British internet providers commit to measures helping people isolate

Internet providers in the UK have agreed to a package of measures designed to help people isolate.

The British government struck a deal with BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “It’s fantastic to see mobile and broadband providers pulling together to do their bit for the national effort by helping customers, particularly the most vulnerable, who may be struggling with bills at this difficult...

Satellite internet firm OneWeb files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

OneWeb has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it seeks a new buyer to continue its satellite internet ambitions.

The promising startup was forced into filing for bankruptcy after its attempts to get financing was unsuccessful.

OneWeb says it was “close” to receiving the crucial financing but the unexpected coronavirus pandemic resulted in the prospective deal being cut short amid market turbulence.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows OneWeb to keep its existing work going by allowing the startup to use...

By Ryan Daws, 30 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural, Satellite.

Akamai will slow game downloads to reduce internet congestion

Content delivery network Akamai has announced it will be throttling game downloads in order to reduce internet congestion.

With people told to stay in their homes to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus spread, games are a way to remain connected with friends and remember what life outside four walls looks like.

However, as you’d expect, billions of people downloading games and playing together online consumes a large chunk of bandwidth.

Akamai has set out in

By Ryan Daws, 25 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Speedtest: Coronavirus is slowing internet speeds across the US and Europe

Ookla Speedtest is reporting a noticeable degradation of internet speeds in the US and Europe amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The drop in speeds has been most noticeable over the past week as more countries increase their lockdown measures, including the UK’s announcement yesterday.

Broadband speeds

In the US, the mean broadband speed dropped from around 140Mbps starting the week of March 9th, to around 133Mbps in the...

EU asks Netflix to lower its quality as people isolate from coronavirus

The EU has asked Netflix to lower its video quality as more people use the service to bring some joy during their coronavirus lockdowns.

Netflix typically accounts for around 13 percent of global internet traffic and has required an increasing amount of bandwidth as the streaming giant releases an increasing library of 4K and HDR content.

Over concerns that an expected surge in Netflix traffic may cause networks to grind to a halt during a time they’re needed most, the EU has persuaded Netflix to reduce...

SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink broadband satellites aboard Falcon 9

SpaceX has launched 60 new Starlink broadband satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

The Falcon 9 launch took place at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and transported the latest batch of satellites into low-orbit.

 

The booster used for the Falcon 9 has taken flight on four occasions in the past, twice in 2018 and twice last year. The most recent instance was in November 2019 for another Starlink mission.

SpaceX...

By Ryan Daws, 18 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Networks, Satellite.

How 5G technologies could liberate fixed wireless broadband in the US

Fixed wireless broadband communication services based on long term evolution (LTE) technology have been deployed globally, focused on areas with a poor wireline network infrastructure. Now, 5G wireless technology could open more opportunities for the fixed wireless broadband segment.

As mobile network operators continue to deploy 5G network infrastructure, the commercial launch of 5G fixed wireless broadband services will accelerate in the next few years. This will ultimately drive the 5G fixed wireless...

By David H. Deans, 09 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, N America, Research, Wireless.

Unearthing strategic full fibre opportunities as 5G looms: A UK analysis

Digital Britain is still clearly very much a work in progress, yet 2025 is now very much in sight: the government’s pledge of full fibre connections (FTTP) the length and breadth of the country is looming large. Many currently underserved broadband consumers, businesses and public sector users have understandably high expectations.

At present FTTP broadband network connections offering ultrafast speeds of 1Gbps (Gigabits...

By Mark Weller, 13 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Fiber Optic, Mobile.

FCC announces rules for $20 billion allocation of rural broadband funds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on rules later this month for the distribution of over $20 billion in rural broadband funds.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced the rules on Wednesday for the funds that will not only support rural broadband providers, but also companies that have previously been ineligible for subsidies including wireless firms, electric co-ops, and cable providers.

The funds will be distributed over 10 years with the intention of finally closing the digital divide when it...