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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...

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...


October 16, 2015  9:00 AM

If the separation of Openreach is the answer, what was the question?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Ofcom, Openreach, Virgin Media

BT has threatened to to go to law and delay or reduce its infrastructure investment programme if Ofcom attempts to break it up. In an


July 20, 2015  1:02 PM

BT declares war on Ofcom – your opportunity to help reset the UK regulatory landscape

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, Broadband, competition, DCMS, EE, Gigaclear, Inca, ITS, lDCIS, Ofcom, Openreach, Virgin Media

I  was intrigued by Gavin Patterson's reported attack on Ofcom for even raising the question of separating out...

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April 9, 2015  12:12 PM

Turning our patchwork of legacy networks into a resilient mesh of smart, future proof utilities

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
)2, 1799, 3, BT, canals, CCRV, consultation, DCIS, DCMS, DECC, ECC, FCC, Georgina, KCOM, Landlord, Liverpool, Mobile, Non-Dom, PSN, railways, roadband, rural, Shard, Sky, Smart grid, Smart meter, Socitm, Virgin, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Wifi, Woking

Shortly after the budget I blogged a welcome for the DCMS-Treasury Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy. Last week


November 12, 2014  12:41 PM

City of London to bulldoze broadband blockages while Vodafone parks tanks on BT’s lawn

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
backhaul, BBfix, BR, Broadband, bsg, Clacton, fibre, Redburn, Sky, UKIP, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Wi-Fi


The Corporation of the City of London has just voted to publicise and build on


August 19, 2014  11:22 AM

How does the UK move to a high resilience, secure and ubiquitous, post-internet, any-to-any “mesh”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, Amazon, Apple, B4RN, BDUK, Broadband, btgroup, Cisco, Coventry, Crapband, cumbria, DCMS, e-Bay, easynet, Ercisson, Facebook, FSB, gigabit, Gigaclear, Gowex, Huawei, Hyperoptic, Inca, Internet, IPv6, ITS, Kirklees, LINX, Metroland, Netflix, Ofcom, Openreach, Peterborough, PSN, Skype, superfast, twitter, Utility, Virgin, Virgin Media, Worldcom, York

A couple of days ago I said that the importance of the


March 10, 2014  12:49 PM

The Broadband Blue Tape Gambit: guest blog from Hamish Glenlivet

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Broadband, BT, Business, Glenlivet, Labour, Sky, SMEs, Ukraine, Virgin Media

Hamish Glenlivet (looking at the broadband scene through the bottom of a glass while waiting for a snail-mail attachment to download) drafted a response to tell me that my blog entry forecasting


March 4, 2014  10:17 AM

Is the great broadband logjam about to break? If so, who will be swept away?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, BDUK, btgroup, Dolphinholme, Gigaclear, glasgow, Hyperoptic, Virgin Media, Wifi

The weekend press cover for the impact of broadband on house prices came just days after DCMS updated its


March 3, 2014  11:16 AM

How rural is Shoreditch, our supposed technopolis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, DCMS, FTTP, Hyperoptic, Inca, NAO, Ofcom, Openreach, Ukraine, Ventura, Virgin, Virgin Media

There is currently a rush to bid for broadband funds which evaporate on March 31st with events being organised  to help Communities and Councils get better value for their contributions to investment...


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