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

 
Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

“Communications should not just be for the geographically, financially otherwise fortunate — for it is the unfortunate who need it most. ”
Communicate anywhere, any time … without infrastructure, without mobile towers, without satellites, without wifi hotspots, and without carriers. Use existing off-the-shelf mobile cell phone handsets. Use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again.

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Telstra's mobile networks go TOESUP* in national outage
Monday, 21 May 2018 11:41

Updated Telstra's mobile network experienced a nationwide outage on Monday morning, May 21st, 2018.

For a while, according to some media reports, the carrier's outage reporter was also down, but at the time of writing it was working well enough to identify local outages, report that the cause is under investigation, and advise that services will return at a “time to be confirmed”.

Crowd-sourced outage Website AussieOutages shows problems in all capital cities:

Telstra outage map from AussieOutages screenshot

Screenshot of AussieOutages.com

Telstra acknowledged the outage on Twitter at 10:55am Monday:

The outage is stopping people contacting emergency services via Telstra:

Because some rail networks depend

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Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones
Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:15

The UK's first 3G network is to stop selling 3G-only devices, a move it says demonstrates how whizzy, modern and farsighted it is.

Hutchison's Three was the first to launch 3G in spring 2003. But it was also the last of the four to roll out 4G in December 2013, three months after O2 and Vodafone, and over a year after EE splashed LTE into the airwaves.

At the time the newly merged T-Mobile/Orange network Everything Everywhere was touting 4G as "the communications equivalent of the change the jet engine made over steam", and charged a premium for speed. But

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Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change
Friday, 18 May 2018 20:56

ISPs are scrambling to tweak advertised broadband speeds as the great unwashed continue to receive services that are on average 51 per cent slower than they were led to expect, according to a Which? report.

Changes coming into force next week mean ISPs will have to start promoting average download speeds, as opposed to the current "up to" speeds which are actually available to only 10 per cent of customers.

According to 235,000 results from the consumer advocacy group's broadband speed-checker tool, consumers paying for speeds of "up to" 38Mbps receive just half that (19Mbps).

Meanwhile, punters paying for a

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Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh
Friday, 18 May 2018 13:57

Roundup Earlier this year, The Register observed that the less-lame replacement for WPA2, WPA3, should start landing in user devices this year.

That prediction got a kick along this week from Qualcomm, which announced it's going to roll WPA3 out on all wireless product lines.

The company told us in February the security standard would be implemented in its WCN3998 chipset .

Qualcomm's announcement name-checks the 2017 KRACK attack as driving the decision.

The chips will also carry OWE (Opportunistic Wireless Encryption) into more products to improve user protection when a hotspot only supports WPA2, the company said.

Wi-Fi mesh

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