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Operators and vendors agree that Europe is falling behind in 5G
Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:32

Comment Ericsson and Nokia are united on one thing, and that is Europe's failure to take a lead on 5G, a view which is supported by operators too.

In a joint statement, six operator and technology associations criticized European Union lawmakers for a "timid approach that will do little to improve Europe's chances of success" and demanded a new regulatory environment with 5G investment and innovation at its heart.

The signatories were:

  • COCIR (European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT industry)
  • Cable Europe
  • Developers Alliance
  • DigitalEurope
  • ETNO – (European Telecommunications Network Operators Association)
  • GSMA Europe

Meanwhile, Nokia’s

Small carriers aren't showing up to IPv6 standards chats, consultant warns
Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:58

Smaller ISPs are dealing themselves out of discussions about the inevitable transition to IPv6, a Spanish consultant warns, and could find their future defined by large telcos.

Frustrated at their indifference, Jordi Palet Martinez of Consulintel has appealed for just a bit more enthusiasm (and participation) from ISPs in IPv6 decision-making.

Palet Martinez would like, for example, comment on his attempt to baseline the requirements for customer premises equipment (CPE), now that the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is inevitable (there being very few vacant IPv4 address blocks for allocation, anywhere in the world).

His draft proposes an update to

Nokia snatches clump of 16nm FinFETs, crafts 576 Tbps monster router
Thursday, 15 June 2017 02:35

The router market might be in the doldrums, but that hasn't stopped Nokia spending big on drive silicon to drive its latest operator-scale router iron.

At the heart of the company's just-announced 7950 Extensible Routing System XC is a packet processor, the FP4 , that Nokia reckons can sail along at 2.4 Tbps.

To get there, the company's ION (IP and optical) business CTO Steve Vogelsang told The Register , Nokia needed more density than its current 40 nm silicon could approach, so it skipped a couple of geometries, and designed the FP4 to use 16nm FinFET technology.

Memory's the

Radio Decoding Swiss Army Knife in a NES Controller
Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:00

If you wanted to name a few things that hackers love, you couldn’t go wrong by listing off vintage console controllers, the ESP system-on-chip platform, and pocket tools for signal capture and analysis. Combine all of these, and you get the ESP32Thang.

At its heart, the ESP32Thang is based around a simple concept – take an ESP32, wire up a bunch of interesting sensors and modules, add an LCD, and cram it all in a NES controller which helpfully provides some buttons for input. [Mighty Breadboard] shows off the device’s basic functionality by using an RFM69HW module to allow the …read more

New Brain for Smart Vacuum
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:00

The ESP8266 has found its way into almost everything now. With its tiny size, low price tag, and accessible programmer, it’s perfect for almost any application that requires WiFi. [HawtDogFlvrWtr] decided that will all of the perks of the platform, an ESP8266 was practically begging to be shoehorned into his automatic vacuum cleaner. This isn’t a Roomba, though, it’s a Neato that now has a custom WiFi interface.

The new WiFi modification comes with some additional features as well. First of all, it ditches the poorly designed default user interface (often the most annoying proprietary component of any consumer product). …read more

T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices
Friday, 26 May 2017 09:30

T-Mobile is taking a leaf out of the tech industry book and separating phones from their numbers.

The company's Digits service will allow you to pick up calls from any device – in much the same way Google does with its voice service and Apple does with its AppleID. It will launch on May 31.

The service has been in beta for roughly six months and represents a significant shift for a phone company, given that the single-number-to-single-device has been the foundation of the industry's economic models.

Customers' existing numbers will be "upgraded" to the new Digits service and can then

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