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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

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Facebook's Zuck to ZAP the developing world with LASERS
Friday, 03 July 2015 08:20
Facebook laser

The laser Facebook wants to blast non-connected people with

Facebook has been showing off a new laser communications system that CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to mount on massive solar-powered drones to beam the internet to inaccessible parts of the world.

"As part of our Internet.org efforts, we're working on ways to use drones and satellites to connect the billion people who don't live in range of existing wireless networks," he said on his Facebook page.

"Our Connectivity Lab is developing

New nbnTM roadmap reveals HFC tests to start in Q4
Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:58

nbn TM , the entity charged with building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has released a new product roadmap.

The new plan (PDF) reveals that retail service providers will be provided with a Network Sandpit for HFC” in 2015's fourth quarter. In Q2 of 2016, “HFC Business Readiness Testing” will commence. As the NBN will use existing hybrid fibre-coax (HFC cabling installed for cable television) to provide millions of connections, the looming release of the sandpit and the readiness testing plans suggest much work has been done towards the planned Q2 2016 “initial product release” of DOCSIS 3.1

Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 00:02

Virgin Media has started work connecting customers to the fibre broadband infill it announced in February .

The £3bn programme significantly larger than anything planned by BT and represents a growing trend among companies to provide higher speed broadband than available with the UK incumbent.

Virgin offers a 152Mbps service, and we’ve also seen high speed availability offered recently by AQL , Gigaclear and Wightfibre .

TalkTalk and Sky are also working on a pilot project in York .

The first place to get the new connections will be Manchester, where 150,000 homes and businesses will be able to sign

The slow strangulation of telework in Australia
Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:56

From the day I arrived in Australia, I’ve had a high-speed broadband connection. The owner of the ISP came over to my flat to set it up, attaching a point-to-point wireless link to my terrace, then aiming it at his offices.

Within a few minutes I had the very same 5 Mbps symmetric connection that I’ve enjoyed ever since - even though I’ve moved house a few times over the last twelve years.

That speedy connection makes it possible for me to work from home, building my consulting, broadcasting and speaking careers. For example, when I’m working with audio engineer

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