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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
A UK think tank has warned that challenges facing rural areas are still abundant due to a “lack of investment” and “chronic connectivity” issues.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Vast numbers of UK households experience technical difficulties with their internet and wifi connections, according to a new survey by ISP Zen Internet.
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.
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.
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 are celebrating the arrival of ultrafast broadband connections thanks to Openreach's Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) programme.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Digital Scotland (DSSB) initiative, managed in conjunction with BT (Openreach), has expanded beyond its original targets and continues to grow by increasing Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) ultrafast broadband access to rural parts of Scotland, particularly in Lanarkshire and Aberdeenshire.
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.
Rural residents in Wiltshire were left disappointed last week when their local Post Office hosted outreach service was unable to secure an internet connection.
Rupert Moon, the former Wales scrum half and captain of the Llanelli RFC, has vowed to improve broadband networks across Wales following his decision to join the board of i4 Technology Group – an association that delivers fibre infrastructure across the country that supports gigabit-speeds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.