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When 10 million Web devices brought down the Internet

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

This past Friday, a many of the World Wide Web's most popular websites were rendered unusable when they were hit by one of the worst cyber attacks ever. The attack happened when tens of millions of Internet-connected devices were commandeered by cybercriminals to launch simultaneous attacks on the servers of a Web company that delivers services to sites like Twitter, CNBC, Etsy and more. The outcome of these attacks significantly impacted the accessibility... Read more

Samsung could be using LG batteries for the Galaxy S8

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

Today a new report from South Korea is claiming that Samsung is even willing to work with its main competitor from the country in order to ensure that the Galaxy S8's battery is problem-free. This is understandable, of course, in the wake of the Galaxy Note7 tragedy. An unnamed Samsung executive was quoted as saying the following: "We are looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem". This statement was with regard to new efforts by the company to diver... Read more

iPhone 7 models with Intel inside suffer from slower LTE speeds

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

When it comes to LTE speeds, not all iPhone 7 devices are created equal. A new study found performance differences between the Intel and Qualcomm modems used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that can result in a serious dip in data speeds when owners encounter a weak signal.... Read more

Romanian fixed Internet users use 100GB of data monthly

Fri 21 Oct, 2016

Fixed Internet users in Romania have generated a total download and upload traffic of 2.6 million TB in the first half of the year, with an average monthly consumption of 101 GB per user, according to data from Romania’s telecom regulator ANCOM. “This traffic was achieved as the number of high-speed fixed Internet connections continued to grow, Romania having the best average speed for fixed Internet access in Europe,” said Catalin Marinescu, ANCOM p... Read more

Facebook plans ‘thousands’ of drones in next decade

Fri 21 Oct, 2016

Facebook plans to launch thousands of its internet-beaming drones within the next decade, according to the head of the company’s aviation team. Andrew Cox, a chief engineer working on Facebook’s solar-powered Aquila drone, revealed the scale of the social network’s drone ambitions at the Commercial UAV Show in London Wednesday.... Read more

Huawei offers new SuperVector solution through copper lines

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

The Huawei broadband solution for telecoms enables a single device to support up to 384 subscriber lines. Also, existing VDSL2/vectoring devices in fiber to the curb (FTTC) scenarios will be boosted 2 to 3 times the original, via board replacement. Downstream rate of up to 300 Mbit/s within a 300-m distance will be supported by the solution.... Read more

Vumatel acquires Fibrehoods

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

Vumatel has acquired Fibrehoods, with the terms of the deal not disclosed. “The acquisition will help us accelerate and build a connected South Africa faster,” said Niel Schoeman, CEO of Vumatel. Vumatel said it plans to complete its fibre infrastructure roll-out across Johannesburg by Q3 2017.... Read more

Telkom says ICT policy white paper is 'dangerous'

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

While there are plenty of good ideas contained in the national integrated ICT policy white paper, aspects of the document are “dangerous”, especially when it comes to spectrum, Telkom chief commercial officer Brian Armstrong warned on Thursday. Armstrong, speaking to an audience in Midrand, said the proposal by government for a single wholesale open-access network (Woan) in urban and metropolitan areas doesn’t make sense.... Read more

Nigeria moves closer to broadband revolution

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

Nigeria has commenced with the second phase of the process of licensing infrastructure companies in five geo-political zones - North East, North West, South South, South East and South West zones - based on the Open Access Model for fibre-optic network deployment. According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which is handling the Request for Proposal to invite interested applicants, the Model has been examined and found to be appropriate for ... Read more

Wi-Fi, LTE ambient signals to replace, augment GPS

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

Future self-driving cars and up-and-coming commercial drone aviation are behind a mad scramble to find a better solution for location services than the satellite Global Positioning System (GPS). Advances in Signals of Opportunity (SOP), along with software-defined radios, could be the solution. GPS isn’t ideal. Firstly, it’s a free service made available by the U.S. government out of the kindness of its heart, and the civilian element could conceivably... Read more

TELUS achieves 5G speeds of 29.3 Gbps with Huawei

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

The results, 200 times the current LTE standard, were obtained during trials of 5G mobile technology at the TELUS and Huawei 5G Living Lab in Vancouver. Solidifying the 5G base to meet the needs of IoT and intelligent devices, both companies were involved in trials since last year in a live, real-world setting. TELUS customers in the Vancouver region will get early access to the newly emerging wireless technologies in the world, ahead of the 5G services, e... Read more


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