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26th March, 2012 (0 Comments)

Brocade, a global networking solutions provider, has warned that the current drive to deliver superfast broadband services to 90% of the UK population by 2015 desperately needs to “shift in focus” away from home connectivity and onto data centres. The firm claims that failure to do so would risk creating “too much demand” before appropriate infrastructure is in place.

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22nd March, 2012 (1 Comment)

Yesterday’s Budget 2012 announcement (detailed summary) from the UK government appears to have drawn a mixed reaction from Internet Service Providers (ISP) and related organisations. The budget revealed which 10 cities will get “ultrafast” broadband services and better mobile / wifi connectivity through the £100m Urban Broadband Fund (UBF) and added a further £50m to support similar efforts in “smaller cities“.

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21st March, 2012 (12 Comments)

The UK governments Chancellor, George Osborne MP, has this afternoon presented his annual Budget 2012 announcement to the House of Commons (Parliament) and confirmed which 10 cities can now expect to get “ultrafast” broadband ISP services and “high speed public wifi” through the £100m Urban Broadband Fund (UBF). A further £50m has today also been allocated for a second wave of “smaller cities“.

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21st March, 2012 (3 Comments)

The former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of BT, Dr Peter Cochrane, has told a Lords Select Committee Inquiry into the UK governments superfast broadband strategy that the country would need to invest “at least £15bn” if it wanted to upgrade the national telecoms infrastructure properly and deliver a truly fibre optic (e.g. FTTH) service to everybody.

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20th March, 2012 (12 Comments)

The UK Prime Minster (PM), David Cameron, has laid the groundwork for tomorrows Budget 2012 announcements by giving a special speech on national infrastructure to the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) that reiterated the governments various commitments for improving the country’s broadband internet access services.

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19th March, 2012 (5 Comments)

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consultancy firm, has reported that broadband internet access and the online industry contributed 8.3% (£121bn) to the UK economy (Gross Domestic Product) in 2010 and will grow by 11% each year for the next four years to hit £221bn by 2016.

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17th March, 2012 (0 Comments)

The governments Office for National Statistics (ONS) has quietly announced a notable change to the way it measures inflation (Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and Retail Prices Index (RPI)) by adding “bundled communication services” (broadband internet access, phone and TV) to its calculations for the first time.

broadband farming uk

10th March, 2012 (4 Comments)

Welshpool-based ISP Exwavia, which uses wireless (WiFi) technology to deliver broadband internet access speeds of up to 14Mbps (Megabits per second) into isolated parts of rural Wales (UK), has warned that farmers could soon be hit by a new wave of fines and penalties if they do not start using the governments related online services (e.g. Taxation, Electronic Sheep Database etc.).

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8th March, 2012 (4 Comments)

The UK governments Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has today announced that all but two local authorities (councils) have managed to submit their draft Local Broadband Plans (LBP) on time, which aim to help make superfast broadband (25Mbps+) ISP services available to 90% of the country by 2015 (the last 10% will get at least 2Mbps). In addition 40% of local authority projects have been given the green light to proceed with procurement.

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6th March, 2012 (4 Comments)

Wispa Limited, an outspoken group of consultants who passionately believe Wales (UK) deserves better broadband, claims to have established the “root cause” of the country’s broadband issues. Apparently the problem is that Wales simply has too many Trees and only their “systematic removal” will solve this.

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29th February, 2012 (0 Comments)

The governments Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has just released a new map of UK superfast broadband availability that covers 36 large towns and cities (i.e. those where the number of dwellings exceeds 100,000) across the country.

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28th February, 2012 (0 Comments)

Europe’s Digital Agenda strategy, which among other things aims to make superfast broadband ISP speeds of 30Mbps+ available to everybody by 2020, could deliver a “digital bonus” worth up to £93.29 Billion (110bn Euros Annually) in regional Gross Domestic Product (more than 0.8% of GDP).

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28th February, 2012 (0 Comments)

The Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Harriet Harman MP (Labour Party), has demanded that the UK government establish a “clear timetable” for implementation of its highly controversial Digital Economy Act (DEA), which aims to reduce internet copyright infringement (piracy) by imposing a series of costly new measures upon broadband ISPs and their customers (e.g. warning letters, service restrictions, disconnection etc.).

27th February, 2012 (0 Comments)

Analyst firm Point Topic has today joined with the European Commission (EC) to launch “the most detailed broadband coverage mapping survey ever made across Europe,” which will be used to monitor any progress by telecoms operators towards the EU’s Digital Agenda goals.

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