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ditch_witch_openreach_bt_civil_engineers

14th November, 2017 - 11:57 am (13 Comments)

Around 60 homes and businesses in the remote rural Sutherland hamlet of Altnaharra (Scotland) can now access Openreach’s (BT) new 330Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) “ultrafast broadband” network, thanks to new equipment and a community dig to lay 4,800 metres of cable.

twisted light

31st October, 2017 - 8:26 am (5 Comments)

A team of scientists working in the Photonics Research Group at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) has made progress on a way to adapt twisted light across a wireless optical (laser) ultrafast broadband network, which they claim could make traditional fibre optic (FTTH/P) cables “obsolete.”

scotland_core_fibre_optic_uk_map

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.

countesswells development

10th October, 2017 - 10:52 am (5 Comments)

SSE Enterprise Telecoms has scooped the 1Gbps fibre optic broadband network delivery contract for the £800m Countesswells Development in Scotland, which will create a new town with 3,000 homes and various spaces for business / schools near to Aberdeen.

united kingdom grey green coloured

8th October, 2017 - 7:58 am (18 Comments)

The latest independent data to September 2017 has estimated that “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) capable fixed line networks now cover 93.9% of premises in the United Kingdom (96.6% if you include all “fibre based” lines of any speed inc. sub-24Mbps), with Wales and Scotland both touching completion.

isle_of_mull

6th October, 2017 - 12:01 am (5 Comments)

The fallout from AB Internet’s collapse in May 2017 continues to bite. A recent meeting revealed that 1,600 premises on the Isle of Mull (Scotland) will remain disconnected from superfast broadband because the 8 wireless mast that were built cannot be reused by the community due to state aid rules.

cityfibre billboard construction

22nd September, 2017 - 2:09 pm (0 Comments)

Cityfibre has connected the first public building (Allan’s Primary School) to their new 20km long Gigabit FTTP based Public Service Network (PSN) in the city of Stirling (Scotland), which is part of a £1.7m deal and is being supported by a 7-year contract with ISP MLL Telecom.

digital scotland fibre optic map

20th September, 2017 - 8:47 am (0 Comments)

The SNP controlled Scottish Government has this month set out their work programme for 2017-18, which among the known broadband promises (R100) has also pledged to deliver free WiFi “throughout major town and city centres” and to match the UK Government’s rates relief on new fibre investment.

project_swift_wifi_trains

18th September, 2017 - 1:18 pm (0 Comments)

Scottish train operator ScotRail has partnered up with Cisco, CGI, Network Rail Telecoms and Wittos to conduct a Proof of Concept trial to enable “super-fast” WiFi on trains (Project SWIFT), which could offer data speeds of up to 300Mbps (allegedly the “fastest in-train Wi-Fi service in the world“).

lowndes court virgin media cabinet location

14th September, 2017 - 7:57 am (9 Comments)

Remember those pensioners in Barrhead (East Renfrewshire, Scotland) who complained that Virgin Media’s new 5ft tall street cabinet “completely blocks out any light from coming into the house” (here)? After a nine month battle, plus lots of bad media publicity, the operator has agreed to move it.

fast internet download speed

13th September, 2017 - 2:28 pm (0 Comments)

Internet speed measuring company Ookla, which runs the popular Speedtest.net service, has published a short update that breaks the mobile and fixed line broadband speeds of the United Kingdom down by country. Interestingly Scotland comes out on top for fixed broadband performance.

orkney_sea

24th August, 2017 - 5:16 pm (1 Comment)

The Highlands and Islands Enterprise has announced that Openreach (BT) have completed their original state aid supported Phase One roll-out of faster “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to the remote Scottish archipelago of Orkney, which forms part of the wider £410m Digital Scotland project.

ab internet

22nd August, 2017 - 8:52 am (10 Comments)

The little known ISP Bogons Limited, which owns a unique £150k data centre that sits inside of an old nuclear bunker near Comrie and a website that looks as if it hails from the 90’s, appears to have acquired part of AB Internet‘s fixed wireless broadband network from the administrators.

bt copper cable thieves

9th August, 2017 - 12:01 am (1 Comment)

Openreach (BT) and Crimestoppers are offering their usual reward of up to £1,000 for any information leading to the arrest and subsequent successful convictions of anybody involved with an attack on the operator’s network that occurred in the large Scottish village of Tweedbank.

digital scotland go faster broadband

8th August, 2017 - 3:33 pm (13 Comments)

The Scottish Government has issued a letter to the UK’s Department for Digital (DCMS) that warns against accepting BT’s proposed investment of up to £600m to deploy a new 10Mbps+ Universal Service Obligation for broadband, which they fear could extend BT’s “monopoly position in rural areas.”

united kingdom black coloured high res

3rd August, 2017 - 12:01 am (0 Comments)

The annual 2017 Communications Market Report (CMR) has today been published, which reveals the latest information about the take-up and impact of Broadband, Mobile, Phone, TV and Radio services across the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland).

scotland_broadband_map_project_split

27th July, 2017 - 2:15 pm (1 Comment)

The Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned consultancy firm ekosgen to conduct a review of their Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) initiative, which has been running for five years and provides public investment to help setup new broadband networks in very remote rural areas.

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