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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal
Friday, 07 April 2017 23:30

Bankers are to enjoy free 1Gbps Wi-Fi thanks to a deal brokered by the City of London Corporation intended to bring high speeds to the Square Mile.

The multimillion-pound project is one of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure ever seen in London, said the local authority responsible for governing the City.

Under the deal, Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure (CTIL), a joint venture between Vodafone and Telefonica, will run the 15-year wireless network in conjunction with O2.

CTIL will build 4G mobile small cells, which will be housed in lampposts, street signs, buildings and CCTV columns to provide enhanced mobile coverage

RootMetrics finds provinces stagger to 4G
Friday, 07 April 2017 18:38

Mobile network sleuth RootMetrics has released some performance data on how well operators are faring in our top provincial cities.

From data recently released by the company, we know that overall UK performance increased by 8 per cent , improving in both urban and rural areas. But this hides significant regional variations.

RootMetrics' empirical data is particularly useful, as Ofcom can only model network coverage based on operator data. Since RootMetrics uses sampling it can better reflect how a mobile network is performing in the real world .

"Ofcom takes network propagation data and models it," Scott Stonham, general manager

Generator Monitor Gives the Phone Company the Boot
Monday, 10 April 2017 22:01

Part of the problem with having an alarm system is its reliance on land line telephone service. Some of them are getting away from this practice, but there are still many legacy systems out there that require a check to be sent in to Ma Bell every month in addition to the alarm system fees. Like these antiquated systems, [jgyates] was having a similar problem with the generator at his home which could only be monitored with a link to a cell network. Now that there’s a Raspberry Pi in every house, however, [jgyates] has a generator monitor that isn’t …read more

ETSI widens scope of mobile edge standard
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:02
MEC's multi-edge computing graphic

It's more than just the mobile edge, so the MEC's taken on a new name and brief

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has decided its Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) effort needed a bigger brief, so it's renamed it as Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC).

The basic brief of the Industry Specification Group (ISG) was to shepherd the transformation of mobile base stations from monolithic radio sets into computers in their own right.

It published its first proofs-of-concept in 2015, followed by foundation specifications in April 2016 .

Standards to flow from MEC covered service scenarios, a framework and reference architecture, technical

So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:18

So, the US House of Representatives has voted away internet privacy (in concert with the Senate ), and the legislation will be heading to the White House for Trump's imprimatur. He's expected to sign quickly, so as internet users it's time to get really serious about privacy.

Under the terms of the legislation, your ISP would have the right to collect and store all of your browsing history – what domains you visited, how long you spent on certain sites, and even what pages you viewed for some websites. From a privacy standpoint, all rules are now gone and it's

I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:01

Despite being the third-largest internet provider in the UK, Virgin Media is not exactly looking toward the future.

As pretty much every ISP in the world recognizes, we have already effectively run out of IPv4 addresses and so finally need to move to, or at least offer, IPv6.

Not so Virgin Media, which – despite owning 20 per cent of the UK market – has let customers know that it's going to wait until non-nerds want this new-fangled addressing system with the funny letters and colons.

Faced with a Virgin customer tweeting he was going to have to find a

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