IN THE MEDIA
It was all smiles from our CEO Michael Armitage when Broadway Partners scooped the award for Technical Innovation at the inaugural INCA awards in London on Monday 5th November, for our pioneering work with TV White Space to help provide superfast broadband to hard-to-connect rural areas.
Ofcom has revealed that only BT (Openreach), KCOM, Hyperoptic, Quickline and Broadway Partners have expressed a formal interest in becoming suppliers for the new Universal Service Obligation (USO), which from 2020 will make it possible for anybody in a slow speed area to request a broadband speed of at least 10Mbps.
Following recent changes to advertising rules the majority of broadband providers have been forced to cut the headline speeds they advertise, according to research by Which?. An analysis of the biggest broadband providers has found that, since new rules were introduced by the Committees of Advertising Practice in May, 11 major suppliers have had to cut the advertised speed of some of their deals – with the cheapest deals dropping by 41%.
Broadway is pleased to report a further successful trial of the next generation of TV WhiteSpace (TVWS) radio. Using equipment supplied by US company HuWoMobility, and working with UK spectrum database services provider Nominet, Broadway has demonstrated consistent download speeds of more than 50Mbps, across wooded and hilly terrain that would defeat conventional radios.
The DCMS (the Department responsible for telecoms policy) has today, 30th July, published a Consultation Document around the proposed USO initiative. This sets out the Government’s initial position, informed by last year’s consultation exercise and subsequent technical assessment carried out by Ofcom, that there should be a 10Mbps threshold, that excess costs should be covered by a USO Fund, the cost of which should be shared across the industry, and that BT and KCOM are best qualified to be the designated providers under the scheme.
Arran Broadband is pleased to announce the extension of its Arran network around the south side of the island, now providing coverage to the communities of Sliddery, Kilmory, Shannochie and Kildonan, using the exciting new technology of TV WhiteSpace radio.