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 broadband technology

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

BT FTTP and broadband coverage at 2.6m premises

BT Group has released its coverage results for 2018, showing Openreach’s FTTP and 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.

Most affordable ‘smart home’ areas revealed

Dundee and North Lanarkshire have been termed the two most affordable areas in Scotland to foster “smart homes” with the most reliable broadband connectivity to support it, according to recently published research conducted by webchat provider Yomdel.

Broadband to be considered a business expense

A new study has revealed that those using personal internet connections for work could charge their employing businesses £11.94 a month as an expense.

BT to rollout Superfast Broadband in Wales

BT (Openreach) has been chosen by the Welsh Government to rollout the final LOT 2 of their Phase 2 “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) contract. At present, nearly 95% of premises in Wales can access broadband speeds of 30Mbps and above, delivered by commercial projects.

Microsoft signs Cloud Computing Pact with Walgreens

Moving into the healthcare sphere, Microsoft has announced a strategic partnership with Walgreens Boots Alliance. A seven-year deal, the pharmacy chain will use the innovative cloud computing software from Microsoft, with further plans to migrate over Walgreens’ complete information technology infrastructure.

Borders’ broadband service in need of improvement

According to a recent study conducted by, broadband speeds in the Borders have been termed “embarrassing and concerning” after being found to be some of the slowest throughout the UK.

Superfast broadband coverage on the rise

A new study from Thinkbroadband has revealed that the coverage of superfast broadband networks across the UK has risen to 95.8 per cent in the second half of 2018, from 95.3 per cent at the beginning of the year. Similarly, full-fibre (FTTP/H) connectivity has increased to 5.47 per cent of all premises in the country, as opposed to just 3.82 per cent in the first half of 2018’s financial year.

UK needs to get ahead of the curve with broadband speeds

For the average consumer or business, reliable and speedy broadband is critical. The provision of such effective connection is underway in the UK but still has some distance to cover.

UK farmers told to build own broadband networks

A real estate agency has told British farmers to develop and establish their own private broadband networks instead of waiting for the Government to deploy its Universal Service Obligation (USO) initiative that will deliver 10Mbps+ internet speeds to all poorly connected areas in the country.

Cybersecurity firm hacks top Twitter profiles

A number of high-profile Twitter accounts, including those of Louis Theroux and Eamonn Holmes, have been temporarily hacked by Insinia Security to expose security flaws in the social media platform’s service. The cybersecurity firm claims it had previously warned Twitter of the underlying problems numerous times.