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Samsung gets 2-year contract extensions to provide rugged handsets for UK's troubled Emergency Services Network
Friday, 17 December 2021 02:12

Updated The UK government has extended its contract with Samsung to provide LTE handsets for the much-troubled rollout of vital emergency services communications infrastructure.

A tender notice published this week reveals the South Korean conglomerate will see the value of its contract, signed in 2017, rise from £210m to a maximum of £226m. The deal, which was originally set for at least three years, with a potential to provide up to 250,000 phones, will now be extended by a further 22 months.

The Home Office, which runs the ESN procurement on behalf of emergency services, said the contract extension was

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The data must flow: America's 'Team Telecom' backs switch-on of Google and Meta's US-APAC undersea cable
Tuesday, 21 December 2021 10:30

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Who's TT when it's at home? The DoJ, Defense dept, and Homeland Security


Security agencies in the United States have recommended the FCC approves the switch-on of a mega US-to-APAC undersea cable, the Pacific Light

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Wi-Fi not working? It's time to consult the lovely people on those fine Linux forums
Monday, 20 December 2021 20:30

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It's all open source's fault! Or is it?


Who, Me? Welcome to another edition of Who, Me? in which a Register reader makes the impossible possible and actually gets Wi-Fi working on Linux.

To be

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Nvidia says its SmartNICs sizzled to world record storage schlepping status
Wednesday, 22 December 2021 17:02

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But did so operating as NICs – the real fun starts in mid-2022 when VMware’s hypervisor for SmartNICs should land


Nvidia has claimed a world record for storage IOPS using its Bluefield data processing units

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Wifinity hands customers bills for Wi-Fi services they didn't want but used by accident after software 'glitch' let 'fixed term' subs continue
Thursday, 23 December 2021 20:56

Members of the British Armed Forces Soldiers have reacted with anger after a British Wi-Fi provider failed to automatically end their time-limited contracts before charging them for consuming data "without subscription".

Ofcom-regulated Wifinity prompted a wave of fury when it told former subscribers on Ministry of Defence bases that they would be receive bills running into the hundreds of pounds for data services that former customers didn't want and hadn't signed up for.

Those bills were then "revised" without explanation down to sums of £10-£30, as seen by The Register , in what one ex-customer told us was a cynical

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What is this hot, hot thing Magma? An open-source project for building mobile networks, you say
Wednesday, 29 December 2021 03:00

Systems Approach This month's column was co-written by Amar Padmanabhan, a lead developer of Magma, the open-source project for creating carrier-grade networks; and Bruce Davie, a member of the project's technical advisory committee.

Discussions about mobile and wireless networking seem to attract buzzwords, especially with the transition to 5G. And hence we see a flurry of “cloudification” of mobile networking equipment—think containers, microservices, and control and user plane separation.

But making an architecture cloud native is more than just an application of buzzwords: it entails a number of principles related to scale, tolerance of failure, and operational models. And indeed

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