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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

October 13, 2016  11:56 AM

Theresa May has embraced Gigabit Britain. How will her ministers ensure delivery?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
backhaul, BT Retail, Carillion, competition, copper, CTF, CTIL, Fujitsu, Gigaclear, Inca, Maintenance, O2, Sky, Vodafone, Yoti

When the Prime Minister used her closing conference speech to say it is "just not right" that "half of people living in rural areas, and so many small businesses, can't get a decent broadband connection" we knew something really had changed.

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...

May 21, 2016  5:29 PM

The battle for the heart of the Internet: advertisers versus users

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adware, Bloatware, cloud, confidence, Facebook, Google, Internet, Net Neutrality, NSA, privacy, router, Snowden, Uncategorized, Vodafone

The pledges in the Queen's Speech to use the proposed Digital Economy Bill to empower consumers and protect citizens (and their children) in the on-line world...

May 14, 2016  3:26 PM

Consumers trust neither Big Data nor Telcos/ISPs

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data protection, privacy, Surveillance, trust, Uncategorized, Vodafone

The Vodafone survey "Big Data: a European Survey on the opportunities and risks of data analytics" shows that Europeans do not like the idea of ceding control over personal...

March 28, 2016  7:42 PM

Government Digital Strategy and universal service obligation offer opportunity for rethink

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
10Mbps, Akamai, Apple, Atos, BBC, Brexit, BT, Camden, Digital strategy, Fintech, GDS, Google, London, Netflix, OTT, Salford, Sky, social inclusion, USO, Vodafone, Zayo

The government has postponed the announcement of its new Digital Strategy immediately after launching a

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


October 27, 2015  9:27 AM

What should be the post Talk Talk Universal Broadband Service Obligation and what role for BT?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Airbus, Alcatel-Lucent, BAe, BBfix, Deloitte, Huawei, KPMG, Ofcom, PWC, tUSO, Vodafone

It is still unclear whether Talk Talk is suffering for refusing to pay blackmail and

August 25, 2015  9:10 PM

The politics of access and wayleave charges

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Bristol, BT, CCTV, CLAB, DCMS, ECC, EE, Gigaclear, Gloucester, Inca, Mobile, NFU, Ofcom, Openreach, RIBA, RICS, Virgin, Vodafone

The difference between the costs quoted by BT for upgrading its legacy network and those quoted by its competitors for building new fibre networks puzzles those in Devon and Somerset who compare the compare the deal their council was being pressured to accept with those made by Gloucestershire and...

August 25, 2015  2:19 PM

Its not rocket science, just a WAN in a hostile environment

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, Inca, O2, Vodafone

It was delighted to see the reference to Gigaplus Argyll in the article on

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