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Don't split Openreach, says BT, and we'll splash BEELLIONS on broadband and 4G
Monday, 09 May 2016 15:56

British Telecom has offered the UK government a familiar devil's bargain: protect us from competition and we'll spend an extra £6 billion on our broadband networks.

The carrier's Thursday announcement to the London Stock Exchange comes just after comparison site uSwitch published a damning analysis of UK broadband speeds.

With more than half a million customer speed tests to analyse, the comparison site reckoned only 30 per cent of UK users manage to get better than 5 Mbps.

The bait BT is holding out to the government is that if it gets “regulatory support”, it genuinely, really promises to roll

A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 18:01

Analysis The pace of fibre broadband deployment in the UK remains a highly contentious issue. But the current lack of fibre isn't our biggest problem: it's the absence of any national strategy.

To put our fibre-to-the-premise broadband infrastructure into international perspective, FTTP services are only available to two per cent of UK premises.

In comparison Japan has a coverage of 70 per cent, Spain more than 60 per cent and South Korea also more than 60 per cent, according to Ofcom data.

Current FTTP deployment plans amount to a patchwork of providers' pledges.

Last week BT announced a £6bn investment

Cities are investigating, workers are on strike, but it's not all good news for Verizon
Friday, 13 May 2016 09:37

US telecoms giant Verizon is once again facing government scrutiny for a rollout of its network services in a major US city.

The city of Philadelphia mayor's office has put out an open call to citizens asking if they have the ability to get Verizon FiOS, its fastest home fiber service.

The campaign is part of an effort by city officials to verify whether Verizon is holding up its end of a 2009 contract it signed with the city, in which it guaranteed to deliver its FiOS broadband service throughout the city within seven years.

That term expired on February

Solving ISP problem with a Homebrew LTE Yagi
Saturday, 14 May 2016 07:01

We’ve heard reports that internet connectivity in Australia can be an iffy proposition, and [deandob] seems to back that up. At the limit of a decent DSL connection and on the fringe of LTE, [deandob] decided to optimize the wireless connection with this homebrew Yagi antenna.

Officially known as the Yagi-Uda after its two Japanese inventors from the 1920s, but generally shortened to the name of its less involved but quicker to patent inventor, the Yagi is an antenna that provides high gain in one direction. That a homebrew antenna was even necessary at all is due to [deandob]’s ISP …read more

ALP promises 'fibre' NBN as 'NBN defenders' return with new petition
Friday, 06 May 2016 10:06

The Australian Labor Party has hinted at its policy for the nation's national broadband network (NBN), with leader Bill Shorten promising “a first-rate fibre national broadband network” in his Budget in Reply speech .

Shorten's speech declared a “fibre” NBN “the most important piece of infrastructure to any 21st Century economy” but offered no other detail. The party's policy remains non-committal.

The speech signals Labor hopes to make the NBN an election issue. The return of the “NBN defenders” group that in 2012 secured some 270,000 signatories to a petition calling for the network to be built with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH)

Thinking of You: IoT Style
Sunday, 08 May 2016 19:01

Do you have loved ones who live far away? Or do you just want an interesting starter ESP8266 project to get your feet wet? If the answer to either of these questions is “yes”, we’ve got just the project for you. [Craig Lindley] built a “thinking of you” button-and-LED display device that helps people keep in touch, in a very simple way.

We like the minimalism of the design. One party presses their button, electrons flow, WiFis WiFi, data travels through a set of tubes, and an LED far away glows a pre-arranged color. The other side can signal back …read more

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