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UK comms regulator: Could we interest sir in a bespoke broadband speed estimate?
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 03:31

New Ofcom rules will require ISPs to provide prospective customers with personalised speed estimates specific to their premises, rather than guesses derived from properties with similar characteristics.

Although the previous system of estimation worked well for copper-based products, where speeds are influenced by things like distance from the exchange or cabinet, other variables are present in modern FTTP systems, including the type of cabling used, and the capacity of the line connected to the premises.

The new rules reinforce Ofcom's broadband speeds code of practice, which was introduced in March 2019. Under this regime, providers are obliged to offer interested

Up yours, Europe! Our 100% prime British broadband is cheaper than yours... but also slower and a bit of a rip-off
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 00:01

Good news: the UK enjoys cheaper broadband compared to its European neighbours. Bad news: it is slower and poor value for money.

A report published today by price comparison outfit Cable.co.uk looking at fixed-line deals at the end of 2020 has found that Brits were paying, on average, £26/month for their broadband and getting a mean download speed of 37.82Mbps.

It all seems jolly rosy until one considers what the rest of Western Europe is up to. The region dominated the top of the global rankings, with Liechtenstein and Jersey far ahead with mean download speeds of 229.98Mbps and 218.37Mbps

China Telecom answers US internet routing hijack claims by joining internet routing security team: How do you like them apples?
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 08:53

China Telecom has joined the global routing security group MANRS, just as America's communications regulator decided to formally investigate whether the company was a national security threat.

“The Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) officially accepted China Telecom as a participant in the network operator program, announcing that three of China Telecom's major networks have met its community-led routing security standards,” reads the announcement .

The big reveal appears to be both a response to the US government’s position – which has been engaged in an anti-China campaign during the Trump administration – and a test of the MANRS

Basics Of Remote Cellular Access – Choosing a Modem
Saturday, 19 December 2020 15:00

These days, we’re blessed with cellular data networks that span great swathes of the Earth. By and large, they’re used to watch TV shows and argue with strangers online. However, they’re also a great tool to use to interact with hardware in remote locations, particularly mobile ones where a wired …read more

FCC mulls booting China Telecom from US networks over its ties with Beijing
Friday, 11 December 2020 13:01

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday began proceedings to determine whether to revoke China Telecom's ability to operate in America.

In April, several US government agencies, including the US Department of Justice, recommended disallowing China Telecom the right to provide service in the US under section 214 of the Communications Act, based on the belief that the telco, due to ties with the Chinese government, represents a threat to national security.

The FCC said China Telecom has failed to show cause for why that recommendation should not be considered, and thus is moving forward with deliberations that could lead to

Smart buildings, connected campuses light the way for smart city infrastructure
Friday, 11 December 2020 10:00

Sponsored The vision of a smart city is being formed by smart buildings serving as catalyst for practical design and the connected campus as proving ground to understand the infrastructure needed to make it a reality.

Beyond colleges and universities, connected campuses – which are miniature smart cities – include medical and technology parks as well as corporate campuses and airports. For ex-ample, connected hospital-anchored campuses with outpatient facilities and doctors’ offices may enable the use of drones, robots and touch-free technology for improved and efficient operations. Within hospitals, remote surgery requires low-latency applications. Management of car parks can be

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