UK forensic firm hit by cyberattack

UK police have temporarily suspended its work with one of the country’s largest private forensic companies after it emerged that it was hit by a cyberattack.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) enacted an emergency response to the breach, which took place on either 1 or 2 June 2019, by temporarily halting all work with Eurofins Forensic Service.

North Wales to benefit from broadband funding boost

Libraries, hospitals and GP surgeries are amongst a range of public sector services in North Wales that are set to benefit from the introduction of ultrafast broadband connectivity, thanks to a £7 million investment package from the UK government.

CMA to fine ISPs over loyalty penalty

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been awarded autonomy by the UK Government to "decide for itself whether consumer protection law has been broken". Broadband internet service providers who have been found wrongly imposing unfair prices on their loyal customers (loyalty penalty) will subsequently face fines.

Johnson vows for every home to have fast internet by 2025

Tory leadership contestant Boris Johnson has pledged that every home in the UK will have access to superfast broadband by 2025 should he become prime minister.

Watchdog: MI5 was ‘unlawful’ in using personal data

According to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office, the UK’s MI5 security service used large amounts of personal data in an “undoubtedly unlawful” manner.

The watchdog claimed that data collected under warrants was stored for too long and not securely enough from potential hackers.

Ofcom to boost 5G networks by defragmenting 3.4-3.8 GHz bands

The country’s telecommunications watchdog, Ofcom, has submitted a proposal to defragment its radio spectrum between the 3.4-3.8 GHz bands following an auction next year to ensure mobile network operators get the best of their new 5G networks.

Survey highlights frustration of Essex broadband users

A recent survey of 2,000 customers of Aldham-based internet service provider County Broadband revealed that more than half (57 per cent) of those polled faced problems with their connectivity - especially those in small towns and villages in Essex. The provider, established in 2003, is known to cater to roughly 3,000 internet users in the East Anglia region.

March 2020 date set for Broadband USO

The UK’s telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, has announced the final details of its Universal Service Obligation (USO), for which work will officially begin on 20 March 2020 to bring a minimum of 10Mbps broadband speeds to the whole country.

Local homes proposed to receive full fibre broadband extensions in Lowestoft

The rollout of a new full fibre system in Lowestoft will be reviewed with a proposal to extend the network to include homes and businesses across the town, so that local premises are equipped with ultrafast broadband speeds of 1000Mbps or more.

New Code of Practice instated in Scotland

A new Code of Practice, commissioned by the Scottish Government, will ensure civil engineering projects across the country conform to a new technical standard of “narrow trenching” to speed up the process of rolling out fibre broadband internet networks.

EU funds given to support free WiFi networks in 14 UK municipalities

As part of its WiFi4EU scheme, the European Commission has awarded 14 municipalities in the UK with vouchers worth up to £13,200 each to install free public WiFi broadband hotspots by 2020. Amongst some of the UK winners are: Angus, Blackpool, Coventry, East Riding of Yorkshire, Fife, Suffolk Coastal and Wigan.

Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme officially launched

The UK Government officially launched its £200 million Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme yesterday to foster an “outside-in” approach to developing ultrafast broadband infrastructure across the country.

Do not make “vague promises”, says NIC chief

Sir John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), has called the UK Government out on simply paying “lip service” and “restating existing policy”, whilst only giving “vague promises” when discussing proposals to improve national 5G and broadband networks.

Broadband and mobile users to receive end-of-contract notices

The UK's communications regulator, Ofcom, has announced the final details of its new plan to ensure that broadband, pay-TV, mobile phone and landline users receive end-of-contract notifications and options of better alternative deals once their contracts end.

UK councils urged to not delay 5G network development

Research conducted by Mobile UK, the national trade association for mobile network operators, revealed that councils across the UK had an “inconsistent” approach to assisting mobile connectivity developments, and focused their attentions on fixed line broadband services instead.

UK government to establish full fibre networks in 10 Northern Irish councils

A new project funded by the UK government will boost 10 councils in Northern Ireland with full fibre to the premises (FTTP) networks in a bid to connect roughly 880 public sector buildings by the end of March 2021.

Mobile communications project benefits from UK government investment

In a bid to boost funding for mobile network operations, the UK government will present a researcher at Queen’s University Belfast with a six-figure investment to support his project on mobile communications.

Cityfibre begins £20m FTTH project in Cambridge

Cityfibre has announced the commencement of its £20m rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in Cambridge. The project is expected to benefit some 60,000 homes that currently struggle with connectivity issues.

Cloud index shows investors are ploughing cash into SaaS businesses

The BVP Nasdaq Emerging Cloud Index has seen a significant increase of late, showing that investors are keen to put their cash into business offering the software as a service model.

Poor connectivity symptom of 'underrated' rural communities, says Lords

Poor access to fast broadband is just part of the major problems facing rural communities, according to a new report published by the House of Lords Rural Economy Committee. The report claims that communities living rurally have been routinely subject to ‘inappropriate policies’ from government and have also been ‘ignored’.

Ofcom considers changes to spectrum licence to support 5G infrastructure

The UK’s major mobile network operators – EE, Vodafone, Telefonica (O2) and Hutchison (3 UK) have called on the country’s regulator Ofcom to make a consultation to consider technical changes to spectrum licences in order to support the roll out of 5G mobile networks.

Researchers: TV streaming websites are rife with malware

In light of the new and final Game of Thrones season being released, hundreds of thousands of internet users have taken to trawling the internet for free video streaming websites to watch the latest episodes without having to pay for viewing. According to security researchers, however, these platforms are often rife with harmful malware and potential threats for data breaches.

Age verification rules to come into action

The UK Government is set to enforce tough age verification rules to control the access of internet users to explicit online adult content.

Openreach adds 12 new locations for FTTP broadband

According to network provider Openreach, 1.2 million premises across the UK have already been connected to Gigabit capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology. And now, 12 new regions will be added to the list of areas in the UK that will be boosted by ultrafast broadband.

New digital safety net to support cave rescuers

Search and rescue operations conducted by the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team (SMWCRT) will be boosted by a new, ultrafast broadband connection to assist with missions and provide more accurate information in desperate times. The cavers received international recognition last year for rescuing the Moo Pa football team and coach from flooded caves in northern Thailand.

Government proposes watchdog for internet

The UK Government has proposed to instate an independent regulator that would establish a “code of practice” for online content. Amongst many of its tasks, the watchdog would be involved with the removal of harmful content from internet platforms, and even impose fines and blocks on companies that fail to comply.

Report: Seaside towns suffering due to poor broadband connectivity

British seaside towns are being let down and “killed off” by poor and unreliable access to broadband, a new report has warned.

5G to boost UK economy by a minimum of £8.3 billion

A recently published report from Barclays Corporate Banking has suggested that the rollout of 5G mobile networks across the UK could boost its economy from anywhere between £8.3 billion and £15.7 billion by 2025.

Automatic broadband compensation deployed today

Broadband customers across the UK can rest assured knowing that they will receive automatic compensation from their internet service providers (ISPs) should they fail to deliver.

UK SMEs hit hardest by cybercrime

New research has revealed that millions of small businesses across the UK were the hardest hit by cybercriminal activities, resulting in a £17.4 billion bill by the end of 2018.

Welsh businesses given broadband funding top-up

The government has granted Welsh businesses a funding boost, allowing them to apply for up to £5,500 worth of funds to install Gigabit broadband on their premises.

Broadband funding to boost Stoke-on-Trent

A project worth £9.2 million pounds will begin shortly to boost Stoke-on-Trent’s local infrastructure by installing a citywide gigabit broadband network.

Decade-long broadband business rates holiday for Scotland

The Scottish Government is going above and beyond that of its UK counterpart in Westminster by announcing a complete tax break on the business rates of new fibre broadband infrastructure. Furthermore, the 100 per cent tax relief will last for 10 years, until 31 March 2029.

Yell and Unst to receive broadband boost

The government’s Depart of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has gifted the Shetland Islands Council £1.91 million to boost and extend its broadband network across to Yell and Unst. Although the route is still being finalised, it is anticipated that the connection will extend the present network from Graven to Mossbank and Toft, to Yell and Unst, and even to Fetlar in the future.

Virgin Media chief calls on Northern Irish government to boost internet access

Chief executive of Virgin Media, Tony Hanway, has said the rollout of super-fast broadband to rural areas in Northern Ireland cannot be done without the support of its government.

British digital divide examined in government study

According to a recent report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 5 million adults in the UK, representing 10 per cent of the entire population, are still not using the internet.

Cambridgeshire County Council announces plans for full fibre connectivity

In a bid to improve full fibre connectivity throughout the area, Cambridgeshire County Council has devised a set of plans to deploy high speed fibre-to-the-premise superfast networks and updates mobile services to benefit and boost homes and businesses alike.

Funds to boost rural broadband throughout Suffolk

A funding package of £1.725 million has been released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to Suffolk in a bid to improve broadband networks across the rural parts of the county.

Ofcom: Internet speeds to be transparent to consumers

As part of Ofcom’s pledge to be more “clear and honest”, new laws are coming into force that mandate that broadband companies be transparent to its customers regarding their available network speeds.

Hundred rural schools to benefit from Gigabit internet connectivity

The UK government announced yesterday that 100 primary schools in rural parts of England would benefit from a £3 million pilot project to provide them with Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband connectivity in the “next few months”.

Poor internet connectivity impacts UK train commuters

Research conducted in the middle of December 2018 revealed that 86 per cent of UK train commuters found it difficult to connect to the internet via WiFi or 3G/4G connections through mobile phone networks on their journeys to work.

Ofcom urged to review its Annual Plan

According to the UK’s Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), the country’s telecommunications regulator Ofcom’s Annual Plan for 2019/20 is in dire need of reassessment for having “completely overlooked” certain areas and technical aspects.

Ofcom to focus on broadband ‘loyalty’ penalties

The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom has been given direction from the government to tackle the “loyalty penalty” faced by customers who do not switch their phone and broadband providers’ services at the end of their contracts.

Selby Abbey mast brings super fast broadband to Yorkshire town

Residents and business owners across the North Yorkshire town of Selby will now have access to super fast broadband after a new mast was installed on top of Selby Abbey.

Rollout of autonomous vehicles requires improvement in 4G networks

A recent investigation revealed that the UK’s decision to implement driverless cars is being hampered by a combination of poor infrastructure in the form of weak broadband and 4G networks, and poor road quality.

Thurrock to benefit from faster broadband networks

Some of UK’s fastest broadband networks are set to arrive in areas across South Essex after local councils secured a £4.5 million funding package.

CBI: Government needs to limit Brexit’s impact on broadband development

CBI chief UK policy director, Matthew Fell, has called on the government to alter its digital strategy in light of Brexit, and to ensure that 5G and broadband development are not stymied upon the UK’s departure from the EU later this year.

Growing popularity of G.fast broadband technology

A Market Update from the Broadband Forum titled “Service Providers Leveraging G.fast to Complement Fibre Optic Infrastructure” found a significant rise in the scope of G.fast deployments.

BT FTTP and G.fast broadband coverage at 2.6m premises

BT Group has released its coverage results for 2018, showing Openreach’s FTTP and G.fast based ultrafast broadband coverage with speeds of 100Mbps+ at 2.6 million premises. This is up from 1.97 million premises in the previous quarter with take-up of FTTP at 29.9 per cent.

Openreach announces 11 new locations for its Ultrafast Broadband rollout

Openreach (BT) has announced its plans to rollout Ultrafast Broadband to 11 new locations.

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