Digital News Round Up 12th May 2016

12 May 2016

Cityfibre Pick Fibre Optic ISP Partners for Milton Keynes and Northampton
Fibre optic infrastructure developer Cityfibre has today moved forward with its plan to expand their pure fibre optic based Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) / Ethernet network into the large towns of Milton Keynes and Northampton by signing up with two ISP partners in a deal worth £7 million.

Virgin Media Owner Hints at Interest in Gobbling Mobile Operator O2 UK
The CEO of Liberty Global, which owns cable operator Virgin Media in the United Kingdom, has joined French telecoms firm Illiad SA (here) by indicating that they too would have an interest in O2 (Telefonica UK) if the operator suddenly came up for sale again.

BT Confirm Tech Details for Summer UK Pilot of 300Mbps Broadband
Telecoms operator BT has revealed the technical capabilities for their forthcoming pilot of “ultrafast” 300-500Mbps technology (consumer ISP products should start at 160Mbps), which will be rolled out to cover 25,000 premises in Cambridgeshire and Kent this summer.

NFU Says Just 4 Percent of UK Farmers Can Get Superfast Broadband
A new report from the National Farmers Union, which states that Farming underwrites the food and drink industry and is worth £103m to the UK economy each year, has joined the chorus of groups criticising the Government over fears that rural areas will not benefit from “superfast broadband“.

In-Flight WiFi for Long Haul British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia Planes
Some 118 British Airways, 4 Aer Lingus (Boeing 757) and up to 15 Iberia long-haul aircraft are to roll-out fast in-flight WiFi connectivity as part a new deal between parent organisation the International Airlines Group (IAG) and GoGo, which specialises in providing related Internet services.

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