The UK has passed 9 million unbundled broadband lines, according to new figures from watchdog Ofcom.
The UK government’s attempt to roll out “superfast” broadband across the nation is running two years behind schedule, according to the National Audit Office. The government has pledged to provide super-fast speeds, primarily through the deployment of fibre networks to 90 cent of premises in each area of the UK by May 2015. However, the NAO believes the rollout will be completed 22 months later than planned.
The UK Intelligence and Security Committee has criticised fixed line incumbent BT in a report for allowing Chinese vendor Huawei’s equipment to be embedded in the heart of the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI)and failing to consult ministers beforehand.
We speak to Ranulph Scarbrough, director of the Superfast Cornwall broadband programme at BT, about winning last year’s Broadband InfoVision Award in the ‘Changing Lives’ category.
UK incumbent BT has signed a ten year deal with mobile operator O2 to support its launch of 4G LTE services. BT will build a high capacity transmission network for the Telefónica subsidiary as O2’s roll out of 4G services later this year is expected to place even greater pressure on its network.
BT’s CEO Ian Livingston has blasted critics of his company’s fibre broadband roll-out, such as TalkTalk chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, describing them as “copper luddites” with a vested interest in preventing UK homes from getting access to fibre through BT Openreach.
The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom has revealed the telcos with the worst customer experience ratings in the country, with Orange generating the most complaints for broadband in the fourth quarter of 2012 and BT receiving the most pay-TV complaints.
UK 4G spectrum licence winners BT and Vodafone have paid an additional fee to UK regulator Ofcom for preferred spectrum in the regulator’s final ‘assignment’ stage of the nation’s 4G auction. The final stage determines where each bidder’s holdings will sit in the radio spectrum.
The UK’s four mobile network operators have secured 4G spectrum, along with BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures.However, much of the discussion following regulator Ofcom’s announcement was around the revenue generated for the public purse. Just £2.34bn was raised; Chancellor George Osborne had hoped to secure £3.5bn from the auction.
The UK’s four mobile network operators and a subsidiary of fixed line incumbent BT have won LTE spectrum, regulator Ofcom has announced. But bidding was cautious, with the auction raising £2.34bn; £1bn less than the UK Treasury had hoped.
Of late there seems to be an SDN (software defined networks) related announcement every few days, as vendors get their ducks in a row to pitch the next evolution of technology to carriers at MWC. But the concept demands a change in mindset for the vendors as much as it does the operators.
UK incumbent telco BT has announced that, bar its entry-level deals, broadband packages will no longer have any usage limits or traffic management applied. The move applies upwards from its £16 a month upto 16Mbps copper-based ADSL package, and to its 38Mbps and 76Mbps FTTC offerings.
UK fixed line incumbent BT is looking to take a slice of mobile operators’ revenues with an app that it has launched today. The BT SmartTalk app allows customers to make calls over a data connection from their iPhones,in a similar way to over-the-top solutions providers such as Skype and Viber, billed at the same rates that they are charged for calls from their BT landlines.
Despite the economic downturn, intense competition, and regulatory actions, revenues for the European wholesale telecoms market remained steady between 2010 and 2011, according to research firm Ovum. In the firm’s annual analysis of the size of the European wholesale market it revealed that the market was worth $48.4bn in 2011, just 0.5 per cent less than in 2010. This represents 11 per cent of the leading wholesalers’ total European revenues.
Seven firms have qualified to bid in the UK’s 4G spectrum auction, including three new entrants. Joining EE, 3UK, O2 and Vodafone are HKT – a subsidiary of PCCW; MLL Telecom; and Niche Spectrum Ventures – a subsidiary of BT.
UK telco BT has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to strengthen its customer service capabilities by using a new set of data collection and management solutions in its broadband and IPTV support departments.
UK incumbent BT is trialling what it claims is the world’s first 10Gbps broadband connection using proof-of-concept technology called XGPON (Tens of Gibabits on a Passive Optical Network).
UK incumbent BT revealed in its quarterly results Thursday, that it is again accelerating its fibre rollout, and now expects fibre to be available to two-thirds of UK premises during spring 2014, more than 18 months ahead of the original schedule.
UK telco BT smashed several connectivity records during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including record delivery levels of daily video traffic and Internet traffic on its UK retail broadband network.
The UK’s culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed his intentions to provide citizens with the fastest broadband network of any major European country by 2015, delivering speeds of more than 24 Mbps to over 90% of the country.