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UK govt to launch £1bn fibre fund

Tue 22 Nov, 2016

Reports claim chancellor's autumn statement will also offer public funding for 5G trials. The U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to allocate more than £1 billion (€1.17 billion) of public funds to support ultrafast broadband deployment when he makes his Autumn Statement tomorrow.... Read more


Huawei Boasts Shared Spectrum Breakthrough

Tue 29 Nov, 2016

Huawei has unveiled a mobile spectrum management solution that could open up new possibilities for the dynamic and efficient sharing of valuable capacity. During a presentation at the company's Mobile Broadband Forum event near Tokyo, Edward Deng, president of Huawei's Wireless Solution division, presented CloudAIR, which the vendor is pushing as the third leg of its mobile cloud stool. (See Photos: MBB Forum 2016 Tokyo, Day 1 and Photos: MBB Forum 2016, T... Read more


Altice plans 10Gbps FTTH for its entire US footprint

Thu 01 Dec, 2016

Altice will extend fibre deeper into its existing hybrid fibre coax (HFC) network and leverage proprietary technologies developed by Altice Labs. The network will can support several simultaneous 4K streams within a single household. Altice, the French giant that expanded into the US with the acquisition of Cablevision/Optimum and Suddenlink, is the first major US cable provider to announce a large-scale fibre deployment plan for its footprint.... Read more


Amazon Truck Packs 100PB of Data

Fri 02 Dec, 2016

Amazon.com Inc.'s new Snowmobile trucks designed to store and transfer up to 100 terabytes of data per truck, or a total of 100 petabytes of data using Amazon's entire fleet. Amazon Web Services Inc. announced the new Snowmobile service at the company's re:Invent 2016 conference. According to AWS, users can move 100PB of data "in as little as a few weeks, plus transfer time." The company notes that the same transfer "could take more than 20 years to accom... Read more


Telkom: A more positive ring

Fri 25 Nov, 2016

Telkom, the telecoms player that for the better part of three years has been in a turnaround phase, has seemingly weathered the storm. CEO Sipho Maseko and his team embarked on a cost-reduction programme that included huge job cuts and reviving the struggling mobile network business. This has resulted in a strong balance sheet, low gearing and good cash flow.... Read more


Apple reportedly limits Verizon iPhone 7 modem speed to match AT&T model

Mon 21 Nov, 2016

Apple has been limiting the modem speeds of the iPhone 7 built for Verizon Wireless's network in order to match the slower speeds of the AT&T iPhone, according to reports Friday by Bloomberg and Recode. The Verizon iPhone 7 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 modem that is capable of LTE download speeds of up to 600Mbps, while the AT&T model uses an Intel XMM 7360 that goes up to 450Mbps.... Read more


25 years of Internet in South Africa

Sat 26 Nov, 2016

flowing out of South Africa on a leased circuit from Telkom. The man behind this was Mike Laurie. In later years he wrote “it’s amazing it happened at all, or at least it seemed so at the time.” The lack of cooperation and vision from the state telecommunications operator was staggering. They couldn’t see that in the long run they’d make money rather than lose it if they supported the technology.... Read more


Why internet use is low in Africa

Tue 15 Nov, 2016

Despite recent improvements in infrastructure and affordability, internet adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa is not growing rapidly, a report says. The report says that the continent’s internet adoption isn't growing at a speedy rate because potential users do not always find the internet relevant enough. According to Bastiaan Quast, co-author of the report and economics fellow of Internet Society, Africa faces challenges such as poor telecommunication syste... Read more


When a city has gigabit Internet, prices for slower speed tiers drop

Fri 18 Nov, 2016

The mere presence of gigabit Internet speeds in a metro area drives down the price of plans with slower speeds, according to new industry-funded research. Thus, the data suggests that even customers who don't purchase gigabit Internet benefit from its availability. This research also found—to no one’s surprise—that having more ISPs in a particular region drives prices down and that the presence of fast speeds encourages other ISPs to offer higher-spe... Read more


Comcast increases fibre internet speeds by 50Mbps

Sat 26 Nov, 2016

The change comes at no additional cost to customers statewide as Comcast, doing business under its Xfinity brand, boosts download speeds in the 75 megabits per second tier to 100 megabits per second and the 150 Mbps package to 200 Mbps. The packages are called performance pro and blast pro, respectively. To get increased speeds, most customers will have to restart their modems. Comcast will notify those who need to upgrade their modem to receive advertised... Read more


47 percent of planet now online

Sat 26 Nov, 2016

A new report from a United Nations agency says 47 percent of the world's people now use the Internet — an increase from just one year ago, when the same agency estimated more than 43 percent of the global population were Internet users. However, the study, released Tuesday by the International Telecommunications Union, also discovered serious geographic and economic disparities in who uses the Internet.... Read more



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