Budget 2018: UK chancellor pledges £250m to boost rural broadband

In his latest budget, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced £250m will be used to provide rural areas with superfast broadband.

Poor rural connectivity has held back certain areas from the rest of the nation.

The funding boost will target rural schools and libraries to ensure they have access to ‘full fibre’ connectivity.

DCMS Secretary of State Jeremy Wright said:

"Through our modern Industrial Strategy, it’s our ambition to have a full fibre Britain that...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural.

Goldman Sachs-backed CityFibre details £2.5bn full fibre investment

CityFibre has set out its plans for an over £2 billion investment to accelerate the rollout of full Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) across the UK.

The company was acquired back in June for £538m by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners, a fund managed by Goldman Sachs. CityFibre currently has fibre assets in 37 UK towns and cities.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

“With a head-start in 37 towns and cities, this full fibre investment plan...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile CEO is predictably vocal about Verizon’s 5G network

Following the launch of Verizon’s 5G FWA launch in four US cities, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has predictably added his two cents.

T-Mobile calls itself the ‘Uncarrier’ for a series of initiatives removing things which consumers dislike about typical carriers. Legere’s outspoken style about his competition matches the brand he represents.

In a series of tweets, Legere slams Verizon’s 5G network:

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators.

Charter CFO says 5G is ‘not comparable’ to DOCSIS 3.1

Charter Communications CFO Chris Winfrey is adamant that 5G will not pose a threat to fixed-line providers as it cannot offer the same capabilities.

Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on Thursday, Winfrey said:

“I don’t see anything about 5G that ever makes it comparable to DOCSIS 3.1 or DOCSIS 3.1 Full Duplex, or any capability we have through fixed line service.”

Charter has been ramping up its DOCSIS...

By Ryan Daws, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, N America, Networks, Operators.

FCC plans to inject $1.5 billion into rural broadband expansion

US telecoms regulator the FCC is set to provide a substantial cash injection over the next ten years to expand rural broadband availability.

Over the next decade, some 713,176 homes and businesses across 45 states will benefit from the investment.

The FCC is seeking minimum broadband speeds of 100Mbps in 53 percent of the rural locations targeted. Over 99.7 percent of these locations will receive at least 25 Mbps downstream speeds.

Better still, according to the FCC, 19 percent of locations will get access to...

Study: UK consumers face 82% price rise from their ISP post-contract

A study has found that UK telecoms customers face a steep cost increase of up to 82 percent at the end of their contracts.

Recent changes to advertising rules in the UK requires ISPs to provide estimated speeds to potential customers instead of the misleading ‘up to’ claims.

The change has made the industry more honest, but one area which is still not clear enough is how much consumers will pay after their contract ends.

Richard Neudegg, head of regulation at uSwitch, comments:

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Research.

How smart homes are enabling new models for healthcare services

Home-based healthcare options have exploded since the availability of internet access has become pervasive. Moreover, as healthcare shifts from reactive to proactive patient care, a huge market is ready for automation products that can help deliver health and wellness services through smart home solutions.

The ubiquity of broadband connectivity, development of smart sensors, and the decreasing costs of devices have already made it possible to offer aging-in-place, chronic disease management, and post-acute...

By David H. Deans, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Innovation, IoT.

UK telecoms infrastructure review plots ‘world-class’ connectivity

The UK government has today released its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review in which it plots a course for what it calls ‘world-class’ connectivity.

Starting with broadband progress over the past few years, the report notes the government met its target in December last year to deliver superfast broadband (currently defined as over 24Mbps) to 95 percent of the UK.

In addition, the government has passed legislation to create a new ‘Universal Service Obligation’ giving every household and...

UK makes bold promises to advance digital infrastructure

An assessment by the UK National Infrastructure Commission highlights areas where investment should be prioritised to prevent shortcomings.

“The whole purpose of the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment is to think beyond the technologies of today and to ensure we can make the most of future innovations,” explains Sir John Armitt CBE.

“It’s why it’s not just a one-off but something we will be repeating every five years to ensure we remain on the front...

UK has fallen to 35th in global broadband speed rankings

The average broadband speed of UK citizens has slipped to 35th in global speed rankings, in a damning report amid the government's ongoing turmoil.

At a time when most Brits would like nothing more but to switch off the TV and binge on Netflix, a damning analysis has found the UK has slipped below the likes of Bulgaria and Madagascar in the global broadband speed rankings.

It's an untimely reminder of another failure of the Conservative government in the UK to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Ofcom is concerned about BT’s continued Openreach influence

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has raised its concerns that BT still has too much influence over decisions made by the Openreach national broadband network.

Following years of complaints from rivals that previous Openreach owner BT was prioritising their business in strategic decisions, Ofcom decided to step in last year.

Ofcom and BT reached the decision to keep Openreach under BT’s parent company, but have it run as an independent company in a bid to make its operations fairer to competitors.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Ooredoo aims to launch world's first 5G home broadband

Following its launch of the world’s first commercial 5G network last month, Ooredoo is debuting a home broadband device.

Qatar-based Ooredoo claims its home broadband device will offer speeds up to 2 Gbps. That represents over 20 times the speed of the company’s fibre broadband.

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said:

“Ooredoo is ecstatic to announce that last night, we became the first in the world to have a live commercial 5G home broadband device.

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Editorial: A look at Gavin Patterson’s five-year tenure as BT CEO

The CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, is stepping down after a five-year tenure in the post which has seen the business go through substantial changes.

During his time, Patterson handled the mobile industry-shaking £12.5bn acquisition of the UK’s biggest mobile operator, EE.

Patterson also oversaw the split of the Openreach fibre broadband network from BT into its own company and worked to modernise the company’s IPTV offerings as OTT players like Amazon Prime aim to replace traditional...

Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

Wireless Broadband Alliance outlines requirements for cross-network IoT device roaming

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has outlined requirements for cross-network IoT device roaming – while addressing the necessity to come up with a dynamic method for IoT devices to hunt for a computable network and automatically roam at scale without interruption.

The whitepaper from the alliance focuses on the general needs to allow IoT devices to establish connection with a non-home access network, fruitfully authenticate, enable accounting and facilitate subsequent billing, while considering the...

By Telecoms, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, IoT, Networks, Wireless.

ACSI: Streaming TV dominates telecoms industry satisfaction

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), consumers are far more satisfied with streaming TV over their other telecoms services.

ACSI argues video streaming often avoids the downsides of alternative telecoms services, including subscription TV.

Video Streaming

David VanAmburg, Managing Director at the ACSI, said:

“Streaming services don't have the hidden fees and six-month rates that subscription TV does, not to mention they're cheaper and simpler.

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, N America, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

Qualcomm and Facebook seek to deliver gigabit WiFi

Facebook has been talking about its gigabit WiFi project Terragraph since 2016, but we now have a partner and a date for trials.

Terragraph aims to be an alternative to fibre broadband using 60GHz millimetre-wave wireless. It will use 802.11ay technology, designed to be the successor to 802.11ad wireless.

Yael Maguire, VP of Connectivity at Facebook, says:

“We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies to advance the adoption of pre-802.11ay and 802.11ad 60GHz technologies...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

Is now the time for 5G wireless to disrupt the broadband status quo?

Across the globe, most wireline service providers operate in a monopoly or duopoly environment where competition is limited and somewhat predictable. The prior limitations of wireless broadband internet access have not impacted the wireline status-quo. That could change.

The worldwide fixed wireless broadband access market has been growing steadily over the past several years. ABI Research now forecasts that the market will grow by 30 percent in 2018 and will generate $18 billion in service revenue. That...

By David H. Deans, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks.

Brits overpay for broadband while receiving half the advertised speed

According to research, many British households are both overpaying for their services and receiving broadband speeds half as fast as they were advertised.

Communications regulator Ofcom recently conducted research which found around four million UK households could be saving money on broadband.

Broadband customers often sign up to good welcome offers for a set term, but then forget to shop around or negotiate with their existing provider once their contract is up.

Once an offer is up, plans can jump...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Marketing, Operators, Regulation.

Senate reinstates net neutrality (for now)

In a vote today, Senators managed to narrowly overturn the FCC’s so-called ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order’ which repealed Obama-era laws ensuring net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that all internet users should be treated equally. Critics argue that heavier users, or services which use greater bandwidth, should pay more to cover infrastructure costs.

If you trust your cable company, you’re not going to like my vote today

Advocates for maintaining net neutrality rules are...