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Up to 25% of new builds still can’t get superfast broadband – study

Up to 1 / 4 of recent builds still lack get right of entry to to superfast net, in keeping with a study via comparison web site Thinkbroadband.

The studies, based totally on facts from the office for national records, estimates that one in four to 1 in 5 new premises do not have provision for 30Mbps.

It said: “What is obvious from our facts is that a lot of latest premises are slipping thru the economic broadband roll-out nets and government and planning government need to deal with this now, in any other case the periodic memories inside the press about people buying new homes and being caught with gradual broadband will preserve.

“It is impossible to imagine 1 in 4 new homes being built without access to mains water and it should be the same with superfast broadband.”

An european directive adopted into united kingdom law is supposed to mean that every one newly built homes are “equipped with a high-speed-ready in-building physical infrastructure, up to the network termination points”, as noted through ISP review.

The research additionally observed a rise in the share of traits utilizing “complete fibre”. some 35.five in line with cent have coverage, in comparison with simply 3 in keeping with cent nationally.

BT’s Openreach has said 800,000 rural and new-build trends will now get fibre through 2020, with a similarly 1.7 million receiving it via the town building programme, while it’s far already on target to attain 600,000 below current deployment plans.

Andrew Ferguson, editor of Thinkbroadband, said: “A full fibre BT agreement was made in April 2017, I believe, after a weaker policy that was in place previous years and my understanding is that this needs developers to inform Openreach nine months ahead of the first property being moved into. So if a developer had noticed in April as soon as the new policy appeared the benefits would only just be appearing.”

presently 95 per cent of the united states has get admission to to superfast broadband. but, consistent with Ofcom, simply over one million premises in Blighty, or 4%, cannot get speeds of at least 10Mbps

Original Source: The Register

Exascale is to attend RIPE75 in Dubai, UAE

A RIPE Meeting is a five-day event where Internet service providers, network operators and other interested parties from around the world gather to:

  • Participate in discussions about the policies and procedures used by the RIPE NCC to allocate Internet number resources
  • Participate in the RIPE Working Group sessions to discuss current technical and policy issues
  • Share experiences, latest developments and best common practices
  • Develop their network of peers in the Internet community
  • Meet at lunches, coffee breaks and informal social events

RIPE Meetings are open to everyone. They bring together people from different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs and genders.

RIPE 75 will take place in the Conrad hotel in Dubai, UAE, 22-26 October, 2017

We’re looking forward to meeting NSPs, ISPs and Content Providers and creating new peering relationships.


BT Leased Line Engineer

Ofcom fines BT a record £42m for slow broadband installations

BT failed to compensate rivals for delayed line installations

BT has been hit with a £42 million fine for failing to install high-speed business lines fast enough, in what is being described as a “serious breach” of contract terms.

Following an investigation by Ofcom into BT’s fibre rollout arm Openreach, it was found that BT had abused the terms of its contracts by cutting compensation payments for delayed Ethernet line installations.

These high-speed business lines are the most common type of leased lines used by businesses and public services, offering high-speed and high-capacity data transfer to both BT and other telecoms providers.

Regulator Ofcom found that between January 2013 and December 2014, BT “misused the terms of its contracts to reduce compensation payments owed to other telecoms providers for failing to deliver ‘Ethernet’ services on time”. The fine represents the largest ever made against a telecoms company.

BT breached competition rules and exploited its position as a “significant market power”, Ofcom ruled, as most telecoms companies rely on BT’s infrastructure to host connections to customers for services such as broadband.

Gaucho Rasmussen, investigations director at Ofcom, said in a statement: “These high-speed lines are a vital part of this country’s digital backbone. Millions of people rely on BT’s network for the phone and broadband services they use every day.”

“We found BT broke our rules by failing to pay other telecoms companies proper compensation when these services were not provided on time,” added Rasmussen. “The size of our fine reflects how important these rules are to protect competition and, ultimately, consumers and businesses. Our message is clear – we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour.”

As part of its obligation to Ofcom rules, BT is required to install Ethernet services for other providers, including Vodafone and TalkTalk, in accordance with contracts, and to provide compensation payments for delays past 30 days.

The investigation was opened after Vodafone alleged that BT had abused contractual terms by extending the delivery of Ethernet services without its consent, and had failed to provide any compensation.

BT has admitted its failings, and has agreed to compensate the companies affected. Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach said in a statement: “We appologise wholeheartedly for the mistakes Openreach made in the past when processing orders for a number of high-speed business connections. This shouldn’t have happened and we fully accept Ofcom’s findings.”

BT’s compliance knocked 30% (£18 million) off the total fine, however the company is likely to pay as much as £300 million in compensation payments to other telecoms providers. A further £300,000 will also be paid to Ofcom for a failure to provide adequate information during the investigation.

The fine comes less than two weeks after the BT agreed to officially separate Openreach, complying with demands issued in November by Ofcom, which believed BT’s monopoly over network infrastructure was anti-competitive.

Orginal Source: ITPro

BT Openreach Van

BT Openreach legal separation agreed

Ofcom has announced the legal separation of Openreach, concluding work started in the 2015 Digital Communications Review. The changes to Openreach’s purpose, strategy and governance are outlined in the accompanying press release and include:

  • The Openreach Board will run the company.
  • Openreach’s Chief Executive will in future be appointed by, and accountable to, the Openreach Board.
  • Openreach will have control of assets – such as the physical access network – required to deliver on its purpose.
  • Openreach will be obliged to consult formally with customers on large-scale investments.

Openreach will become a distinct company, incorporated as a legally separate company within BT Group, with its own ‘Articles of Association’.

Openreach – and its directors – will be legally required to make decisions in the interests of all Openreach’s customers, and to promote the success of the company.

Further information can be found here