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10Mbps UK Broadband USO

20th November, 2017 - 8:19 am (19 Comments)

Newspaper reports indicate that BT’s voluntary proposal to spend up to £600m on delivering a 10Mbps minimum broadband speed across the United Kingdom, which would implement the Government’s proposed Universal Service Obligation (USO), looks increasingly likely to be rejected.

business broadband connection voucher uk

15th November, 2017 - 7:35 am (5 Comments)

The Government has unveiled a £2m trial that offers vouchers worth between £500 to £3,000 to help businesses in four areas around the United Kingdom to get a Gigabit (1000Mbps+) broadband service installed, which is focused on helping to extend “full fibre” (FTTP) infrastructure.

pounds wrapped gbp50 notes uk sterling

15th November, 2017 - 12:01 am (5 Comments)

The UK Government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, which offers grants worth up to £400 to help homes and business that are unable to access a broadband speed of at least 2Mbps, has so far issued over 10,000 voucher codes and consumed £3.1m of its budget. But it’s also about to end.

rural village national housing federation

13th November, 2017 - 8:35 am (5 Comments)

The National Housing Federation has warned that a combination of factors (e.g. poor broadband, few jobs, expensive housing, closed post offices and an ageing population etc.) is contributing to a rise in the movement of people out of rural areas and into cities (especially younger people).

sasha williamson luminet ceo

6th November, 2017 - 12:01 am (7 Comments)

The CEO of Luminet, Sasha Williamson, has told ISPreview.co.uk as part of our new interview that the United Kingdom should focus on deploying Gigabit capable broadband networks “nationwide” and that the plan for a 10Mbps minimum download speed (USO) is “laughable in this digital age.”

london south

3rd November, 2017 - 10:21 am (7 Comments)

The Southwark Council for south east London UK has set out a new plan and strategy for improving broadband connectivity in the residential district of Rotherhithe, which has a long history of suffering from slow speeds and generally poor internet service.

fibre optic cables green and blues uk

2nd November, 2017 - 12:34 pm (47 Comments)

The Government’s Digital Minister, Matt Hancock, has told the Broadband Stakeholder Group 2017 Conference that existing hybrid fibre FTTC services are “not fit for the future” and that they will “strain every sinew” (wrong fibre Matt) to get “full fibre” (FTTP/H) ultrafast broadband rolled out in Britain.

united kingdom binary blue map broadband

1st November, 2017 - 2:17 pm (4 Comments)

The independent Industrial Strategy Commission has today published their final report, which calls for all UK citizens to be given access to ‘Universal Basic Infrastructure‘ so that everybody can benefit from good quality rail, energy, water, flood defences, broadband and mobile connectivity.

fibre optic blue light abstract 2017

31st October, 2017 - 9:12 am (34 Comments)

After conducting an industry consultation Openreach (BT) has today claimed that ISPs offered “broad support” for their proposal to conduct a “large scale” rollout of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) ultrafast broadband across the UK, which could in theory reach 10 million premises by 2025. But no deal.. yet.

bt fibre optic cable bloom

26th October, 2017 - 5:39 pm (71 Comments)

Openreach’s (BT) Chairman, Mike McTighe, has told the Broadband World Forum that “we are getting to the point where the copper will run out of steam” and there’s a need to focus on “full fibre” (FTTP/H), but he warned that this could only be done with ISP support and “increases in wholesale pricing.”


25th October, 2017 - 12:01 am (3 Comments)

A CBI survey of 727 UK businesses has found that just 20% are satisfied with the Government’s effort to improve national infrastructure (energy, transport etc.) and 74% doubt it will improve by 2022, although 59% did feel confident that digital infrastructure (broadband etc.) would improve.


23rd October, 2017 - 9:00 am (6 Comments)

The £428m Digital Scotland (DSSB) project with BT (Openreach) has said they’re on-course to extend fixed line “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) coverage to 95% of Scottish homes and businesses by the end of 2017. So far they’ve reached a total of 800,000 additional premises since the scheme began.

10Mbps broadband uk uso usc

23rd October, 2017 - 8:29 am (32 Comments)

Several ISPs, including Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Hyperoptic and Gigaclear, are reported to be considering a possible legal challenge if the Government chooses to adopt BT’s voluntary proposal to deliver a 10Mbps minimum broadband speed across the UK by 2020.


23rd October, 2017 - 7:29 am (15 Comments)

Ofcom’s proposal to force Openreach (BT) into significantly cutting the wholesale price of their ‘up to’ 40Mbps (10Mbps upload) FTTC “fibre broadband” product for ISPs has been dealt a blow after the Government warned it would “disincentivise investment” in new “full fibre” (FTTP/H) networks.


19th October, 2017 - 2:01 pm (0 Comments)

The Government has today laid draft regulations in Parliament that revise the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) in order to make it easier and cheaper for network operators to roll-out new broadband and telecoms infrastructure (masts, cables etc.) on public and private land.

5g itu

16th October, 2017 - 12:01 am (0 Comments)

The Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has started to hunt for the first test locations to support a future rollout of 5G based Mobile and Fixed Wireless Broadband technologies across the United Kingdom, which is supported by an initial public investment of £25m.


13th October, 2017 - 1:21 pm (19 Comments)

The Government’s National Infrastructure Commission has launched a new consultation which, among other things, warns that the United Kingdom “risks falling behind” other countries in its next generation mobile (5G) and broadband connections unless “urgent action” is taken to increase capacity.

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