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To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology
Friday, 22 December 2017 10:39

We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the residents of Puerto Rico, and especially those who will not have cell phone coverage over Christmas.

It is, we are ashamed to admit, entirely our fault.

This is a special time of year, and we feel dreadful for robbing more than 500,000 Puerto Ricans of the opportunity to contact their friends and loved ones.

If it's of any consolation, we didn't mean to. In fact, we had hoped to do the opposite.

It all started when we noticed a commissioner of the US telecoms regulator, the Federal Communications Commission

We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G
Friday, 22 December 2017 02:18

The first standards for 5G have been agreed, meaning industry can press ahead with next-gen speeds.

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the body responsible for setting the standard, unveiled the 5G New Radio Non-Standalone at a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

The introduction of an intermediate standard on the way to 5G was decided in March, in order to accelerate the rollout of the next mobile network generation.

Kester Mann, analyst at CCS Insights, said the next main standard is expected in June 2018.

"The standards enable devices to be created and built in a consistent way instead of having

Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi
Thursday, 21 December 2017 23:05

Transport for London has inked an £80m deal with outsourcing giant Capita to provide Wide Area Network services in the UK capital.

Under the deal, Capita will maintain WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi networks across more than 1,000 TfL sites from August 2018. The deal is for five years, with the option to extend it for another five. TfL reckons it will save £33m "through efficiencies and modernisation" of equipment.

Last September Capita admitted it botched an IT upgrade under its existing congestion charge contract with TfL, punching a hole in its profit forecast.

"Our delivery wasn't up to the standard

Control a Quadcopter over Websockets
Sunday, 24 December 2017 09:00

Everyone’s favourite IOT module, the ESP8266, is often the go-to choice for any project that needs quick and cheap control over the web. [Andi23456] wanted to control his quadcopter using the luxury of his mobile phone and thought permanently tethering an ESP12-E module to the quadcopter was exactly what he required.

The ESP8266, really showcasing its all-round prowess, hosts both a web server for a HTML5 based joystick and a Websockets server so that a client, such as a phone, could interact with it over a fast, low latency connection. Once the ESP8266 receives the input, it uses interrupts to …read more

A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom
Saturday, 16 December 2017 02:32

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mpbs, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom.

That figure has fallen from 1.6 million premises last year, according to the Connected Nations 2017 research (PDF).

Not surprisingly, 17 per cent of rural premises are not getting decent broadband services, compared to just 2 per cent in urban areas.

However, superfast broadband – defined by Ofcom as a download speed of 30Mbps or more – continues to improve. The option of taking superfast broadband was available to 91 per cent of UK

BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels
Friday, 15 December 2017 22:14

BT and Sky have set aside their long-running feud and signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms in the UK.

Under the deal, BT will supply its sports channels, which show UEFA Champions League and Premier League football, to Sky. In return BT will be able to sell Sky's Now TV service, which includes Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the Sky Atlantic channel, to its customers.

BT has splashed £3.5bn on Champions League and Premier League football since 2012 in its bidding war against Sky.

Paolo Pescatore, senior veep of multiplay and media at CCS Insight,

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