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.

Ofcom publishes new broadband switching process

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has published its proposal for a simplified broadband switching process. The proposals, which will come in from December 2022, are aimed at making it easier for consumers to switch between internet providers on separate networks, following Ofcom research that found around 40 per cent of people were put off from switching because they thought it would be too complex.

Hyperoptic reaches deal to bring full fibre to 8,000 Poplar HARCA homes

Hyperoptic has agreed a deal to expand its full fibre broadband service to 8,000 homes in East London’s Poplar HARCA housing association. The roll out is due to begin immediately.

DCMS launches consultation on ECC changes

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation featuring several proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Code (ECC), some of which are targeted at improving the rollout of faster broadband, as well as mobile 4G and 5G.

Gigabit broadband rollout begins in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire County Council has announced that it has begun four new pilot schemes to deliver gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to rural premises in the areas.

Purebroadband joins CityFibre network

Yorkshire-based ISP Purebroadband has joined CityFibre’s FTTP network and will deliver gigabit-capable broadband services across an initial nine regions in the north of England. Founded in Hull in 2009, Purebroadband has expanded to offer full-fibre broadband services to houses across the UK.

Hyperoptic delivers free broadband to thousands of struggling families

Hyperoptic has announced that it has partnered with 37 local authorities in the UK to deliver free 50 Mbps broadband to homes with slower connections in which children are home learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airband signs £4.5 million contract for East Cheshire FTTP rollout

Broadband ISP Airband has signed a £4.5 million contract with Cheshire East Council to deliver gigabit-capable FTTP broadband to over 4,000 premises in rural and hard-to-reach areas in the region.

Study: Government Digital Inclusion Strategy failed to meet targets

According to a study from Rouge Media, the UK government’s 2014 Digital Inclusion Strategy has failed to meet some of its core targets.

Hyperoptic delivers full fibre broadband to Southampton council tenants

Full-fibre network provider Hyperoptic has announced that it will connect thousands of Southampton City Council social housing tenants to its network following a new supply agreement.

Spending watchdog: Government set to miss 2025 full-fibre target

Spending watchdog the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that the UK government will miss its target of rolling out full-fibre broadband nationwide by 2025 due to a “litany” of failures by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

5 million in UK overpay for broadband, study claims

According to a survey of 3,000 people in the UK commissioned by Uswitch, around 5.38 million households who are out of contract with their ISP are overpaying for broadband due to a lack of confidence in the process of switching providers.

Openreach: UK broadband usage doubles in 2020

Openreach has said that broadband usage across its UK ISP networks more than doubled during 2020, reaching a total for the year of 50,000 PetaBytes (PB), compared to 22,000 PB in 2019.

Ofcom Connected Nations report: One in four UK homes can access 1 Gbps broadband

According to Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2020 report, one in four homes across the UK can now access broadband speeds of 1 Gbps. The figure equates to almost 8 million UK homes, with the highest availability being Northern Ireland, where over half of homes can access gigabit-capable speeds.

Openreach to hire 5,300 engineers in full-fibre drive

Openreach has announced that it plans to hire a further 5,300 fibre engineers in 2021 as part of its £12 billion plan to extend its FTTP network to 20 million UK premises within the next decade.

Giganet joins CityFibre network

CityFibre has announced that Giganet has joined its full fibre networks and will provide gigabit-capable home broadband across the south of England. Giganet will become the latest ISP to become a customer of CityFibre’s £4 billion Gigabit City Investment Programme.

Survey: Slow broadband knocks £38.9k off home sale

According to a new survey by Eutelsat, UK homes that suffer from poor broadband speeds can sell for around £38,900 under their market value. Respondents to the survey said they would only be willing to buy a house with poor broadband connection if the price was discounted 16 per cent.

Ofcom reports average UK broadband ISP speeds of 71.8 Mbps

According to telecoms regulator Ofcom’s latest biannual update, the average download speeds of UK broadband ISP’s has risen to 71.8 Mbps, from 64 Mbps in May 2020, an increase of 7.8 Mbps (15 per cent). The report is based on data gathered in May 2020.

No cost-based pricing for fibre broadband “until at least 2031” – Ofcom

Ofcom UK CEO Dame Melanie Dawes has told the FTTH Council Europe that the regulator does not “expect to introduce cost-based prices for fibre services until at least 2031.” Ofcom is looking to giver full fibre providers as much flexibility as possible while they build and Dawes’ statement suggests it will be at the very least a decade before such charges

Airband seek to bring FTTP to 500k UK premises after ASI investment

UK Broadband ISP Airband has revealed that it is planning a major FTTP deployment after Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) acquired a majority stake in the Worcestershire-based firm.

Study: Full fibre most energy efficient broadband

A new Prysmian Group study, commissioned by Europacable, has found that Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) is the most energy efficient broadband, compared with other technologies such as FTTC and Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC).

Zen Internet joins CityFibre FTTP network

CityFibre has announced that Zen Internet has become the latest provider to join its national Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network. Zen Internet joins the likes of major operators TalkTalk and Vodafone and smaller providers like Giganet on CityFibre’s network, having previously focused on selling Openreach products.

European Commission refers O2 Virgin Media merger back to CMA

The European Commission has ruled that the proposed merger of mobile operator O2 (Telefonica UK) and broadband provider Virgin Media should be referred back the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Gigabit broadband network goes live in Stoke-on-Trent

Over 2,000 Stoke-on-Trent homes will now have access to gigabit-capable FTTP broadband resulting from a £19.2 million partnership between Stoke city council and Swedish firm VXFIBER (VXF).

£55m digital infrastructure investment for Carmarthenshire

The Plaid Cymru-lead Carmarthenshire Council has approved an investment of £55 million for digital connectivity for the region. Plaid Cymru said that the upgrade, which constitutes part of the wider Swansea Bay City Deal, is essential for the region’s economic development.

Shell among reported bidders for Post Office telecoms business

Oil giant Shell Energy is reported to be among a number of bidders in the running to acquire the Post Office’s telecoms division. The business has around 500,000 phone and broadband customers and would reportedly be valued at around £100 million.

Ookla publishes Q3 UK broadband and mobile study

Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net, has published its Q3 2020 study of fixed broadband and mobile data speeds across the UK’s largest providers. Smaller providers were not included in the study, likely owing to a lack of data.

Ofcom investigating BT charges for customers in remote areas

Ofcom has begun an investigation into BT potentially overcharging customers in remote areas who seek to install broadband or upgrade their current connection, following reports that some customers were quoted up to £100,000. The telecoms regulator is reported to have held talks with the provider about how it has been calculating its quotes.

KCom aims to bring full fibre to 10,000 North Lincolnshire premises

Hull-based ISP KCom has announced that it will bring its Fibre to the Premises network to 10,000 North Lincolnshire premises as the first phase of a £100 million extension of its network.

ClearFibre and Connectus partnership to bring 1Gbps to Northern Powerhouse homes

A new partnership between ISP ClearFibre and connectivity provider Connectus looks set to bring gigabit-capable broadband to thousands of new build homes in Northern Powerhouse regions.

North Yorkshire superfast broadband project to push into next phase

North Yorkshire County Council will next week vote on awarding the £12.5 million contract for Phase 4 of the Superfast Broadband North Yorkshire (SFNY) project, which could bring superfast broadband coverage in the county up to 97 per cent.

Virgin Media unveils biggest ever broadband boost

Virgin Media has unleashed its largest ever broadband upgrade, with millions more customers now able to access contented speeds of up to 1Gbps downstream.

BT to deliver ultrafast broadband to parts of Devon

BT has announced that it has started work on a new £2.2 million ultrafast broadband network in Plymouth and South West Devon. The contract to upgrade broadband in the area was won earlier this year and requires BT to install a fibre broadband network across a total of 131 buildings. These will include hospitals, clinics, schools, libraries and council buildings.

ISP set to roll out FTTP to 120,000 Lincolnshire premises after acquisition

The Quantum Group of Companies, which includes the ISP Quantum Air Fibre, has acquired engineering firm QConex and now plans to undertake a major Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network rollout to 120,000 premises in Lincolnshire.

New deal to deliver 1GB fibre to 5,000 Herefordshire premises

The state-supported Fastershire project has struck a deal with rural broadband provider Gigaclear and rival firm FullFibre to deliver access to a 1GB-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to 5,000 premises in the town of Ledbury, Herefordshire.

Marriott Hotels fined for breach of data security

The Marriott Hotels hospitality chain has been has been fined £18.4 million by the UK's data privacy watchdog. According to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the breach of data security may have affected up to 339 million guests, including seven million UK-based guest records.

Schemes combine to boost superfast broadband in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that it will combine the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) with the UK's Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme to boost the amount of funding available to remote properties in Scotland.

Three UK in £100m investment to boost mobile

Three UK has announced that it has agreed a £100 million investment deal with SSE Enterprise Telecoms to upgrade its fibre optic capacity in 250 UK towns and cities. The mobile network operator says that the deal will help it to “deliver the UK’s fastest 5G network” and “significantly enhance Three UK’s 4G (mobile broadband) service”.

Ex-BT CEO to head new government telecoms task force

Ex-BT CEO and former trade minister Lord Ian Livingston will head up a new “Telecoms Diversification Task Force”, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced.

Broadband providers support common platform, according to survey

According to a survey conducted by Point Topic for the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA), close to nine out of ten (88.7 per cent) of the UK’s challenger broadband networks are in favour of the creation of a common platform through which to provide wholesale services to third-party providers.

Scottish government to invest £4 million in 5G hubs

The Scottish government has announced that it will launch a £4 million package to establish a nationwide network of 5G hubs. The aim of the S5GConnect Hubs is to increase take-up of 5G based mobile technology. The project will be delivered through the Scotland 5G Centre (S5GC) and the S5GConnect Programme.

Zoom introduces two-factor authentication

Videotelephony company Zoom has added two-factor authentication (2FA) to its video-conferencing platform as it looks to help organisations tackle identity theft and security breaches.

10 countries pass 95 per cent full fibre broadband coverage as UK lags

According to a new report from consultancy firm Arthur D. Little, 10 countries have now passed the 95 per cent threshold for full fibre broadband networks coverage. The report indicates that the UK continues to lag behind these levels, but is improving quickly.

CBI calls for Infrastructure Bank to help with full fibre broadband extension

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has joined calls for the UK government to form an Infrastructure Bank to help with the delivery of infrastructure projects, such as the expansion of gigabit-capable full fibre broadband, housing, roads and railways.

18 Northumberland schools set for gigabit broadband

Northumberland County Council is poised to next week approve an investment of £537,000 to provide 18 rural primary schools with a gigabit-capable broadband connection. Cabinet members will vote on the investment, which comes via the Department for Education’s £200 million Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme, on September 8.