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EE UK Running FTTP Broadband WiFi Hub Enhancement Trial

Sources have informed ISPreview that broadband ISP EE (BT) appears to have started inviting customers, specifically only those on one of their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) products, to take part in a new “Hub Enhancement Trial“. This is testing “new technology that’s designed to provide a coverage boost/enhanced Wi-Fi experience in the home“. The trial will involve “new equipment“, which will be sent to successful applicants free of charge. The mobile and internet provider has also pledged to...

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SubCo to upgrade Australian subsea cable system 

News  Australian subsea cable company SubCo has announced an upgrade to the capacity of its SMAP subsea cable system that connects Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth (S-M-A-P) The cable spans roughly 5,000km, was supplied by Alcatel Submarine Networks, and was installed by Optic Marine Systems.  SMAP was originally designed with twelve fibre pairs, but SubCo has now upgraded the system to a sixteen fibre pairs, increasing the total capacity of the system by 33%.  “This increased investment...

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House votes to modernize NTIA for first time in over 30 years

News US House of Representatives passed bipartisan bill to reauthorize NTIA and modernize its role On Wednesday 15 May, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation to reauthorize the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for the first time since 1992. The goal of the bill is to “update the mission and functions of the agency” due to the extensive evolution of the NTIA since its last reauthorization. New Street Research analyst Blair Levin said...

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KPN inks Eneco deal to install solar panels on windfarm  

News Both KPN’s fixed and mobile networks have been using green energy since 2011    Dutch telco KPN has announced the signing of a 15-year deal to source green energy from Eneco.   Eneco is currently deploying around 88,000 solar panels at its existing windfarm in Kabeljauwbeek.   From 2025, this solar–wind farm will provide renewable electricity to KPN’s fixed and mobile networks.  Every year, KPN will purchase over 47 GWh (gigawatt hours) of electricity from the solar farm, as well as 200...

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VATM study hits out at Deutsche Telekom’s overbuild strategy

News The study, conducted by Dialog Consult on behalf of the Internet industry association VATM, shows the fibre rollout accelerating across Germany but was critical of the incumbents methods  This week, a new study from Germany’s Verband für Telekommunikation und Mehrwertdienste (VATM) has shed light on rapid progress being made in Germany’s fibre market. The study shows that the country’s fibre rollout continues at a steady pace, with nearly 19 million households – almost half of the German...

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Ofcom Find UK People Turn to Telecoms Providers for Debt Advice

New research from Ofcom, which surveyed 1,104 UK adults aged 18+ during November 2023, has suggested that 83% of UK people who had looked for information about debt support ended up turning to their broadband, landline and or mobile provider for it. More often than not, they found what they were looking for. The regulator typically keeps a close eye on levels of debt in the UK telecoms market and monitors how vulnerable customers are treated by providers. For example, last year Ofcom found...

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BT and CityFibre Scoop 2024 RoSPA Awards for Health and Safety

Telecoms and broadband giants CityFibre and BT have both scooped up wins at this year’s annual Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards 2024 event. CityFibre secured the Gold Achievement Award for its third consecutive year (four if you include lower awards) and BT won the Industry Sector Award for ‘Information & Communication’. The RoSPA states that winners of the Gold Achievement Award “have achieved a very high level of performance, demonstrating well developed...

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Openreach Update as Analogue UK Phone Switch Off Delayed to 2027

In case anybody missed it after being buried in yesterday’s BT results (here). The plan to withdraw BT and Openreach’s old copper-based analogue line services (PSTN phones and WLR), which was due to complete by December 2025, has been delayed until 31st January 2027 in order to give broadband ISPs, telecare providers and consumers more time to adapt. The announcement wasn’t particularly well signposted in BT’s results, but if you read the full report it said this: “Following the industry-wide...

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Bolton Council Take Enforcement Action Against IX Wireless Broadband Poles

The Bolton Council in Greater Manchester (England) has revealed that they’re taking enforcement action against broadband network operator IX Wireless, which is accused of installing antenna equipment on their pole (mast) erections without consultation or consent from the local authority. Just to recap. IX Wireless is currently building a new UK fibre-fed fixed wireless access (FWA) network across parts of the UK using WiFi based technology (e.g. Accrington, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley,...

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Virgin Media O2 Expands Collaboration With Netcracker in Multi-Year, Large-Scale Digital Transformation Program

WALTHAM, MA — May 14, 2024 — Netcracker Technology announced today that it has extended and broadened the scope of its partnership with Virgin Media O2 in an ongoing expansive digital transformation program that will benefit the operator and its customers across the UK. This phase of Virgin Media O2’s digital transformation includes deployment of the flagship Netcracker Digital Platform – including end-to-end Digital BSS as well as Digital OSS functions such as Active Resource Inventory –...

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