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May 8, 2013  1:30 PM

Why do SMEs who advertise online not transact online?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Birmingham, Broadband, BT, Business, cfibre, Cloud Computing, Cyber, e-skills, FE, HE, Intellect, ISO27000, MacQuarie, oApprenticeships, Ofcom, ompetition, Openreach, PUICTFOR, Security, Sky, SMESs, Virgin

On the morning of the first day of Infosec I attended a PICTFOR briefing on the current state of UK Cyber Security. The lack of intelligible security guidance for small firms was identified as a major issue by several...

April 15, 2013  7:18 PM

Would re-opening the UK Broadband market to competition be a fitting tribute to Mrs Thatcher?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, competition, liberalisation, NTL, Ofcom, Offer, Ofgas, Ofgem, Oftel, privatisation, telecoms, Thatcher, Virgin

Amid all the "tributes" and suggestions for memorials we have forgotten what would have happened if some of her less controversial achievements, such as telecoms liberalisation leading to full competition in the local loop, had not been reversed after 1997. The independent regulators put in place...


February 19, 2013  11:34 PM

What is the traditional telco model that is in “end game”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, AT&T, Broadband, bskyb, btgroup, Communications, DCMS, MacQuarrie, Marxism, Ofcom, Sky, Virgin, Vodafone

I was intrigued by a recent entry in BrokenTelephon3 which talked of "the end game for the traditional telco model". It was followed by comments attacking Ian Grant for confusingly juxtaposing...


February 7, 2013  11:15 AM

Is BT now a takeover target? If not, why not?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AT&T, Broadband, BT, btgroup, liberty, Ofcom, take-over, Telecommunication, Verizon, Virgin, Vodafone

In the course of one of my recent blog entries I contrasted the BT claim (at a PICTFOR meeting) that it was not a utility but a new and innovative business with an investment...


February 4, 2013  1:04 PM

The Midsomer Broadband Murders were only the start of the slaughter.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, Birmingham, Broadband, btgroup, Internet of Things, PICTFOR, Sky, Virgin, Vodafone

A couple of weeks ago I blogged on "Midsomers Murders: The Broadband Killings" . On Monday at the PICTFOR Broadband meeting...


January 15, 2013  9:49 AM

Why changing your on-line “shop” should be no harder than changing your supermarket

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, C-op, Iceland, Sainsbury, Tesco, Virgin

I blogged yesterday on the implications of the split of priorities between access to broadband and protecting the environment as revealed in the recent


January 14, 2013  12:56 PM

Midsomer Murders: The Broadband Killings

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, NTL, Ofcom, superfast, Telewest, Virgin

The feud turned to slaughter after Mavis Goodenough, the Wiccan High Priestess of Midsomer Harvest died of septicaemia after stepping on one of the mantraps protecting the poles of the overhead fibre link from the server in the Snug of the Fig and Femto to the wireless mast beside the changing hut...


August 21, 2012  9:06 AM

What has 24 mbps to do with the fastest broadband in Europe by 2015?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, Akamai, Alcatel-Lucent, Arqiva, BDUK, britain, Broadband, Google, Internet of Things, NIRTS, Ofcom, Olympic, Virgin, Vodafone

The press reports of the speech delivered yesterday by the Jeremy Hunt at Google's new complex are intriguing. So too is the script released by DCMS. I remain...


March 10, 2010  6:55 PM

Have we really got the will to deliver digital inclusion?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, Babcock, BT, O2, Thales, Virgin, Vodafone

Today at the Digital Inclusion Conference, after an introduction by the Prime Minister, Stephen Timms


March 4, 2010  1:07 PM

What is the current cost of bringing broadband to all?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, bsg, BT, Virgin, VOA

Estimates for the cost of bringing "next generation access" (now as nebulous a term as broadband or cloud computing) range from £5 - £29 billion. The Broadband Stakeholders has just asked for inputs of the actual costs for recent networks, by 17th March, so that it can re-run...


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