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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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BT to shoot 'up to 330Mbps' G.fast into 2,000 Gosforth homes
Friday, 09 October 2015 23:00

BT customers in Gosforth, Newcastle, are being given a chance to test copper's last hurrah, G.fast.

The DSL standard G.fast is hoped to help the extension of broadband access to fibre-foiling locations. It has been cooked up in Suffolk by BT, Alcatel-Lucent and its Bell Labs research arm.

BT claimed G.fast "eliminates the need to rewire entire buildings and homes, the most costly and time-consuming part of any fibre deployment".

Up to 2,000 homes in Gosforth will be included in a G.fast trial in the North East of England. The trial is set to provide the hitherto isolated region with

Vodafone joins calls to pry Openreach from BT's hands
Thursday, 08 October 2015 23:06

+Comment The political ding-dong over prising broadband biz Openreach out of BT’s hands entered another round today with the release of a Vodafone-commissioned report on the £6.5bn in “excessive profits” BT has been making from the UK broadband market.

The blows and counterblows come during Ofcom's once-a-decade Strategic Review of Digital Communications. In 2005, Ofcom decided that BT and Openreach should live in separate rooms, but now the rest of the market is gunning for a full-blown divorce.

Vodafone’s commission of the report from respected consultancy Frontier Economics comes before it is expected to make a submission to Ofcom about

Startup promises to cancel your hated Comcast subscription for you for just $5
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 05:49

Free marketeers would be proud; a startup in the US has just started up to deal with one of the toughest and most frustrating corporate trials – cancelling a Comcast subscription.

Airpaper, which appears to be a two-man San Francisco upstart, will take up the torturous process of navigating the corporate ins and outs of cancelling your Comcast subscription for a $5 fee. That might sound a lot for something you can do yourself, but it's not easy.

Readers from outside the US might wonder what all the fuss is about, but American ISP Comcast's cancellation process is notoriously difficult

Facebook, French sat operator in SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA
Monday, 05 October 2015 22:44

Facebook has inked a deal with Eutelsat Communications to beam internet access to parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Financial terms of the agreement were kept secret.

Eutelsat said this morning that the companies had signed a "multi-year" pact with Spacecom to "utilise the entire broadband payload on the future AMOS-6 satellite", with the service expected to go live in the second half of next year.

The free content ad network and French satellite operator plan to build a system made up of sat capacity, gateways and terminals.

Facebook said it wanted to help to bring broadband access to "unconnected populations" as

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