CityFibre and Vodafone – Full Fibre Friends

Today’s announcement of the long-term strategic partnership between CityFibre and Vodafone was not entirely unexpected – Vodafone has been investing in fibre in other parts of Europe and CityFibre’s strategy has always adhered to a wholesale model.  The news broken in today’s FT may, however, have raised city analyst eyebrows in those quarters where fibre… Read More »

The UK’s Digital Halloween – more treats than tricks.

A close reading of Digital Minister Matt Hancock’s address to the Broadband Stakeholder’s Group conference – laden with repetition and alliteration – reveals a story-telling masterpiece. The repetition of earlier messages was a treat, reinforced by alliterative ‘Full Fibre’ and ‘Barrier Busting’ and, in a another clear step towards honesty, ” . . . a… Read More »

Bolting down Broadband

Regular readers will recall that Ofcom (the UK’s telecoms market regulator) recently gave Service Providers a full year’s notice that they should think seriously about conforming to some basic business practices like sending customers accurate bills and prompt handling of complaints. Setting out the basics was, it now seems, just a curtain-raiser for another long-overdue… Read More »

Drones to the rescue

Fears abound regarding the proliferation of drones and invasion of privacy – an aerial view of your property was once rare and expensive.  Concerns for aircraft safety make for dramatic tabloid headlines.  Notions of autonomous drone shopping deliveries still seem far-fetched and drone landing platforms have not yet added to the clutter of dish aerials… Read More »

Privacy & Protection – a cyber-silo-convergence

Like all good think-tanks, FISP applauds policy developments that are evidence-led. We also, however, like to be forward looking – thinking through the issues that are just around the corner. Right now the minds of policy puzzlers are immersed in issues of cyber-security and the real (or sometimes imagined) fears for our data-dependent enterprises and… Read More »

Ofcom rule changes – six of the best to encourage better Providers.

Ofcom yesterday announced a raft of changes to their ‘General Conditions of Entitlement’ for all Comms Providers. These changes affect nuisance calls, complaints, billing, debt collection and services for disabled people and vulnerable customers. The new regulations will not come into force until 1 October 2018 to ‘to protect consumers and aid Ofcom’s enforcement work.‘… Read More »

Great Maps of Mediocrity

Eighteen months on from the FISP initiative ‘Digital for London’ (DfL) we have a flood of reports and commentary on the adequacy (or otherwise) of broadband connectivity and the lack of ambition apparent in the government consultation on a potential Universal Broadband Service Obligation. Specifically on the poverty of London’s broadband, Oliver O’Brien, a researcher… Read More »

The cost of cutting copper continues to fall

The old and long-discredited estimate that full fibre would cost the UK £28bn has finally been reduced to between 3 to 6 £bn. The comparison is not entirely fair (it doesn’t tackle the entire job) but this new lower estimate is now paraded as a ‘massive’ cost that will, eventually, fall on consumers. The new estimate does not… Read More »

RWT or maybe it was FNF

Whether it was a sticky coin slot or its inability to cope with bent pennies, by the time the maintenance technician arrived, Button B had returned the money and the would-be caller had long since gone looking for an alternative phone box. ‘Fault Not Found’ or ‘Right When Tested’, written on the report. NFA –… Read More »

“Fibrer la France” – 100% Fibre by 2025 – sans subsidy

Altice-SFR announced last week that it will deploy its FTTx network across France, without public subsidies, in line with President Macron’s goal to “Fibrer la France” – i.e. give everyone access to the super-high speed fiber-based service. This decision led to the creation of fiber deployment specialist Altice Infrastructures and to Altice-SFR’s pledge to cover 80%… Read More »