BT cuts dividends to invest in fibre

Investments in fibre and 5G were at the centre of attention for BT as it announced a 2% dip in revenue in its quarterly results. The operator said that it is scrapping its dividend for the first time in a decade in order to spend £12 billion to boost the national rollout of its gigabit […]

S&P: half of fixed-line broadband homes in APAC get speeds of 100 Mbps

Roughly half of all fixed-broadband households in the Asia-Pacific region have a connection with download speeds of 100 Mbps or greater, according to Kagan. The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group found that as of the first half of 2018, 49.3% of fixed broadband households across 14 markets could access these broadband speeds, equating to […]

Openreach announces new locations for FTTP build-out

BT-owned infrastructure subsidiary, Openreach, has announced 11 new UK locations where it will build fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks during 2019. The locations are Bury, Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Croydon, Greater Glasgow region, Harrow, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton Coldfield, and Salford. Openreach said it is on track to reaching three million homes and businesses with […]

UK government pledges full-fibre for ‘most homes and businesses’ by 2025

The UK government has said a “step change” is needed in the country’s approach to fibre internet and has set a target for fibre connections to be available to the majority of homes and businesses by 2025. Chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, set out the plan during a speech at the Confederation of British Industry Annual […]

Focusing on FTTP will set back EU Gigabit goals, says Liberty Global report

Focusing exclusively on fibre-to-the-premises is likely to be counter-productive in enabling Europe to reach the Gigabit Society goals set by the European Commission, according to a report commissioned by cable group Liberty Global. The report argues that a range of technologies currently considered “very high-capacity” by the Commission, including G.Fast close to the end user, […]

Virgin Media outlines Scottish FTTP rollout

Virgin Media will connect “at least two thirds” of the 360,000 additional homes and businesses being added to its ultrafast broadband network in Scotland with fibre to the premises (FTTP). Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media announced plans to reach the additional 360,000 homes and business in Scotland last month and claims to already reach one million […]