shared a Q1 2022 progress update on their £52.5m Phase 2 Superfast Cymru contract with BT (Openreach), which confirms that 29,959 extra premises (up from 25,855 in Q4 2021) have now gained access to their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network.

Old footbridge and traditional Cotswold cottages, Bibury, England, UK.

27th June, 2022 (4 Comments)

A recent study by researchers at Lancaster University has found that 28% of the population in rural North West England are not confident in completing key tasks online (e.g. applying for jobs) and 19% found either their PC, broadband, smartphone or mobile data unaffordable – rising to 36% among households with an income of under £20k.

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

27th June, 2022 (47 Comments)

The UK Home Office and the National Crime Agency (NCA) appear to be making progress on the development of a new internet snooping system and database, which could soon require broadband ISPs and mobile operators to provide various agencies with access to view a log of your online activity.

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24th June, 2022 (5 Comments)

The Hampshire County Council (HCC) in England has issued an update on the progress of both their previous rollout of “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) ISP technology, which has completed, and their expectations for the forthcoming build of gigabit-capable networks under the UK Government’s £5bn Project Gigabit scheme.

Parliament UK Building at Dusk in London 2021

22nd June, 2022 (52 Comments)

The UK government, which wants to be seen as at least trying to do something about the cost of living crisis, has reportedly summoned bosses from most of the major mobile and broadband providers to Downing Street next week. Seemingly in the hope of finding more ways to help those who may be struggling to pay their bills.

wireless mobile network operator uk mast and spectrum

22nd June, 2022 (0 Comments)

The UK Supreme Court has today handed down three judgements related to the contentious issue of land ownership and rent reductions on mobile masts, such as those that may occur when mobile and fixed wireless broadband operators (EE, Three UK, O2 and Vodafone etc.) attempt to upgrade an existing site.

Prysmian Group Sirocco HD Cable

20th June, 2022 (11 Comments)

The Colchester Borough Council‘s recent multi-million pound project to build a new Dark Fibre network across the Essex town (here) appears to have also been one of the first places in the UK to deploy the Prysmian Group’s latest Sirocco HD cable, which can fit 552 fibres into a diameter of just 8.2mm.

smartphone with incoming call from unknown person

16th June, 2022 (11 Comments)

The UK Government has today responded to an earlier consultation on their new Data Reform Bill (DRB) by, among other things, setting out how they’ll increase the financial penalties for those pestering people with nuisance calls and text (SMS) messages. But this probably won’t do much to stop calls made from outside the country.

VX FIBER LilaConnect FTTP street worker

16th June, 2022 (5 Comments)

Network developer VXFIBER (inc. subsidiary LilaConnect) has once again faced criticism over their work to build a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network across the Staffordshire (England) city of Stoke-on-Trent, which recently saw them being hit with £2,460 of roadworks fines in just one week.

city construction broadband uk

15th June, 2022 (18 Comments)

The latest H2 2021 study into the broadband coverage of new build UK homes has found that over 96% of houses constructed during the second half of last year were connected to a “full fibre” (FTTP) ISP network (up from 93% in H1 2021), which rises to 99%+ for 30Mbps+ “superfast broadband” services.

Clive Selley - openreach uk ceo picture 2021

14th June, 2022 (54 Comments)

The CEO of network access provider Openreach (BT), Clive Selley, appears to have risked a spat with the UK Government after he complained that the rollout of faster broadband services (e.g. gigabit-capable FTTP) had been slowed by the “tortuous” post-Brexit process of recruiting workers from the EU.

14th June, 2022 (4 Comments)

The Independent Networks Co-operative Association and Point Topic have published their 2022 report into the impact of alternative “full fibre” (FTTP/B) broadband networks, which reveals that such providers grew their UK cover by 111% in 2021 (up from 110% last year) to cover 5.46 million premises and could hit 11.6m this year.

united kingdom digital connectivity

13th June, 2022 (7 Comments)

The UK Government has published their ‘Digital Strategy’, which reflects a “new plan” to grow the “digital economy” (i.e. addressing tech sector skills, investment and infrastructure). But in terms of mobile and broadband infrastructure, it’s largely another re-announcement of existing schemes (not unlike the ‘Levelling Up‘ plan).

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11th June, 2022 (4 Comments)

The Essex County Council in England has published a new Digital Strategy document, which among other things sets out their plans to ensure that – come 2025 – “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) will cover “all premises“, while “gigabit-capable broadband” should reach 85% and 4G becomes available to 99% (geographic).

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