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

 
Copper broadband phaseout will leave UK customers with higher bills and less choice, says comparison site
Friday, 26 February 2021 03:46

Comparison site Compare Fibre reckons consumer choice will halve and prices will "as much as double" in areas where Openreach is to stop selling copper services.

The bold claims came as Openreach gradually phases out sales of copper-based broadband and phone products ahead of a nationwide stop-sell order in 2023, and a forecasted withdrawal of the copper network by 2025 .

"On the face of it, it's excellent news," said Nathan Hill-Haimes, co-founder of Compare Fibre. "The UK's fibre infrastructure will replace the archaic copper technology many of us use to access the internet. The government is setting aside £5bn

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FCC announces winners in $81bn 5G spectrum auction. Congrats to Verizon, which must cough up $45.4bn
Friday, 26 February 2021 01:12

Radio spectrum doesn’t come cheap. Just ask America's communications regulator, the FCC, which just announced the winning bidders in its long-awaited auction of C-band spectrum, which hauled in a cool $81bn*.

The comms body auctioned off 280Mhz of C-band spectrum, originally used by communications satellites, split into fourteen 20Mhz blocks in the 3.7Ghz to 4.2Ghz range.

This territory is highly coveted by telecoms providers transitioning to 5G, as it provides a high level of coverage for each cell site, albeit at the expense of speed. This is crucial if you want to extend coverage to rural areas, or sprawling suburban

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Singapore, Dell do a pandemic-era elbow bump, open IT giant's first-of-its-kind 'innovation hub' outside US
Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:05

Dell has opened what it says is its first innovation hub of its kind outside of America, in Singapore.

The Global Innovation Hub (GIH) is one of several centres worldwide, but the first, we're told, that includes a user-experience R&D group. Other areas of focus include augmented and mixed reality, data analytics, cloud-native tech, cybersecurity, and edge computing. The hub also houses existing R&D facilities that design things like monitors and keyboards for Dell, a hardware prototyping lab dedicated to product design, and a space for demonstrating AI-based technologies.

The US$50m centre takes advantage of Singapore’s 5G networks, especially for

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Is 5G truly 'green'? How can operators ensure greater network efficiency?
Thursday, 25 February 2021 10:00

Sponsored In terms of the amount of data bits delivered for a given unit of energy consumed under different predefined traffic load scenarios, 5G radio access network technology is significantly more efficient than 4G and legacy technologies. This advantage has been made possible through optimized processor and transmitter technologies and implementation of network-sharing mechanisms.

Presently, energy cost already accounts for 20-25% of network total cost of ownership (TCO) for 4G operators. GSMA estimates that high-performing 5G-era mobile networks will require up to 140% more energy in some deployment scenarios.

“Operators' annual electricity expenses for network operation are an important part

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California’s net neutrality rules finally good to go after judge boots Big Cable’s lawsuit
Thursday, 25 February 2021 09:57

California’s net neutrality rules will finally kick in this year after a judge rejected an effort by the cable industry to stop it.

On Tuesday, Judge John Mendez in Sacramento rejected a request by four industry associations for a preliminary injunction against SB-822 that was signed into law back in September 2018 and hit with the lawsuit [ PDF ] the following month.

The industry associations argued that the rules should not be allowed to come into force until a lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice against the State of California was resolved. But when that lawsuit was dropped

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