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.

Data-use increase has caused broadband expenditure to fall, says regulator

The British telecommunications watchdog, Ofcom, published its 2019 Communications Market Report (CMR) in which it was revealed that the increase in data use amongst the UK population has caused the average spend on home telecommunication services to fall.

The UK can be a digital leader with 5G, says industry leader

The chief executive of Vodafone UK, Nick Jeffrey, commented on the UK’s ability to become a digital leader through the deployment of 5G technology across the country, supporting politicians’ claims that it would lead to “economic gains worth many times the cost” as a result.

Employment and internet availability go hand-in-hand, says new study

A new study has cemented the importance of a strong and reliable broadband connection to successfully securing employment.

Research, from BroadbandChoices.co.uk, revealed that Crawley, Reading, and Warrington were the top three places in the UK for those seeking employment, whilst London, Southampton Bradford, and Sunderland were found to be the worst.

Post Office outreach service users left disappointed by poor internet connection

Rural residents in Wiltshire were left disappointed last week when their local Post Office hosted outreach service was unable to secure an internet connection.

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.