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Oz regulator eyes broadband marketing
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 09:09

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is setting its sights on broadband speed claims, again.

It's almost a perennial: providers who used to routinely use 24 Mbps to spruik ADSL2+ services that mostly limp along at under 10 Mbps have been jumped on before. Now, as the ACCC's chairman Rod Sims says, “Consumers are being presented with little information or vague claims like ‘boost’ and ‘fast’, or just pictures in advertising of athletes or animals. Consumers need accurate information about broadband speed and performance so that they can understand if what they are being offered will actually meet their

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Ofcom: Legal separation will force Openreach to eat more fibre
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:38

Sharon White, the boss of UK comms watchdog Ofcom, hopes plans to legally separate Openreach from BT will force it to increase its investment of two million fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections over the next four years.

White was speaking at a briefing following the announcement by the regulator this morning that Openreach must become a "legally" separate company from BT – with its own independent board.

Ofcom believes that the UK is overly reliant on Openreach for its "fibre future" and believes the former state monopoly is dragging its heels on investment because doing so serves the broader interests of the

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nbn™ switches on first Telstra HFC-powered broadband services
Friday, 29 July 2016 06:01

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced its first services delivered over the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) cables formerly owned by Australia's dominant carrier Telstra.

Ocean Reef, a suburb of the Western Australian capital Perth is the lucky recipient of the new service, which nbn™ says can deliver up to 100/40Mbps.

Three internet service providers - Optus, TPG and Exetel – can apparently take orders for HFC services at the very moment you read this story, if you reside in one of the 2,300 premises where the services are now available. Prices have not been

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ESP8266 MicroPython Contest Gives You the Excuse You Need
Saturday, 30 July 2016 12:01

As if the prospect of having everyone’s favorite scripting language ported over weren’t enough to get you to install MicroPython on a spare ESP8266, there is now a contest for that. Over on Hackaday.io the MicroPython on ESP8266 contest is under way and you’ve only got until the end of August to submit your creation.

The prizes? First place gets an OpenMV camera board because [Radomir], who’s running the contest, has an extra one. OK, it’s not as lush as the corporate-sponsored goody-bag that we’ve got running in the Hackaday Prize, but there’s no reason that you can’t enter both. …read more

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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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Good Times for Free Wi-Fi
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Free Wi-Fi locations are getting more use than ever and more locations, provided by our corporate friends, are increasingly popping up around the world.

Barnes & Noble, Borders Books and McDonald's have recently added thousands of new locations by switching from paid to free Wi-Fi.

Over the Christmas period Google supported Free Wi-Fi at a number of airports, and many have decided to continue providing free Wi-Fi on their own volition, most notably Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo and Osaka.

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