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TalkTalk sees red after chucking £75m on restructuring bonfire
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:33

Beleaguered Brit ISP TalkTalk's half-year results have plunged into the red, reporting pre-tax losses of £75m due to major restructuring costs.

Sales fell 5 per cent to £856m from £902m the year before.

The firm attributed a chunk of those losses to a £31m bill in associated costs for overhauling its mobile phone business following its announcement in May to "reassess" its mobile strategy .

Net exceptional costs were incurred in relation to decommissioning, asset write-offs, provision releases, onerous supplier commitments and redundancies, said the business.

TalkTalk also took a £59m exceptional charge for costs "associated with implementing changes to

Euro telco standards wonks publish third iteration of open source orchestrator
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:02

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published the third release of OSM, its open source management and orchestration (MANO) stack for network function virtualisation.

Key features in this release include a new admin user security model, shared projects, and expanded service assurance and monitoring capabilities.

The role-based access model recognises that once it's out of the laboratory, an orchestrator like ETSI's MANO needs a team rather than an individual to run it.

The tool can automate tasks such as spinning up virtual network functions (VNFs); designing, deploying and shutting down network services; adding new data centres and more. To

Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules
Saturday, 18 November 2017 08:46

The stomach-churning love-fest between the American cable industry and FCC Ajit Pai continues apace with Big Cable now pillow talking the federal regulator into how to prevent individual US states forming their own net neutrality proections.

Pai is expecting to call for a vote on dismantling net neutrality rules on December 14 – despite widespread opposition to the idea – but cable companies are worried that state legislators will simply write their own laws to effectively reintroduce them.

And so, joining a determined campaign by cable giants Verizon and Comcast to lobby against such actions, the wireless comms trade association

So what does EE's 5G test really signal?
Friday, 17 November 2017 22:26

Brit mobile operator EE has proudly announced the success of a "breakthrough test" for 5G, but what do these tests signal for future 5G usage?

BT's mobile arm, with the assistance of Huawei, recently managed an end-to-end connection with a stable speed of 2.8 Gigabits per second, and a latency below 5 milliseconds. For reference, 4G achieves around 14Mbps with 60ms of latency, with 4G+ at 40Mbps and 30ms of latency.

Tom Bennett, EE director of network services and devices, said: "The network architecture we’ve proven… is a huge step forward, and will drive our ambitious rollout timetable to be

Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup
Friday, 17 November 2017 12:03

US broadband watchdog the FCC signed off on a pile of new rules Thursday – including laws that will dictate how telcos handle robocalls, cut access for poor Americans to subsidized phone service, add controversial changes to TV station ownership rules, and regulations for fiber cable installation.

Under the new anti-robocall rules ( PDF ), carriers will be able to preemptively block calls that spoof numbers associated with the IRS or other tax groups. The FCC said the spoofing technique, where a scammer uses the number for IRS lines that can't actually dial outside numbers, are commonly used to disguise

3D Printed WiFi Reflectors Custom Designed for the Building
Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:01

Are you a wizard at antenna design? Chances are you’ve never even given it a try, but this tool could change that. Most home-made WiFi signal boosting antenna plans around the Internet share one feature: they are directional antennas or reflectors. But WiPrint is a tool for designing custom WiFi reflectors that map to the specific application.

If we want to increase the signal strength in two or three different locations the traditional solution is an omnidirectional antenna. The problem is, although a good omnidirectional antenna increases the signal power in those locations we want, it also increases the signal …read more

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