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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

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 5, 2016  6:51 PM

Lifting the Brexit recession with Full Fibre Broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, BT, DPA, FCS, Openreach, Socitm

This week has seen a variety of calls to use infrastructure investment prevent the UK from sliding into a post Brexit recession. Most of the suggestions, (except possibly for an extra runway at Gatwick and restarting the electrification of the Northern railways), are unlikely to produce any...


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...


July 19, 2016  8:46 AM

BT must put house in order or face split, says Commons Select Committee

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CMS, investment, Openreach, Uncategorized

"In a report published today, Tuesday 19 July 2016, the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee says BT is “significantly under-investing” in Openreach, its infrastructure...


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,


February 19, 2016  9:26 PM

Needed – facts about broadband: What “facts” do we really need?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
3, Aberdeen, Amazon, Arqiva, Bristol, Broadband, BT, CGI, Colt, Coventry, DCMS, edinburgh, EE, Facebook, fibre, Fujitsu, Gigaclear, Google, Hammersmith, HP, Hyperoptic, IBM, ITS, Microsoft, Netflix, O2, Ofcom, Openreach, Peterborough, Sky, SSE, Virgin, Vodafone, Woking, Zayo

The


November 30, 2015  12:37 PM

Will publicity for Northamptonshire Open Market Review help open up UK broadband market?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, IP, London, OJEU, OMR, Openreach, Redburn, Singapore

Northamptonshire has announced an "Open Market Review" to help plan an invitation to tender to provide broadband services to those who will not be covered by its Phase 1 and 2...


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


November 7, 2015  9:10 AM

Prime Minister announces consultation next year on a 10 mbps Broadband USO

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Ofcom, Openreach

I was delighted to hear that the Government will consult on how to achieve a Universal Service Obligation of at least 10 mbps. I remember the furious...


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