Posted on Feb 07 2018 by Gemma Dickinson | Comments Off on Poll: Are you interested in joining the Gigabit Voucher Scheme?
Our latest poll asks if you are interested in participating in the new Gigabit Voucher Scheme which could give you up to £3000 in vouchers from the DCMS to use towards the installation of a new gigabit-capable solution for your SME customers in key strategic locations which allign with CityFibre’s revolutionary full-fibre network. It couldn’t be easier!
You can find out more by reading our recent opinion article “How can YOU benefit from the new Gigabit Voucher Scheme?“.
Cast your vote in our new reader poll and/or to find out more contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0330 100 0330.Read More »
Posted on Dec 06 2017 by Paul North | Comments Off on How can YOU benefit from the new Gigabit Voucher Scheme?
By providing Gigabit-capable connectivity to your SME customers with free installation via the new voucher scheme from the Government, that’s how!
Last month we announced our full support of the Government’s new £2 million Gigabit Voucher Scheme which aims to accelerate the roll out of Gigabit-capable full-fibre services to business customers by making the switch to full-fibre more affordable for SMEs, whilst also generating a massive opportunity for our channel partners. Read More »
Posted on Sep 27 2017 by Paul North | Comments Off on What is Entanet Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON)?
Now that Entanet and CityFibre have joined forces to revolutionise the connectivity market and bring truly differentiating competitive advantage to the channel, we’re delighted to announce the availability of our blisteringly fast Entanet GPON and Dedicated Ethernet solutions delivered across CityFibre’s full-fibre network.
As an Entanet partner, you’ll already know about dedicated Ethernet, its benefits and why you should be selling it but you may be less familiar with GPON. What’s the nature of this service and what does it offer to you and your customers? (In a separate article we’ll discuss the full details of our CityFibre dedicated Ethernet services).Read More »
Posted on Sep 14 2017 by Gemma Dickinson | Comments Off on Poll: How aware are you of Entanet’s new blisteringly fast full-fibre Internet access and Ethernet services following us joining forces with CityFibre?
In August, Entanet officially became part of CityFibre enabling us to bring a completely new and exciting opportunity to the channel and create a completely new breed of wholesaler. As an Entanet partner you now have access to CityFibre’s blisteringly fast Internet access and Ethernet services delivered across its full-fibre network.Read More »
Posted on Aug 31 2017 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on Channel Live: Why it’s definitely worth the trip
The industry has an all new, exciting and free-to-attend exhibition, Channel Live. It’s brought to you by Swink Events – the people behind Comms Business and the previous Convergence Summits (North and South), but this year it’s a single, centrally located event held at the NEC, Birmingham and it’s all taking place on 12-13th September. So, what’s new and why is it an event not to miss?
In terms of what’s new across the entire event, you can get all the details at www.channel-live.co.uk but to summarise, it offers an ideal opportunity to meet suppliers across the communications channel as well as a compelling seminar and panel debate programme. Entanet and CityFibre are both key ‘must see’ participants in the programme – on Wednesday 13th at Noon, Entanet CEO Elsa Chen will debate ‘value’ in the changing landscape of wholesale network providers with industry peers; while at 2.15pm, in a session that’s sure to be standing room only, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch will sit alongside Openreach to discuss the building of wholesale networks in a digital world.Read More »
Posted on Aug 16 2017 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on Openreach bins Dark Fibre Access product
It’ll come as no surprise to many, but a ruling yesterday by the Office of the Telecoms Adjudicator means you won’t be able to buy access to Openreach’s Dark Fibre for the foreseeable future. This is the latest twist in a long running saga that started with Ofcom’s Business Connectivity Market Review last year and which hit a major stumbling block last month when the Competition Appeals Tribunal ruled in favour of BT, stating that “Ofcom made a string of errors when it drew up the rules for a new market in dark fibre”. Under Ofcom’s directive, Openreach were due to launch their Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product this October, with pricing and terms published by the end of September, but this of course won’t happen now.Read More »
Posted on May 15 2017 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on New broadband advertising proposals – clearer or even more confusing?
CAP (Committees of Advertising Practice) has opened a public consultation seeking views on 4 new proposals to strengthen the current broadband speed advertising guidelines. We’re pleased to see CAP take this approach but we still have some concerns over their practicality and potential impact.
The consultation will last for 10 weeks, closing on 13th July 2017 and the options they propose (whilst also stating they are open to suggestions) are to base all broadband speed claims on:
- Peak-time median download speed
- 24-hour national median download speed
- Range of peak-time download speeds available to the 20th to 80th percentile of users
- Range of 24-hour national download speeds available to the 20th to 80th percentile of users
They also encourage the provider to direct consumers towards more specific broadband speed estimators to receive a more accurate idea of the speed actually achievable on their line. Read More »
Posted on Feb 02 2017 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on The State of the Broadband Nation
Progress. It’s what we all work for and it seems there was quite a lot of it last year in terms of broadband availability. ADSL coverage increased by 1% nationally, while FTTC saw a 6% increase and FTTP coverage grew by 1.7%. It’s no surprise that FTTC – or superfast broadband in layman’s terms – saw the biggest increase given that the Government is quickly coming up on its self-imposed deadline of 95% coverage by the end of this year.
The question now is of course where BDUK and BT will look to upgrade cabinets in order to achieve their 95% coverage target. The logical answer is that they’ll focus on the low-hanging fruit – that is cabinets that are easy and therefore more cost effective to upgrade than those requiring lots of engineering works. This will likely mean that the focus remains on urban and semi-rural locations, leaving those in the countryside to wither on a sub-par service until the Universal Service Obligation (USO) gives them something a little better – if they request it and it won’t cost too much to provision… As you can see from our infographic ‘Connectivity in the UK’, Ofcom’s Connected Nations Report 2016 says that there are 1.4m premises in the UK that can’t currently access a minimum speed of 10Mbps, the proposed minimum threshold speed of the USO.14% of these – or 200,000 premises – are small to medium-sized businesses and 69% (that’s 960,000 buildings) are in rural locations.Read More »
Posted on Nov 24 2016 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund: welcome but not enough
In yesterday’s Autumn Statement the government announced measures that will, in their words, “bring faster and more reliable broadband for homes and businesses across the UK, boost the next generation of mobile connectivity and keep the UK in the forefront of the development of the Internet of Things.” A sweeping glance at the headline text suggests that the investment of £400m into a Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund (DIIF) and tax-relief on full fibre infrastructure are a great step forward for the development of Gigabit Britain, but as usual, the devil is in the detail. And it’s the consideration of the detail that has brought us to the opinion that Chancellor Philip Hammond has achieved nothing more than political manoeuvring aimed at satisfying the calls for more investment in the UK’s fibre communications infrastructure.Read More »
Posted on Sep 21 2016 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on Why upload isn’t on the up
At the risk of getting the prize for stating the obvious, we’re all using more data. Consumers are increasingly opting for unlimited packages for their fixed line broadband and competition in the mobile data marketplace continues to develop at a pace. Ofcom, in its annual report, consistently issues data proving that the domain of Homo Informaticus continues to grow year-on-year. To feed this unquenchable thirst the regulator has been working on behalf of the Government to figure out how best to implement the proposed Universal Service Obligation (USO), which will give everyone in Britain the ‘legal right’ to request a broadband connection providing download speeds of around 10Mbps. But for many the issue is that all of the improvements to national broadband coverage – be it the USO or the BDUK rollout of superfast broadband – are focused on download speeds and aren’t looking to improve upload speeds to the same degree.Read More »