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NBN launches satellite broadband services
Friday, 29 April 2016 11:48

Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has turned on its 25Mbps satellite service.

Communications minister Mitch Fifeld and regional communications minister Fiona Nash today pressed the go button for satellite services.

The service isn't complete, because only one of two planned Sky Muster satellites is in orbit. That bird boasts 110 “spot beams”, antennae dedicated to specific areas around Australia. Using spot beams allows higher connection speeds and greater overall capacity for the satellites. The second satellite is due to launch later this year and will increase capacity and provide redundancy.

nbn, the entity building and operating the NBN, says trials

Comcast Com-templates Com-trashing Com-crap Com-pact Com-caps
Friday, 29 April 2016 11:04

Comcast has decided that rather than slap a 300GB-a-month download cap on some of its broadband customers, it will instead give them a 1TB limit.

The US cable kingpin says it has begun tests in trial markets in 12 US states that gives users an allowance of 1,000GB monthly. That's up from the 300GB cap it slapped on subscribers in a handful of trial cities across the US.

The trial cities are, in full : Huntsville, Mobile and Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; Little Rock, Arkansas; Fort Lauderdale, the Keys and Miami, Florida; Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah, Georgia; Central Kentucky; Houma,

UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London
Thursday, 28 April 2016 18:02

The government may claim that 90 per cent of the UK have access to superfast broadband, but in reality an analysis of customers' speeds in 20 major cities, including London, found most folk aren't even getting 24Mbps speeds.

Data from comparison site USwitch analysed actual speeds rather than available top speeds, indicating a low take-up of fibre broadband across the UK.

Of the the 42 cities to be analysed, the UK’s slowest broadband cities are Hull (12.42Mbps), Aberdeen (15.67Mbps) and Milton Keynes (17.10Mbps) while Middlesbrough is fastest (34.46Mbps).

Some 30 per cent broadband users register actual speeds of less than

Sure, let's build the NBN with technology that's not proven at scale
Thursday, 28 April 2016 07:21

Internet Australia's new National Broadband Network (NBN) policy advocates using a technology yet to be proven to work at scale.

The organisation last week decided to update its policy from “never compromise only fibre-to-the-premises will do” to advocating fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTDP) rollout as better than fibre to the node.

FTTDP, the organisation argues, has the virtue of bringing fibre closer to the home. “From there,” says CEO Laurie Patton, “existing copper could, if necessary, still be used in the short-term. Alternatively, copper wires could be replaced, at any time now or in the future, with fibre into the building. Such an

ESP8266 or MKR1000?
Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:00

If you are a regular Hackaday reader, you’ve probably seen plenty of ESP8266 projects. After all, the inexpensive device is a workhorse for putting a project on WiFi, and it works well. There is a processor onboard, but, most often, the onboard CPU runs a stock firmware that exposes an AT command set or Lua or even BASIC. That means most projects have a separate CPU and that CPU is often–surprise–an Arduino.

It isn’t a big leap of logic to imagine an Arduino with an integrated WiFi subsystem. That’s the idea behind the MKR1000. But the real question you have …read more

The Death of the Telco
Monday, 28 June 2010 21:05

symbiotic networkThe birth of the Google's Android mobile phone OS will end our reliance on telco's phone networks and give 'power to the people' resulting in free mobile (cell) phone calls for everyone!

How's it work?

Currently your mobile phone is tied to a telco's network. It sends and receives calls via their network. For example, if the phone you're calling is in the same room as you, your call will be sent to the telco network base station (potentially miles away) redirected and bounced back to the phone your calling a few feet away!

The physical electronics of mobile phones CAN enable them to send and receive signals with each other...so if you're within signal range of the phone your calling there is no need for the telco's network...

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