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8th December, 2017 - 12:01 am (11 Comments)

A new study has used data from 1,064,681 consumer speedtests to produce a list of the top 30 fastest and slowest streets for download speed. Thorpe Lane in Trimley St Martin (Suffolk) was the slowest on 0.68Mbps, while Benford Avenue in Motherwell (Lanarkshire) was the fastest at 177.01Mbps.

rural broadband and river scene

5th December, 2017 - 4:36 pm (0 Comments)

Last week the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) managed to cause a storm by announcing the closure of 62 branches for 2018, although at the time the bank said online banking would still allow remote customers to access their accounts. But a new report warns of problems with broadband connectivity.

openreach engineer with drum of fibre optic cable

1st December, 2017 - 4:33 pm (9 Comments)

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has opened a new consultation on a change to help foster the roll-out of “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband networks by preventing BT from reducing its wholesale charges for slower hybrid fibre (FTTC) connections in areas where rivals are building new networks.

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28th November, 2017 - 1:58 pm (5 Comments)

The UK Government’s £5 million Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, which offers grants worth £400 (maximum) to rural households that are unable to get at least a 2Mbps broadband speed (this helps to get a faster connection installed), has been extended until the end of 2018.

kcom engineer on side of building in hull

28th November, 2017 - 9:17 am (13 Comments)

The incumbent telecoms operator for Hull in East Yorkshire UK, KCOM, has today announced the final phase of their “Lightstream” roll-out, which will extend their “ultrafast” fibre optic broadband (FTTP/C) services to cover 100% of their network area (around 200,000 premises) by March 2019.


27th November, 2017 - 11:23 am (2 Comments)

The incumbent phone and broadband provider for Hull in East Yorkshire, KCOM, as told the UK Government’s Digital Minister, Matt Hancock, that they will hit their target of 150,000 properties on their fibre optic network (FTTP/C) by the end of 2017 and will then extend this to “everyone in our network.”

b4rn fibre optic digger in action

22nd November, 2017 - 8:27 am (46 Comments)

The boss of rural ISP B4RN, which is rolling out a 1Gbps community-built and funded fibre optic (FTTH) broadband network to homes in Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, has warned that the UK Gov’s proposed 10Mbps USO may force them to “retrench within our current boundaries.”

10Mbps UK Broadband USO

20th November, 2017 - 8:19 am (61 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.

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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.

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.”

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2nd November, 2017 - 8:20 am (13 Comments)

The BT Group has published their latest results for Q3 2017 (calendar), which saw their retail broadband base add 22K subscribers to total 9,307,000 (up from 19K in Q2 vs 29K in Q1) and this includes 5.285 million “fibre broadband” FTTC/P users (up by 179K vs 170K in Q2 and 211K in Q1).

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.

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.


17th October, 2017 - 11:36 am (39 Comments)

The Chief Executive of the UK telecoms regulator, Sharon White, has told a cross-party committee of MPs that a “key test” of Ofcom’s new regulatory approach to BT will be whether or not Openreach can “do a co-investment deal with another operator” following their “full fibre” broadband consultation.

kcom engineer hull garden

10th October, 2017 - 7:55 am (1 Comment)

East Yorkshire ISP KCOM has today announced the final 2017 phase of their £60m Lightstream project, which aims to have deployed their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) dominated “ultrafast broadband” network to a further 11,555 premises in Hull between now and the end of the year.


5th October, 2017 - 12:01 am (2 Comments)

Tax breaks for new masts, changes to permitted development rights for telecommunications equipment and support for 5G are just some of the changes being proposed by the Welsh Government today as part of their new ‘Action Plan’ to improve mobile network connectivity (3G, 4G) across Wales.

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