Openvault: 2018 broadband use accelerated in Europe and the US

Broadband use accelerated across Europe and the US in 2018 according to research by Openvault, a firm that helps operators to manage their networks by tracking data usage. Openvault’s end of year 2018 report claims that average broadband use for European households was 168.2 GB per household in 2018, up from 126.2 GB per household […]

Ofcom: half of UK homes could boost their broadband

Half of British households could switch to faster broadband without paying more according to Ofcom, which announced a range of measures to help people get the best deal. The communications regulator claimed that around four million households with “old-style, basic broadband” have passed their initial contract period and could switch to superfast for the same […]

Point Topic: now over one billion fixed broadband subscriptions

The one billionth fixed broadband subscription globally was almost certainly signed up before the end of September this year, according to research outfit Point Topic. Point Topic’s most recent research put the total number of global fixed line broadband subscribers at 983 million at the end of June. Current adoption rates mean that the billionth […]

US outpacing Europe in broadband usage

The US is outpacing Europe in average broadband usage, according to industry analytics and technology provider OpenVault. According to OpenVault, average cable broadband usage per household in Europe grew at a rate of 19.5% during the 12 months ended June 30, 2018, compared to an average of 31% in the US during the same period. […]

Broadband speeds rise in developed markets but UK drops in ranking

Average broadband speeds globally rose 23% over the last year, but most progress was among countries with existing fast broadband, according to a study by The UK dropped four places in’s national rankings to 35th place overall. Europe, the US and the leading economies of the Asia Pacific region – Singapore, Japan, Taiwan […]

Virgin Media passes 900,000 Irish homes in Project Lightning expansion

Virgin Media has passed 900,000 premises in Ireland with ultrafast fibre broadband as part of its Project Lightning network expansion. Over the past two years, Virgin Media has added 100,000 new homes and businesses to its network map in Ireland and says it is on target to reach the one million mark over the next […]

IHS Markit: high speed broadband reaches 75% of European homes

High speed broadband services were available in more than three quarters of homes in the 28 countries of the European Union at the end of June 2017, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that for the first time, 4G LTE availability matched 3G HSPA networks in terms of the number of households covered. […]

UK pledges £67 million to Gigabit broadband voucher scheme

The UK government has pledged to invest £67 million (€76 million) in a voucher scheme that will help small and medium sized businesses and residents with the costs of connecting to full fibre broadband. Announced by chancellor Philip Hammond, the Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) will provide vouchers worth £3,000 to small businesses or […]

Ofcom tightens up ISP requirements on broadband speeds

Ofcom has announced new measures that will require internet service providers (ISPs) to be “more realistic” about broadband speeds and meet minimum speed guarantees within a month. The UK broadcast regulator said that from March 1, 2019, ISPs must provide more realistic peak-time speed information upfront, reflecting the fact that broadband is typically not as […]

Ofcom outlines plans to up fibre broadband investment

Ofcom has outlined a range of measures designed to increase investment in full-fibre broadband in the UK. The UK broadcast regulator said that it is cutting the wholesale price that BT’s infrastructure arm Openreach can charge telecoms companies for its basic superfast broadband service in an effort to ensure “affordable access to superfast broadband for people […]