UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced the roll out of the Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS), which is to provide vouchers worth up to £3000 for a small or medium sized business or £500 to residents to help with the costs of connecting to full fibre broadband.
TalkTalk is in discussions with Infracapital with a view to rolling out full fibre across the UK.
The company announced within its Q3 results that it has agreed to create an independent company, representing 80 per cent Infracapital and 20 per cent TalkTalk, to provide fibre to more than three million homes and businesses across mid-sized towns and cities in the UK.
With a potential equity investment of up to £500 million, TalkTalk is to be a founding wholesale customer for the new company.
Openreach has pledged to bring high-speed broadband to three million UK premises by the end of 2020 as part of its newly launched 'fibre first' programme.
The move follows an earlier announcement by the UK government that it has met its superfast broadband target of 95 per cent of homes by the end of 2017 (see UK government delivers superfast broadband target, still more to be done).
Milton Keynes is set to become the first community to benefit from gigabit-capable ‘full fibre’ broadband under the new Vodafone and CityFibre fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) programme. The project will see CityFibre invest at least £40 million into the city’s digital infrastructure.
One of the UK’s major construction companies, Carillion, has been forced to enter liquidation. The move comes following unsuccessful talks with potential lenders and government to try to rescue the business, which provides services to the defence, education, health and transport sectors. Alongside its partner telent, Carillion is also a supplier to two big name firms in building out broadband.
Gigaclear has purchased the assets of troubled rural broadband provider Aylesbury Vale Broadband Ltd (AVB). The sale was agreed by the majority shareholder Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) at a meeting of its General Purposes Committee on 20 November 2017.
Vodafone and CityFibre have announced a long-term strategic partnership to bring fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure to up to five million UK homes and businesses by 2025.
The partnership represents ‘one of the most significant developments in UK telecommunications since the launch of ADSL broadband around 17 years ago’, the companies said in a statement.
Openreach, the access network division of BT Group, said there is broad industry support for the wider roll out of fibre to the premises (FTTP) in the UK, and that it should be part of a major ‘copper switchover’ across the UK – which would see old telephone cables retired.
Deciding how to recover the costs of such a major investment will be critical, with Openreach suggesting that increased wholesale charges could be used to share costs across all end users, not just those who opt for higher speeds on the new platform.
ABINGDON, UK – Rural broadband specialist Gigaclear has awarded Carillion telent a contract to bring ultrafast full fibre broadband to more than 80,000 properties in some of the most rural parts of South West England.
The work will start immediately, with the first customers coming on stream early in 2018 and the full roll out complete by the end of 2019. Gigaclear’s network will give homes and businesses in the area access to speeds of up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps), where previously they have struggled with speeds as low as 1Mbps.
Local authorities in six different regions of the UK will set up pilot schemes designed to stimulate commercial roll-out of gigabit broadband networks, it was announced on Sunday.
The pilots are the first stage of a four-year, £200 million government programme to develop ‘local full fibre networks’, as outlined in the Spring Budget. The six projects will get around £10 million between them to test innovative approaches to connecting offices and public sector buildings with fibre infrastructure.