Mobile connectivity crucial for 70 per cent of UK house hunters

According to a new YouGov survey commissioned by Virgin Media O2, 70 per cent of UK house hunters say that they would be prepared to reject their “dream home” if its mobile connectivity wasn’t sufficiently strong.

Ofcom urges help for struggling customers, but won’t impose tariff

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has released new research showing that, while customers in the UK are generally getting higher quality connectivity for better value than they previously did, many people are still struggling to afford connections.

Virgin Media O2 extends FTTP network to Dalkeith

Virgin Media O2 has announced that it has extended its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to around 4,200 homes in the Midlothian town of Dalkeith. The work, part of the provider’s ongoing Project Lightning, will deliver gigabit-capable broadband to homes in the Woodburn area of the town.

YouGov: Broadband speeds driving streaming divide

According to a new study from YouGov, commissioned by streaming supplier Netgem, a lack of gigabit-capable broadband is driving a streaming divide between urban and rural areas across the UK.

UK to run for election to UN telecoms council

The UK government has announced that it will seek election to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the governing council for the UN’s telecoms agency. If elected, the UK would serve a four-year term on the council, which is responsible for allocating global radio wave spectrum, satellite orbits and technical telecoms standards.

CityFibre to cover 12,000 premises in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Full fibre platform CityFibre has announced that it has struck a wayleave agreement with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP Council) to connect 12,000 council premises to the network.

Report reveals broadband divide in Stirling

A new report has revealed the divide in access to super fast broadband between rural and urban areas in Stirling.

£60m ultrafast full fibre boost for North East

Around 140,000 more homes and business premises based in the North East are set to benefit from a £56 million broadband investment boost, according to Openreach.

UK households 'need more than broadband speed promise'

UK households require more than just speed promises, a new survey of 2,500 UK consumers has revealed. The new research, conducted by EY found that more than half of homeowners prioritise the reliability of their broadband service over speed, with 29 per cent stating that they have struggled with connectivity problems during the Covid-19 pandemic due to the shift to homeworking.

Lightspeed announces second phase of FTTP rollout

East of England-focused ISP Lightspeed Broadband has announced the second phase of its potential £300 million full fibre (FTTP) rollout. Following on from the provider’s first phase, which commenced in ten areas of South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk in April 2021, the second stage will see Lightspeed’s network extended to areas in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Report: Lack of consumer awareness hindering gigabit take-up

According to a report from the Gigabit Take-up Advisory Group (GigaTAG), led by Which?, take-up of gigabit-capable broadband within the UK is being hindered by a lack of consumer awareness of the technology and its capabilities.

Study suggests emerging digital divide between renters and homeowners

According to a new study, renters are almost twice as likely as homeowners to report that their home broadband connection is average or unreliable, suggesting that a digital divide is emerging between those who rent and those who own their homes.

CityFibre continues FTTP rollout with £25m Bath investment

CityFibre has announced that it has begun its £25 million FTTP rollout in the city of Bath after breaking ground in the area of Weston. The project is expected to be fully completed by 2023, but services will go live for residents as the rollout proceeds, with the earliest connections likely to be available by the end of the year.

Citizens Advice calls for lower broadband bills

Citizens Advice has called for the introduction of cheaper tariffs after revealing that around 2.5 million people are behind on their broadband bills. The Citizens Advice survey found that, of the 2.5 million, 700,000 had fallen behind on their bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New ISP unveils £1bn FTTP build for East of England

Upp, a new ISP that was previously known as FibreMe, has announced that it will invest £1 billion as it aims to connect 1 million premises in the East of England to a new gigabit-capable FTTP network by 2025. The new ISP has financial backing from international investment firm LetterOne, which has “fully committed” the financing for the rollout.

Giganet announces major FTTP expansion

Giganet has announced plans to add an additional 22 cities to its existing FTTP partnership with CityFibre. According to the company, it plans to serve more than 1.8 million homes in the South of England. Locations include Bath, Bournemouth, Ipswich, Peterborough and Worcester.

Oneweb and BT sign deal for rural broadband rollout

Oneweb and BT have signed and agreement to use satellites to boost broadband capacity and resilience in the most remote rural areas in the UK.

Openreach expands rural FTTP rollout by 3 million premises

Following BT Group’s decision to raise its FTTP rollout target, Openreach has said that its rural FTTP broadband project has been expanded by a further three million premises. Originally, Openreach was aiming to roll out its gigabit-capable FTTP network to 3.2 million premises across rural UK towns and villages by the end of 2026, but this has now been raised to around 6 million premises.

£160m boost for Scotland's full fibre rollout

Openreach has announced that around 400,000 more Scottish homes and businesses will benefit from full fibre broadband thanks to an increase in funding of around £160 million. The leading broadband network provider has also revealed that it will use the additional funding to rollout full fibre to dozens more urban locations, as well as 160 new rural areas.

Wessex Internet breaks ground on South Somerset FTTP rollout

Wessex Internet has broken ground on its project to deliver FTTP broadband to thousands of premises across South Somerset. Work began with the laying of the first fibre cable in the village of Woolston near North Cadbury.

UK full-fibre growth among Europe's highest, but overall ranking remains low

In the FTTH Council Europe's latest ranking of full fibre penetration across the 39 European nations, the UK has remained third bottom, despite continuing to show strong growth in its full fibre rollout. The study utilised data harvested in September 2020.

Ofcom publishes customer service report

Ofcom has released its latest report rating the customer service quality of the UK’s mobile and broadband providers. The survey utilised consumer surveys, complaints to providers and statistics from providers themselves to rate aspects of service including complaint response and call waiting times.

CityFibre begins £30m Cheltenham full-fibre rollout

CityFibre has officially started work to deliver its full-fibre network across the town of Cheltenham. The operator says that the £30 million rollout will make full-fibre connectivity available to “almost every” premises in the town.

Community Fibre partners with Tower Hamlets social housing firm

Community Fibre has announced that it has struck a deal with social housing association EastendHomes to deliver its full-fibre (FTTP) network to 4,000 homes in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

BT to launch new affordable Home Essentials package

BT has revealed that it will launch a new tariff called Home Essentials, an affordable package aimed at people in the UK who receive benefits such as Universal Credit. The package will offer full fibre broadband at less than half its usual price with more than 4.5 million UK households potentially eligible.

Ofcom: Digital divide has narrowed but 1.5m still offline

New research from telecoms regulator Ofcom has shown that the UK’s digital divide has narrowed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a significant minority still lack a proper broadband connection.

Scottish Conservatives pledge to deliver full-fibre by 2027

The Scottish Conservatives have made delivering full fibre broadband to every premises in Scotland by the end of 2027 one of its five core election pledges and said it would prioritise connecting rural and remote areas in the Highlands.

Full fibre broadband rollout begins in Lancashire

Work has begun to rollout full fibre broadband to every home and business across the Lancashire town of Preston as part of a £30 million project. CityFibre, the UK's largest independent full fibre platform, has launched its latest city-wide infrastructure rollout in a bid to future proof the digital requirements of the town, beginning in the Frenchwood and Fishwick areas.

TalkTalk: Lockdown easing and good weather see fall in internet usage

According to new data released by UK broadband ISP TalkTalk, the latest weekly broadband figures for the provider’s network show a 13 per cent fall in internet usage in the week of April 12 compared to the previous week.

CityFibre adds 7,000 homes to Milton Keynes full-fibre project

CityFibre has announced that it will add an additional 7,000 homes to its Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) rollout in Milton Keynes. The provider’s initial build in Milton Keynes, which began in 2018 and was among its first in the UK, had been largely completed by the end of 2020.

Openreach announces £100m Northern Ireland broadband investment

Openreach has announced that it will invest over £100 million in Northern Ireland over the next year. The investment will help to improve the country’s full-fibre network and will contribute to Openreach’s aim of connecting 20 million UK premises to full-fibre by the mid to late-2020s.

Community Fibre partners with Kelly Group for FTTP build

Community Fibre has announced that it has entered a partnership with Kelly Group, which will see the civil engineering company support the further rollout of Community Fibre’s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in London.

Ofcom confirms increase in automatic compensation payments

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed slight inflation-related increases in the amounts to be paid out for poor broadband coverage under its automatic compensation payments system.

Surge in UK broadband jobs welcomed by government ministers

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden met with leading figures from the UK broadband industry on April 1 to praise the sector for its creation of over 22,000 jobs within the last year.

Study: Broadband labelling could boost fibre uptake 40%

According to a new report by WIK-Consult, commissioned by CityFibre, a new labelling system with clear information for broadband products in the UK could result in a 40 per cent increase in the take-up of full-fibre broadband services.

CityFibre partners with social housing provider for Coventry rollout

CityFibre has announced that it will partner with social housing provider Citizen to extend its full fibre network to more than 18,000 customers in Coventry.

Quickline Communications begins rural North Lincs broadband rollout

Quickline Communications has begun a rollout which will see it deliver its new 100 Mbps+ capable network to 1,500 premises in rural North Lincolnshire. The project, which follows a £1.8 million investment to improve connectivity in the area, will target premises that are currently unable to access downloads speeds of 30 Mbps or faster.

Government unveils first stages of £5bn gigabit broadband plan

The UK government has announced the first stages of “Project Gigabit”, its £5 billion plan to deliver gigabit broadband to 85 per cent of the UK by the end of 2025. The first areas to benefit from the project will be over 500,000 premises in Northumberland, Cornwall, Durham, South Tyneside, Tees Valley, Cumbria, Essex, Dorset and Cambridgeshire.

BT plans huge build after Ofcom unveils new rules

Following telecoms regulator Ofcom’s unveiling of a new plan to stimulate rapid growth in the UK’s broadband infrastructure, BT has said that it will embark on an effort to expand Openreach’s FTTP network to 20 million UK premises by the mid to late 2020s.

R100 project to bring fibre broadband to Scottish islands

The Scottish government has announced that it will begin work this spring on delivering fibre broadband to some of the country’s remote islands through LOT 1 of its Reaching 100% (R100) project. LOT 1, or the North Lot, will connect 15 islands via new subsea cables.

CityFibre to extend network to further 216 towns and villages

Full fibre broadband ISP CityFibre has announced that it has identified an additional 216 towns and villages across the UK for its network rollout. The additional locations will represent the completion of CityFibre’s planned £4 billion investment.

DCMS committee criticises government over gigabit broadband and 5G plans

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee has criticised the government over its plans for the rollout of gigabit broadband and 5G. Prior to its 2019 general election win, the Conservative Party promised that it would make full-fibre broadband available to all premises in the UK by 2025.

Toob to begin full-fibre rollout in Surrey and Hampshire

Full-fibre broadband ISP Toob has announced that it has begun its rollout in the Surrey towns of Camberley and Frimley. The work is the first step in Toob’s plan to expand its network across 11 towns in Surrey and Hampshire.

CityFibre begins North Tyneside rollout

UK ISP CityFibre has today launched work to extend its full-fibre network to the borough of North Tyneside. The £50 million private investment will see CityFibre roll out its FTTP network to “almost every” premises in the borough.

Hyperoptic partners with house builder to deliver FTTP

Fibre broadband ISP Hyperoptic has announced a partnership with house builder Avant Homes Group, through which the provider will help deliver gigabit capable broadband to around 2,000 households across 22 Avant Homes development sites.

Gigaclear to cover 18,500+ South West homes in 2021

Rural broadband provider Gigaclear has announced plans to extend its FTTP network to over 18,500 premises in the South West of England in 2021. After connecting 12,000 premises across the South West last year, the provider says it plans to accelerate its rollout “through more efficient delivery times and a significant reinvestment in the area.”

New ISP Lightspeed plans £300m broadband rollout

New ISP Lightspeed Broadband has announced plans to invest £300 million in rolling out gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to 1 million UK homes by the end of 2025. The rollout will initially begin in the East of England, starting with eight towns in South Lincolnshire and one in Norfolk.

Survey – 36 per cent of parents report reliable broadband

According to a new survey of 2,000 parents from full fibre ISP Truespeed, just 36 per cent of parents say they have a highly reliable broadband connection at home.

Truespeed to bring FTTP broadband to Bath

Truespeed, which deploys broadband to rural areas across the South West of England, has announced that its next FTTP rollout will be in the city of Bath in Somerset. The provider will also expand its network to surrounding areas, including South Widcombe, Saltford and Keynsham.

CityFibre to begin £110m FTTP Sheffield rollout

CityFibre will this week begin a £110 million project to roll out its new 1 Gbps FTTP network across the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The project is scheduled to take five years to complete. Currently, CityFibre has an existing Dark Fibre network in the city, followings its acquisition of KCOM’s UK network assets in 2015.

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