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Ofcom fleshes out plans to open up BT's ducts and poles

UK comms watchdog Ofcom has fleshed out its proposals to open up BT's ducts and poles - intended to encourage rivals to access Openreach's infrastructure and lay their own "full fibre" networks. Part of its plans, outlined in the once-in-a-decade Digital Communications Review earlier this year, include the promotion of large- …
Kat Hall, 06 Dec 2016

Citizens Advice slams 'unfair' broadband compensation scheme

Consumer rights charity Citizens Advice has slammed the UK's broadband compensation scheme which fails to pass on compensation to customers. Suppliers are typically paid compensation by Openreach for each day that there is a delay fixing a landline fault or setting up a new broadband or landline connection. But customers who …
Kat Hall, 05 Dec 2016
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What's in Hammond's box? Autumn fallout for Britain's tech SMBs

The Government in its Autumn statement promised to invest £1bn on "digital infrastructure", an extra £2bn annually on UK R&D, and at least £400m on new venture capital funds through the British Business Bank, which it hopes will unlock a further £1bn in private finance for growing firms. The National Productivity Investment …
Marcus Gibson, 05 Dec 2016
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HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Analysis It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. Kelly Murphy is a hard man, a Regina, Saskatchewan-born ex-professional ice hockey player, forced by injury to follow the puck off the hockey field and into an …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

The regulator Ofcom has decided to force a legal separation of Openreach from BT, after the former broadband monopoly failed to offer voluntary proposals that addressed its competition concerns. Ofcom fell short of recommending a full structural separation earlier this year, citing pensions and properties costs as the main …
Kat Hall, 29 Nov 2016
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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

Google has kicked out a workaround of sorts for Chromecast Audio devices that have been causing BT routers to constantly reset themselves. The Mountain View ads giant is advising BT subscribers to, if possible, find another router they can use to connect their Chromecast Audio unit to in order to get the latest version of the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2016

UK's Universal Service voucher scheme urged to shift monopoly away from BT

An MP is calling on the UK government to introduce a voucher scheme for universal broadband connectivity of at least 10Mbps, as a means of more effectively boasting rural broadband speeds. The government plans to mandate a USO target by 2020 in its Digital Economy Bill currently passing through Parliament. However, it emerged …
Kat Hall, 28 Nov 2016

Uncanny hacks-men to attend special school in grand country home

The home of Britain's World War II code-breaking effort, Bletchley Park, is set to once again house young codebreakers with the first national information security college planning to open in the complex following a £5 million renovation. The 73 year-old building will house talented 16-to-19-year-olds from 2018 as part of a …
Darren Pauli, 25 Nov 2016
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Get patching: Xen bug blows hypervisor security to bits – literally

The Xen Project has issued eight security advisories for its open source hypervisor. XSA-195 is considered the most serious of the eight, as it could allow memory modification, resulting in arbitrary code execution, a crash of the host, or information exposure. According to the Xen Project, XSA-195 (CVE-2016-9383) is …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Nov 2016
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Fibre pushers get UK budget tax reprieve

Businesses rolling out pure fibre in the UK are to be exempt from paying land rates over the next five years, Chancellor Philip Hammond's announced in a reprieve to providers in his Autumn Statement today. Broadband providers previously hit out against a forthcoming hike in business rates that will dramatically increase the …
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2016
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Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

BT is the only player to offer its services for universal coverage of 10Mbps by 2020, but has also placed a number of conditions on doing so, head of comms regulator Ofcom Sharon White has said. Speaking at the Culture, Media and Sports Committee hearing, White said BT has expressed interest in delivering the government's …
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2016

Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours

For the past nine hours or so today, bungling Brit broadband ISP Plusnet's internet service has been rather wobbly – with network packet loss wrecking some connections. This lack of stable connectivity for unlucky punters will hit things like online video and voice calls, gaming and streaming the most. Uptime-adverse Plusnet …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Nov 2016
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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

More than half the population does not believe it is has access to superfast broadband – despite the government promising that 95 per cent of the country will have 24Mbps next year. In a survey of just over 2,000 adults conducted by global research biz TNS on behalf of broadband pusher ViaSat, just 48 per cent believed they …
Kat Hall, 22 Nov 2016
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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

The government is to release £400m towards full-fibre broadband in its Autumn Statement tomorrow, part of its Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund. The cash is to be matched by private finance, and will amount to a total cash pot of £800m. In a press release the government described it as "gold standard ‘full-fibre’ …
Kat Hall, 22 Nov 2016
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Barnet Council: Outsourcing deal with Capita has 'performance issues'

Barnet council's controversial £322m 10-year outsourcing deal is plagued by a number "performance issues" particularly within IT - but has also yielded "significant savings" since 2013, according to a report. The borough's chiefs have reviewed the Customer and Support Group (CSG) contract handed to Capita and concluded it has …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016

Ofcom slaps ban on BT/EE 4G spectrum bid

Communications giant BT/EE will not be able to bid for more 4G spectrum in the forthcoming auction, according to proposals by communications regulator Ofcom. Next year, Ofcom will auction 190 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands – an increase of just under a third of the total mobile spectrum currently available. …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016
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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

British IoT streetlight firm Telensa has been named as a global market leader in, er, LED streetlights with networked cameras on them. Telensa is one of the few IoT-focused firms that has made serious inroads into the smart cities market, with a million IoT streetlights deployed around the world. Its PLANet streetlight system …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Nov 2016

Outage-prone Plusnet goes mobile in a bid to become 'quad-play' biz

Outage-prone Plusnet is bringing its service to mobile phones, making use of parent company BT's EE network gobble earlier this year. As of 29 November, Plusnet Mobile will become the newest mobile provider in Blighty, the company said in a statement. The biz is joining forces with mobile network LIFE Mobile, part of the EE …
Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2016
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Naughty UK Google cloud users can now be sued by Chocolate Factory in England

BT, Dropbox, Google and Mozy have promised not to screw over their British consumer cloud customers with dodgy terms and conditions, according to the Competition and Markets Authority. The promises are the latest result from the CMA's ongoing investigation into cloud service providers' contract terms, which the regulator says …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Nov 2016
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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

Thirteen more pirate sites have have been added to the list of domains that the largest UK ISPs must block*. This time the target sites are dedicated to binge-watching TV series and theatrical run films. Although nobody in the movie and TV business – which is fuelling a tech jobs boom in the UK – claims it's the only solution …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Nov 2016
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Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

Digital minister Matt Hancock has promised there will be a forthcoming government strategy to ensure Blighty's "full fibre future" is realised in the next decade. Speaking at the Parliament and Internet Conference 2016 today, he told The Register: "There will be more in the coming weeks and months. But I can’t put more flesh …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2016

ARM: Hold my beer, we'll install patches for your crappy IoT gear for you

ARM TechCon Processor designer ARM will squirt security fixes directly into internet-connected gadgets to hopefully keep them defended from hackers. Manufacturers of Internet-of-Things gizmos and other embedded products have complained that updating gear in the field is too much hard work. That means devices are rarely patched when …
Chris Williams, 25 Oct 2016
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Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

Hapless Network Rail contractors drove a pile through 30 cable ducts, cutting phone, broadband services and many cell towers in the Uxbridge, Middlesex - potentially knocking services out until next week. Services were cut on Wednesday, with Openreach customers reportedly being told it could take more than a week to fix. Up to …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2016
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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

Further uncertainty over Brexit could hamper Virgin Media's ability to get more broadband investment for the UK from its parent company Liberty Global, chief exec Tom Mockridge has warned. Speaking at the Broadband World Forum event, he said: "We need certainty over the outcome of Brexit," adding that when the business makes …
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2016
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Hard-up Brits 'should get subsidy for 10Mbps'

Folks in the UK unable to afford speeds of 10Mbps under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) should be offered a subsidy, the representative body for 370 councils has said today. The Local Government Association is calling on the government to introduce a subsidised broadband service to help anyone facing undue hardship in …
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2016
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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

BT's chief exec Gavin Patterson has claimed an Openreach split would make future UK broadband investments more challenging and increase the firm's already-ballooning pension deficit. Speaking at the Broadband World Forum event, he denied any conflict of interest between BT's retail business and wholesale business. Contrary to …
Kat Hall, 19 Oct 2016
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Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it

The UK's digital minister Matt Hancock has said pure fibre and 5G are the priority for Blighty's digital infrastructure over the next decade - but has indicated the government won't be paying for it. Speaking at the Broadband World Forum event today, he said by 2020 the volume of global internet traffic would be 95 times what …
Kat Hall, 19 Oct 2016
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Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and BT bid for Indian cricket online

Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and BT have been revealed as bidders for rights for India's top sporting attracting, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket competition. IPL matches often attract more than 100 million television viewers and the League runs all-but-daily for nearly two months, making it a media monster with few …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2016
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Metronet gobbles up hosting firm for £47.5m, instantly doubles in size

Manchester-based network services provider Metronet has snapped up infrastructure and hosting firm M247 for £47.5m. The combined business will have three data centres, over 200 staff, a combined turnover of more than £40m, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £12m. It means the ISP …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2016

BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

I cycle in London. It halves my journey time to the office and being nicer than sweating on the tube lets me substitute muscles for my Oyster. It also gives me a chance to think. One of the things I think about is how much I hate buses . They don’t mix with bikes. Having something which weighs twelve tonnes share road space …
Simon Rockman, 13 Oct 2016
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Boost Ofcom's powers and fix mobile market woes, Three and TalkTalk tell MPs

Mobile telcos Three and TalkTalk told MPs today they want more power to go to Ofcom in the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill, in order to rebalance the market away from the dominance of BT/EE. Speaking at an evidence hearing on the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill, TalkTalk chief exec Dido Harding said: "I think inherently …
Kat Hall, 11 Oct 2016
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Inside the Box thinking: People want software for the public cloud

Analysis On-premises file sync and share and collaboration is yesterday's story. The future is the public cloud with dedicated software service suppliers, like Box. File sync, share and collaboration is not a feature, but a product, best expressed as a service (SaaS) through Box's three data centres and the public cloud, and not …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2016

Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services

UK comms watchdog Ofcom has today said it has "reasonable grounds" for believing operator KCOM failed to maintain emergency services access in Hull. KCOM notified Ofcom in February 2016 that its phone service in the region had suffered a “temporary reduction in availability.” In an update today the regulator said: "Ofcom has …
Kat Hall, 07 Oct 2016
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BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

BT customers are unable to delete BT Yahoo email services - despite an exodus of users seeking to leave the security-challenged webmail biz. Since allegations arose that Yahoo built an app to enable it to scan all of its users' emails at the request of US intelligence, many users have sought to delete their email accounts. …
Kat Hall, 07 Oct 2016
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Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested her government could intervene in failing markets, such as rural broadband. Speaking at the Tory conference in Birmingham today, she said: "Where markets are dysfunctional, we should be prepared to intervene." She added: "Where companies are exploiting the failures of the market in …
Kat Hall, 05 Oct 2016

Brit telcos plead with Ofcom: No one should own more than 30% of available spectrum

Telcos are calling on Ofcom to slap a 30 per cent cap on operators bidding in the next spectrum auction - a move that would limit the proportion of airwaves an operator can own. TalkTalk, Three, CityFibre, the Federation of Communication Services, and Relish called on the regulator to impose the moratorium in a joint letter …
Kat Hall, 03 Oct 2016
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Telcos hit out against plans to hike their broadband rates

Broadband providers have rallied against draft plans to hike up the cost of business rates, which will result in a "steep" increase for broadband providers laying infrastructure. The Valuation Office Agency has today published its plans for proposed non-domestic business rates next year. Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge …
Kat Hall, 30 Sep 2016
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Business to be given more scope to quit crap broadband contracts

UK businesses are to receive more accurate data on broadband speeds before signing up to a contract, under a voluntary code coming into force from Ofcom today. Under the move, customers will also be able to exit their contract at any point if speeds fall below a minimum guaranteed level. The plans are to be run under a …
Kat Hall, 30 Sep 2016
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BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

BT has topped a UK watchdog's quarterly whinge list for the most moaned about fixed line broadband provider in Blighty. Communications regulator Ofcom said it received 300 complaints a day for mobile, broadband, phone and Pay TV. The report for the three months to June published today, deals with Blighty's biggest providers. …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2016
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UK.gov is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

Analysis If IT wasn't perceived to be such a boring topic by Joe Public, the amount the government still spends on expensive clunky technology would be viewed as a national scandal. Across the entire public sector the annual figure has been pegged at around £20bn. No one knows for sure. As long as Whitehall's money is locked into …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2016
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You heard right: Huawei's making phones in Chennai

Asian tech giant Huawei is to start manufacturing smartphones in India next month, in a move that could signal China is starting to lose its shine as the world’s low-cost manufacturing sweatshop, with even native companies looking to expand elsewhere. Huawei, which is currently the world’s third largest maker of smartphones by …
Dan Robinson, 26 Sep 2016
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Watch out, Openreach: CityFibre swallows Redcentric's network for £5m

Plucky Openreach challenger CityFibre has gobbled £5m worth of service provider Redcentric’s network - adding 137km of fibre to the upstart’s network. The deal will extend CityFibre’s growth by three more cities to 40, a move it reckons positions it as an "increasingly powerful national competitor to BT Openreach.” The biz …
Kat Hall, 26 Sep 2016

Winners and losers: Here's who made the cut for mega TP2 framework

A public sector contracts fat cat and some household PC brands are among the suppliers that failed to directly win a place on a mega pan-government hardware and software framework contract, according to a preliminary list seen by The Register. The Technology Products (TP) 2 agreement, worth up to £4bn over four years, is due …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2016

'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

Exclusive Virgin Media staff have voiced widespread discontent over its gobble by Liberty Global, with one describing their new corporate daddy as "faceless change drivers with no concern for the Virgin values," according to a Q&A with senior management this week seen by The Register. The questions, which were part of the company's …
Kat Hall, 23 Sep 2016
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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

BT's Openreach is today releasing a service dashboard for customers in an attempt to be more transparent about its “performance issues” over areas such as missed appointments. Chief exec of Openreach Clive Selley said in a call that missed appointments by BT were down by one-third compared with last May. "I'm confident we …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2016
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BT's Wi-Fi Extender works great – at extending your password to hackers

BT is urging folks to patch the firmware in its Wi-Fi Extender following the discovery of multiple security flaws. Security researchers at Pen Test Partners discovered vulnerabilities with the consumer-grade kit, including cross-site scripting and the ability to change a password without knowing it. Pen Test Partners found it …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2016
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Ofcom smacks Sky for breaching broadband switching rules

Communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that there are "reasonable grounds" to suspect Sky breached rules to allow consumers to easily switch broadband and landline providers, which could lead to a multi-million pound fine. It follows a year-long investigation by the regulator as to whether Sky contravened the rules on …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016
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UK.gov's Digital Catapult wheels out Central London IoT network

The government-backed Digital Catapult wheeze has launched an “Internet of Things network” across London to titivate the lives of the eight million poor souls trapped within the M25. We are told that 50 LoRaWAN base stations will be deployed to “overcome issues including infrastructure provision, traffic and transport services …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Sep 2016
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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

Review It’s impossible to read former bollocker-in-chief Margaret Hodge’s account of being chair of the government's spending watchdog without repeatedly banging your head against the wall. Hodge presided over the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee between 2010-2015, during the coalition government’s austerity programme. …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016

Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

Europe's saturated mobile market is forcing operators to eye new routes to revenue in order to survive, big cheeses at Orange and Telefonica have said. Christian Maitre, CIO deputy of the Orange Group, and Juan José Hierro, head of Telefonica's newly created IoT unit were speaking to The Register at the TM Smart City InFocus …
Kat Hall, 14 Sep 2016