Ofcom: over half of UK homes now have access to fibre

A record 17 million UK homes, or 57% of the total, now have access to full-fibre broadband, with 4.6 million of those subscribing to a service, according to media and telecom regulator Ofcom’s latest Connected Nations report. The statistics represent an increase of 15 percentage points or 4.6 million premises compared to 2022. Coverage in each […]

Ofcom plans to restrict use of ‘fibre’ to describe FTTH networks only

UK regulator Ofcom is to consult on a plan to stop broadband service providers from using the word ‘fibre’ to describe any type of network connection other than FTTH. Under the watchdog’s planned guidance, broadband providers would only be able to use the terms ‘fibre’ and ‘full-fibre’ on their websites and in contracts if their […]

Virgin Media O2 calls for ‘thorough scrutiny’ as BT’s Openreach launches new fibre offer

UK service provider Virgin Media O2 has called for closer regulatory scrutiny of BT wholesale subsidiary Openreach’s just-announced plans for lower-priced wholesale access to fibre-to-the-premises infrastructure under the ‘Equinox 2’ scheme. The new wholesale offer proposes discounts to service providers for access to the FTTP network in exchange for commitments to connect most new lines […]

Openreach fibre network reaches six million UK homes and businesses

Openreach has announced the latest milestone of its full fibre network build, with the network now reaching six million homes and businesses. The milestone is the latest step on the fibre network operator’s plans to reach 25 million premises across the UK by the end of 2026. The company has also recently outlined plans to […]

One in four UK homes now have access to full-fibre broadband

Around one in four UK homes can now get faster full-fibre internet, according to new figures from regulator Ofcom. According to the watchdog, just under seven million or 24% of all UK homes can take up full-fibre internet packages, up from 21% at the start of the year. Close to 12 million or 40% of […]

Openreach to ramp up full-fibre build after Ofcom ruling

BT has said that it will rapidly expand its full-fibre network in the wake of Ofcom’s decision not to impose price caps. The regulator announced that it would not put a limit on the amount that Openreach can charge wholesale buyers as an attempt to incentivise BT to invest £12 billion in the UK’s infrastructure […]

UK to miss Boris Johnson’s ‘turbocharged’ broadband pledge 

The UK Parliament’s spending watchdog has warned that the country will miss its 2025 full-fibre rollout plan. Part of the Conservative’s 2019 election manifesto, Boris Johnson promised that the entirety of the UK would be covered by so-called ‘turbocharged’ broadband by 2025. This however is unlikely to be met, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has […]

US designates Huawei and ZTE as national security threats in move which could impact UK’s 5G rollout

The US’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats in a decision that is likely to have serious fallout across the Atlantic for the UK’s gigabit broadband expansion plans. The Chinese companies have largely been persona-non-grata in the US since 2018, when the Trump administration banned government contractors […]

Italian fibre network must be independent from operators says Enel CEO

Any single ultra-fast fibre network in Italy must be operated independently, believes the CEO of multinational energy company Enel. According to news agency Reuters, the Enel chief exec Francesco Starace called on any fibre network to be run independently from groups selling services to clients. Speaking on Thursday to Corriere TV, Starace was asked about […]

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