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Full-fibre ISP Hyperoptic clocked over mock doc schlock shock
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 22:33

Fibre ISP Hyperoptic has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for releasing an advert that looked like an official contract from BT.

The promotion was received by consumers in February 2017, and was addressed to the "resident". Text on the back page stated "Your BT CONTRACT is about to cost you even more..." and appeared to be in the form of a contract.

It cited a reference number, membership number and a subhead. An image overlaying the "contract" read: "BREAK FREE & BEAT THE PRICE RISE."

Small print at the foot of the page said: "PLEASE NOTE: THIS

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire
Friday, 20 October 2017 21:01

Folk with mobiles on Vodafone, EE and Three are being stung by an average £22 per month for staying on their contracts after their handsets have been paid off, according to Citizens Advice.

Customers who choose to stay on the same plan after the two-year fixed deal ends are not getting their bills reduced, meaning they are paying extra for a phone they already own.

The extra cost can be as much as £38 a month on average for contracts with high-range handsets like the iPhone 7, Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium. For the iPhone 8 256GB package, customers

Tezos crypto and $232m initial coin offering risks implosion – reports
Friday, 20 October 2017 04:38

If you threw money at the blockchain startup Tezos during its $232m initial coin offering fundraising round in July, here's something you can learn for future investments.

ICOs are a popular fundraising method for cryptocurrency where you buy tokens to access new networks, and you can make bank* if their value skyrockets. But Reuters reported that a leadership battle between the founders and the Swiss foundation handling its coin offering and computer network could break the venture.

It's a reminder that sometimes things go wrong. Investment insiders tell us there are plenty of red flags to watch out for when

Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'
Friday, 20 October 2017 01:31

"Basically the message is Vodafone is back," says UK chief executive Nick Jeffrey, a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much.

Jeffrey was made CEO last September amid the company's customer billing fiasco, caused by an IT cock-up that led to it being hit with a record fine of £4.6m . Previously he was chief exec of its enterprise division.

Reflecting on the last year, he says: "The company had slightly lost its mojo, heads were down, there were some fairly

CableLabs, Cisco working on LTE-over-DOCSIS
Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:57

+COMMENT Cisco and CableLabs have put their heads together in the hope they can convince mobile network operators that with a bit of unicorn-dust, DOCSIS networks can support the LTE small-cell rollout.

Switchzilla's John Chapman blogs that “When small cells are deployed deep into the mobile network, DOCSIS will already be there. Fibre may not be” – but there's one important aspect in which a cable network can't support cell base stations: latency.

Most importantly, base stations need to ask the network for a data slot (the request-grant process). DOCSIS has a similar concept, but the two live at different

Viasat: We're going to sue Ofcom over EU-wide airline Wi-Fi network
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 20:34

An artist's impression of a Viasat satellite

Comment Satellite broadband operator Viasat is telling the world it will sue UK comms watchgog Ofcom over recent changes to rival firm Inmarsat's licence allowing that company to build a vital part of a planned EU in-flight Wi-Fi network.

"Inmarsat was not compliant with its licence," Rick Baldridge of Viasat told The Register last week. "They built a satellite that was inconsistent with its original licence."

Viasat's allegation is that Inmarsat was in breach of its licence to operate from Ofcom by using its S-band frequencies for building part of the European Aviation

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