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The Broadband World this Week - Week 44

31st October 2014
The Broadband World this Week - Week 44

This week, the next generation 4G network debuts in the UK, quarterly results show BT is serving 3.3m fibre customers, and alternative providers could join forces to rival BT.

Next-gen 4G+ network launched 

EE has launched its new next generation 4G+ network upgrade (LTE-Advanced), which can support Internet download speeds of up to 300Mbps and claims it will deliver average speeds of up to 90Mbps.

The technology has been tested in London since 2013 and is now being expanded across the capital, and soon around the country. 4G+ connects devices to two separate 4G signals simultaneously, doubling the capacity and removing overloading meltdowns.

Read more at ISP Review

BT Openreach now serves 3.3m fibre customers

There are now 3.3 million fibre connections on BT’s Openreach network, which reaches 21 million properties in the UK with 60,000 added each week, of which the majority are the direct result of the government-funded Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

Around 344,000 new fibre customers were added during the second quarter, a 9 percent year-on-year increase, 60 percent of whom were snapped by BT Retail.

Read more at TechWeek Europe

Alternative providers could join forces to rival BT

The UK’s gigabit broadband providers can work together to create a nationwide network to rival BT, according to a CityFibre director. Mark Collins, director of strategy and public affairs, told Cable.co.uk that CityFibre would not be able to create such a network on its own.

Read more from cable.co.uk