The Government announced an additional public fund of a total of £645 million which will further extend superfast broadband coverage to 98% of UK premises by 2020. This is an update to figures released towards the end of December 2016, indicating that a total of £440 million would help reach premises beyond the 95% target (by end of 2017) under the BDUK scheme.
This weekend saw two big developments in the bid to create a Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) with the Government launching its consultation on the design of a USO and BT making a voluntary offer to deliver this service.
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) is pleased to continue its partnership with the Broadband World Forum (BBWF), which this year will take place in Berlin. Over three days (24 to 26 October) more than 300 speakers, amongst which the BSG, will share their expertise on the latest broadband technologies and discuss the future of connectivity.
In the autumn 2016, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the advertising watchdog, started investigating potentially misleading advertising practices amongst internet service providers. In November 2016, the ASA stated the use of descriptions of broadband speeds such as “up to” in broadband commercials could be considered confusing to some consumers. In the spring of 2017, the ASA explored the use of the terms “fibre??? in broadband advertisements. (more…)
In March 2017, BT announced its voluntary agreement to legally separate from Openreach, its network division, with the latter becoming a distinct company with its own staff, management and strategy. Ofcom announced today how it will monitor progress towards the legal separation and measure the results.
The £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund to boost full-fibre broadband deployment is now formally launchedsamiragazzane
In November 2016, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the creation of a new Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund (DIIF) of £400 million, matched by private finance to invest in new full fibre networks over the next 4 years. After being announced again in the March 2017 Budget alongside other measures to boost investment in digital infrastructure, the Fund was formally launched yesterday.
Last week Ofcom published its first report to the European Commission under the ‘Connected Continent’ Regulation (2015/2120) on how UK operators are complying with the new Net Neutrality rules. The report was split into five sections on; quality of Internet Access Services, safeguarding open internet access, traffic management, transparency measures and complaints and remedies. Overall, Ofcom found no major concerns although it did highlight some points that merit further examination. (more…)
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) publishes a report on the practical barriers to deployment of telecoms infrastructure across the UK
- The deployment of telecoms networks is hindered by the variety of approaches to planning regulations by local authorities
- Practical steps could be taken by Government, local authorities and operators to create a uniform approach to planning and ultimately speed up the roll-out of broadband
- Tackling these issues now is crucial to facilitate the deployment of future full-fibre and 5G infrastructure across the UK
With the General elections taking place in three weeks, the main national political parties’ manifestos have now finally been published. As you would expect some areas are not overly detailed but all include a digital agenda with targets on broadband coverage, speed and references to investment in infrastructure.
Ofcom published last month its first report exploring the quality of service that customers from the largest landline, broadband and mobile providers received in 2016, and it was accompanied by an interactive tool designed for consumers. The “Comparing Service Quality??? report covers the consumer experience on reliability, performance and customer service. It found that most customers are satisfied with their service overall, though 13% of broadband customers lodged a complaint with their provider in the last 12 months, against 5% of landline and 4% of mobile customers.
Universality and Value for Money: Government Options for Designing the Broadband Universal Service ObligationMatthew Evans
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) publishes report on the design considerations for a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO)
- Designing the USO is extremely complicated but the cost threshold for each premise is extremely sensitive
- BSG research shows that a cost threshold of between £1500-3000 maximises the net public benefit to the UK
- To maximise the number of premises that can get access to good quality broadband through the USO demand, aggregation is needed
- Where the cost of connecting premises is above the cost threshold then an alternative measure should be made available
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) has today launched Impact of a Broadband USO in the UK, a report commissioned from Plum Consulting to analyse the impact of the design considerations of a potential broadband USO in the UK. This report complements the technical advice produced by Ofcom in December 2016 for Government.
Lowering barriers to telecoms infrastructure deployment
Tuesday 23 May 2017 (10am to 12pm)
techUK, 10 St Bride St, London EC4A 4AD
The Broadband Stakeholder Group will be launching a report, commissioned from Analysys Mason that looks at the practical steps the UK can take to lower barriers to telecoms infrastructure deployment. The report makes a series of recommendations to central and local government, as well as operators, on how we can lower the burden on telecoms operators on issues such as permit and notice schemes and wider planning system pinch points.