Ofcom seeks cheaper broadband by increasing competition with lower wholesale prices

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom hopes new wholesale price cuts for superfast broadband services will lead to cheaper access for consumers.

The regulator will improve the wholesale pricing of high-speed services from national broadband network Openreach. New technology investments from BT, such as G.Fast, will not be capped at this point as Ofcom believes the caps elsewhere should be sufficient to protect competition and protect consumers from higher prices.

Jonathan Oxley, Ofcom’s...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Networks, OpenFlow, Regulation.

Telecom providers could soon be free to sell your browsing history

A ruling which prevents telecoms providers from selling your browsing history is under threat and could be lifted following a Senate vote on Thursday.

Last year, the former chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, proposed a ruling to prevent telecom providers from profiting by selling private data to third-parties. The ruling passed last October and it was praised by privacy and consumer advocates, but it’s already looking as if it will be retracted.

The resolution is being pushed by 22 Republican...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Privacy, Regulation.

Ofcom fines Plusnet £880,000 for billing over a thousand ex-customers

Plusnet has been fined £880,000 by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom for continuing to bill more than a thousand ex-customers after cancelling their contracts.

Remaining funds have been donated to a dozen local charities

The BT-owned company was found to have continued billing a group of customers for their cancelled landline or broadband services. Following an investigation, Ofcom ruled Plusnet broke a fundamental billing role and will be subject to a fine after the 1,025 customers were overcharged...

By Ryan Daws, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Operators, Regulation.

BT Openreach will use VR to recruit 1,500 telecom engineers

Openreach, the subsidiary of BT which manages the majority of the UK’s telecoms infrastructure, has today announced plans to recruit 1,500 new engineers using VR to provide training.

Virtual reality is becoming increasingly viewed as useful for training within the workplace, but it’s yet to be used on a large scale for recruitment. Openreach is exploring VR’s potential benefits for recruitment with an experience which allows interested applicants to use a headset to...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Why BT’s Openreach separation is ‘tough but fair’ resolution with Ofcom

BT and Ofcom have reached an agreement to ensure Openreach will become a legally separate company, bringing to a conclusion one of the more protracted imbroglios around the UK’s broadband infrastructure.

The telecoms giant said that around 32,000 employees will transfer to the new Openreach Limited, which will have its own branding separate from the BT logo. Ofcom, the industry’s governing body, said BT had met its competition concerns.

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By James Bourne, 10 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Regulation.

Samsung and Arqiva will trial 5G in the UK this year

Samsung and Arqiva have announced plans to launch 5G trials focused on Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in the UK during the second half of this year.

The companies decided on the UK as their starting point in Europe due to the country’s low broadband penetration and promising spectrum conditions. Samsung and Arqiva are hoping to demonstrate the potential for 5G to offer a compelling alternative to fibre.

“With advanced news of 5G trials already being made in the US and Korean...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

UK: 1.4 million premises lack decent broadband connections, finds Ofcom

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In the latest survey from Ofcom, an independent regulator and competition authority for UK’s communications industries, it has been revealed that around 1.4 million homes and offices in the UK do not have a decent broadband connection. This means that properties in the country that are unable to receive at least 10 Mbps fell by 1 million over the past year, and 5% still lack the basic Internet speed.

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By Telecoms, 20 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers.