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

 
Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites. All so Americans can shop more on Amazon
Saturday, 01 August 2020 11:43

Amazon got the stamp of approval this week from America's communications watchdog to operate thousands of internet-relaying satellites into low Earth orbit.

When exactly they will launch hasn’t been set. In fact, the design of the metallic birds are yet to be finalized, according to a report by the FCC. Still, Amazon hopes to deploy 3,236 of the satellites, under the banner Project Kuiper and at a cost of $10bn, to deliver internet connectivity to hard-to-reach areas in the US. The birds will go up in five batches, the first containing 578 sats at which point the service will be

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13 – lucky for some, but not BT because that's how hard pre-tax profits crashed in Q1
Friday, 31 July 2020 20:59

While the cloud businesses at Google and AWS are shovelling cash under their mattress and Apple is making bank, back in Britain BT has been left to count the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UK's beloved former state-owned telco outlined Q1 numbers today and finally provided a full-year forecast for fiscal 2021 – the outlook isn't pretty but then again it isn't for so many in the industry.

Revenue for the three months ended 30 June fell 7 per cent year-on-year to £5.248bn and pre-tax profit dropped 13 per cent to £561m. All of BT's divisions, except Openreach, posted

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Firefighters to UK Home Office: Yeah, maybe don't turn off emergency comms network before replacement is ready
Thursday, 30 July 2020 18:30

As if the UK's emergency services didn't have enough on their plate, the troubled plan to replace their communication network appears to be hitting choppy waters once more.

In a pithy document released earlier this month [PDF], Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority pointed out that the current system, Airwave, is set to be turned off well before the deadline for rolling out the new Emergency Services Network (ESN), which is intended to provide fully featured voice and data comms for fire, rescue, police and ambulance services across the UK.

"The latest national version [of the National Delivery Plan] released

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Community Fibre to splash £400m on FTTP connections as it races to cover a million London properties by 2023
Thursday, 30 July 2020 16:29

London-based ISP Community Fibre has said it will invest £400m to extend its 10Gbps FTTP connections to more premises in the English capital, aiming to reach one million households and businesses by 2023.

The funds come from private equity firm Warburg Pincus and DTCP, an investment management group that specialises in tech infrastructure. Although the terms of the deal are not yet known, Community Fibre said both investors will have a controlling stake in the operation.

Community Fibre has also recruited former EE CEO Olaf Swantee to serve as its executive chairman. In addition to roles at EE and its

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Modem life is rubbish: RootMetrics 5G stats show EE has widest UK coverage, but Three is the speed demon
Thursday, 30 July 2020 01:01

Most UK cities now have some degree of 5G coverage, promising those with capable devices faster internet connections. But how much of a game change is it really? New data from RootMetrics highlight consistently nimble connections, albeit with some major differences between networks.

Take EE. At the time of RootMetrics' investigation, it was the solitary carrier with 5G coverage in all 16 metro areas examined. Moreover, its availability in London far outstripped rivals, with 5G availability present in 28.8 per cent of all test sites, compared to O2's 0.3 per cent and Vodafone's 5.2 per cent.

EE's 5G network also

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