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Deutsche Telekom G.fast demo pushes G.Fast faster, further

Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN have showed off an emerging G.Fast technology called cDTA which, along with 212 MHz carrier spectrum, ramps system performance well into the gigabit range. It's a development that will interest watchers of Australia's National Broadband Network, since the company rolling out the network recently …
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TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk

TalkTalk's sales dropped by 3 per cent in its first quarter, with an extra 20,000 new customers failing to offset the drop. The Brit broadband provider blamed the dip in revenue on a fall in overall consumer sales. No figure was provided for the three months to the end of June. However, full-year guidance remained unchanged, …
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2017

Multi-gig broadband spec passes interop test at Verizon

Verizon is ramping up its multi-gigabit optical broadband work with interop tests for its implementation of the OpenOMCI specification. OpenOMCI is a management specification covering the interaction between optical modems (the Optical Network Terminal, ONT) in the home and the upstream Optical Line Terminal (OLT), and is part …

CityFibre snaps up Entanet for £29m and plans to raise £185m

Small Brit broadband provider CityFibre has splashed £29m on connectivity service Entanet and is seeking to raise £185m in additional funds. The cash pile will be used to expand CityFibre's fibre metro area network from 42 to 50 UK cities by 2020. CityFibre said it expects to make around £3m per year by 2020 from the Entanet …
Kat Hall, 5 Jul 2017
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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

Virgin Media has admitted it "fell short" in delivering broadband speeds ahead of a BBC Watchdog report due to air tonight which found customers in some areas receive 3 per cent of the 200Mbps speed they were originally sold. A letter from executive sales director Neil Bartholomew, seen by The Register, said: "Customers trust …
Kat Hall, 5 Jul 2017
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London suffers from 'sub-standard' connectivity - report

The capital has "sub-standard" broadband and 4G speeds, causing it to lag behind smaller UK cities such as York, Coventry and Edinburgh - according to a report (PDF) today by the London Assembly. Poor connectivity is threatening London's success and international competitiveness, as the capital suffers from "not spots" and " …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2017

What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

The UK's former digital minister Ed Vaizey has dismissed a report published by consumer charity Which? today finding more than 11 places in Blighty still receive broadband speeds of less the 10Mbps. Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, Vaizey said he did "not agree with the premise" of the report. Average speeds were low …
Kat Hall, 27 Jun 2017
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Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

The Democratic Unionist Party is to receive an extra £1bn in funding from Brit taxpayers, including £150m to spend on broadband infrastructure, after it agreed to prop up Theresa May's minority government. The recent UK election resulted in a hung Parliament, meaning the May's Tory Party needed to do a deal to beef up its …
Kat Hall, 26 Jun 2017
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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

Adverts using the word "fibre" to describe services deployed over copper lines are leaving UK consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers. The research, conducted by market research agency Opinion Leader using focus groups in London, Sheffield and Swansea, found that the majority of …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2017

State senator sacked by broadband biz Frontier after voting in favor of broadband competition

"I bet you that cost me my job," West Virginia Senate president, Republican Mitch Carmichael, jokingly told colleagues in April when he voted for a new measure that would expand broadband competition in his state. Just over a month later it turned out to be true, when he was fired from his job as a sales manager at Frontier …
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nbn™ needs copper to build FTTN: another 15,000 km of it

Remediating and backfilling copper networks for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) was always going to need new copper, and now Australians know how much: 15,000 kilometres. The supplier of that copper, Prysmian, will be happy: nbn™, the company building and operating the NBN has written to a senate committee naming …
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10Mbps universal speeds? We'll give you 30Mbps, pleads Labour in leaked manifesto

The UK Labour Party has pledged a 30Mbps universal broadband speed by 2022, according to a draft leaked version of its manifesto. The current universal service obligation has been set at 10Mbps by 2020, with a proposed amendment of 30Mbps by the House of Lords having been dropped in the recently passed Digital Economy Act. …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2017
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Openreach hints at fibre network strategy rethink

Analysis "Collaboration" was the watchword from Openreach chief exec Clive Selley during BT's results this morning. An interesting expression given accusations it previously used its market heft to the disadvantage of its communications providers. Of course, that was before British telco BT finally agreed to a legal separation of its …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2017

TalkTalk full-year profits rise but shares slump after raid on dividends

Profit before tax at UK broadband provider TalkTalk climbed 17 per cent for the firm's full-year results, but revenue was down 3 per cent to £1.8bn compared with the previous year. The company reported that its customer base grew by 22,000 in the fourth quarter, and the percentage of customers leaving was down to 1.4 per cent …
Kat Hall, 10 May 2017

DSL inventor's latest science project: terabit speeds over copper

John Cioffi, known as the “father of DSL”, reckons we're nowhere near the limit of copper transmission speed, delivering a presentation claiming Terabit performance is feasible. Feasible with a bunch of caveats, that is, the two most important of which are “if research delivers on theory”, and “if it can be standardised”. The …

There be dragons? Why net neutrality groups won't go to Congress

Special report When Obama pushed the FCC into extending Title II rules over US internet services in 2014, I described the President as "writing out a cheque he knew he couldn't cash". To no one's surprise, that cheque bounced last week, when the FCC chairman formally began the process to replace those rules. Title II has been a dead duck …

Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results

Virgin Media added an extra 102,000 UK customers to its super-duper Project Lightning broadband programme in the last quarter - the same programme it was forced to admit having overstated by 142,000 connections back in March. The operator’s £3bn Project Lightning network expansion intends to cover a total of 17 million UK …
Kat Hall, 8 May 2017
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ISPs must ensure half of punters get advertised max speeds

Broadband providers may have to ensure at least half of customers can receive advertised top line speeds, under a proposed crackdown on consumers being misled. Current standards require speeds quoted in broadband adverts to apply to a minimum of 10 per cent of all customers, providing they include the words "up to". It …
Kat Hall, 4 May 2017

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