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September 9, 2017  1:30 PM

The “Great British Broadband Boost” is ringfenced for BT.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
backhaul, Broadband, BT, competition, fttc, Gigaclear, Openreach

The DCMS Press release headlined "The Great British Broadband Boost" needs to be put in context.  The "boost" comprises £465 million

August 28, 2017  11:41 AM

The IT Policy “Elephants in the Room” – the taboo policy issues

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, cartel, IPR, newspeak, PICTFOR

The PICTFOR summer reception on Wednesday 23rd...


June 2, 2017  9:14 PM

Manifesto Plans for Digital Britain

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Broadband, Conservative, Crapband, GDPR, manifesto, Plymouth, Verify

I have now read many comparisons of the party manifestos but, as I have said previously, most  commented on what they wanted or did not want to see. The most succinct is


February 3, 2017  2:47 PM

Funding Full Fibre Networks – what if BT cannot afford its share?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, Broadband, BT, CTIL, Funding, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, Infrastructure, investment, JISC, O2, Ofcom, Virgin, Vodafone, Zayo

On February 2nd the chairman of BT Openreach finally admitted that they have seriously under-invested in upgrades and maintenance over recent years  . On February 3rd


January 10, 2017  1:12 PM

NAO queries HMRC plans to relocate people instead of using technology

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, centralisation, HMRC, NAO, Uncategorized

The BBC News today carries the news that HMRC has just realised that current plans to move 38,000 staff into 13 regional centres may be "unrealistic" . The intention to move from 170 local offices to shared city centre "Government Hubs" and...


November 24, 2016  10:36 AM

Not quite “bye bye to business rates for broadband” … yet

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Uncategorized

A five year holiday for new investment in full fibre back haul from April 1st 2017, as announced in the autumn statement, is a major step in the right direction. It is not, however, the full overhaul that is needed....


November 23, 2016  7:43 PM

Bye bye business rates on full fibre broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
5G, Broadband, iot

The announcement of a Business Rates holiday for full fibre broadband investment from April 1st is a tribute to the hard work put in by many players. It is also, perhaps, the cheapest give away the Chancellor has ever made. I calculate the net cost as zero. From almost the first month it will...


September 27, 2016  10:08 AM

Broadband at the Party Conferences: why it matters

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"Digital Economy Bill", backhaul, Brexit, Broadband, BT, ECC, Inca, monopoly, Openreach, Sky, Vodafone

Without a surge of investment in "future ready" fibre and wireless networks next spring, the UK will fall behind France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain, let alone Scandinavia and the Pacific Rim before the Brexit negotiations are complete.  If so, Brexit might indeed be the disaster the...


August 9, 2016  8:09 PM

Did Ofcom bottle it against the Premier league? Or did it have its priorities right?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
backhaul, Brexit, Broadband, BT, DPA, Ofcom, PIA, Sky

Ofcom has ended its investigation into the Premier League contracts. It has been widely accused of


July 30, 2016  11:15 AM

Which is more important to the future of BT? Quadplay or a Converged Utility with EE?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, BT, convergence, EE, fibre, fttc, G.fast, LINX, Ofcom, Openreach, Uncategorized

BT may be resisting the forced separation of Openreach but its wider business strategy is unclear and it is unlikely to be able to fund both its quadplay ambitions and the investment needed to provide the reliability, resilience and security, not just response times, its customers are increasingly...


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