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India is crowdsourcing ideas for its telecommunication reform
Tuesday, 26 July 2022 21:35

India’s Department of Telecommunications has put out a consultation paper calling for input into generational reform of its telecommunication laws.

Issued over the weekend, the paper notes that India's most recent major comms law was passed in 1951.

In 1997 India had 15 million phone subscribers, but now has over 1.17 billion, many using tech that did not even exist in 1997, never mind when the laws were written in 1951.

The paper points out inadequacies in India's current laws, such as a need for:

  • Airwaves allocation made through a combination of policies and court orders without regulatory clarity or
BT accused of 'misinformation' campaign ahead of strikes
Thursday, 28 July 2022 18:30

BT stands accused of running a "misinformation" campaign against unionized staff at its Openreach subsidiary as tens of thousands of network engineers prepare to go on their first national strike since 1987.

The industrial action is due to start tomorrow and run again on August 1 in protest over pay award in April, and the Communication Workers Union is encouraging members to hold their nerve.

Andy Kerr, deputy general secretary for the CWU's telecoms and financial services membership, said in a message to unionized staff at Britain's national telco:

"Currently, there are many rumors and pieces of misinformation circulating around

Philippines logs on to Starlink for remote area internet services
Thursday, 28 July 2022 13:45

The Philippines is considering SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet service as a means to provide access for remote communities.

The nation of 7,100 islands and 110 million souls has a policy of implementing free Wi-Fi in all public spaces, so citizens can access digital government services and the economic opportunities of the internet.

That policy was adopted in 2017 and progress towards universal coverage has been slow but steady.

Laying fiber or establishing cell towers in mountainous areas can be challenging

Ivan John E. Uy, recently appointed secretary of the Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology under the administration of

Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols closes hailing frequencies
Monday, 01 August 2022 22:00

OBIT Nichelle Nichols, who long ago achieved immortality in her role as Uhura on Star Trek , has died at the age of 89.

Born in 1932, her four-octave vocal range saw her perform with Duke Ellington at the tender age of 14 and sparked aspirations to become a singer. When the chance to act on TV came up, she saw it as a stepping-stone to an eventual Broadway career.

Then Star Trek happened. She wasn't the first woman of color on American TV screens, nor even the first in a prominent role. But she was the first who wasn't

Ham Radio Hacking: Thinking Inside the Box
Wednesday, 03 August 2022 22:00
There are two ways to deal with improving ham radio receivers, or — for that matter — any sort of receiver. You can filter and modify the radio frequency including …read more
LoRa Helps With Remote Water Tank Level Sensing
Saturday, 09 July 2022 01:00
[Renzo Mischianti]’s friend has to keep a water tank topped up. Problem is, the tank itself is 1.5 km away, so its water level isn’t typically known. There’s no electricity …read more
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