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April 18, 2016  11:25 AM

Towards Gigabit/Full-Fibre Britain by 2025: Ed Vaizey and Sharon White change the game plan

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, B4RN, Broadband, Callflow, Cityfibre, Clutton, Conerstone, Cornerstone, CTIL, G.fast, GDS, Hyperoptic, ITS, MBNL, Ofcom, Openreach, Verify, Wiredscore, Zayo

The announcement of the Government's Digital Strategy has been postponed until after the Referendum but some of the elements are emerging. One is the death of Verify,

November 12, 2015  3:45 PM

If barely half UK FTTC lines meet definition for Superfast, how can BDUK be on track?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
B4RN, Broadband, Customer service, fttc, FTTP, gfast, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, ITS, LINX, Ofcom, Openreach, superfast, Telehouse, Virgin

I recently became embroiled in a dispute as to whether UK Broadband performance should be measured by "speed" supposedly "available" or by that actually experienced by customers. This led me to look at the

October 19, 2015  12:57 PM

Securing access to world class broadband for your business, your customers and your community

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, Apple, B4RN, backhaul, BDUK, Broadband, chokepoints, EE, fibre, gfast, Gigaclear, gpon, Hyperoptic, IFB, ios9, IPv6, ITS, Openreach, P2P, Sky, Virgin, WiSpire

One of the messages from the party conferences and from the last week's parliamentary debate is that Broadband is the fourth utility, without which modern life grind would grind...

August 24, 2015  2:52 PM

Transforming broadband across the UK – not just Bristol

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
B4RN, Bristol, BT, Cisco, Devon, FTS, Gigaclear, Inca, kent, LEP, Metronet, Microsoft, Somerset, Stokab, Teliasonera

The transformation of the UK broadband market over the past year is illustrated by presence of BT, 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

July 2, 2015  6:10 PM

Broadband Competition spreads from Shropshire to Shoreditch

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
B4RN, BDUK, Broadband, competition, Cornwall, fHyperOptic, GigaplusArgyll, glasgow, Gloucester, ITS, Manchester, Ofcom, Shropshire, Virgin

We can now see the result of last year's change of policy and leadership at BDUK accompanied by rediscovery by Ofcom to its duties as a competition regulator. Those Counties which held out from pledging everything in support of extending BT's twenty year-old 21CN infrastructure appear now to be...

August 19, 2014  11:22 AM

How does the UK move to a high resilience, secure and ubiquitous, post-internet, any-to-any “mesh”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, Amazon, Apple, B4RN, BDUK, Broadband, btgroup, Cisco, Coventry, Crapband, cumbria, DCMS, e-Bay, easynet, Ercisson, Facebook, FSB, gigabit, Gigaclear, Gowex, Huawei, Hyperoptic, Inca, Internet, IPv6, ITS, Kirklees, LINX, Metroland, Netflix, Ofcom, Openreach, Peterborough, PSN, Skype, superfast, twitter, Utility, Virgin, Virgin Media, Worldcom, York

A couple of days ago I said that the importance of the

May 6, 2014  10:21 AM

If fibre to business communities has payback in months not years, why is it not happening?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
anti-trust, Arqiva, B4RN, Barnsley, Birmingham, BT, cartel, Croglin, fibre, FTTP, Funding, Halifax, Inca, Internet, Landlords, Mayfair, PFI, PPE, Premises, railways, Rightmove, Sky, Soho, Virgin

I have received interesting feedback to my blog on the way that crapband is crippling the UK's creative industry clusters in Soho and Mayfair, forcing them to relocate to those...

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