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Broadway Partners takes home the INCA Technical Innovation Award

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.

The INCA Awards have been launched to celebrate the UK’s most innovative and inspirational alternative network providers (altnets) currently operating in the UK. Eight awards were presented in total, recognising the leaders in the field of Technical Innovation, Commercial Innovation, Urban Impact, Rural Impact, Best Community Project and Best Public Sector Project. There was also a special award for the Outstanding Contribution to the sector

Five ISPs Express Interest in Delivering 10Mbps UK Broadband USO

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.

The USO is largely expected to focus on catering for the final 1-2% of homes and businesses across the United Kingdom, which effectively reflects those that are unlikely to be served by a “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) network come 2020 (i.e. this is estimated to be somewhere around 600,000 premises in 2020 or 900,000 if measured today).

Read more from ISPreview here.

 

Advertised broadband speeds ‘lowered by 41%’ following ASA ruling

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%.

BT, EE, John Lewis Broadband, Plusnet, Sky, Zen Internet, Post Office, SSE, TalkTalk, and Utility Warehouse previously advertised their standard (ADSL) broadband deals as ‘up to 17Mbps’. The new advertised speed is now more than a third lower at 10Mbps or 11Mbps.

Previously, suppliers were able to advertise broadband deals which claimed ‘up-to’ speeds that only one in 10 customers would ever reach. But the new advertising rules mean that at least half of customers must now be able to get an advertised average speed, even during peak times (8-10pm).

Read more from Future Scot here.