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...

Tech groups petition US court to reconsider net neutrality ruling

Groups representing major tech firms have asked a US court to reconsider an October ruling which largely upheld the 2017 repealing of net neutrality rules.

The subject of net neutrality consistently made the headlines during 2017 and 2018 – we know, we wrote many of them – but it's become a less hot topic this year.

Part of the reason for the decline in debate is that the FCC ruled against net neutrality in December 2017 and repealed...

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee lays out 'contract' to save it

The web is not in a healthy state and its creator is stepping in with a "contract” to help save it.

British pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote his proposal for what became the World Wide Web in 1989. In a list of 80 cultural moments that shaped the world, chosen by a panel of 25 eminent scientists, academics, writers, and world leaders, the invention of the World Wide Web was ranked number one.

The entry stated, "The fastest-growing communications medium of all time, the internet has changed...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Labour’s free state broadband pledge causes widespread concern

Several figures and bodies have warned about the potential impact of Labour’s free state broadband pledge ahead of the UK general election.

For the world’s fifth-largest economy, Britain’s broadband is pitiful. Research conducted by Cable ranks the UK 34th globally with a mean download speed of 22.3Mbps. Even worse, around 10 percent of households are still unable to access fibre broadband.

With the UK’s general election looming,...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

SpaceX successfully launches 60 improved Starlink satellites

SpaceX has successfully launched 60 improved Starlink satellites which pack a number of upgrades.

The main addition is increased spectrum capacity for end-users by making full use of the Ka- and Ku-bands. SpaceX's initial 60 satellites only supported Ku-band antennas.

Another change, aimed at quelling fears about space junk, is that more components of each satellite will burn up entirely in Earth's atmosphere at the end of their life.

With the original batch of satellites, SpaceX promised 95 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Satellite.

BT launches Halo plans to provide converged 5G and fixed broadband

BT has merged its “Halo” and “No Limits” mobile plans, which aims to combine the power of 5G mobile and fixed line home broadband (FTTC, FTTP, G.fast) networks. This will help the telecom provider’s subscribers enjoy the benefits offered by the convergence.

The existing 5G customers with BT Plus plans will be automatically upgraded to reap from Halo.

BT...

By Telecoms, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Cloud, Connectivity, Europe, Wireless.

SpaceX asks ITU for permission to launch 30,000 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX is doubling-down on its orbital broadband project and has filed paperwork with the ITU to launch 30,000 more Starlink satellites.

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is a global body which governs the allocation of international bandwidth. Any launch requires the ITU's permission to ensure fair, safe, and responsible satellite deployments.

SpaceX already has permission for 12,000 satellites to be launched. If the request for further launches is granted, a constellation of 42,000...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Rural, Satellite.

Huawei and Sunrise set 5G network speed record of 3.67Gbps

Sunrise and Huawei have reached a record download speed of 3.67Gbps by using multiple 5G-enabled smartphones in one 5G cell in Zürich. This speed was achieved during a testing that was performed on C-Band 100MHz bandwidth, which was compatible to 3GPP standards.

Earlier, a single user smartphone speed was recorded up to 2Gbps.

Sunrise is the first telecommunication company in...

By Telecoms, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity.

UK government pledges £5bn for gigabit broadband in every home by 2025

During the Conservative Party Conference, Chancellor Sajid Javid pledged £5 billion for gigabit broadband in every home by 2025.

Standing on the steps of Downing Street following his election in July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the rollout of gigabit broadband one of his key pledges. The chancellor has now committed public money to help achieve Johnson’s pledge.

"We are setting out plans to invest £5bn to support the rollout of full-fibre, 5G and other gigabit-capable networks to...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Rural.

Inmarsat launches GX Aviation in-flight WiFi on AirAsia planes

Satellite broadband provider Inmarsat is launching its new “gold standard” GX Aviation in-flight WiFi on AirAsia planes.

AirAsia will benefit from the world’s first and only global broadband network. Passengers will be offered a free trial on equipped aircraft until the end of this month.

GX Aviation integrates with AirAsia’s entertainment and e-commerce platform to provide passengers with access to a variety of free entertainment, music, games, news and shopping using their personal...

By Ryan Daws, 24 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband, Connectivity, Entertainment, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Satellite, Wireless.