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Boris Johnson's promise of full fibre in the UK by 2025 is pie in the sky
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 21:00

Analysis Likely future UK prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged to bring full fibre to all homes by 2025, a claim that telecoms experts have widely dismissed.

Writing in his £275,000-a-year weekly column in the Telegraph , Johnson said he addressed the issue of better broadband at a meeting with the Lincolnshire Conservatives.

"[W]hen I mentioned another priority of mine – almost casually – those farmers smote their weatherbeaten hands together and roared their assent. They want better broadband. They are indignant at the current failure to provide it – and they are absolutely right."

Johnson said it was a

OK, it's fair to say UK's botched Emergency Services Network is an emergency now, right?
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:20

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has delivered another damning report on the UK Home Office's bungling attempts to procure a replacement communications network for the emergency services.

The Emergency Services Network (ESN) is meant to provide a comprehensive comms network for blue-light services running on a 4G network to replace existing Airwave radios.

The PAC notes that despite last year's "reset" of the scheme, "we are not yet convinced that it has done enough to turn the programme around. The plan for delivering ESN is still not sufficiently robust and the Department does not yet have the skills to make

Friday, 19 July 2019 20:25

Transport for London is to trial 4G services on the eastern half of the Jubilee line, and is looking to work with a firm that wants to run a Underground-wide network by the mid-2020s.

The pilot, starting March, will cover stations and tunnels between Westminster and Canning Town, including ticket halls. Waterloo and London Bridge stations are excluded, but TfL hopes to add them later in 2020, subject to approvals.

The idea is that the mobile providers will pay to access the network which will be run by a third party. TfL has shortlisted four companies: Axia SC Consortium, BAI

What else can we add to UK.gov's tech project bonfire? Oh yeah, 5G
Friday, 19 July 2019 18:15

The UK's £217m 5G testbed trials have already hit a major speed bump due to a lack of available equipment, according to an official report.

In the Infrastructure Project Authority's annual report (PDF), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport's (DCMS) programme was rated as amber/red – meaning delivery is doubtful.

The project intends to establish a national programme of coordinated 5G testbeds and trials and is funded from the £740m pot for digital communications technologies announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement .

In March 2018, the government announced six winners of the first phase of the 5G Testbeds

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why
Saturday, 20 July 2019 08:20

Comment American internet users are, seemingly, getting a quarter of the internet speed they are paying for.

That's the upshot of yet another survey, this time in the US state of Georgia, that demonstrates that American consumers are being institutionally lied to about their broadband.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution hired a data specialist to do a statewide study of what internet users were really getting when it comes to broadband. After compiling readings from over 380,000 individual users across the state, the results were even worse than expected: internet users are getting just 6.3Mbps on average despite official US government statistics

Ofcom 'fair deal' action: UK mobile networks agree to slash contract charges when lock-in ends – except Three
Monday, 22 July 2019 21:26

Telecoms regulator Ofcom is pushing mobile companies to make clearer to customers when their bundled and split contracts end, as many are left on high tariffs even when they've paid off their handsets.

Inertia and ignorance are costing punters £182m a year more than if they switched contracts on time, according to the regulator.

Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom's consumer group director, said : "Our research reveals a complex mobile market, where not everyone is getting a fair deal. So, we're introducing a range of measures to increase fairness for mobile customers, while ensuring we don't leave existing customers worse off.


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