The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Programme (TBCP), funded primarily by President Biden’s Internet for All Initiative, has recently bestowed $3.5 million in grants among seven Tribal entities to accelerate internet access in these areas. Supported with an impressive $3 billion budget, the TBCP aims to reduce internet barriers and bridge the digital divide, promising a transformative effect. The initiative is facilitating internet connectivity for remote learning, boosting telehealth services, fostering employment opportunities, and more.

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority recently adjudicated a dispute over the supposed misleading adverts of ISP, 6G Internet. The ASA ruled that the company name erroneously suggested the availability of non-existent 6G services. The decision underlines a recurrent issue of consumer confusion over service offerings in the telecommunications sector. Despite the controversy, 6G Internet has not indicated plans to adjust their brand name, possibly sparking inevitable customer confusion as the prospect of true 6G technology looms nearer.

Imagine assembling an intricate Lego structure – that’s precisely what building next-gen telecommunication networks feels like. Networks giant Cambium offers unique ‘Lego-like’ solutions that breathe life into the creative architectures planned by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). A spectrum of technologies encompassed by Cambium’s ONE Network – ranging from outdoor Wi-Fi access points to top-tier security – weaves a seamless tapestry from edge to cloud. But, it’s not all about gear and wires. Cambium’s technology is a fusion of robust security, user-friendliness, and high-grade end-user experience.

Formulating the future of UK’s internet, Building Digital UK (BDUK) triggers the procurement process under the £5 billion Project Gigabit framework. Their ambitious objective: accelerate gigabit-speed broadband coverage to capture a minimum of 85% of premises by 2025. However, there’s a twist in the tale, as reaching remote regions still poses a formidable challenge.

Dell’ Oro Group has adjusted its predictions for the global Open RAN market share, a decision marking a first for the research company. They stress the necessary transformation in the RAN market will be far from smooth, while also affirming Open RAN’s permanence. Europe demonstrates a cautious approach, leaning more towards traditional RAN in 5G setups. Past bullish forecasts have not dramatically influenced the industry, prompting RAN providers to investigate alternative avenues with brownfield operators. Despite minor signs of rapid progression, Open RAN’s maturity in this field remains uncertain.

The Linux Foundation-led Ultra Ethernet Consortium brings AMD, Arista, Broadcom, and others together to refine ethernet architecture, addressing the escalating network requirements of AI and high-performance computing. Pledging to enhance ethernet performance, the alliance will leverage ethernet’s adaptability, ensuring scalability and cost-effectiveness for diverse workloads. Aiming for a holistic tune-up rather than a complete overhaul, consortium endeavours will encompass detailed protocols, signaling mechanisms, and software solutions.

Vodafone UK announces more accessible and fixed-rate wireless options amid the routine living costs in the UK, further bolstering its reputation as a company committed to social tariffs. This latest offering serves as a beacon of hope for families under financial strain, with an impressive broadband speed, zero installation fees, and an escape clause without extra charges. However, critics caution that this may not be the most affordable deal available, despite being from a mainstream provider.

Breaking speed boundaries, Ericsson and MediaTek recently achieved an impressive 565 Mbps upload speed within the consumer 5G sector, sparking excitement about the potential of fixed-wireless access (FWA). This feat was made possible through the integration of two of Ericsson’s software features and MediaTek’s T830 chipset for 5G FWA routers. The growing importance of upload speed on multiple applications including online gaming, video streaming, and cloud storage is nudging broadband consumers into creators, underscoring the significance of this development.

Fibre builder Wildanet’s expansion into the Devon region could fuel an estimated economic surge of £1 billion by 2030, primarily through Gigabit-capable broadband, according to a new Curia report. This ambitious outlook, however, hinges on universal access to Gigabit broadband by 2030, a significantly higher benchmark than Wildanet’s initial target of reaching 25,000 premises. The firm’s dedication to end the digital disparity in rural Devon is so far supported by over 60,000 wireless connections, and plans to add 50,000 more by 2023. Meanwhile, additional funds from Gresham House could expedite the broadband rollout, making digital inclusion a tangible reality, even in the most remote locations. Despite this, digital desolation persists, with nearly 78,000 Devon inhabitants having never experienced internet access.

As the UK’s fibre landscape intensifies with rising competition, leading players are racing to expand gigabit-capable broadband nationwide. Noteworthy, alternative network providers, referred to as “AltNets”, are displaying proactive strategies to swiftly deploy networks. On the other hand, traditional companies are recognising opportunities in fibre rollout, as seen in Openreach’s pricing approach of their wholesale lines.