CityFibre begins Newcastle broadband rollout

CityFibre has confirmed that it has begun its rollout of a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across the city of Newcastle.

Survey on UK’s fastest and slowest streets for broadband

An annual survey by price comparison site uSwitch.com claims to show the UK’s ten fastest and ten slowest streets for broadband download speeds.

Milton Keynes council warns CityFibre

Milton Keynes council has issued CityFibre with a “Red Warning” over the service provider’s handling of its £40 million FTTH rollout.

The council revealed that it has received four enquiries or complaints per week over CityFibre’s works, which relate to the setting up of a new 1 Gbps capable Fibre to the Home (FTTH) broadband network in the town, supported by ISP Vodafone.

Finance and insurance firms invest most in cybersecurity

A new analysis of government figures has revealed that UK firms from the finance and insurance sectors invested the most in cybersecurity in 2018-2019.

EE rolls out mobile 5G to 14 new towns and cities

Mobile operator EE (BT) has announced that it is expanding its new 5G ultrafast mobile broadband network to 14 more towns and cities across the UK.

Among the major hubs to benefit from this latest expansion of the network are Liverpool, Glasgow, Maidstone, Wolverhampton and Watford.

Plusnet customers suffer patchy connection on 5GHz band

Some Plusnet broadband customers who use the Hub One router have been suffering from patchy internet connectivity when connecting to devices using the 5GHz WiFi band.

Labour hit by second DDoS attack in two days

The UK Labour Party says it has been targeted with a second cyber-attack in the space of two days. Both attacks are said to have taken the form of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, in which networks of compromised computers (known as “botnets”) flood a server with requests in an attempt to overwhelm and take it offline.

UK full-fibre coverage edges past 10 per cent

A study from UK consumer broadband advice site ThinkBroadband.com has revealed that just over 10 per cent of UK homes now have access to full-fibre broadband. Full-fibre, “gigabit capable”, broadband runs at speeds of 1,000Mbps+.

ITS extends gigabit broadband to Blackpool

The ITS Technology Group has extended its full fibre, gigabit capable broadband and ethernet services to businesses in Blackpool and across the Fylde Coast area through the local Cooperative Network Infrastructure, with a phased roll-out planned to complete in 2020.

Government makes Ofcom demands

The UK Government has formally adopted a Statement of Strategic Priorities (SSP), which has seen Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Secretary Nicky Morgan detail a series of priorities for UK telecoms regulator Ofcom.

Ofcom and Openreach trial cheap UK FTTC upgrades

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has begun a consultation process on a proposed bulk upgrade project which would require technical changes to Openreach’s (BT) quality of service regulation.

However, Ofcom says that the changes would make it more efficient for them to upgrade slower lines to superfast FTTC-based broadband ISP connections.

Telecoms industry fastest growing R&D spender

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that the telecoms industry was the UK’s most rapidly growing sector for research and development (R&D) spending in 2018.

Sadiq Khan announces £10m for London “fibre-backbone”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a £10 million investment to improve London’s fibre infrastructure, using the city’s Tube tunnels and public buildings to create a “fibre-backbone” for the capital.

Work begins on £15.1m North Yorks Full Fibre Network

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has announced that the build phase of a £15.1 million full fibre network project has begun. The project will see the rollout of high-speed broadband to 370 public sector sites across the county over the next 18 months. These premises will include council buildings, schools, hospitals and other buildings in the health and education sectors.

Queen's speech reveals updated fibre broadband plans

Government plans to deliver full-fibre broadband to the whole of the UK by 2025 have been updated as part of the Queen's Speech, which stated that Boris Johnson's target would not be pursued.

Scots least pleased with broadband speeds

A recent survey has revealed that Scottish companies are the least happy with their broadband speeds and connectivity in comparison to the rest of the UK.

FSB demands better internet for small enterprises

A new survey of 1,136 small businesses around the UK has found that 30 per cent failed to achieve download speeds of more than the standard 10Mbps, with the figure further rising to 39 per cent in rural areas.

Labour pledges free full-fibre broadband for all by 2030

The Labour Party has pledged that a Labour government would deliver free full-fibre broadband for every home and business across the UK by 2030.

New rules will allow tall buildings to access gigabit broadband

In response to the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR), the UK government has announced a solution to address the issue of allowing gigabit-capable ISPs to access big buildings – multi-dwelling units (MDU) – when landlords fail to respond.

Full fibre broadband to boost Scottish economy by £4.6 billion

New research from telecommunications giant Openreach, conducted by the Centre for Economics & Business Research, has suggested that giving Scotland access to full-fibre broadband by 2025 will boost its economy by £4.6 billion.

UK ISPs oppose weakening of end-to-end encryption

The European ISP Association (EuroISPA) has called for major social media companies like Facebook to delay or cease altogether the weakening of end-to-end encryption across its online messaging platforms.

Cornwall leads the way for superfast broadband success

Cornwall has been described as being the “poster boy” for the development and roll-out of full-fibre superfast broadband, inspiring 50,000 more homes and businesses across the country to upgrade their internet networks as a result.

Rural Oxfordshire to see ultrafast broadband boost

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) has announced that UK internet service provider (ISP) Airband and network operator Openreach (BT) have been awarded contracts to assist in the rollout of ultrafast broadband across the county.

Only ‘one in four’ will benefit from 5G, warns comparison website

Research from uSwitch.com, a price comparison website for thousands of services across the UK, has warned that the roll-out of 5G internet will only benefit one in four people, and will not solve many prominent connectivity issues that plague Britons around the country.

UK C-suite officers state their confidence in national security measures

In spite of the growing number of threats to data security across the UK, British CTOs, CIOs and CISOs have pledged their confidence and faith in their organisational security capabilities.

Javid to announce fresh infrastructure investment plan

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid is expected to announce the first phase of the government’s infrastructure delivery plan worth £25 billion at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this week.

Culture Secretary makes Shared Rural Network statement

The Government’s Culture Secretary, Nicky Morgan MP, has made a statement on the Shared Rural Network (SRN), plans announced last week to increase mobile phone coverage across the UK.

One million Scottish homes reached by FTTC broadband

Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland’s Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, has unveiled the 5,000th green cabinet providing fibre broadband across Scotland - a landmark event that has resulted in almost one million Scottish homes being reached by broadband.

UK students state broadband as their top priority

A new study has revealed that students moving into student housing in the UK found broadband connectivity to be a top priority.

The research, conducted by OnePoll for Hyperoptic full-fibre internet service provider, polled 1,000 students across the country. Its results showed that 88 per cent stated that a strong and reliable broadband connection was most important to them.

BT to propose full fibre move by 2027

BT Group is believed to be in talks with the government about a proposed timetable for switching off copper broadband by 2027.

While other broadband infrastructure rivals are thought to be part of the talks, BT is reportedly spearheading the initiative, which has been discussed for a number of weeks.

ISPs fight against new technology that protects online security

Broadband providers across the UK are contesting new technology that boosts the security of internet connections, designed to supplement their own outdated content filtering systems.

New data leak reveals phone numbers of 419 million Facebook users

Facebook has been involved in a new security and data breach wherein 419 million users’ phone numbers have been leaked and discovered online.

Sanyam Jain, a security researcher, first reported the hack and noted that he found the information on an unsecured server that did not need a password to gain access.

Plaid Cymru to remove internet notspots across Wales

The Party of Wales - Plaid Cymru - has set out a three-part plan in which it aims to “eradicate Wales of broadband not-spots by 2025.”

Dorset council to extend its rural broadband coverage

An additional £5 million has been awarded to support the Superfast Dorset (SFD) project and the extension of its existing Phase 3 contract.

Presently, £7.4 million has been put towards Phase 3, which has seen SFD work alongside Openreach (BT) to bring superfast fibre-to-the-premises broadband speeds of 24Mbps+ to 97 per cent of the county.

Taller masts urged for rural areas to support 5G networks

In a bid to speed up the roll-out of 5G networks across the UK, and in particular in the countryside, the government has proposed an overhaul of planning rules in England to install bigger and taller mobile phone masts without the need for councils’ permission.

Digital transformation in the UK hindered by security concerns

A new report from EY has revealed that 67 per cent of British firms are refraining from adopting new technologies in the fear that they would bring in greater cybersecurity risks to the company.

Thousands more premises to be connected by Digital Scotland

A reinvestment of £17.8 million from the Digital Scotland (DSSB) project, deployed in conjunction with BT (Openreach), will see a further 6,000 premises be connected to gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology.

Think tank urges government to address rural broadband problems

A UK think tank has warned that challenges facing rural areas are still abundant due to a “lack of investment” and “chronic connectivity” issues.

£3.73 million paid to Ofcom for reporting false information

BT has been charged by Ofcom for incorrectly reporting its turnover information to the communications watchdog for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The telecommunications firm was found to have breached regulation and the 2011 General Demand for Information (GDI), meaning that they were stamped with a fine of £3,727,330.

Orkney MSP raises broadband concerns

Liam McArthur, the MSP for Orkney, has voiced concerns over the Scottish Government’s claim to deliver high-speed broadband to every business and home in Scotland by 2021, calling on officials to shed further light on their commitment.

Good internet connection vital in helping refugees stay connected, claims report

A new report by Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), claims that ‘a private space with a strong internet connection' can help people who have been separated from their families as a result of war, famine or persecution.

Openreach increase compensation payouts to £14m

Openreach has increased the amount it is paying put to Internet Service Providers in compensation for outages and faults that have taken place over the past few years.

Broadband providers set out obstacles in letter to Prime Minister

The UK’s broadband industry has published an open letter to the Prime Minister asking for more support for the roll-out of full fibre broadband ‘for all’ by 2025.

42 per cent of UK households experience slow internet

Vast numbers of UK households experience technical difficulties with their internet and wifi connections, according to a new survey by ISP Zen Internet.

Virgin Media looks for partners for major FTTP joint venture

New reports suggest that Liberty Global is now seeking partners to help expand its Virgin Media cable business and create a fibre to the premises (FTTP) joint venture that could compete with Openreach. The move comes in response to plans from the government to roll out FTTP as the default connection technology in the UK to bring it up to speed with other nations.

Flexible working may become the norm if Bill is passed

The need for fast broadband connections in households across the UK is likely to become even more pertinent if the government passes a bill that will make flexible working even more commonplace.

Children driving demand for faster broadband, claims report

Research has shown that many households invest in fast broadband connections as a result of pressure from the youngest members of the family.

South-West businesses celebrate benefiting from Community Fibre Partnership

South-West businesses are celebrating the arrival of ultrafast broadband connections thanks to Openreach's Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) programme.

Last school in Wales to get fast broadband over the summer holidays

The Ysgol Llanychllwydog school in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire will become the last school in Wales to get broadband internet over the summer holidays, just in time for the next academic year. Presently, its 22 students are forced to wait for half an hour for web pages to load, while videos often refuse to load at all.

South Gloucestershire receives funding boost to support superfast broadband infrastructure

The EU and UK Government have granted the South Gloucestershire Council in England an additional £900,000 to support the development and rollout of superfast broadband networks across the region to reach a further 100 rural businesses.

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