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European broadband growth – steady spread of Next Generation supply

December 16, 2013   |   Oliver Johnson

The number of European homes able to get superfast Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband increased sharply in 2012.  The growth was driven mainly by a combination of technologies.  These are among the key findings of a new report, produced by Point Topic for the European Commission, and now published as ‘Broadband Coverage in Europe 2012’.

“For the past years, I have stressed on every occasion that increasing Europe’s competitiveness and exiting the crisis is essentially about creating favourable conditions for

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2 million fewer households with broadband at the end of 2016

December 9, 2013   |   Oliver Johnson

Overall numbers down but FTTx suffers the most

The latest broadband forecasts from Point Topic have dropped the expected number of broadband lines in the UK by almost 8% at the end of 2016, from just under 26 million lines to 23.88 million.

“There are two primary reasons.  The remaining pool of offline households are proving difficult to convert with disposable income for example struggling to recover but the delay in the BDUK deployment has to take a share of

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Superfast take-up accelerates as consumers pay for more bandwidth

November 19, 2013   |   Oliver Johnson

According to BT Group, net FTTx additions for external providers increased by more than 300 per cent during in the three months to end September 2013.

“Superfast broadband is where the UK is heading and the consumers agree.  Virgin Media, BT, Sky and TalkTalk amongst others all show strong results for their higher bandwidth tariffs while those that don’t offer over 25 megabits per second are struggling,” says Oliver Johnson, Chief Executive at Point Topic.

Superfast lines added from Q1

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Rightmove lists broadband speeds at all its homes

October 25, 2013   |   Laura Kell

Point Topic data is used to show typical broadband speeds and availability on rightmove.co.uk

This week Rightmove, the UK’s largest property website, launched a new service to show typical broadband speeds at each of the 1m homes listed on its website. The data for this service is provided by broadband research company Point Topic, who map broadband availability across the whole of Europe.

A study conducted by broadbandchoices.co.uk suggested homebuyers rank a fast broadband connection as more important than off-street …

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WiFi to step into the breach?

October 18, 2013   |   Oliver Johnson

Solutions on offer for a critical mass of players

“There is something of a meeting of minds, or at least of objectives, in the UK today. Local authorities need to deliver services and improve access.  Consumers like wifi when they can get it and operators need small cells. Common goals are often easier to achieve,” says Oliver Johnson, Chief Executive at
Point Topic.

WiFi offers solutions to local authorities and residential and business consumers in terms of accessibility as well …

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