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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

 
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

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Emergency Services Network delays to cost public purse £1.1bn, Home Office reveals
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:55

The Home Office has admitted a three-year delay to the rollout of the UK’s new 4G Emergency Services Network will cost £1.1bn – but insisted it will still demonstrate value for money.

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The Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme – launched in 2015 with an aim of switching off the Motorola-owned Airwave radio service by 31 December 2019 – has been fraught with delays .

Following a review, the government last month quietly revealed a new “strategic approach” that will see Airwave’s lifespan extended to 2022.

It also plans to offer users early access to some of the new

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Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:24

'Unprecedented' fibre damage from deadly storm, says Verizon

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Destruction ... Damage caused by Hurricane Michael Image source: Verizon

Verizon and AT&T are slowly bringing the Florida Panhandle, and surrounding areas in the US, back online after Hurricane Michael devastated its mobile and fiber networks.

The category-four storm has killed at least 18 people , leveled neighborhoods, and left more than 350,000 folks without power, since making landfall on Wednesday near Mexico Beach on the Gulf Coast.

Verizon reckons 99 percent of its network in the state of Georgia are now operational, and 98 percent in Florida. Its status page reports

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 04:49

Updated Virgin Media, one of the UK's largest broadband and TV cable providers, is suffering an outage right now. If you can't access the internet or watch the telly, then it's not just you. It's quite a few of you.

It appears the blackout includes business and home connections, and kicked off around 4pm BST today. At the time of writing, it remains down or wobbly. We understand a problem with a power supply is the cause, and the outage is focused mainly in the London and south-east area.

A spokesperson for Virgin Media told us:

The cockup also appears

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Cease and DE-CIX: German internet operator fights spies, IEEE eyes 802.11 future and more
Monday, 15 October 2018 21:25

Roundup German internet exchange operator DE-CIX has again attempted to block the country's spy agency from tapping its network – this time by filing a constitutional complaint.

The company brought a federal court lawsuit in 2016 that it lost in May this year, and late last week it was seen trying again.

Reuters wrote that DE-CIX issued a statement quoting board member Klaus Landefeld saying: "For us, the decision by the Federal Administrative Court to dismiss the case without consideration of the objections raised is legally not acceptable".

Rather than performing targeted surveillance, the BND gets a raw data stream

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