EU creates a €500m fund dedicated to broadband infrastructure

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The European Commission has announced the creation of a €500m fund dedicated to keeping Europe's broadband infrastructure competitive on the world stage – with initial funding coming from the EIB (European Investment Bank) and three National Promotional Banks and Institutions (NPBIs)

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By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Infrastructure.

WEA system used for the first time in a terror investigation

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Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) is a service used by the Federal Communications Commission to send alert messages to mobile phones in a geographic area. In the past, WEA has been used on several occasions to warn of severe weather events such as the 2015 New York blizzard and Hurricane Sandy, but it was used for a terrorist investigation for the...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Government, Mobile.

5G milestone reached as ultra-high frequency spectrum made available

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5G is coming, and we're expecting high-speed data on par with that of fixed-line fiber connections. In order to achieve that ambitious goal it will take a different approach from what operators are used to, but it at least begins

US intelligence wants to monitor your behaviour in real-time

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A new initiative from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence wants to analyse video feeds in real-time in order to spot behaviour which could be deemed as suspicious. The project is called Deep Intermodal Video Analytics (DIVA) and it will be a joint effort between academics, the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Opinion: It’s time to go the extra mile with rail Wi-Fi

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Recent announcements by Chiltern Railways and South West Rail demonstrate how Train Operating Companies (TOCs) are forging ahead with the full-scale rollout of Wi-Fi on-board for the benefit of passengers. This follows on the heels of the Government’s consultation about improving mobile communications on the rail network, of which we are still awaiting feedback.

All of this...

By Graham Cove, 04 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

UK has a "poverty of ambition" when it comes to broadband, says IoD

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The UK government has set a national broadband speed target of 10Mbps by 2020, which it expects to exceed. Such a low figure is more than achievable, but a new report by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has called out the government for having a "poverty of ambition" when it comes to national broadband speed. 

By Ryan Daws, 01 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Regulation.

Everyone hates the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill

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First it was privacy activists, then a range of technology companies, and now even the defence industry is laying out reasons why the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill is a terrible idea. 

In a submission to a parliamentary scrutiny committee overseeing the draft investigatory powers bill, a coalition formed of players from the British aerospace, defence, security...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

China orders telecoms providers to cut-off access to VPN users

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Most people have some awareness of China's oppressive firewall, but at least in the past it was simple to circumvent using a VPN. However, a number of residents in Xinjiang – a province in the northwest of China – faced having their internet access cut-off for using a VPN service to bypass the Great Firewall.

Xinjiang is no stranger to internet crackdowns, and was targeted during...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2015, 2 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Regulation.