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

 
Get outta Huawei! UK mobile network EE selects Ericsson's flat-packed 5G RAN kit to replace Chinese wares
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 23:00

Ericsson has won a major contract to provide 5G RAN equipment to UK network EE as Huawei continues to be sidelined in Britain.

Per the terms of the deal, EE will deploy the Swedish comms company's hardware across large cities including all four home nation capitals: Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and London.

Putting pen to paper on this agreement is yet another coup for Ericsson, and represents a deepening relationship with BT's EE. Earlier this year, the carrier selected Ericsson's dual-mode kit to power its 5G core network, which will cover 5G NSA (non-standalone) and SA deployments.

Ericsson estimated it will

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Cisco penta-gone from Pentagon as Aruba rolls in a new net
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 15:02

The Pentagon, the colossal office that serves as the headquarters of the United States’ Department of Defence, plans to install 3,000 new WiFi access points and 150,00-plus wired ethernet switches after turfing out old Cisco kit.

Aruba is both the source of news that Cisco’s been given its marching orders and the supplier of the new kit. But the company has not scooped the pool: its canned statement says it was asked to supply “software-defined networking capabilities in a solution that could interoperate with other vendors and systems.”

The company is chuffed nonetheless, as it’s been trusted to build a

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SpaceX’s Starlink finally reveals its satellite broadband pricing for rural America: At $99 a month, it’s a good deal
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 11:33

SpaceX’s satellite broadband service Starlink has finally revealed its pricing: $99 a month for speeds that vary between 50Mbps and 150Mbps... plus 500 bucks to buy the necessary equipment.

That is not a great deal if you live in a well-connected city where you can typically get those speeds for between $40 and $80 a month. But it is a good deal for many living in rural America, particularly since in many of those areas it simply isn’t possible to get anything above 10Mbps or even dial-up speeds.

That is why Starlink has specifically targeted rural areas, with their well

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FCC puts final nails into net neutrality coffin. In a week, America will vote on whether to bury or open it up again
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 08:22

Analysis The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put the final nail into America's net neutrality coffin on Tuesday, approving an order that ties up loose ends from its 2018 decision to “restore internet freedom."

Yet in a week’s time, the United States will have an election that could well lead to the order being overturned for a third time, thanks to the issue of internet access being turned into a partisan political topic by the cable industry.

Today's order came about after an appeals court asked the commission a year ago to look at three specific issues arising from the regulator's

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UK regulator Ofcom to ban carriers from selling locked handsets to make dumping clingy networks even easier
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 01:52

UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom is introducing new rules that will stop phone companies selling carrier-locked handsets .

The new rules, which will come into force in December 2021, are part of an effort by Ofcom to allow punters to easily switch between networks. This follows regulations introduced in 2019 by Ofcom which allowed users to port their phone numbers by requesting a PAC code by SMS .

Announcing the rule changes, Ofcom acknowledged many carriers already sell devices without the kind of pernicious SIM locking that plagued consumers in the 2000s and prior, back in the dark ages where most

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