National Broadband News

The Broadband World this Week - Week 43

24th October 2014
The Broadband World this Week - Week 43

This week, BT is recruiting more staff to speed up the superfast broadband rollout and 1 in 3 Brits tired to nick their neighbours’ Wi-Fi, a survey shows.

BT Openreach to recruit 500 staff to boost broadband rollout

BT Openreach is on a recruitment drive, hoping to bring on board an additional 500 engineers to boost its customer service delivery, fibre broadband deployments and the building of high speed links for businesses. The company is currently ahead of service level targets set by Ofcom for new installations and repairs, but wants to exceed them further with the help of its new recruits.

Read more at IT Pro

Have you ever tried to nick your neighbours’ Wi-Fi? 1 in 3 Brits has!

More than one in three of us has, and one in three of those has done so successfully, says new research from fibre-to-the-home broadband provider Hyperoptic. Londoners are the most likely to try and swipe Wi-Fi from people living nearby, with the other 60% having given it a shot, according to the survey.

Read more at Broadband Choices

Europe needs to 'change the rules' for broadband providers

New competitors for current broadband service providers could "fire the starting gun" in the race to develop networks, according to telecoms equipment firm Calix. Craig Thomas, director of international field marketing at the company, said it would take competitors challenging the "incumbent" service providers, as had happened in the United States, to generate the same levels of progress.