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BT to replace London phone boxes with 1Gbps WiFi kiosks

Thu 27 Oct, 2016

BT this week unveiled plans to replace its London phone boxes with high-speed WiFi kiosks. Called LinkUK, the initiative is the result of a partnership between BT and outdoor digital media specialist Intersection, which launched a similar scheme in New York called LinkNYC. The kiosks, or Links, as they are called, will be rolled out on major high streets across the capital. Anyone within range of a Link will be able to access free WiFi. They will also offe... Read more

Canadians spend more on internet than TV

Wed 26 Oct, 2016

Canadians for the first time are spending more on internet access than television subscriptions from the country's telecom and cable companies, the industry regulator said on Wednesday, citing soaring demand for streaming video and music services. Telecom and cable companies brought in a total of C$8.92 billion ($6.7 billion) in revenue from cable, satellite and Internet-enabled television subscriptions in 2015, while they collected C$9.81 billion from th... Read more

Samsung Q3 profits plummet after Note 7 recall

Thu 27 Oct, 2016

The year-on-year drop of more than a third marks the first decline in profits in a year for Samsung, which started to turn around a stagnant financial situation in the third quarter of 2015. The Note 7 situation makes today’s results something of an anomaly in the company’s record — it points specifically to the phone’s very public problems as the cause of the decrease — but it’s yet to be seen whether the fallout from the recall will affect Sa... Read more

Google Fibre halts expansion plans as chief steps down

Wed 26 Oct, 2016

Google’s parent company Alphabet is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of US cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed internet access by installing new fibre-optic networks. Google Fibre was set up five years ago by the search giant with the ambitious agenda of building high speed fibre internet networks across America. However on Wednesday the company announced it was pausing many of its plans, prompting plenty of commentators to ... Read more

Fibre boost for Cape big data analysts, gamers

Wed 26 Oct, 2016

Telkom and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) have partnered to launch a high-speed network targeting big data analysts and gamers. The organisations unveiled a 300Mbps fibre connection at the opening of The Basement co-working space and innovation lab in the Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town.... Read more

Wi-Fi Alliance Ushers in WiGig Era

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

As new and incumbent operators look for ways to complement deep fiber with fixed wireless connections, the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced today the launch of its WiGig certification program, a program designed to further the spread of the 802.11ad specification and low-latency, multi-gigabit wireless broadband. The Alliance is also announcing the first certified WiGig devices. These include chipset product and reference designs from Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INT... Read more

Samsung discount offer confirms Note 8

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

Korean Note 7 owners will get a 50 percent discount on the Galaxy Note 8 or S8 when they are released next year, Reuters reports. Samsung recalled and ultimately discontinued production of the Note 7 following multiple cases of the handset overheating, catching fire, and exploding. Today's announcement, in Korean, indicates that the company remains committed to the Note lineup, and specifically mentions the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. To take advantage of the di... Read more

Huawei Mate 9 Pro may sport a curved edge QHD display

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

While we have been witnessing a number of speculations regarding the Huawei Mate 9 smartphone, a recent one even revealed the Mate 9 Pro variant of the same device. The reveal comes from Evan Blass, popularly known by his Twitter handle @eveleaks and according to the leaked images, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is expected to come with a dual-curved edge display, making the smartphone look more like the infamous Galaxy Note 7.... Read more

BT Openreach must look beyond fibre to satiate UK appetite for broadband

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

BT has been thrust into the spotlight this year, when faced with increasing pressure from politicians and the industry to divest its broadband infrastructure division. Its competitors claim BT Openreach provides the UK incumbent with an unfair advantage and that it hasn’t been investing enough to ensure the quality of its service its business and consumer customers need. This came to a head earlier this summer, as Ofcom ruled Openreach must function as a... Read more

Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

Sun 23 Oct, 2016

Ruxcon Hacker Wanqiao Zhang of Chinese hacking house Qihoo 360 has blown holes in 4G LTE networks by detailing how to intercept and make calls, send text messages and even force phones offline. The still-live attacks were demonstrated at the Ruxcon hacking confab in Melbourne this weekend, with the demo offering a recording of the hack perpetrated in part on a live network. It exploits fall-back mechanisms designed to ensure continuity of phone services in... Read more

Dominican Republic to activate 5,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

The Dominican Republic has announced plans to activate some 5,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots in parks, public squares, universities, schools and hospitals throughout the country as part of its “Digital Republic" programme for 2016-2020. The deployment will be managed by the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) with a view to significantly accelerating internet access in the country. Other measures include a deal with local energy utility ETED to bri... Read more


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