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Amazon to bundle internet access with Prime

Wed 19 Oct, 2016

According to a report from The Information, Amazon is looking at becoming an internet service provider here in Europe - with the plan to sell broadband directly to customers. The site's sources noted that this would allow Amazon to bundle broadband deals with Prime, which would allow better competition with the likes of Sky, BT, Virgin, and all the other ISPs that try and sign you up to their various TV and catch-up services. It's not such a daft idea when... Read more


Swiss beat UK's BT to next-gen G.fast broadband

Wed 19 Oct, 2016

Switzerland is the first country in Europe to deliver so-called ultrafast broadband to customers through traditional copper infrastructure, according to service provider Swisscom. It said 1,000 customers were now using a G.fast connection, which can reach speeds of 500Mbps. G.fast lets copper cables carry data at faster speeds than before.... Read more


Telkom, Cell C to zero-rate academic sites

Wed 19 Oct, 2016

Telkom and Cell C have both announced plans to help South African university students who cannot access academic materials due to the ongoing #FeesMustFall student protests across the country. Both mobile operators will zero-rate university Web site access in a bid to assist students with accessing course material necessary to complete the year.... Read more


Toward 'Fiber-Like' Wireless Broadband

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

There are now many operators using TD-LTE technology to offer wireless broadband to homes around the world in markets as diverse as Spain (Orange), South Africa (Telkom) and Australia (NBN). In both mature and fast-growing countries, there is a proven operations model for TD-LTE fixed access to provide an effective alternative to DSL at the lower end of the speed range, typically for rural and underserved suburban areas. ... Read more


First U.S. Suit Filed Over Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

Tue 18 Oct, 2016

Disgruntled customers have dialed up what's believed to be the first U.S. class-action lawsuit over Samsung exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, according to federal court records. The suit - whose class-action status must still be approved by a judge before it can proceed - doesn't seek any damages over Note 7s that actually caught fire. ... Read more


Openreach and Huawei trial fastest Fibre-to-the-Premises broadband technology

Tue 18 Oct, 2016

The trial involved a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) connection running between the University of Suffolk, Ipswich Exchange, and BT’s world renowned R&D centre at Adastral Park. It saw 40Gbps, 10Gbps and 2.5Gbps speeds delivered simultaneously over a single fibre optic cable.... Read more


Google Pixel XL review: The best Android phone money can buy

Tue 18 Oct, 2016

Two weeks ago, Google unveiled the first phones it “designed inside and out”: the Pixel and Pixel XL. We had the opportunity to play with the latter device, though you can read our hands-on to get a feel for the smaller Pixel as well. Keep in mind that these flagship phones, which start shipping on October 20, are aimed directly at Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy devices, which is also reflected in their pricing. Compared to last year’s Nexus... Read more


Telstra nears Gigabit LTE launch

Tue 18 Oct, 2016

Telstra on Tuesday inched closer to launching 1-Gbps LTE services, after its hardware partners announced they have completed the design of the first device that will run on the upgraded network. Netgear's Mobile Router MR1100, powered by Qualcomm's X16 LTE modem and WiFi solutions, is a mobile broadband hotspot and the world's first LTE category 16 (cat 16) end user device.... Read more


Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia hit 65Tbps transmission rates

Tue 18 Oct, 2016

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and Nokia Bell Labs have hit transmission capacity of more than 65Tbps in fibre lab tests, setting new records, they claim. The trial used submarine grade dual band erbium doped fibre amplifiers to hit capacity of more than 65Tbps – more than 13,000 times the capacity that was available when the first undersea transatlantic system was installed in 1995.... Read more


Samsung setting up Note 7 exchange booths at airports

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

Samsung is setting up Galaxy Note 7 exchange booths in airports around the world, hoping to stop customers taking the dangerous device onto flights at the last minute. The first of these new "customer service points" appear to have been introduced in South Korean airports, but Samsung has confirmed the booths are opening in airports across Australia, with reports of the desks appearing in the US as well.... Read more


Seacom fault affecting Africa

Mon 17 Oct, 2016

Seacom says it has identified a shunt fault in the Mediterranean Sea between Egypt and France which is impacting connectivity to Africa. "The impact of the incident is that all transmission traffic on the East Coast of Africa to and from Europe will be affected," Seacom says in a statement. Customers with IP services will remain unaffected but could experience higher latencies with possible degradation of service, as traffic will predominantly be routed vi... Read more



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