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Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London
Friday, 07 July 2017 21:31

A London-wide Virgin Media outage caused by a "fibre break" has left business customers across the capital without broadband - including a number of borough councils.

Bromley Council apologised for its phones and online systems being out of action, blaming the "London wide technical issue" caused by the outage.

Virgin Media confirmed the outage was affecting a number of local government bodies.

A spokesman said: “We’re aware of a fibre break which has caused a temporary loss of services for some of our business customers in London, including Borough Councils.

"We’ve identified the problem, engineers are on site and we’re

Gov hands £16m to universities for 5G test
Friday, 07 July 2017 21:29

The government has handed £16m to King's College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol to test 5G technology.

This investment will fund a 5G end-to-end trial in early 2018. This could include a trial in which a signal is sent from a mobile device, such as a phone or in a car, to a data centre and back again. The intention is to test the capability of 5G to make an application or service work in a real-world environment.

The funding comes from the previously allocated £740m in the new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), which is being

Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash
Saturday, 08 July 2017 06:04

Collapsed retail store RadioShack will auction off its public IPv4 addresses as part of its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.

The 32,000-odd addresses will be sold off in /24 and /20 subnets by auction site IPv4Auctions.com, which specializes in the sale and resale of the increasingly valuable online space. The website says it has "exclusivity" on RadioShack's IPv4 blocks.

With the current market rate of between $12.50 and $13 per address, that means the IPv4 blocks will be worth around $410,000. The failed electronics chain owns a bunch of stuff in the 139.60.x.x range plus a few other bits and pieces:

ISM Communications for Arduino
Monday, 10 July 2017 10:00

If you want to wirelessly communicate between devices, WiFi and Bluetooth are obvious choices. But there’s also the ISM (industrial, scientific, and medical) band that you use. There are inexpensive modules like the SX1278 that can handle this for you using LoRa modulation, but they haven’t been handy to use with an Arduino. [Jan] noticed the same thing and set out to build a shield that allowed an Arduino to communicate using LoRa. You can find the design data on GitHub. [Jan] calls it the LoRenz shield.

According to [Jan], the boards cost about $20 to $30 each to make, …read more

UK.gov tips £400m into digital investment pot
Monday, 03 July 2017 17:02

The UK government has today launched its £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, aimed at boosting Blighty's full-fibre infrastructure.

The country currently has just two per cent fibre-to-the-premise connections – but digital minister Matt Hancock has said he wants the UK to go on a "full-fibre" diet in order to catch up with other countries.

The fund was first announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the Autumn Budget last year and will be matched by private finance, totalling a cash pot of £800m.

Launching the fund, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Andrew Jones MP is expected to say: "Gone will be the

Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 22:34

Virgin Media has admitted it "fell short" in delivering broadband speeds ahead of a BBC Watchdog report due to air tonight which found customers in some areas receive 3 per cent of the 200Mbps speed they were originally sold.

A letter from executive sales director Neil Bartholomew, seen by The Register , said: "Customers trust Virgin Media and it is our job to live up to that hard won reputation; balancing how we talk and work with customers with the facts a customer needs to know.

"BBC Watchdog has highlighted some cases where we have not lived up to this

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