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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

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


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