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Scottish island to use spare TV spectrum to speed-up broadband

Thu 10 Nov, 2016

Spare wireless spectrum leftover from the digital TV switchover will be used to improve broadband access on the Scottish island of Arran. The rollout, the first of its kind in Europe, will be used to improve broadband speeds for the island’s 5,000 residents. It’s hoped the use of TV white space can help bridge the urban-rural broadband divide and better connect the UK’s more remote communities.... Read more

Vodafone Germany LTE network reaches 500 Mbps

Tue 08 Nov, 2016

Vodafone Germany has upgraded its LTE network in Berlin and Dusseldorf to allow for download speeds of up to half a gigabyte per second. Previously, the maximum speed possible over Vodafone’s LTE networks was 375 Mbps in some German cities. Vodafone demonstrated the new network capability using a Sony Xperia XZ. ... Read more

Huawei, Safaricom in new 5G network plan

Tue 08 Nov, 2016

Huawei says it will innovate on 5G-ready devices and network infrastructure for Kenyan operator Safaricom in order to improve customer experience. Huawei senior director Bob Wang Tie said discussions are underway and that the 4G+/5G technology will be tested soon. ... Read more

Massive crime syndicate has infiltrated Vodacom

Mon 07 Nov, 2016

The Rapport newspaper has reported that the Hawks may ask the FBI to help to investigate a “massive crime syndicate” which has infiltrated Vodacom and is performing SIM swap and Internet banking fraud. The report said a document shows that the crime syndicate recruited Vodacom call centre agents to help with illegal SIM swaps. Vodacom confirmed that an investigation is in progress into an alleged sim swap syndicate.... Read more

'Intrusive' MTN mast must go

Mon 07 Nov, 2016

This 5m structure is actually an MTN cellphone mast. And now the High Court in Cape Town has ordered the removal, before Christmas, of the mast crowning Alphen Hotel's Mill Range building. Vincent Murphy led neighbouring sectional title owners in taking the cellphone group to court in August last year to force its removal.... Read more

Note 7 to be cut off from NZ carriers

Thu 03 Nov, 2016

Samsung's New Zealand division broadcast some terrible news today to those who were hoping to continue using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7, despite the risk that the phone might explode. As many of you know, starting in September Samsung recalled both the original Galaxy Note 7 units, and the replacement models.... Read more

India poised to witness VoLTE surge

Fri 04 Nov, 2016

Globally, operators are gradually moving 2G/3G traffic to Voice over LTE (VoLTE) as a differentiation strategy to cater to the decline in voice revenue by bundling voice with data packages. In the first half of 2016 alone, 74 operators globally have launched VoLTE. Mobile operator networks globally carry tens of billions of minutes of voice traffic every day.... Read more

DDoS attack killing internet in Liberia

Thu 03 Nov, 2016

A new large DDoS attack is knocking out internet access in Liberia. The attack, written about on Thursday by IT security researcher Kevin Beaumont, is the same type of attack that slowed much of the internet down in October. Both attacks used readily available Mirai malware. The malware allows users to hack into poorly-secured internet of things devices (such as smart cameras or refrigerators). From there, the hacker is able to direct data from those devic... Read more

PIC puts R6bn Vodacom stake up for sale

Thu 03 Nov, 2016

A stake in Vodacom is back up for sale following the collapse of a previous deal in May that was aimed at increasing black ownership of the mobile operator. The Vodacom shares being sold by the Public Investment Corp are valued at about R6bn, according to people familiar with the negotiations, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. That equates to about 2,6% of Vodacom, Africa’s biggest wireless carrier by market value.... Read more

Facebook free internet reaches 40 million people

Thu 03 Nov, 2016

A major part of Facebook’s plans to nab more users is to bring connectivity to more parts of the world — including emerging markets. One way it’s doing this is through Internet.org: an initiative that sees Facebook pair up with local cellular networks to give mobile users access to select websites using a data-free app.... Read more

Mobile internet usage now surpasses desktop

Wed 02 Nov, 2016

For the first time in history, more users last month accessed the web from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets than they did from desktops or notebooks. According to data released by StatCounter earlier this week, 51.3% of all web visits last month came from mobile devices compared to 48.7% of visits from traditional computing platforms.... Read more


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