Brsk to expand FTTP network to 50,000 Lancashire premises

UK ISP Brsk has announced that it will expand its Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network into the county of Lancashire, with the rollout starting with 50,000 premises in the towns of Burnley and Padiham.

ISP to deliver FTTP across Guernsey

Broadband ISP Sure has confirmed that it will invest £37.5 million in deploying a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to all premises on the English Channel Island of Guernsey by the end of 2026.

Government connects more than 1,000 schools to full-fibre broadband

The UK government has announced that 1,084 schools in rural parts of the country have been connected to gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband. The investment began in 2019 under the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) plan, with £210 million in funding and the support of several network operators and ISPs, including Openreach.

Broadway Partners secures £145m investment for rural FTTP rollout

Broadway Partners has announced that it has secured a £145 million investment from Downing LLP to fund its rollout of a new rural Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) network. Through the gigabit-capable network, Broadway Partners’ broadband division (Broadway Broadband) will seek to cover around 250,000 premises.

Hyperoptic to deliver full fibre to 4,300 Hounslow social housing residents

Hyperoptic has announced that it has struck a blanket-wide wayleave agreement with West London’s Hounslow Council, which will see the full fibre ISP deliver its gigabit-capable FTTP broadband network to around 4,300 social housing residents in the borough.

South Dorset ISP Juice Broadband joins CityFibre network

Poole-based ISP Juice Broadband has announced that it has joined CityFibre’s gigabit-capable FTTP network. Juice Broadband, which provides services including fixed wireless and full fibre on the Openreach network to premises across South Dorset, becomes the first Dorset ISP to partner with CityFibre.

Ofcom confirms One Touch Switch to come in from April 2023

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that the One Touch Switch process will come into force in the UK, making it easier for broadband customers to switch between providers operating on separate networks. ISPs will have to comply with the rules by April 3 2023.

Jobseekers to be offered six months free broadband

Jobseekers in the UK are to be offered the chance to apply for six months of free broadband to assist them in their search for a job. The programme has been launched as a joint scheme by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and ISP TalkTalk.

Government hails survey claiming half of UK premises can access gigabit broadband

According to a new study carried out by ThinkBroadband, slightly over half of UK premises (50.2 per cent) can now access gigabit-capable broadband. The milestone means that more than 15 million premises can now access broadband speeds of at least 1 Gbps.

Southwest NI district ranked as UK’s least digitally connected area

The local government district of Fermanagh and Omagh in southwest Northern Ireland has been ranked as the least digitally connected area of the UK in a new study. The research, carried out by marketing firm N.Rich using ONS and Ofcom data from the past three months, found that close to a third of premises in Fermanagh and Omagh have no access to superfast broadband.

CityFibre to roll out network to Sheffield council homes

CityFibre has announced that it has agreed a deal with Sheffield City Council to extend its 1 Gbps-capable FTTP network to nearly 20,000 council homes in the city. The new extension comes as part of CityFibre’s £4 billion project to cover 1 million premises by the end of this year and 8 million by the end of 2025.

Ofcom: UK full fibre coverage hits 24 per cent

According to the latest Ofcom report on the UK’s broadband and mobile coverage, 24 per cent of UK homes (close to seven million) have access to a full-fibre broadband connection. The figure, taken from May 2021, is up from 21 per cent in January of this year.

Openreach scraps broadband connection fees for low-income households

Openreach has announced that it will allow UK ISPs to waive broadband connection fees for households which receive universal credit as their only form of income and that haven’t been connected to Openreach’s network for the past 90 days.

Hyperoptic to connect 4,100 Barnet homes after joining council’s gigabit programme

UK broadband ISP Hyperoptic will connect 4,100 social housing homes in Barnet to its network after the provider agreed to join Barnet Council’s Gigabit Broadband Programme. Through the agreement, Hyperoptic will also provide more than 20 free public connections at sites in the Borough including community centres and libraries.

Full Fibre Ltd to extend FTTP rollout to 13 “forgotten towns”

Exeter-based ISP Full Fibre Limited has announced an extension of its FTTP rollout to 13 new towns. The provider, which is aiming to cover a minimum of 500,000 premises across the UK by 2025, has added towns in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and West Yorkshire to its rollout.

20,000 Constable Country premises to get gigabit-capable broadband

Approximately 20,000 premises across fifteen villages in Constable Country on the Suffolk/Essex border are set to receive gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband as part of a rollout by ISP County Broadband.

Jurassic Fibre’s South West rollout extended in three counties

Exeter-based Jurassic Fibre, which is rolling out a 10 Gbps-capable FTTP network in the South West of England, has made announcements regarding extensions to the rollout in three counties.

Trooli receives £67.5m funding boost in push for 1 million premises

UK broadband ISP Trooli has received £67.5 million in funding from a consortium of lenders as it looks to ramp up the rollout of its gigabit-capable network. The funding, which comes in the form of a senior debt facility, will provide a boost to the provider as it seeks to connect 1 million premises in the UK to its Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network by the end of 2024.

Wales updates social housing guidelines to require gigabit-ready broadband

In a set of updated rules, the Welsh government has revealed that all new affordable homes that it helps to fund must have a gigabit-ready broadband connection. The rule is one of several new requirements set out in an update to the Welsh Development Quality Requirements, known as WDQR2021.

Fibrus passes 58,000 Northern Ireland premises

Broadband provider Fibrus has announced that its rollout of full fibre (FTTP) broadband across Northern Ireland has now passed the milestone of 58,000 premises. The company says it is currently rolling out cable at a rate of 14 kilometres per day.

Government urges firms to turn to Cloud to cut emissions

The UK government has said that migrating to the cloud is one of the steps that businesses can take to help cut their emissions and tackle climate change. The recommendation is one of several issued to businesses as the government pushes them reduce their carbon emissions by 2030.

CityFibre announces £23m Halifax rollout

CityFibre has announced that it will roll out its Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to the West Yorkshire town of Halifax, with the build set to start in January 2022. The new rollout will see CityFibre invest £23 million in Halifax, in order to make full fibre connectivity available to "almost every" premises in the town.

Danish insurance firm improves customer care with Azure

Copenhagen-headquartered insurance company Tryg has around 3 million customers in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The firm has grown via multiple mergers over recent years, however, this left it with a disparate technology environment in need of consolidation and simplification.

Government to launch £4m “Fibre in Water” fund

The UK government has announced the launch of the £4 million “Fibre in Water” fund, which will be used to back trials running fibre broadband cables through water mains. The fund follows a review in which the government sought to assess how existing infrastructure networks could be used to improve full fibre availability in the UK.

20,000 Westminster social housing flats to gain FTTP broadband

20,000 social housing flats in the London borough of Westminster will gain access to a fibre broadband connection under a new deal announced by provider G.Network. The ISP stated that it had reached an agreement with the local Westminster authority to extend its Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to more than 1,800 buildings in the borough.

Next phase of Project Gigabit announced

The UK Government has announced the next phase of its £5 billion Project Gigabit, through which it is aiming to connect rural premises throughout the UK to gigabit-capable broadband. The new details reveal that up to 1.85 million additional premises in 26 UK counties will be connected, bringing the scope to 2.2 million premises so far with more yet to be announced.

Virgin Media O2 plans network-wide fibre upgrade

Virgin Media O2 has announced that it plans to fully upgrade the approximately 14.3 million UK premises on its Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) network to full fibre by the end of 2028. According to the company, the upgrade to full fibre will improve connectivity for customers and bolster its long-term strategy.

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.

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