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26th July, 2021 (2 Comments)

The new generation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) based ultrafast broadband satellite constellations, such as from Elon Musk’s Starlink (SpaceX) and British-registered OneWeb, has today prompted Ofcom to launch a new consultation on several licensing changes to help support them and tackle potential interference.


20th July, 2021 (2 Comments)

Mobile operator O2 (VMO2) has begun testing a new “ubiquitous communications” technology in Cornwall (South West England), which has the capability to instantly switch between 5G mobile and satellite broadband if one network becomes unavailable, thus allowing devices to stay connected continuously while on the move.


19th July, 2021 (22 Comments)

An unofficial new website has launched that offers a rough overview of the average (mean) broadband ISP speeds being delivered across the world by SpaceX’s new Starlink constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Apparently, users in Europe are currently experiencing faster speeds than those in the USA, but the sample size is small.


14th July, 2021 (18 Comments)

Mobile operator EE and broadband ISP giant BT have today pledged to offer ultrafast 5G mobile solutions “across the entire UK” by 2028 and to “fuse” their mobile, Wi-Fi and fibre broadband infrastructures to realise the potential of the country’s “first fully converged network.” But this isn’t quite universal coverage.

9th July, 2021 (7 Comments)

The UK Government has today announced that it will run for election to the governing council of the United Nations (UN) telecoms agency – the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – in order to have more of a say in future standards (broadband technologies etc.) and the allocation of global spectrum (mobile etc.), among other things.


6th July, 2021 (5 Comments)

The 5G RuralDorset (5GRD) project, which is testing a mix of 5G based mobile technologies alongside existing fibre optic infrastructure, has announced the successful installation and testing of the “world’s first” in-field 700MHz based Standalone (SA) private 5G network to serve rural parts of the Jurassic Coast. But not for consumers.

29th June, 2021 (1 Comment)

OneWeb, which is partly owned by the UK Government, Bharti Global, Eutelsat and Softbank, has secured another $500m (£361m) funding boost from Bharti to ensure that they’re able to fully complete their initial deployment of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites for ultrafast low-latency broadband provision.


27th June, 2021 (21 Comments)

UK ISP BT and satellite operator OneWeb, which is partly owned by the UK government, have reached an agreement that will see the two working together to bring ultrafast low-latency broadband speeds to some of the hardest to reach rural parts of the country, where even their £5bn Project Gigabit programme would struggle to go.

24th June, 2021 (2 Comments)

Researchers at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics have tried to compare the estimated global data capacity of the four largest Low Earth Orbit (LEO) based ultrafast broadband satellite constellations – SpaceX (Starlink), Telesat, OneWeb, and Amazon (Kuiper). Interestingly, they end up closer than you might think.

17th June, 2021 (20 Comments)

Some customers of SpaceX’s new Starlink ISP, which operates a growing mega constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) based ultrafast broadband satellites, are finding that high winds, visibility of the sky and power usage aren’t the only issues they’ll have to contend with, as the dish can also shut down during very hot weather.


24th May, 2021 (13 Comments)

OneWeb, which is partly owned by the UK Government and aims to deploy a global network of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites for ultrafast low-latency broadband provision, is to lead a group of UK space tech companies in the development of a £32m experimental beam-hopping Satellite called ‘Joey-Sat‘.


28th April, 2021 (18 Comments)

Global ISP Starlink (SpaceX) has secured approval from the FCC to make several tweaks to their new mega constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) based ultrafast broadband satellites, which among other things will result in improved internet speeds and latency for customers across the world and UK.


27th April, 2021 (2 Comments)

OneWeb, which is partly owned by the UK Government and aims to deploy a global network of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites for ultrafast low-latency broadband provision (here), has today secured $550m (£395m) in funding from rival operator Eutelsat. This brings their total funding to $1.9bn (£1.37bn) in fresh equity.

26th April, 2021 (17 Comments)

The latest research from Point Topic has found that world fixed broadband subscribers grew by 1.6% (18.59 million) in Q4 2020, which is down slightly from 2.07% in the previous quarter but still pushes the overall total to 1.18 billion. Meanwhile, the UK reported the strongest quarterly “full fibre” (FTTP) growth of any country on 28.6%.

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6th April, 2021 (17 Comments)

As part of their £5bn Project Gigabit programme the UK Government will this week (8th April) start a new rural focused £210m gigabit broadband voucher scheme. A quick look at the new Terms and Conditions for this reveals some key changes, such as the inclusion of satellite, a £100k funding cap on project changes and other caveats.

29th March, 2021 (12 Comments)

The UK MD for Defence and Space at Airbus, Richard Franklin, has reportedly said that future ultrafast broadband satellites from OneWeb could integrate lasers to help create an “unjammable” backstop for if a hostile country (e.g. Russia or China) were to ever launch attacks against our vulnerable undersea fibre optic cables.

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27th March, 2021 (35 Comments)

The end-user electricity costs of consumer broadband ISP connectivity isn’t something that we’ve touch on much because it’s usually fairly insignificant. But those planning to adopt Starlink‘s (SpaceX) new service may need to pay a little more attention.

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