Category: Brexit

EU dumps nearly 300,000 British owned ‘.eu’ domains into the Brexit bin

The European Commission announced in an official statement that it will cancel all 300,000 domains under the .eu top-level domain that have a UK registrant, following Britain’s eventual departure from the European Union.

According to the statement, “As of the withdrawal date, undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU, and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date.”

Going even further, the EC suggested that existing .eu domains might be canceled the moment Brexit happens – expected to be 366 days from now – with no right of appeal.

“As a result of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, a holder of a domain name does no longer fulfill the general eligibility criteria… the Registry for .eu will be entitled to revoke such domain name on its own initiative and without submitting the dispute to an extrajudicial settlement of conflicts.”

According to the most recent statistics available, there are just over 317,000 .eu domains registered in the UK – roughly a tenth of the registry’s total. Canceling them would have a huge impact on the company that runs .eu, EURid, and on the EU itself which receives millions of euros annually in surplus funds.

Even more remarkably, EURid made it plain that it was not consulted over the plans or even informed what they were before the news was made public. A statement on the registry’s site begins: “Yesterday afternoon, EURid, the registry manager of the .eu TLD, received the link to the European Commission’s communication concerning Brexit and the .eu TLD.”

Orignal Source: NewsBharati

£67m UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP has announced a Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) which will provide vouchers of up to £3000 for business, and £500 for residential connections from a total investment of £67m. This scheme “builds on” the £200 Local Full Fibre Networks scheme which trialled a pilot version of this scheme in four areas across the UK. All connections must be gigabit capable, in a bid to boost the UK’s fibre infrastructure.

Residents can benefit from the voucher scheme as part of a local community group scheme, which must also include small businesses. However, resident groups and businesses are able to pool the value of their vouchers, especially where installation of full fibre connections exceed the value of a single voucher.

The scheme will be open until March 2021 or until all available funding has been allocated.

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Ofcom’s wholesale superfast broadband prices slashed

Ofcom has slashed the price BT’s Openreach can charge operators for superfast broadband, in a package of measures BT said will hit its bottom line to the tune of £120m next year.

The proposals are part of broader measures intended to boost broadband investment in the UK, including plans to increase current full-fibre penetration in the country from 3 per cent to 20 per cent by 2020.

Ofcom is also forcing Openreach to introduce stiffer quality of service standards (installations and repairs), and open up its cable ducts to rival ISPs.

In any case, it chose not to control the costs of Openreach’s speediest discount superfast broadband items to boost operators to assemble full-fiber systems.

Under the plans, BT must make its telegraph poles and underground passages open to match suppliers, making it speedier and less demanding for them to construct their own full-fiber arranges straightforwardly to family units around the UK,” it said. It said that could split the forthright expenses of laying fiber links to £250 per home.

To keep BT from smothering new venture by rivals as system rivalry develops, the previous state imposing business model won’t be permitted to make focused on discount value diminishments in regions where rivals are beginning to fabricate new systems, it said.

While Ofcom needs to enhance Blighty’s woeful full-fiber entrance, it is likewise quick to guarantee reasonable access to superfast broadband, or fiber-to-the-bureau. In that capacity it will cut the discount value that Openreach can charge telecoms organizations for its essential superfast broadband with paces of up to 40 Mbps, and transfer paces of 10Mbps.

The present rental charge is £88.80 every year, which will be decreased to £59.04 by 2020/21.

Ofcom additionally needs to guarantee that Openreach puts in new lines on its current system, and fixes shortcomings, all the more rapidly meanwhile.

Openreach will be required to: finish no less than 88 for every penny of blame repairs inside two days, up from 80 for each penny today; total 97 for each penny of repairs inside seven days; and introduce 95 for every penny of associations on the date concurred with the telecoms supplier, up from 90 for every penny today.

These new prerequisites must be met by 2020/21.

Jonathan Oxley, Ofcom’s opposition gather executive, stated: “Full fiber meets the nation’s future broadband needs, as interest for information takes off.

“Ultrafast rates will enable individuals to download whole movies, or organizations to share enormous records, in a flash. Full fiber will likewise support energizing innovation like remote human services diagnostics, 5G versatile and associated gadgets.

“The apportions we’ve set today will bolster the developing number of organizations who have officially declared plans to fabricate full-fiber systems, and open the route for much more yearning speculation around the UK.”

Original Source: The Register

Slow Broadband

British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

Four out of five Britons has encountered broadband molasses in the previous year and a large portion of us are likewise “tricked” by the terms that telcos use to hawk their products at us, as per a review.

Only one of every five, in the interim, would change provider to escape from poop web speeds, says review purveyor uSwitch, a value comparison site.

The greater part of us (54 for each penny) have encountered site pages that crash, while 66% of the 2,004 “broadly illustrative UK grown-ups” who reacted to the overview groaned that their web connection, er, disconnects.

While uSwitch discloses to us that superfast broadband “essentially diminishes speed and unwavering quality issues contrasted with standard bundles”, simply finished portion of review respondents trusted it was accessible in their general vicinity.

Ewan Taylor-Gibson, execution advertising lead at uSwitch, gave the required canned quote: “basically, most purchasers aren’t pestered by the specialized meanings of their broadband association, they simply need – and merit – a solid administration that conveys esteem. In any case, customer speed dissatisfactions combined with an absence of mindfulness around superfast accessibility indicates all the more should be done to impart what’s accessible to singular properties genuinely.”

It isn’t just shoppers who are confounded about what “superfast” implies, in the specialized sense. Concede “Michael Green” Shapps MP told the world in a report issued toward the finish of July that superfast implies 10Mbps velocities. Truth be told, the administration characterizes superfast as 24Mbps.

In the interim, even Londoners get poor superfast broadband availability in spite of paying strong wholes for the scandalously promoted “up to” bundles. The administration claims 90% for each penny of British family units can get a superfast broadband administration.

Source: the Register

How will brexit effect IT

How Will Brexit Affect the IT Sector?

With an international focus, the technology sector is undeniably going to be affected by the recent triggering of Article 50 – let alone the exit of the UK from the EU. But how exactly will this historic referendum affect the IT sector?

Investment may be affected

Start-ups rely on investment. But in a world that depends on on technology to function, any decline in investment could be detrimental. Post referendum, some experts are worried that investors would shift their attention outside of the UK, resulting in UK-based businesses struggling. However if statistics are anything to go by thus far, these worries could be unfounded.

According to GP Bullhound, in 2016 tech deals hit a record high with investment rounds and takeovers rising by 40 percent, while research from London and Partners showed that more than £6.7 billion was invested in UK tech companies.

There could be a talent shortage

The UK tech industry, much like the world tech industry, relies on talent from the EU and the rest of the world. With TechUK suggesting that around one in six new tech sector hires between 2009 and 2015 were from EU countries, coming out of the EU could affect this. Discouraging talent from the EU due to having to apply for visas and working sponsorships, the UK it sector could suffer and fall behind.

Large companies could be deterred from Britain

Although the UK relies on UK-owned businesses, we also need global companies to employ people here and drive forward our IT investment. Brexit could shift the focus away from the UK by making it seem a less profitable and unsteady choice – resulting in them looking at alternatives. However this worry has seemingly been dismissed with the announcement that Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon have all announced major investments in the UK.

Regulatory barriers could hamper work

This one all depends on how the negotiations go between the UK government and the EU. As the EU has been working on an initiative called the ‘Digital Single Market’ which allows the free movement of people and capital in the tech sphere, the UK could lose access to this. Hindering the ability of UK tech companies to work effortlessly across Europe, the UK could find itself out of the loop. It’s also imperative that the government ensures that data protection regulations in the UK match those in the EU to ensure the flow of information from country to country.

All in all, the UK seems to be holding steady when it comes to the IT and tech sectors. We have good relationships with countries, such as America, so that should keep us on an even keel for the foreseeable future. The only thing that could change all this is if the government doesn’t get a fair deal in the trade negotiations and ignore regulations, which could be damaging to the industry.

How do you think Brexit will affect the IT sector?