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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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Zen loses its chill: UK biz ISP falls offline for four hours and counting
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 05:46

Updated Beloved business-friendly ISP Zen has been suffering an outage for more than four hours today in the UK – and the carrier has no timetable for when service will be restored.

A Zen status notice said that many of its business and residential customers are unable to connect to its network from mid-afternoon, UK time, due to what looks to be a failure in the BT systems Zen uses for its infrastructure.

The outage is affecting both the Zen DSL and leased line internet services, with major cities including London, Manchester, and Leeds all cut off.

"Our supplier's engineers

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Not-BT-Openreach' biz CityFibre sextuples pipeline
Monday, 25 July 2016 21:19

Cable-layer CityFibre has booked a six-fold increase in contracts during its first half of 2016, with £53.8m in the pipeline compared with £8.1m for the same period last year.

New contracts signed in the period comprise 3,702 new customers, more than three times the total amount on the books in 2015 (1,110), and more than eight times the number added in the first six months of 2015 (458), said the biz in its trading update.

At the end of last year, CityFibre coughed up £90m for its acquisition of Kcom's legacy network . That came out of the outfit's war-chest

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Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO
Monday, 25 July 2016 18:37

Tomorrow UK comms watchdog Ofcom will announce its plans for strengthening Openreach’s independence from BT and creating a more competitive UK broadband market.

That follows a damning report by MPs last week that warned if BT doesn't get its house in order and address its significant under-investment in Blighty's infrastructure, Openreach should be structurally split from the former state monopoly.

Earlier this year the regulator stopped short of recommending a formal separation - but deliberately kept that option on the table. BT has denied the accusations of underinvestment, pointing to its plans to roll-out ultrafast speeds to 12 million homes

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nbn™ talks up HFC upgrades to gigabit speed
Friday, 22 July 2016 11:51

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has started to talk up the scalability of the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) networks it will use to provide services to many Australians.

The company commissioned analyst firm Ovum to research the role of HFC in broadband around the world. In what cannot have come as surprise to nbn™, the research suggests HFC is in wide use around the world because it can deliver broadband at many megabits per second. Which is why it is widely used by carriers able to access HFC plant.

As nbn™ has been directed to

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