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 […]

Virgin Media O2 reported to have given up on TalkTalk acquisition

Virgin Media O2 has abandoned plans to acquire smaller rival TalkTalk due to regulatory and credit concerns, according to a report in the Telegraph newspaper. According to the paper, access to the credit markets and the risk of the UK competitive watchdog nixing the deal are key concerns According to the Telegraph, the pair are […]

BT and Openreach workers set for second strike on August 30-31

Workers at BT are set for a further two days of strikes at the end of the month. More than 40,000 BT workers held a two-day national strike on July 29 and August 1 after the operator refused to meet with union leaders who turned down an across-the-board pay increase of £1,500 to frontline workers. […]

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 […]

BT gives up search for Openreach joint-venture partner

BT has abandoned its plans to find a joint-venture partner for its next-generation broadband network rollout. The company was looking for a partner in the expansion of Openreach, but BT has said that the cost of rollout out the new network had dropped significantly meaning that a partner is not necessary. The operator said that […]

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 breaks broadband record with 50,000 Petabyte 2020

Broadband usage in the UK more than doubled in 2020 to 50,000 Petabytes (PB), according to Openreach. Openreach’s infrastructure is used by the likes of BT, Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen. The company said that the usage for 2020 climbed massively from the 2019 total of 22,000PB – underlining the impact that the Covid-19 […]

UK broadband usage doubles in 2020

UK broadband usage more than doubled in 2020 with 50,000 Petabytes (PB) of data being consumed across the country, compared to around 22,000 in 2019, according to data released BT infrastructure arm Openreach. During 2020, the daily record for broadband use was broken 15 times, and the average property connected to Openreach’s fibre networks used […]

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 […]

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