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Superfast altnets developing a long-term outlook

September 2, 2014   |   Oliver Johnson

The UK’s alternative superfast network operator market looks buoyant with new investment flowing in from a variety of sources, and new relationships being built between network operators and service providers. These are the findings from a new report reviewing the past six months in country’s superfast broadband sector.

“There is a real buzz in UK superfast broadband with prospects looking good for several of the country’s alternative network operators,” says Annelise Berendt, Principal Associate at Point Topic, which has been covering superfast

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Five million customers waiting for something to buy

June 10, 2014   |   Oliver Johnson

A new broadband mapping report reveals a huge opportunity – which no-one is yet taking up. Over five million British homes and businesses are already paying for superfast broadband services. But there is little sign that anybody is yet trying to sell superfast content or applications to this huge market of prosperous consumers.

“There’s been a massive shift in technology in this country in only three years,” says Oliver Johnson, Chief Executive of Point Topic, which has been mapping UK

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Free wifi and more, coming to a town centre near you

June 4, 2014   |   Oliver Johnson

Local authorities across the UK are leveraging wireless concessions to get community networks built free of charge to the taxpayer. Last week’s news that international wireless specialist Gowex is to roll out a wifi network across public areas in Newcastle is the latest in a series of announcements by councils in several major cities as well as smaller regional and seaside towns.

“Wifi has had several false starts in various locations around the UK. A number of projects have failed in the

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BT and BDUK push bandwidth deeper into the UK

May 14, 2014   |   Oliver Johnson

The South East of England has been the recipient of most broadband advances in the UK since the late 90′s. A densely populated area with plenty of disposable income this has been a logical choice for all operators seeking to maximise their return on investment.

The advent of a digital strategy for the UK has started to make itself felt though.

“During 2013 we’ve seen the most significant improvements in bandwidth availability outside the South East. Superfast speeds are working

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Britain a leader in superfast broadband coverage

March 12, 2014   |   Oliver Johnson

Three out of every four homes in Britain can now get fixed broadband services at superfast speeds if they choose.  Contrary to frequent jibes(1) that the UK is backward in developing next-generation broadband services, this is one of the highest proportions for any major country in Europe.

Superfast or Next-Generation Access (NGA) services are defined as those providing download speeds of 30 megabits per second (Mbps)[2] or more.  New research by Point Topic, the broadband analysts, shows that …

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