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.

Fierce battle for 4G spectrum kicks-off in Thailand

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Thailand’s operators are looking to bolster their 4G services as soon as possible, and have battled it out for over 24 hours in a spectrum auction for frequency bands which could provide them with a boost over competitors. In fact, the battle for spectrum has been going so fierce that authorities have been forced to extend the auction to a second day. 

40.1 million...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

"Snooper's Charter" revisions criticised by Snowden, privacy activists

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Alleged revisions of the Investigatory Powers Bill first shown in 2012, dubbed the "Snooper's Charter" by critics, have been slammed ahead of its presentation to Parliament on Wednesday. Home secretary Theresa May claims that "contentious" parts of the bill have been removed in this draft, but it's not enough to please whistleblower Edward Snowden and other privacy activists. 

The UK...

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Privacy, Security.

Russian president discusses technological innovation and its effect on global relations

On the fifth anniversary of the Skolkovo Foundation, the ex-President of Russia has spoke about how the foundation has advanced technological innovation and how co-operation in the space helps to support international relations during turbulent political waters. 

Dmitry Medvedev, who held office from 2008 to 2012, signed a law during his tenure which gave rise to the not-for-profit Skolkovo Foundation which manages the innovation park of the same name. The goal of the foundation is "to create...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Innovation, N America, Research.

Global Cyber Alliance is formed – aims to combat increasing cybercrime

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) today announced the formation of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), an international, cross-sector effort designed to confront, address, and prevent malicious cyber activity. 

Cybercrime-related headlines seem to make the news every...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Privacy, Security.

Telecoms services take the brunt of Boko Haram

Boko Haram, a terrorist group in allegiance with ISIL, has been giving Nigerian security agencies trouble since it was founded back in 2002. The group's attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, and it's thought Boko Haram is responsible for the deaths of 17,000 people since 2009 alone. 

The recently-appointed president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered security agencies operating in the region to eradicate insurgency within three months. As part of this move, telecommunication companies...

By Ryan Daws, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Consumers, Government, Mobile, Operators, Regulation, Surveillance.

Huawei posts revenue jump of 30% - spends €25m on Amartus SDN software

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Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei, has posted a revenue jump of 30% for the first six months of the year. Overall revenue climbed to 175.9bn Yuan (£18bn) thanks to growth in the company's far-reaching businesses including telecommunications equipment and smartphones. 

Although behind Apple and Xiaomi in their home country, Huawei is the third biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 20 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, SDN, Telematics.

UK government offers £10m for a smart city project

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The UK government is helping to advance the uptake of the IoT (Internet of Things) in cities through a £10 million prize being offered to a single collaborative research and development project which helps to demonstrate "the capability of IoT in a city region." 

This prize is being offered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Innovation, IoT, Smart Cities.