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Saturday, 09 January 2021 16:31

These days we’re surrounded by high-speed electronics and it’s no small feat that they can all play nicely in near proximity to each other. We have RF emissions standards to thank, which ensure new products don’t spew forth errant signals that would interfere with the data signals traveling through the …read more

UK ISP TalkTalk ready to go PrivatePrivate, says yes to £1.1bn takeover offer
Friday, 18 December 2020 00:15

TalkTalk has agreed to a £1.1bn takeover from Toscafund, its second-largest existing shareholder after company founder Sir Charles Dunstone and private equity fund Penta Capital.

The terms of the deal are unchanged from the original bid , valuing each share at 97p. This represents a 16.4 per cent premium on the pre-offer closing price of 83.3p in October, but still a slight discount on the 52-week high of 124.84p.

Shareholders unwilling to take the cash buyout will be able to exchange their stake for shares in the acquired company, which will not be listed on any exchanges.

Philip Carse, chief

$900bn coronavirus stimulus bill includes $600 for most Americans, $50 in monthly internet subsidies, and $1.9bn to help rid the US of Huawei kit
Tuesday, 22 December 2020 02:00

Over the weekend, Republican and Democrat lawmakers in the US reached consensus on a new $900bn coronavirus stimulus bill.

In addition to $600 direct payments to individuals, support for small businesses, and enhanced unemployment insurance, the package includes $1.9bn earmarked to support rural carriers in removing equipment made by ZTE and Huawei.

This funding is the latest in a series of measures designed to wean rural carriers off so-called "high-risk" kit. In November 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally prohibited carriers from using federal subsidies to acquire new gear from ZTE and Huawei. This was codified in law in

After 11 years, Australia declares its national broadband network is ‘built and fully operational’
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 12:14

Australia has declared its national broadband network (NBN) is “built and fully operational”, ending a saga that stretches back to the mid-2000s.

Minister for communications, cyber safety and the arts Paul Fletcher declared the build complete in a Wednesday statement that admitted 35,000 premises remain unable to connect to the network. But seeing as that number was over 100,000 in August 2020 and over 11.86 million premises have been wired, he’s happy to say the job’s been done.

However Australian outlet itnews points out that over 230,000 premises can't connect at 25Mbps, the speed deemed to represent "broadband" in Australia.

UK on track to miss even its slashed full-fibre gigabit coverage goals, warn MPs
Tuesday, 22 December 2020 23:20

The UK's cross-party Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has warned that the government risks missing its target to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to 85 per cent of the country by 2025, citing "considerable challenges" to the infrastructure rollout.

The news comes after government had already slashed previous targets for total nationwide gigabit coverage by 2025 to 85 per cent in November. It also hacked away at the level of state subsidy available for wiring up rural areas that would otherwise be written off by commercial providers, which decreased from £5n to £1.2bn in the Autumn Spending review.

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Making Smart Bulbs Smarter With The Power Of MQTT
Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:01

What’s the point of smart home automation? To make every day tasks easier, of course! According to [Tomasz Cybulski], that wasn’t the case when he installed IKEA smart lights in his closet. It’s handy to have them in a common switch, in this case a remote control, but having to …read more

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