TalkTalk completes FibreNation sale to CityFibre

TalkTalk has confirmed that it has completed the sale of its full fibre network FibreNation to CityFibre for £200 million in cash.

The deal was initially delayed during last year’s UK general election, following the Labour Party’s announcement of its policy of nationalising parts of the Openreach network and offering free full fibre broadband.

Scotland targets complete full fibre coverage by 2027

In its first 30-year strategy, the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland (ICS) has set out plans for the country to have full fibre broadband available for all premises as well as for direct international 5G connections extending further than London.

BT Chief Executive warns Prime Minister over fibre pledge

BT Chief Executive Philip Jansen is reported to have told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that cooperation between rival broadband providers will be required if Johnson is to fulfil his pledge to deliver access to full-fibre broadband nationwide by 2025.

Openreach extends free fibre offer for new-build contractors

Openreach (BT) has extended its scheme offering free Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) installation for new housing developments of 20 or more properties.

Lowering the threshold to 20 from its previous level of 30 or more, Openreach says the scheme will benefit in excess of 13,000 new homes in around 600 housing developments per year.

Cloud computing spending reaches record-breaking level in 2019

Worldwide spending on cloud computing infrastructure was up by 37 per cent in 2019, reaching a record-breaking total of $107 billion.

GCHQ issues data security warning over Windows 7

With Microsoft set to end security support for Windows 7 on Tuesday, UK national intelligence and security agency GCHQ has warned people not to conduct internet banking or use emails on devices still using the operating system.

Scottish government reveals voucher scheme after fibre timetable extended

The Scottish government has revealed that work on its R100 plan to extend superfast broadband to every premises in Scotland will now continue past 2023, missing the initial target of 2021.

Those who will not be connected on the plan’s original schedule will now be offered a voucher scheme to allow them to access superfast connectivity from commercial providers.

Ofcom aims to boost UK broadband

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched its Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review 2021-2026 (FTMR), in which it lays out major proposals to “supercharge” investment in the UK’s fibre broadband networks and ethernet services.

FSB details obstacles small businesses face online

Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has highlighted some of the challenges facing small firms in the online marketplace, including poor broadband speeds and fake online reviews.

Rural Herefordshire broadband fund confirmed

Herefordshire County Council (HCC) has pledged an investment of up to £500,000 in grants to provide faster broadband to isolated rural communities in the region.

The investment will build on the council’s joint rollout with Gloucestershire County Council (GCC): Fastershire. The grants will seek to connect isolated areas not targeted under the current rollout to superfast broadband.

Government warns of end to free EU mobile roaming

On the eve of the UK’s exit from the European Union, the UK government has issued a warning that free mobile roaming for UK citizens across the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will cease from the end of the 11-month Brexit transition period, on January 1st 2021.

Swish Fibre unveils broadband rollout plan following acquisition

New UK full fibre internet service provider (ISP) Swish Fibre has announced the first 11 locations for its eventual £250 million 10 Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises network, all of which are in Buckinghamshire.

Ofcom proposes easier broadband and mobile switching

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced proposals to make switching between broadband providers easier and also to ban the sale of locked mobile phones (handsets that require “unlocking” in order to switch mobile networks).

CityFibre network begins Cambridge rollout

The first customers in Cambridge have been connected to CityFibre’s Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. The network will eventually reach 60,000 premises in the city, and represents a major expansion on CityFibre’s existing Dark Fibre network.

CityFibre signs Armed Forces Covenant

Fibre optic operator CityFibre has signed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC), adding that it will provide job and apprenticeship opportunities for armed forces personnel.

TalkTalk begins ultrafast broadband trial

UK internet service provider TalkTalk has begun trials of its new ultrafast broadband packages, which will see it utilise Openreach’s (BT) gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises network for the first time.

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.

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