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October 5, 2019  5:43 PM

Turbocharging Full Fibre/5G Broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Aviva, B4RN, Broadband, BT, EIS, Gigaclear, Inca, Skills

Turbocharging is the new post-Boris buzzword. It is apt for the £5 billion pound boost to broadband roll out announced at the Conservative party conference. It does not...

December 29, 2018  8:39 PM

Addressing the shortages of construction skills that threaten Broadband Roll-out

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Carillion, DSS, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, idea, Liberty Global, Uncategorized, Virgin Media

Problems with quality, not just quantity threaten to derail full fibre roll out as they did cable TV roll out 25 years ago. Over the past couple of years broadband roll-out projects (BT, Virgin, City Fibre etc.) have become increasingly delayed because of shortages of relevant...


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


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


November 3, 2016  10:45 AM

Homebuilders Federation opposes fibre to the home policy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
5G, fibre, Gigaclear, Uncategorized

The Home Builders Federation has formally opposed proposals, in its new town plan, by Ashford Borough Council


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.


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


February 2, 2016  9:13 PM

Who is winning the Broadband war? BT, Sky, Virgin or the Altnets

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, Ofcom, Plusnet, Virgin Media

BT claims to have achieved a 71% share of new broadband customers  in the most recent quarter. But...


January 23, 2016  10:15 AM

“The BIG Issue” – can DCMS safely ignore over 120 MPs protesting over constituency broadba[n]d

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, 5G, Arqiva, Bristol, BT, CMA, EE, Gigaclear

The British Infrastructure Group report publicised in the Daily Telegraph today uses available data (assembled by the House of Commons Library)...


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


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