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.

EU creates a €500m fund dedicated to broadband infrastructure

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The European Commission has announced the creation of a €500m fund dedicated to keeping Europe's broadband infrastructure competitive on the world stage – with initial funding coming from the EIB (European Investment Bank) and three National Promotional Banks and Institutions (NPBIs)

Günther H. Oettinger,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Infrastructure.

Opinion: Why fibre is the growth engine for operators across Asia

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Access to superfast broadband and speedy 4G services – that’s the standard across Asia, right? Countries such as South Korea (27 Mbps), Japan (19.5 Mbps) and Singapore (17.2 Mbps) tend to have consistent, high-quality connectivity. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case across the region.

In India, the average speed is only 3.6 Mbps. Although there’s investment in...

By Navin Vohra, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic.