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Qualcomm: Welp, there's a $5bn-ish Apple-shaped hole in the books, but at least we have other chip buyers
Thursday, 08 November 2018 13:39

Breaking up is expensive: losing Apple as a customer meant Qualcomm missed out on 50 million cellular modem chipset sales for the latest batch of iPhones, and slipped into a net loss for its fiscal 2018. However, the chip designer insisted the worst is over.

US-based Qualcomm on Wednesday released [PDF] its fourth-quarter and full-year fiscal 2018 financials – the first year-end results since Apple hung Intel's picture on the wall and bunged Chipzilla's cellular chipsets in its gear.

For the final quarter, the three months to September 30, Qualcomm announced GAAP results of:

  • Revenue of US$5.8bn, down 2 per
Six lawsuits against FCC's 5G idiocy – that $2bn windfall for telcos – is bundled into one appeals court sueball
Thursday, 08 November 2018 08:05

Six lawsuits filed against controversial new 5G rules drawn up by America's communications watchdog have been bundled into one, and will be heard at the Tenth Circuit of Appeals.

A lottery held late last week selected the appeals court that covers the middle of the country – Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado, etc – and the appellants, who range from West Coast cities to East Coast telco operators – have been told this week to migrate their cases accordingly.

At the heart of the mass challenge is the FCC's recent decision to override state and local governments and insist there be a

Fixing a Crazy Expensive Spectrum Analyser, With Solder
Saturday, 10 November 2018 03:00

It used to be a spectrum analyzer was an exotic piece of gear. However, these days it is pretty common for a scope to have some ability to do the job — that is, plot amplitude versus frequency. However, a dedicated commercial product will usually have a lot more bandwidth and other features. [Signal Path] picked up an Anrtitsu 7.1 GHz portable spectrum analyzer. An expensive bit of kit — anywhere from around $4,000 to $8,000 on eBay — if it is working, but this one was not. It needed power, but it was also missing the internal flash card …read more

If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:20

Virgin pipped BT to be the most-moaned-about UK ISP in Whinge Which? magazine's most recent survey of British broadband.

Price increases lifted Sky to third place – even though it had fewer complaints than rivals in Ofcom's survey published earlier this year. Perennial whinge-bag TalkTalk took fourth.

Which? ISP survey

Source: Which?
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Rochdale-based Zen Internet lived up to its name, with the fewest complaints out of the 12 ISPs surveyed.

"We designed our network with a level of resilience and capacity," Zen founder and chairman Richard Tang told us recently. The company isn't the cheapest, but hires tech-savvy support staff.

Spectrum-starved Wi-Fi vendors look at DSRC band, sharpen knives
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 16:01

A mostly-unused slice of radio spectrum set aside for connected cars in 1999 could soon be shared with Wi-Fi, with the Federal Communications Commission seeking comment on the future of the 5.9 GHz band.

On Monday, the FCC presented the results of tests conducted by Cisco, Qualcomm, KEA Tech, Broadcom, and CAV technologies to see how well Wi-Fi devices (in regulatory-speak “unlicensed national infrastructure”, U-NII, devices) can share spectrum with Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) systems for the Intelligent Transportation Service (ITS).

Since vendors have worked for years learning how to “play nice” with other spectrum – for example, in

It's been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yelling
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 10:24

Last week, amid some acrimony, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) formally adopted a new encryption standard for the internet naming systems.

But far from the approval of RFC 8484, better known as DNS-over-HTTPS or DoH, putting the issue to bed, it has stirred up a hornet's nest of upset among internet engineers that shows no signs of calming down.

Indeed, those for the DoH standard and those set against it appear to have become increasingly entrenched in their views, with disagreement spilling over into conferences and the tech press.

Perhaps the biggest opponent – or at least, the most

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