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Vodafone Australia promises fixed-line broadband over NBN
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 13:59

As widely anticipated, Vodafone's Australian tentacle has announced it's getting into the fixed-line broadband business.

The carrier will offer services to those lucky enough to enjoy connection to Australia's national broadband network.

The company's canned statement says the services will mean customers are "always connected" thanks to an undisclosed arrangement that will integrate mobile and fixed line plans for homes and businesses alike.

The service will commence "before the end of 2017" and we will have to wait until "closer to launch" before the carrier explains how this will work.

For now, Australians have three matters to consider.

Firstly, given

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Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge
Friday, 21 October 2016 23:00

Hapless Network Rail contractors drove a pile through 30 cable ducts, cutting phone, broadband services and many cell towers in the Uxbridge, Middlesex - potentially knocking services out until next week.

Services were cut on Wednesday, with Openreach customers reportedly being told it could take more than a week to fix. Up to 15,000 customers could be affected.

A spokeswoman from Network Rail said: “We are sorry that we have caused people problems with their phone and internet connections today.

"While work was taking place in the early hours of Wednesday morning, we damaged cables which are used by a

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Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media
Friday, 21 October 2016 22:17

Snails attacked a Virgin Media broadband cabinet in Shropshire, resulting in sluggish broadband services.

The escargot slid into a cabinet on Wednesday and were subsequently flambéd after being electrocuted by the battery.

According to an incident report by the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, a call was received on Wednesday reporting a fire in Donnington, Telford.

It said one "fire appliance was mobilised from Wellington" after a "small amount of smoke issued from a Virgin Media street cabinet" caused by an "infestation of snails".

According to The Shropshire Star , passers-by called the fire service when the snails found their

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment
Thursday, 20 October 2016 22:03

Further uncertainty over Brexit could hamper Virgin Media's ability to get more broadband investment for the UK from its parent company Liberty Global, chief exec Tom Mockridge has warned.

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum event, he said: "We need certainty over the outcome of Brexit," adding that when the business makes its next submission to Liberty Global for investment in the UK and Ireland "we are competing against colleagues from Romania to South America".

Mockridge said it was incumbent on the government to resolve the issue of economic doubt.

"[The government] needs to be clear and forthright about how

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Hard-up Brits 'should get subsidy for 10Mbps'
Thursday, 20 October 2016 19:27

Folks in the UK unable to afford speeds of 10Mbps under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) should be offered a subsidy, the representative body for 370 councils has said today.

The Local Government Association is calling on the government to introduce a subsidised broadband service to help anyone facing undue hardship in paying a market rate, ahead of the Autumn Statement next month.

The government intends to introduce a USO to ensure everyone in the country has 10Mbps by 2020. Details as to how that will work are yet to be agreed upon.

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum yesterday,

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WarWalking With The ESP8266
Monday, 24 October 2016 08:01

[Steve] needed a tool to diagnose and fix his friend’s and family’s WiFi. A laptop would do, but WiFi modules and tiny OLED displays are cheap now. His solution was to build a War Walker, a tiny handheld device that would listen in WiFi access points, return the signal strength, and monitor the 2.4GHz environment around him.

The War Walker didn’t appear out of a vacuum. It’s based on the WarCollar Dope Scope, a tiny, portable device consisting of an off-the-shelf Chinese OLED display, an ESP8266 module, and a PCB that can charge batteries, provide a serial port, and ties …read more

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