O2 Germany now able to offer speeds up to 1Gbps in select regions. Tele Columbus agreement the latest in a series enabling O2 to build a fixed‑line and pay‑TV delivery platform without infrastructure investment.
Considerable speculation and debate on the future of UK communications infrastructure and the sector was sparked by a new Labour Party policy. In its Manifesto for the upcoming UK General Election, Labour is committing to the nationalisation of major elements of BT Group that relate to the provision of ...
T‑Mobile Netherlands (TMNL) trumpeted the launch of a wholesale offer for access to its fibre‑to-the‑home (FTTH) network.
Croatia’s telecoms regulator opined that more investment is needed in next‑generation access (NGA) networks, no doubt with the aim of keeping the pressure on Hrvatski Telekom (HT) to invest more.
DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade providing Virgin Media with a clear opportunity to declare itself a key partner in the government’s pursuit of gigabit speeds. Management bullish on the prospect of taking the fight to Openreach, beyond Virgin’s traditional footprint. Sky in a position to play off Virgin and Openreach, as ...
Openreach following through with full‑fibre commitment to distinguish its infrastructure capabilities from rivals. Government putting up more money, but appears open to gigabit alternatives for quicker wins. Openreach tempts government with 2025 win if conditions are right, but appetite for headline‑grabbing grand plan appears to be waning.
Enterprise is edging customers towards its new portfolio of digital services as it declares its support for ‘UK PLC’. Upfront investment in upgrades for both fibre and Ethernet connections expected to create a smooth path for upselling. Security services to be weaved throughout the Enterprise portfolio in pursuit of ...
Consumer division to spearhead BT’s refreshed higher profile through customer experience development and partnership focus in line with 2018 strategy. Superfast services become default, with free upgrades pushed to 700,000 FTTC holdouts. New products on the horizon, but details remain vague, and TV refresh pushed into 2020. Social projects ...
The latest update to Ofcom’s Connected Nations report stated that in May 2019 full‑fibre coverage had reached 8% of the UK population, with just under 2.5 million premises passed — an increase of around 400,000 since the start of 2019.
Reports that Openreach is to stop providing battery backup units (BBU) by default for fibre‑to‑the‑premises (FTTP) installations (BTwatch, #300) gained substance, following the appearance of a more compact optical network unit (ONT).
Openreach has been carrying out consultations on the possible provision of a symmetric fibre‑to‑the‑premises (FTTP) product that is geared towards the business market.
Openreach flagged a special offer on the ‘managed install’ of VDSL services from 10 September 2019 to 10 March 2020, indicating that it was responding to greater appetite among communications providers (CP) to visit the premises of consumers and manage service from the outset.
Openreach trials of a new type of ribbon fibre cable to speed deployment of fibre‑to‑the‑premise (FTTP) in the UK appear to have culminated in a contract for manufacturer Fujikura, which participated in the trial with cable installer CBS Products (BTwatch, #303).
Openreach is running a pilot programme testing the ways in which it can deliver fibre‑to‑the‑premises connectivity to multi‑dwelling units (MDU) in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Openreach is taking steps to minimise the cost of installing fibre in new commercial developments, echoing previously flagged commitments to remove or reduce the cost of delivering fibre to residential new-build sites.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) voiced objections to government proposals to ease planning restrictions on the installation of mobile network infrastructure, citing concerns on the environmental impact of large structures in rural areas.