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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

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 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


October 19, 2015  12:57 PM

Securing access to world class broadband for your business, your customers and your community

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, Apple, B4RN, backhaul, BDUK, Broadband, chokepoints, EE, fibre, gfast, Gigaclear, gpon, Hyperoptic, IFB, ios9, IPv6, ITS, Openreach, P2P, Sky, Virgin, WiSpire

One of the messages from the party conferences and from the last week's parliamentary debate is that Broadband is the fourth utility, without which modern life grind would grind...


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...


July 2, 2015  6:10 PM

Broadband Competition spreads from Shropshire to Shoreditch

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
B4RN, BDUK, Broadband, competition, Cornwall, fHyperOptic, GigaplusArgyll, glasgow, Gloucester, ITS, Manchester, Ofcom, Shropshire, Virgin

We can now see the result of last year's change of policy and leadership at BDUK accompanied by rediscovery by Ofcom to its duties as a competition regulator. Those Counties which held out from pledging everything in support of extending BT's twenty year-old 21CN infrastructure appear now to be...


June 22, 2015  10:26 AM

Points to bear in mind when MPs debate broadband, including the digital divide

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
2MBs, Broadband, Crapband, Defra, EE, Gigaclear, Leased line, O2, Ofcom, Reghed, Telecommunication, Virgin

The summary produced to help MPs contributing to the Westminster Hall debate on Superfast Broadband roll-out helps explain why debate is so confused and bitter. The  Librarians of the House of Commons...


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


March 20, 2015  2:31 PM

A Budget to free up the Business Broadband market – the superhighway to economic recovery.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, BT, CCTV, DCMS, fibre, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, ITS, LEP, Ofocom, Sky, treasury, Virgin, Vodafone

The Digital Communications Infrastructure Structure Strategy announced in parallel with the Budget shows that DCMS and Treasury have...


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


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