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Openreach Chops Wholesale Price of Fibre Connections by up to 40 Per Cent

BT's Openreach division is planning to massively reduce the prices it charges the likes of Sky, TalkTalk and the others for access to its network and fibre connections to resell, with the wholesale cost of your average superfast 80Mb connection dropping from £9.95 to £5.99. It could at last encourage your dad to upgrade to a part-fibre line. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Openreach Van Effigy Wins Bonfire Night

Residents in the village of Templeton in Devon have put into action what many of us have been thinking, with their fury at BT's engineering teams demonstrated by burning an effigy of an Openreach van. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Sky Guarantees Minimum Fibre Speed for New Buyers

Potential new signer-uppers to Sky's Fibre Max superfast broadband product have a nice little carrot dangling in front of them today, as the ISP part of the broadcaster is now guaranteeing a minimum connection speed for joiners. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Virgin Media’s Standard Broadband Speed Is Now 100Meg

Virgin Media has just embarrassed all the other broadband providers by making ultrafast 100Mbps fibre its standard package, and increasing available speeds to 300Mbps. Read More >>

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TalkTalk’s Broadband & Fibre Sale Includes Fixed Prices ‘Til 2019

UK TV, internet and phone provider TalkTalk has announced a new sale on its broadband and fibre products, with cost cuts and guaranteed prices for 24 months. Read More >>

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Ofcom Boosts BT Infrastructure Sharing Plans for a Full-Fibre Future

Ofcom has announced a plan to simplify the ways outside networks access BT's lines and equipment, with the hope that it'll lead to more full-fibre connections hooked into the UK's homes and workplaces. Read More >>

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BT Wants at Least £80 a Month for 1Gbps Fibre

BT has stuck some prices out there for its forthcoming 1Gbps FTTP options, and, well, it's quite a lot if you're thinking of just getting it to make yourself marginally better at online games. Read More >>

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Local Fibre Company May be the First to Enter BT’s Hallowed Ducts

Localised broadband provider City Fibre is apparently pushing BT for keys to its infrastructure, making it the first outsider to apply for access since BT was asked to allow competitors to use its physical hardware, poles and assorted legacy cables for rival installations. Read More >>

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Broadband Speeds Report Shows Middlesbrough is the UK’s Best-Served City

The average broadband connection speeds of 42 UK cities have dumped poor old Hull and its bespoke KCOM network right down at the bottom of the urban superfast league, with the city's broadband managing a six-month average of 12.45Mbps. Read More >>

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Engineers Smashed the Record for Fibre Optic Data Transmission With New Kind of Laser

Think your fibre’s fast? Think again: A team of engineers has smashed the world record for sending data down an optical fibre at room temperature using a new breed of laser, achieving speeds of up to 57 Gbps. Read More >>

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UK Businesses Slam “Mediocre” Broadband Plans

The Institute of Directors has had a meeting in a plush man's club, quaffing some brandies, smoking a few cigars and putting together a list of reasons why the UK's broadband isn't fit for purpose. Read More >>

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Download All of Game of Thrones in a Second With the World’s Fastest Web Connection

Clever folks from UCL’s Optical Networks Group have broken the data transfer speed record, managing to hit a rather swift rate of 1.125Tbps. In simpler terms, that’s about 50,000 times faster than the average UK superfast broadband connection, which languishes at around the 24Mbps mark. Read More >>