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5th October, 2018 (2 Comments)

The on-going effort to improve rural superfast broadband and mobile network coverage has taken another twist after the UK Government’s Digital Minister, Margot James MP, said it was an “outrage” that some telecoms operators were slashing rents on their infrastructure to “derisory” low levels.

uk map of england wales scotland and northern ireland

2nd October, 2018 (3 Comments)

The telecoms regulator has today published their latest Q2 2018 update to last year’s Connected Nations report, which uses more recent data from April 2018 to provide the latest coverage statistics for UK mobile and fixed line broadband networks. For example, “full fibre” (FTTP) coverage has risen to 5% (1.4 million premises).

van_in_rural_scotland_openreach

25th September, 2018 (4 Comments)

Good news. A newly negotiated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and wayleave (access) agreement between key UK landowners and Openreach (BT) has today been announced, which means that the telecoms giant should find it easier to extend their superfast broadband ISP network(s) into rural areas.

optical glass fibre cable threads

18th September, 2018 (21 Comments)

The Rural Services Network and UK ISP Gigaclear have today joined others by calling on Ofcom to ensure that their forthcoming 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband will reflect the national plan for “full fibre” (FTTP) coverage, which the government hopes could reach universal coverage by 2033.

wireless broadband radio spectrum signal

14th September, 2018 (9 Comments)

Ofcom has today published the technical advice that they recently submitted to Government, which proposes a number of ways in which near universal UK Mobile (3G, 4G, 5G) coverage might be achieved (public subsidy, rural wholesale access etc.), beyond what will be established via their forthcoming auction of the 700MHz band.

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13th September, 2018 (22 Comments)

Ofcom has revealed that only BT (Openreach), KCOM, Hyperoptic, Quickline and Broadway Partners have expressed a formal interest in becoming suppliers for the new Universal Service Obligation (USO), which from 2020 will make it possible for anybody in a slow speed area to request a broadband speed of at least 10Mbps.

wireless broadband rural uk mast

7th August, 2018 (0 Comments)

The Government has this afternoon issued a joint statement alongside landowners and telecoms providers (broadband ISPs and mobile network operators), which aims to put aside past “problems” over implementation of the reformed Electronic Communications Code (ECC) and reaffirm support for the changes.

scotland broadband map uk project split

6th August, 2018 (4 Comments)

The Scottish Government has announced that 25,000 additional homes and businesses in Scotland’s rural Highlands and Islands will be able to access “superfast broadband” as part of a second round of extended coverage for the region, which is part of the state aid supported £428m Digital Scotland (DSSB) project.

blaenffos wales uk map fttp

6th August, 2018 (35 Comments)

Residents in the rural village of Blaenffos (Pembrokeshire, Wales) have been left confused after a mix of admin delays, cost concerns and conflicting feedback from ISPs resulted in the local roll-out of a new ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband network entering a lengthy state of limbo.

northern ireland map uk simplified

2nd August, 2018 (2 Comments)

A new report from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) chaired Northern Ireland Broadband Industry Forum (NIBIF) has set out how it thinks the UK Government’s £150m investment to help “provide ultra-fast broadband” (100Mbps+) should be spent. No big surprises inside.

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31st July, 2018 (27 Comments)

Reports claim that the UK Labour Party has committed to invest £1.6bn in order to ensure that 100% of premises can access a minimum broadband speed of 30Mbps from supporting ISPs within 4 years, which is a step up from the current plan for a 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO).

fibre optic jungle

24th July, 2018 (19 Comments)

The national telecoms regulator has today followed yesterday’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (here) by setting out the core regulatory changes that they intend to pursue, which will support the government’s new plan and aim to spread Gigabit capable “full fibre” (FTTP) broadband ISP networks to all by 2033.

wales uk map

19th July, 2018 (0 Comments)

Openreach (BT) has today announced that the completion of their joint Superfast Cymru contract with the Welsh Government has resulted in 733,000 extra premises across Wales being put within reach of faster broadband ISP speeds, which drops to 717,000 for those able to access “superfast” speeds of 30Mbps+.

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9th July, 2018 (18 Comments)

The latest independent model has estimated that the coverage of fixed “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) ISP networks across the United Kingdom has grown to 95.3% at the end of June 2018 (up from 95.1% in March 2018), while “full fibre” (FTTP/H) networks now reach 3.82% of premises.

road rural countryside

4th July, 2018 (18 Comments)

A new report published by the Local Government Association, which represents around 370 councils across England and Wales, has warned that rural communities could face a post-Brexit “perfect storm” from poor broadband ISP and mobile connectivity, unaffordable homes, skills haps and weak healthcare etc.

wireless_rural_uk_mast

20th June, 2018 (2 Comments)

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and National Farmers Union (NFU) have today updated their existing wayleave framework for ISPs, which was first agreed in 2013 (here) and has now been revised to help “speed up rural broadband roll-out” and reflect recent changes in UK law.

wireless masts towers and networking

20th June, 2018 (11 Comments)

The CEO of Ofcom, Sharon White, yesterday told the Connected Britain event in London that to provide good mobile network (4G etc.) coverage across virtually all of the UK landmass would cost up to around £6 billion and is likely to require some form of cross subsidy.

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