Ofcom plans to increase airwave capacity

Ofcom has unveiled plans to increase airwave capacity, a piece of good news for mobile network operators going into the new year. Two auctions will take place in late 2019 or early 2020. The airwave capacity is anticipated to increase by 22 per cent and 62 per cent in the sub-1GHz portion of the spectrum.

UK cloud adoption outpacing EU average

The UK is the sixth largest cloud user compared to other countries in the European Union, outpacing the EU average, according to new statistics published by Eurostat. The European Statistical Office has revealed that British businesses have a relatively high cloud service adoption rate of 41.9 per cent, compared to an average of adoption rate of 26.2 per cent amongst other EU nations.

FTTP broadband installed in remote areas of Scotland

Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband is now available to remote areas of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, making them the first to benefit from Openreach’s new 1 Gbps FTTP broadband technology.

Need for greater 4G coverage in rural Scotland

Rural areas across the north of the UK have been found to have the worst 4G connections, with the country’s regulator Ofcom stating that the Highlands and Islands and Wales were “most likely to have neither a decent fixed or good mobile service available.”

Watchdog targets loyal broadband customer rip-off rates

UK media regulator Ofcom has announced it will crack down on broadband providers who rip off loyal customers by only providing their best deals to new subscribers.

Customers to receive compensation if broadband goes down

The recent unfolding of new rules has dictated that customers of some of the UK’s largest internet service providers could receive automatic monetary compensation should their broadband connection break at any given point.

Full coverage of 10Mbps broadband in South Norfolk

According to the South Norfolk Council, the rural region has been the first in the East Anglia district to fully achieve a broadband coverage of 10Mbps or more. South Norfolk has said it is the first area where every home and business can install an internet connection with a minimum download speed of 10Mbps, but on the condition that every sign up is a wireless one.

Ofcom to designate universal service providers for broadband

UK’s telecom regulator, Ofcom, will confirm by the end of this year whether telecom operators will have a duty to deliver minimum standard broadband services across the whole or part of the country.

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Openreach extends FTTC broadband line trial

Openreach has announced that it will be conducting a trial of Seamless Rate Adaptation (SRA) technology on Fibre-to-the-Cabinet across the UK based on superfast broadband ISP lines with speeds of 40-80 Mbps. The success of such trials could improve service stability with effective speed variability.

Thousands of villages not fit for new homes due to lack of broadband connectivity

A new study has found that over 2,000 villages across England have been classified as unsuitable for future development and affordable homes by local planning committees.

Countryside ventures discouraged by poor internet

A new study conducted by Opinium surveyed 2,008 British adults to find that 17 per cent of Britons would be deterred from moving to the countryside due to the fear of being isolated by poor internet connectivity.

Businesses to claim £2,500 broadband vouchers

Businesses are encouraged to apply and take advantage of a new government-sponsored £2,500 Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme as soon as possible.

Next Generation Data delivering ultrafast broadband connectivity

Newport-based Next Generation Data (NGD) has partnered with wholesale fibre broadband infrastructure provider Nextgenaccess (NGA) to help deliver ultrafast 10Gbps broadband connectivity to more than 4,000 small businesses in South Wales and South West England.

Ultrafast connectivity to be boosted by wider radio spectrum

UK regulator Ofcom declared yesterday that it will be broadening the current radio spectrum in the licence exempt 57-71GHz bands to allow 5G connectivity and fixed wireless broadband at nearly “fibre-like speeds”.

Openreach to extend FTTP broadband rollout to Nottingham and Belfast

Openreach has announced they will be next launching their “Fibre First” programme in Nottingham and Belfast. The rollout will consist of a 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network and work is expected to start imminently.

TalkTalk aims to provide FTTP for 3 million premises

Although there has been radio silence over the last year, TalkTalk - UK’s budget ISP - has announced it will be deploying a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) which aims to cover three million premises. Its vision to be “at the heart of Britain’s full-fibre future” remains unchanged.

Rural areas to benefit from £250 million broadband funding

The final Budget 2018 plans will be announced today with an expectation that the government will give farmers and rural enterprises special attention with a £250 million injection to ensure full fibre broadband connectivity.

Yorkshire to be boosted by broadband rollout

CityFibre has announced its plans to roll out extended broadband services to 11 Yorkshire cities and towns by expanding its full fibre network with a £2.5 billion investment deal. The telecommunications provider has stated that five million homes and businesses will improve from access to full fibre broadband, which is expected to meet a third of the government’s 2025 target.

Top localities for FTTP broadband revealed

An independent study has revealed the top 25 local authorities that provide the highest availability of ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband connectivity across the UK.

Consultation on setting standards for broadband rollout in Scotland

Consultation is currently underway by the Scottish Government to create a uniform technical standard for “narrow trenching”. The government intends to change Section 130 of the New Road & Street Works Act 1991 to increase the use of narrow trenching for broadband network builders and establish a range of safeguards for the 33 road authorities in Scotland.

Ofcom introduces protections for broadband customers during power cuts

New guidance has been populated by telecoms regulator Ofcom to ensure consumers using broadband-based phone services to make calls can still access emergency services in the event of a power cut.

Report says broadband is as important as electricity and water

A new report issued by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognised broadband connectivity to be as “essential as water and electricity” for an individual’s home environment. The global report found that internet connectivity is vital to a person’s quality of life, with a reliable connection described as an essential utility.

New-build homeowners inconvenienced by connectivity issues

New residents in housing complexes or apartments have historically faced problems when attempting to establish a fibre broadband connection in their homes, and the problem does not appear to be slowing down.

Vodafone-CityFibre partnership continues FTTP expansions

Thanks to the Vodafone-CityFibre partnership, Cambridge, Leeds and Southend-on-Sea will be provided access to the ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband service. There are plans to roll out the services to Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield and Stirling in April next year. Construction is currently underway in Aberdeen, Milton Keynes and Peterborough.

FTTP coverage now reaches 5 per cent of UK

According to telecoms regulator Ofcom, full fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband has now reached 5 per cent of all UK premises. In its latest Q2 2018 report, Ofcom found 1.4 million premises across the country now have access to full fibre broadband. This is a 5 per cent increase to the statistics in the Connected Nations research report published in December 2017.

Openreach extends FTTP broadband rollout to The Wirral

Openreach will be soon rolling out the new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) ultrafast broadband to the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in North West England. Currently, around 99 per cent of The Wirral have access to superfast broadband with speeds of 30Mbps+ with the existing Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) network.

Openreach to improve FTTP ultrafast broadband process

To assist with improving the reliability of activation dates for consumers, Openreach (BT) is making changes to its provision process of delivering ultrafast broadband lines for new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP).

“Shocking acceptance” of poor connectivity by the UK population

Research has shown that the UK falls behind 34 other countries in terms of strong broadband infrastructure and speeds, and has faced a number of obstacles in rolling out high-speed fibre optic services throughout the country.

Staffordshire Council promotes superfast broadband voucher scheme

Local businesses in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take advantage of a government scheme that can help them pay for superfast broadband, which can boost their business. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire Council’s economic growth leader, says the scheme can help small and medium sized businesses in the county to boost efficiency and productivity.

Updated advertising regulations force internet providers to reduce speed claims

A number of broadband providers have been required to cut down their advertised connectivity speeds as a result of new marketing laws that were introduced in May this year.

Banks need to address connectivity issues to increase productivity

The UK’s output per worker is at 16.6 per cent below the average of the other G7 nations in 2016, recent statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed. The financial sector was one of the few to show some form of productivity growth, although it was still much lower than prior to the beginning of the economic crisis.

Superfast Staffordshire achieves nearly 96% of connectivity target

Local coverage of FTTC/P-based superfast broadband networks with speeds of above 24Mbps have been extended to 95.7 per cent of the premises with the Superfast Staffordshire project - just shy of the 96 per cent or more target goal for the end of 2018.

‘Urge all customer-facing organisations to review their processes’, says security company

Ultracomms card payments solutions company based in Fareham, Hampshire, has warned businesses across the UK to tighten its security measures in light of the recent Dixons Carphone data breach.

Nearly three quarters of the UK fear their personal data will be breached

Research conducted by cybersecurity company BullGuard has shown that 72 per cent of the nation fear that their private data will be stolen when they submit their financial information and emails to companies. Two thirds also assumed that their data has already been taken without their realisation.

Calls to make 5G connectivity a reality for the UK

A study has found that 5G connectivity will help the UK overcome its current digital divide. Prepared by the Centre for Cities think-tank and titled “Delivering Change”, the report shows significant digital divides across the UK and calls for collective and collaborative efforts to deliver 5G as soon as possible.

Dixons Carphone confirms data security breach

Dixons Carphone has confirmed a data security breach that has resulted in 5.9 million bank cards and 1.2 million personal data records being targeted by cyber criminals.

Yahoo fined £250k over 2014 data breach

Yahoo UK has been awarded a £250,000 fine from Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as a result of a 2014 data breach.

Broadband speeds of the UK behind other EU countries

Research undertaken by M-Lab, a partnership between Google Open Source Research and Princeton University's PlantLab, shows the UK has slipped from 31st to 35th place in the global broadband league tables and now is behind 25 other European countries.

Mobile working causing data security issues for businesses

Mobile and remote working is causing data security issues for the UK's small businesses, with 18 per cent convinced their remote workers do not care about data security.

Lack of web connectivity a key reason for ‘wasted space’ in the home

A study based on 2,000 homeowners has found that the average British home contains £34,000 worth of 'wasted space', which equates to about 15 per cent of a typical British dwelling.

UK named 'most breached' country in Europe

The UK has been named the most breached country in Europe, with 37 per cent of firms experiencing a data breach in 2017. Conducted by cyber security firm Thales, a recent survey of 400 senior security managers revealed that the number of breaches experienced by UK companies increased by 24 per cent on the previous year, up from 43 per cent to 67 per cent.

Advice offered to those hit with broadband service outages

Consumer champion Which? is offering consumers advice about how to ensure their complaints are taken seriously and dealt with properly by broadband providers. The issuing of the advice has coincided with the release of new research showing that the average household experiences three broadband outages over the course of a month.

Telford achieves 98 per cent FTTC superfast broadband coverage

Telford and Wrekin Council in Shropshire, in partnership with Openreach, has announced the completion of a £5.6 million project that saw the rollout of FTTC based superfast broadband across 98 per cent of the homes and businesses in the region.

ICO report finds data breaches up in Q1

The latest report from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the volume of data security incidents recorded in the first quarter of 2018, shows a growing problem.

Which? finds broadband connections lagging behind advertised speeds

Only around half of UK households actually receive the broadband speeds they pay for, which are advertised by their providers. This is according to consumer champions Which, who found that the average speeds received by households on 38Mbps contracts was actually just 19Mbps.

Openreach struggling with permissions for City broadband roll-out

The rolling out of superfast broadband in the City of London has been big news, but provider Openreach, says it is struggling to get the permissions it needs to complete the work.

Commercial 5G network slated for 2019 launch

Superfast mobile broadband technology could be just around the corner for the UK’s phone-owners as plans accelerate to launch the next-generation 5G network in 2019 - according to BT’s CEO. Gavin Patterson, the CEO of the BT Group, said that their mobile-operating group EE is planning to launch a “commercial product” in the next 18 months.

Report: attackers still using old vulnerabilities to fuel new attacks

Cyber criminals are still using cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks and other oft-overlooked methods of entry to gain access to compromised users, a new study has found.

MPs write to government in support of rural connectivity improvements

A group of some 56 MPs have written to the Digital Secretary asking for more to be done to improve both broadband speeds and mobile connectivity in rural areas.

Companies are too slow to report data breaches, finds report

The number of days between a company discovering a data breach and disclosing it to stakeholders is decreasing but is still too high to comply with the requirements of the GDPR, a new report finds. According to an analysis carried out by Risk Based Security, the average time it takes for a business to report a data or security breach is still 37.9 days.

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