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Austrian telco trials G.fast as 'interim solution'
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:58

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Telekom Austria is the latest outfit to trumpet the virtues of the yet-to-be-ratified G.fast standard, announcing that a deployment trial conducted with Alcatel-Lucent achieved speeds beyond 100 Mbps per household.

The deployment trial covered multi-storey apartments covered by Telekom Austria subsidiary A1, with the carrier saying it's eyeing the technology to service the thousands of apartments in cities like Vienna, so as to delay the upgrade to fibre.

In the carrier's canned announcement , Telekom and A1 CEO Hannes Ametsreiter said: “Fibre to the home remains our long term vision, but we consider G.fast

Broadcom pitches chips at G.fast OEMs
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:28

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Broadcom has become the latest vendor to stake out its ground in the G.fast market, as the ITU's standardisation bods stretch their hands slowly towards the rubber stamp.

At the Broadband World trade show in Amsterdam, the chip outfit's been showing off silicon for G.fast and G.vector kit designers at both provider head-end equipment and for consumer broadband modems. The various chips are touted as targeting “gigabit era” networking, adopting the laboratory best-case performance as the marketing pitch.

Getting the high-speed signals off the wires is the job of two chips, the BCM65200 DSP and

NBN Co reports fibre traction and Telstra action
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:21

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NBN Co has made the slightly awkward announcement that it's more than tripled the number of premises connected to its fibre network in the past year, while maintaining its commitment to the multi-technology model for future rollouts.

It's chalked up the connections surge in spite of a management bonfire, several reviews to distract it, and the need to rework its designs to implement the politically-selected multi-technology model.

Since September 2013, when there were just shy of 55,000 connections to fibre, the network builder has added 147,760 active fibre services. That's driven an increase in revenue

Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:16

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Hungary is threatening to tax its broadband providers for every gigabyte their subscribers use.

The Fidesz-run European nation said that it would charge ISPs 150 forints (around 60 US cents or 39p in the UK) for each gig transferred. Hungary shifted 1,150PB in 2013, and 18PB in mobile data, according to figures from consultancy eNet.

The government said the tax is no different to the levies it collects from telcos for long-distance calls, and there will be an upper limit to the download tithe. But this cap hasn't been set yet.

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Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 21:36

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+Comment Cable giant Netflix and other big firms are using calls for greater net neutrality to drive down the prices they pay, according to recently published research .

Referring specifically to the Dutch internet market, late last week John Strand of Strand Consulting said: “Net neutrality law (which limits operators’ ability to manage networks and recover costs) is meant to herald a flowering of internet innovation and content. Instead, it rolls out the red carpet for the American giant [Netflix].”

“Netflix, already larger than any cable company in the world by subscribers, is not

Bluetooth-Enabled Danger Sign for Lab
Friday, 31 October 2014 02:00

Wireless Warning Sign

[A Raymond] had some free time at work, and decided to spend it on creating a wireless warning sign. According to his blog profile, he is a PhD student in Applied Physics. His lab utilizes a high-powered laser system. His job is to use said system, but only after it’s brought online by faculty scientists. The status of the laser system is changed by a manual switchbox that controls the warning signs wired around the lab entrances. Unfortunately, if you were in the upstairs office, you only knew this after running downstairs to check. [A Raymond's] admitted laziness finally … Read the rest

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