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May 18, 2017  9:37 AM

Royal Mail Plans to work with Post Office to recapture Internet Delivery from White Van man

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
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I am delighted to report progress since I blogged on Royal Mail's failure to organise local collection points to replace sorting offices it was planning to close.  I have received an...

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...


January 1, 2017  12:28 PM

2017 – When Brexit from “Ever Closer Union” morphed into creating a Confederation.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, data breach notification, digerati, European Union, Uncategorized

January is the time for predictions. A forecast is "the pretence of knowing what would have happened if what does happen hadn't". A prediction is much more "scientific". Those in this blog are based on privileged access to an...

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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 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 28, 2016  11:08 AM

Brexit adds urgency to sorting UK skills supply

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Brexit, Digital skills, Internet, parliament, SFA, Uncategorized

Calls for continued "freedom of movement" get enthusiastic support from IT industry audiences. The Parliament and the Internet Conference yesterday was no exception. But the Brexit vote was caused, in no small part, by nationwide frustration with...


August 23, 2016  7:48 PM

Whose bloatware is killing your on-line sales?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bloatware, cloud, Data Analytics, Data breach, E-commerce, Uncategorized

Internet marketeers appear to have only just discovered that  half their audience "won't even wait three seconds" for a website to load. I was, however, more interested to learn that average response times are now...


August 18, 2016  5:28 PM

Now that Verify has lost its head, will the corpse be decently buried?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Uncategorized

With the departure of Janet Hughes have we seen the final victory of  David Moss and/or "common sense" (not very common...


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...


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