For the first time, UK cable connections were faster than fibre connections, though not by much. However, ADSL2 speeds have increased, while the speed gap between urban and rural users has narrowed.
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BT is likely to enjoy lighter controls on the amount it can charge for its leased lines in London, under proposals revealed by Ofcom on Monday.Leased lines offer high-end fibre connectivity as a retail product for business customers, and also as a wholesale product for smaller telcos that resell fixed and mobile broadband services.
The telecoms company, which has rolled out its super-fast broadband network to 10 million premises, saw annual profits go up 42 percent in the last financial year
The uptake of fibre-based broadband packages is increasing in the UK, contributing to a rise in the overall speed of connections, but the issue the rural-urban divide remains
The company says BT has an unfair advantage in the rollout of fibre-based broadband to rural Britain, and it should be compelled to take a local-loop unbundling approach to dark fibre
Ofcom chief Ed Richards says the regulator will require competition in rural broadband networks, and is backing wavelength unbundling as a possible way to ensure fairness in fibre rollouts
ISPs sign up to new Ofcom code of practice for broadband advertising...
The regulator has proposed new wholesale prices for BT Openreach, in a move that should mean cheaper landlines and broadband for many consumers
BT should cut its wholesale costs by between 10 and 14 percent in rural areas, where there is no wholesale broadband competition, according to the regulator
Brits not a nation of early adopters when it comes to fibre, says Ofcom report...
Ofcom confirms BT must offer virtual fibre unbundling and open up its ducts and poles...
The UK's largest internet provider has said it will become a wholesale customer of BT's up-to-40Mbps fibre-to-the-cabinet services, as Ofcom finalises the rules governing BT's fibre network
Rural fibre broadband deployments are to become easier to plan, after BT agreed to tell rival ISPs on a regional basis which customer premises are served by which cabinet
The regulator wants ISPs to be more accurate in their predictions of broadband speeds, as research shows a widening gap between marketing and reality
The European Commission has approved BT's virtual unbundling of its fibre network, but warned that this has to be a 'transitional measure'
Telco must learn to share, says comms watchdog
The telecoms regulator wants BT to give rivals access to its fibre networks, as part of an effort to promote investment in super-fast broadband
The telco is reportedly in talks with Ofcom about opening access to its ducts and poles so other providers can install their own broadband fibre lines
A quarter of the 10 million UK homes and businesses scheduled to be hooked up to fibre broadband will get FTTP, which promises speeds of up to 1Gbps
The UK government has laid out its vision for the digital future of Britain over the coming years, covering topics such as broadband access, security, ICT literacy and copyright enforcement.