Three UK is the winner in RootMetrics' latest report

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Independent mobile network performance specialists, RootMetrics, offer some of the most respected reports in the wireless industry. This is thanks to their unique testing methodology which takes into account over 1,000,000 samples and ensures tests match real-life scenarios through using popular smartphones, covering a diverse range of indoor and outdoor locations, different usages, and conducting tests over both...

By Ryan Daws, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Research.

Analysing the state of UK mobile networks

BT might be in talks to swallow-up half of the UK mobile networks, but until then, we can take a look at how all the operators are performing as we continue the transition from 3G to 4G. We’ll be looking at two interesting pieces of research for this analysis – one from P3 Benchmark who uses specially-equipped vans for their tests, and another from GWS research who used the old “I’m just popping out to test mobile...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Research.

Carrier-targeting malware Regin linked to spy agencies

The biggest security news of the week revolves around Symantec’s comprehensive report about Regin, a sophisticated piece of malware which has been tracked back as far as 2008. It’s a story similar to leaks about the NSA’s mass surveillance capabilities last year which – until Edward Snowden’s revelations – was something we knew existed but didn’t realise as to what extent.

One particular case in the Middle East has victims creating a mass peer-to-peer network

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By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security.

NSA: China can shut down our power grid

At a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, the director of the National Security Agency and head of US Cyber Command, Michael Rogers, revealed that several countries are performing regular electronic surveillance on the US to place themselves in a position where they are able to cause havoc with vital control systems.

It is easy to cover-up a cyberattack with the right know-how.

Experts outside of the government have warned about this potential scenario for some time, but it’s the first time it...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Freeview gets shafted in 4G expansion

Ofcom has announced plans to allocate spectrum in the 700MHz frequency band in-use by Freeview television services for the ongoing expansion of 4G. Couch potatoes shouldn’t be affected too much, as most viewers will just have to re-tune their equipment to pick-up broadcasts in the adjacent 600MHz band.

“Enabling the 700MHz band to be used for mobile data will allow mobile networks to provide better performance at a lower cost, which will bring...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, LTE, Research.

Huawei targets 2018 as year of the 5G

The prediction of a 2020 roll-out for 5G appears to have been revised after an agreement between Huawei and Russian mobile operator MegaFon to deploy trial networks in time for the 2018 World Cup. It’s certainly a bold claim, considering no-one in the industry has a clue yet what the final standard will look like...

Huawei are making strides towards finalising a 5G standard to provide governments’ typical vague...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

Tor domains seized by police were fakes

For privacy advocates, Tor is a godsend. For the police, it's a nightmare. Tor is often used for illegal 'darknet' services due to its ability to anonymise users and make it difficult for law enforcement to track and seize the domains. Last week, authorities thought they had a win on their hands after claiming 414 domains had been taken down...

NSA workers discussed their frustration in spying on people who use Tor.

According to Australian blogger, Nik Cubrilovic, a web crawl he performed on the darknet...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security.

Project Loon takes flight with Australian carrier

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The goal of Google's "Project Loon" is to enable internet access through balloons which beam a 4G-like signal back down to the earth 20km below. Telstra, a large Australian mobile carrier, has agreed to buddy-up with Google to launch 20 balloons over western Queensland in December in a test which marks Loon's...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Disruption, Google, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Wireless.

EE and O2 offer fastest 4G speeds, Three trails behind

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has published a report which details the performance of 4G networks by the country’s biggest operators. 210,000 indoor and outdoor tests were conducted between March and June this year in order to analyse real-world results of what customers can expect beyond the vague theoretical max speed numbers often advertised.

Due to 4G still being unavailable in a vast proportion of the UK, the tests were conducted in five of the biggest cities where capabilities have been available...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Operators, Research.

Elon Musk takes the World Wide Web into orbit

Bringing the entire world online is a huge but important task. The internet can have tremendous economic benefits, and innovative research is being conducted by technology pioneers around the globe to bring it to developing countries. Facebook, for example, will just this week be enabling free access to basic internet services in Kenya through their work in the Internet.org initiative.

Past efforts into delivering space-based telephone and internet services...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Satellite, Wireless.