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Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone
Friday, 21 April 2017 22:30

Vodafone says that anxious customers of its home femtocell box are safe, despite experiencing continuing brownouts. Although Vodafone is replacing the Alcatel-made units on request, it has declined to carry out a full recall.

Vodafone sells the Sure Signal V3 femtocell for £69 to help users with notspots in their home. But for over a year, Vodafone's own user forums and review pages have been awash with complaints, reporting that the units failed.

The Sure Signal features a pass-through power socket which in some units, Vodafone acknowledges, contained a defect.

Reader Sam Crawley's Sure Signal box blew up recently, and

Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach's cold, dead hands
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:06
Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach's cold, dead hands

The Cable Guy approves of this move

Ofcom has set out exactly how it plans to prise open BT's grip on the UK's telecoms infrastructure, in a move designed to make it easier for competing telcos to install fibre broadband connections.

"Ofcom wants to ensure all providers can lay fibre in BT's ducts as easily as BT itself," said an Ofcom statement. "So we intend for BT to recover related costs, such as repairing ducts, in the same way it recovers these costs for its own deployments – for example, by spreading them across all the services that make use

ESP32’s Freedom Output Lets You Do Anything
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 01:00

The ESP32 is Espressif’s new wonder-chip, and one of the most interesting aspects of its development has been the almost entirely open-source development strategy that they’re taking. But the “almost” in almost entirely open is important — there are still some binary blobs in the system, and some of them are exactly where a hacker wouldn’t want them to be. Case in point: the low-level WiFi firmware.

So that’s where [Jeija]’s reverse engineering work steps in. He’s managed to decode enough of a function called ieee80211_freedom_output to craft and send apparently arbitrary WiFi data and management frames, and to monitor …read more

Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality
Thursday, 13 April 2017 07:49

The lobbying group for Big Internet – Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter et al – has warned the chair of US comms watchdog the FCC that it will fight him on efforts to get rid of net neutrality rules.

In a summary [PDF] of a conversation held this week between Commissioner Ajit Pai and the Internet Association – produced by IA and filed with the FCC as part of its transparency guidelines – the association was seemingly blunt with Pai over its opposition to his stated aim to get rid of the Open Internet Order (OI Order).

"IA continues its vigorous

No more IP addresses for countries that shut down internet access
Thursday, 13 April 2017 05:54

Governments that cut off internet access to their citizens could find themselves refused new IP addresses under a proposal put forward by one of the five global IP allocation organizations.

The suggested clampdown will be considered at the next meeting of internet registry Afrinic in Botswana in June: Afrinic is in charge of managing and allocating IP address blocks across Africa.

Under the proposal, a new section would be added to Afrinic's official rules that would allow the organization to refuse to hand over any new IP address to a country for 12 months if it is found to have

Half of mobe, broadband customers unhappy with how complaints handled
Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:02

Just over half of broadband and mobile customers who moaned to their provider were satisfied with how their complaints were handled, according to a report by UK regulator Ofcom.

Sky customers had the highest levels of satisfaction with how their complaint was dealt with in the last six months of 2016 (61 per cent), while TalkTalk customers had the lowest (51 per cent), according to the survey of 6,733 people.

Meanwhile, Tesco Mobile customers were most satisfied (74 per cent), while Vodafone customers had the lower levels of satisfaction (46 per cent).

The report, titled Comparing Service Quality , discovered

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