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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

Communicate anywhere, any time … without infrastructure, without mobile towers, without satellites, without wifi hotspots, and without carriers. Use existing off-the-shelf mobile cell phone handsets. Use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again.

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Eurovision tellybods: Yes, you heard right – net neutrality
Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:33

The European Broadcasting Union, which organises the annual Eurovision musical telly glitterfest, has rounded up a group of “civil society” pressure groups to send a letter to EU leaders demanding net neutrality.

The letter, published on Tuesday, urges the EU Council of Ministers “to support strong and clear net neutrality rules” in the so-called Telecoms Package – a proposed EU law that aims to do everything from abolishing roaming to allocating radio spectrum.

The missive says that “an open, transparent and secure internet, supported by effective EU-wide rules on net neutrality, [can] act as a key driver for innovation and

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Tap sat app gap, yaps Inmarsat chap: Orbiting bird API opened to devs
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 13:56

Satellite communications oldie Inmarsat is to open up its systems to third-party developers – and wants them to create new ways to use its communications grid to link ships, aircraft, and machine-to-machine data traffic.

"We have been providing global mobile connectivity for decades and want to leverage this position to facilitate the development of new applications, enhancing the way in which people interact with our technologies," said Michele Franci, chief technology officer at Inmarsat.

"Our new open technology approach, based on building blocks made easily available, will allow both new and existing partners to take advantage of our cutting edge

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Bush-first NBN build was back to front says NBN Co CEO
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:13

NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has told a TasICT gathering that the original National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout plan, which prioritised regional areas to receive fibre first, was a mistake.

Speaking to the IT industry group TasICT on Monday evening, Morrow added that the rollout schedules announced by the previous government had been unrealistic.

The Tasmanian rollout was the source of much angst for NBN Co. Originally the whole state was slated to get the first fibre rollouts as a kind of large-scale pilot, but the rollout stalled amid arguments with subcontractors.

Prior to the island state's 2014 election, the

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India pushes ahead with slimmed-down fibre rollout
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 14:58

India is pushing ahead with the Modi government's fibre vision, under which 20,000 rural villages will get fibre backhaul by December 2016.

The country's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) says villages in the southern state of Kerala, Karnataka on the west coast, and Seemandhra on the Bay of Bengal will be the first recipients.

The government has had to soft-pedal somewhat on the speed of the rollout: its original plan had called for 60,000 villages by March 2016. However, DNA India quotes communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as saying work is now progressing well.

To help accelerate the project,

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