Xbox launch contributes to record traffic for ISPs in the UK

A number of UK ISPs saw record amounts of internet traffic on November 10 as Microsoft rolled out its latest generation of games consoles.  Virgin Media said that it experienced the highest amount of data consumption on record, with 108 Petabytes of data consumed. This, the operator said, translated to a total of more than […]

BT could fund fibre rollout with Openreach sale, report claims

BT has reportedly opened talks over a possible sale of its stake in Openreach. Openreach – which was split off into its own business following a demand from Ofcom in November 2016 – has long been rumoured as being on the chopping block for BT, but a new report from the Financial Times has provided […]

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 local businesses reap ‘£9bn benefit from superfast broadband’

Local businesses in areas covered by the UK government’s rollout of superfast broadband have seen a combined £9 billion (€10 billion) increase in turnover since the boost to their broadband speed. This is according to an independent assessment of the impact the rollout has had from 2012-2016, which was published by the government. Other findings […]

Ofcom outlines full fibre support proposals

Ofcom has outlined a set of proposals to support long-term investment in full-fibre networks, following the publication yesterday of the government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR). The UK’s communications regulator said that “consistent, predictable regulation” over the coming years will help companies like Openreach, Virgin Media, Vodafone, CityFibre and TalkTalk as they build out full-fibre […]

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 […]

UK government: superfast broadband now in 95% of UK premises

The UK government says it has delivered its manifesto commitment to extend superfast broadband to 95% of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2017. Culture minister Matt Hancock announced the news today after independent broadband news and information site ThinkBroadband confirmed that more than 19 out of 20 UK homes and businesses can […]

BT offers to bring 10Mbps broadband to 99% of the UK

BT has offered to invest up to £600 million (€670 million) to deliver internet speeds of 10Mbps to 99% of the UK by 2020, as it seeks to avoid government regulation. BT voluntarily offered to provide the UK-wide coverage after the government said it would introduce a Universal Service Obligation (USO) to give every home […]

Ofcom to force Openreach to cut price for 40Mbps internet

UK telecom regulator Ofcom has said that it will cut wholesale prices charged by BT infrastructure arm Openreach for ultra-fast broadband access to safeguard consumers from high prices and stimulate uptake. Ofcom said it would cut the wholesale price that Openreach – the part of BT responsible for its network – can charge telecoms companies […]

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