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 »

Astonishing, but true! BT Consults on Demand for Full Fibre.

BT today launched a consultation with industry to determine if demand exists for future-proofed Full Fibre (FTTP).  It seems that BT has observed that OPEX savings (and service reliability) might be of value. The very gradual reorientation of BT’s strategy away from copper dependence (asset utilisation) toward investment in a digital future has marked three decades of… Read More »

Delivering a More Independent Openreach

Today’s statement from OFCOM will be of interest to all concerned with the future development of the UK’s digital infrastructure. Critics may immediately puzzle over the headline use of ‘more’ rather than ‘completely’, and it is clear that the transition towards any fresh infrastructure strategy will take time to emerge. Meanwhile the government remains keen to… Read More »

Fresh Out of Excuses: dealing with sins of sub-standard design

FISP today submitted its response to the Advertising Standards Authority consultation on broadband speed claims. The ASA has come under increasing political pressure to adapt its (somewhat soft) rulings on broadband advertising.  Over the past two decades it has become increasing clear that many service designs can only be sold with a high degree of… Read More »

Surrey, Kings and Bristol partner to push 5G forward

Long mooted but delayed by a General Election, the government has confirmed a major 5G-enabling project with the intention that by 2018 the resources will be available for wider collaboration. Many such investment announcements gain multiple coverage and this 5G project is no exception – and is potentially confused with the Infrastructure funding for Full… Read More »

Digital Economy Council Convenes

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will chair the first meeting of the Digital Economy Council (DEC) today – 10th July. The Council will bring together some of the most influential voices in the tech sector to stimulate new growth and deliver new jobs in the digital economy. The Council has been… Read More »

Roaming Charging Countered by Caps

As the EU celebrates the end of a long and winding journey to eliminate mobile roaming charges across the EU, consumers will find that Operators have found revenue rewarding routes around the promised land. TelecomTV debates the new strictures on ‘fair use’, Usage Caps and so-called ‘Unlimited Data Plans’ that may well leave the unwary… Read More »