5g
O2 Dismisses the Notion of Pre-2020 5G as ‘5G Lite’

Earlier this month BT and EE, which are more or less the same thing these days, announced that they had plans to launch commercial 5G services in the UK sometime before the end of next year. It was pretty surprising, since nobody expected the UK to get 5G before 2020, and now O2 has dismissed the whole notion. According to the rival network anything launched before 2020 won't be the full-fat 5G everyone expects. Read More >>

internet
EE’s New ‘Hybrid’ Broadband Merges Fibre With EE’s 4G Network, for Extra Speed and Reliability

EE and BT made a big announcement this morning, with a new 'hybrid' router than links up regular fibre-topic broadband with EE's 4G network. What that means is that this router can use both regular and mobile broadband options, to ensure that you're always getting the best and most stable connection. Read More >>

networks
BT and EE are Aiming to Launch its First Commercial 5G Services Next Year

It may seem like we're quite a long way from enjoying 5G services for ourselves, but if BT gets its way EE's very first first commercial 5G services could start rolling out before the end of next year - a year before government projections had expected the next-gen network to rollout. Read More >>

internet
BT Has Plans to Kill the Phone Line by 2025

Do you have a landline? I know I don't, but then again I'm in my twenties and grew up communicating with people via text rather than voice. In the years since I've never really felt like adding an extra bill to my monthly expenses, and do all my calling from my mobile phone. Apparently home phones still use things called 'lines', which are made up of copper wires running through the ground. Well maybe not for much longer, because BT has announced it wants to ditch phone lines by 2025. Read More >>

internet
Ofcom’s Told BT it has to Share its Telegraph Poles With Other Internet Providers

Ofcom wants the rollout of ultra-fast broadband to go smoothly, so it's gone and published a number of measures designed to make it cheaper for internet providers to install the necessary infrastructure. These measures will also force BT to share its telegraph poles and underground tunnels with the competition. Read More >>

broadband
BT Will Connect More Easy Urban Areas to Full Fibre by 2020

BT and its Openreach pals have upped one of their entirely voluntary aren't-we-doing-well? broadband targets, boosting the number of premises it expects to have full fibre to the premises connections by 2020 from two million to three million. Read More >>

internet
BT Starts Selling G.Fast With a 100Mbps Guarantee

BT is now offering two new types of "ultrafast" broadband to lucky people living within the footprint surrounding profitable exchanges, with BT Ultrafast 1 and 2 now selectable for some customers. Read More >>

internet
Minimum of 10Mbps Broadband to Become a Legal Right by 2020

The government has politely declined BT's offer to implement a voluntary minimum national broadband speed and is going down the regulatory route, promising that "everyone" should have access to a home internet service of at least 10Mbps by the year 2020 as it's to become a legal right. Read More >>

tv
BT and Sky Sign BT Sport/Sky Sports Content Swap Deal

People who actually use BT TV -- instead of just getting angry about how much money the company is investing in it instead of making the internet better -- are in for a treat, as BT and Sky have signed a deal to allow both their sets of subscribers to access previously exclusive content through each others' networks. It's like they're friends now, although Sky's almost certainly only pretending and waiting for BT to give up. Read More >>

ISPs
BT and Rival ISPs Plot the UK’s FTTP Future

BT's Openreach division has been running an industry consultation with the UK's other large ISPs and communications providers, with the idea being to find out if there's an appetite for switching the country to an FTTP-only fibre network. And of course there is, but it's going to cost and will require government support. Read More >>

ISPs
BT Chops Line Rental Fees for the Internetless

BT's bizarre old line rental scam is about to get a little bit fairer for some as, under pressure from communications regulator Ofcom, it's agreed to drastically reduce the cost of line rental for a sizeable chunk of its customer base. Read More >>

phones
BT’s Removing Half of the UK’s Remaining Phone Boxes

Phone boxes are pretty archaic in the days of mobile phones, and you can tell by looking at them. While there have been plans to retrofit phone boxes into something more useful, BT has just announced plans to remove half of the UK's remaining phone boxes. Read More >>

networks
Scottish MPs Say BT’s 10Mbs Broadband Offer Only Suits BT

BT's apparently generous offer to put in place a minimum of 10Mbps broadband for the final few per cent of the country is not going down well in the rural parts of Scotland, with local MPs saying it could end up strengthening BT's monopoly and dissuading other firms from competing to install superfast connections. Read More >>

networks
BT Promises 10Mbps for Everyone by… 2021 or 2022

BT and its Openreach division have made a willing promise to the government to offer a 10Mbps connection to 99 per cent of the country, an offer it's made voluntarily in order to fend off potentially being forced into it by Ofcom. Read More >>

networks
The 999 Service is 80 Years Old Today and 35 Per Cent of Modern Calls are Accidents

BT is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the 999 emergency service summoning system today, and is using the occasion to publish a few interesting stats about our most remembered national number. Read More >>