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Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:29:10 GMT

30 cables cut and countless masts out of action

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.…

Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:17:10 GMT

Amazingly slow Shropshire attack causes sluggish services

Snails attacked a Virgin Media broadband cabinet in Shropshire, UK, resulting in sluggish broadband services.…

Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:03:07 GMT

Praises May for indicating date on Article 50 trigger

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.…

Hard-up Brits 'should get subsidy for 10Mbps'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:27:13 GMT

BT already has a subsidy for telephony, says representative body for councils

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.…

Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:57:33 GMT

How interesting that you'd say that, Gavin

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.…

Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:52:12 GMT 'working with fibre providers to find a solution'

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.…

Swisscom claims world's first broadband service

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:27:11 GMT

Copper-extender can hit ~500Mbps, CTO says users will settle for 100Mbps

Swisscom reckons it's become the first carrier in the world to announce a service.…

Vodafone Australia promises fixed-line broadband over NBN

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:59:22 GMT

Let battle be joined with Telstra and Optus. And let's see how weak-in-mobile TPG responds

As widely anticipated, Vodafone's Australian tentacle has announced it's getting into the fixed-line broadband business.…

nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:03:35 GMT

Placating fibre fetishists has nbn™ in a twist and distracts us from bigger issues

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced trials of fibre-to-the-curb and broadband-over-copper technology XG-fast that hit 8Gbps on 30 metres of copper in lab trials. It's also done tests that produced “5Gbps peak aggregate speed being achieved over 70 metres of twisted-pair copper”.…

Metronet gobbles up hosting firm for £47.5m, instantly doubles in size

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:27:07 GMT

It's a network-biz-eat-network-biz world. Burrrp

Manchester-based network services provider Metronet has snapped up infrastructure and hosting firm M247 for £47.5m.…

Sckipio touts fibre-like symmetrical kit

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:22:35 GMT

Stick this on your pole, instead of fibre

Fabless silicon house Sckipio hopes to give the fibre-most-of-the-way, copper to the home market a kick along with silicon that gets close to symmetric performance, at whatever data rate the copper can support.…

Australian broadband sat launch also tested next Ariane rocket

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 21:44:12 GMT

European Space agency's re-usable rocket plan takes a small step forward

Video The European Space Agency (ESA) used the launch of new satellites for India and Australia to test technologies it plans to use in the successor to the Ariane 5 rocket.…

NBN is essential, says Essential poll, but not Turnbull's NBN

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:12:25 GMT

Finally, something that crosses the political divide

Australia's famous two-party divide doesn't apply to our attitude towards the Internet: nearly everybody thinks the Internet is an essential service.…

Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:19:05 GMT

'Yes, but what does that actually mean?' ask alt-nets

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested her government could intervene in failing markets, such as rural broadband.…

nbn™'s Sky Muster II satellite launch grounded by wind

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:27:56 GMT

If at first you don't succeed … you know the rest

nbn™'s second satellite for delivering wireless broadband to remote areas, Sky Muster™ II, is unexpectedly still on the ground.…

Telcos hit out against plans to hike their broadband rates

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:18:06 GMT

BT alone expects its rates to more than quadruple

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.…

Business to be given more scope to quit crap broadband contracts

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:49:40 GMT

Providing ISPs have signed 'up to' the voluntary code, that is

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.…

Optus' HFC problems were never a secret, so why did nbn™ need the network?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:33:55 GMT

Malcolm Turnbull, you will never be a network engineer

Someone check in on former senator Stephen Conroy, would they, and make sure he hasn't laughed himself to death?…

Source: nbn™'s fibre-to-the-kerb will be VDSL at 100/40Mbps

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:01:44 GMT

But Optus still gets its $800m payday, even though its network was too expensive to upgrade

The Register has learned that the fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) technology to be used in Australia's national broadband network (NBN) will use VDSL and be capable of 100/40Mbps speeds.…

After AT&T's crushing blow, FTC tells Senate it wants its balls back

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:26:29 GMT

US watchdog still feeling sore after being stripped of powers to punish telcos

US trade watchdog the FTC says it will appeal the August decision stripping its ability to fine AT&T.…

BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:42:26 GMT

Virgin and Sky rated least moaned about

BT has topped a UK watchdog's quarterly whinge list for the most moaned about fixed line broadband provider in Blighty.…

nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for ≈700k sites

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:39:02 GMT

So what exactly did AU$800m buy? An option for bits of Optus network, says nbn™

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has announced it will overbuild part of the hybrid fibre-coax network it acquired from Optus.…

Watch out, Openreach: CityFibre swallows Redcentric's network for £5m

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:24:10 GMT

Upstart reckons it's positioned to take on BT

Plucky Openreach challenger CityFibre has gobbled £5m worth of service provider Redcentric’s network - adding 137km of fibre to the upstart’s network.…

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:24:14 GMT

'New 'soft closers' good, but the acrylic panels make the bogs look like a CDT project

Smelly toilets, smoking outside and questions as to who is the best Kardashian: these were just some of the issues Virgin Media top brass were grilled on in a Q&A session with staff seen by The Register.…

Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:11:12 GMT

Repeatedly outage-hit firm mumbles usual apologies

Ongoing technical problems at gaffe-prone Plusnet are leaving customers unable to stream videos or play games.…

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

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:03:07 GMT

'This is not the ISP of Richard Branson' insiders complain to El Reg

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.…

BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:33:12 GMT

Here's a webpage of infographics. Now stop whinging, peons

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.…

AT&T tries broadband over power lines again

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:49:20 GMT

'Project AirGig' shows the classics never die, but radio hams might feel homicidal

AT&T has charged up the paddles, yelled “clear!”, and fired the defibrillator into one of telecommunications' worst ideas: broadband over power lines (BPL).…

Ofcom smacks Sky for breaching broadband switching rules

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:18:06 GMT

Could be in line for a multi-million pound fine

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.…

Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:05:11 GMT

Citizens told they can't have broadband because something, something, competition

A rural community in North Carolina says it will have to pull the plug on its broadband service over fears it will no longer be protected by the FCC.…

End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:38:52 GMT

Ofcom ought to collect local data for local people

ISPs should release data on broadband speeds at a household level so residents can easily compare speeds and switch providers, the representative body for 370 local councils has said.…

Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:24:12 GMT

Yup, that's a Total Inability To Support Usual Plusnet

Plusnet has been slammed by its customers for failing to acknowledge or explain the cause of a nationwide broadband service outage.…

Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:57:04 GMT

INCA people warn govt it's falling behind on fibre comms civilisation

The government must create an “ambitious strategy” for the majority of the UK to have access to a fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections in the next 10 years and near universal coverage by 2030, the representative body for small "alternative network" providers.…

ABBA-solutely crapulous! Swedish router-maker won't patch gaping hole

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 22:33:21 GMT

Inteno says SOHOpeless security problem should be fixed by carriers

European customer-premises equipment (CPE) kit-maker Inteno has said it isn't going to patch a hole that has been sitting in some of its routers for the last nine months, saying it's not the firm's problem.…

AT&T trash talks Google over Fiber fiasco: Leave ISP stuff to the experts

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:57:05 GMT

Telco takes a victory lap as ad giant's broadband plans collapse

With Google deciding to cut back on its Fiber workforce and reconsidering its plan to deliver broadband service, competing ISPs are cackling with glee at the Chocolate Factory's misfortunes.…

Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:32:09 GMT

A national fibre plan, what's that?

Comment How do Blighty’s future broadband plans compare to its Irish neighbour, which arguably has its sights on a much more ambitious target than BT?…

BT best provider for 10Mbps USO, says former digi minister Ed Vaizey

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:01:07 GMT

Any regrets on the pro-BT stance? Nah

BT's Openreach is the internet provider best placed to deliver the government's plan for a Universal Service Obligation (USO) of 10Mbps by the end of the decade, former digital minister Ed Vaizey has said.…

Colour us shocked: ISPs not that keen to sign up for Universal Service Obligation

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:09:10 GMT

'Either the government pays for it, or consumers do'

Telco regulator Ofcom has admitted that internet service providers are not particularly eager to sign up to the government's Universal Service Obligation.…

Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:09:12 GMT

It's part of our £2bn customer service systems overhaul

Vodafone is withdrawing its free legacy Demon email service and is giving customers the choice of either moving their addresses to another, paid-for service or losing them altogether.…

NBN delivers boring, solid result for 2015/2016

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 02:59:37 GMT

Where's the money coming from after the gummint's last billions? Don't know yet

nbnTM, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network, has delivered a pretty dull set of annual results.…

EFF vows to take up muni broadband cause after FCC denied

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:46:02 GMT

Digital crusaders warm up efforts to build city-owned networks

With a US court having recently overturned the FCC's attempts to push for municipal broadband networks, online activists are readying their own campaign.…

Labor's new comms spokesperson Michelle Rowland gets off to a bad start

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:08:11 GMT

Netflix speeds are not a good indicator of the NBN's progress

The new communications spokesperson of Australia's opposition Labor has made a mess of her first foray into the portfolio.…

Cisco gives cable industry tech for 10Gbps uploads on DOCSIS 3.1

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 01:02:43 GMT

Full Duplex project gets reference silicon for free to make broadband symmetrical

Cisco has dropped an open reference design for DOCSIS silicon into the CableLabs standards body.…

Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:02:44 GMT

Funnily enough, US regulator can't just do whatever it wants

A US circuit court has torpedoed the FCC and its efforts to champion city-owned broadband networks.…

UK local govt body blasts misleading broadband speed ads

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:33:05 GMT

Won't someone please think of the farmers

The representative body for 370 councils in Blighty has hit out at Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for advertising misleading broadband speeds, particularly in rural areas.…

ISP roundup: Google mulls fiber-less Fiber, America goes Wow, Comcast still terrible

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 23:37:07 GMT

Wire cuts, ad complaints, and big promises around the States

A flurry of news from internet service providers (ISPs) in the US has picked up what is normally a slow summer season.…

Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:28:07 GMT

The ASA will soon require operators to advertise services in one monthly fee

Vodafone has scrapped line rental charges as it tries to muscle into TalkTalk's lower-end market – and comply with imminent regulatory changes for an all-in-one price for broadband and phone services.…

Again with the cheap internet access in India, Facebook?

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:41:51 GMT

This time with Wi-Fi, a state-owned telco on board and maybe the return of Free Basics

Facebook's trying to bring affordable internet access to rural India again.…

Virgin signs up record ultrafast broadband subs

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:33:03 GMT

Revenue up in Blighty, but still playing catch up with BT on triple play

Sales at Virgin Media rose 3.2 per cent to £1.2bn for the UK broadband provider's second quarter compared with the previous year - as it signed up record ultrafast broadband subscribers.…

UK telco market worth £37.5bn, Ofcom reports

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:01:32 GMT

Breaking Bad was the most-streamed series of 2015

Total UK telecoms revenues grew for the first time in five years – increasing by £0.2bn to £37.5bn between 2014 and 2015, according to research from communications regulator Ofcom.…