DC Comics' The Flash breaks wireless transmission record!

By “The Flash”, we actually mean researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany; but it’s certainly quick-as-a-flash speeds in which they’ve broken the wireless transmission record!

Cable-based telecommunication networks require massive investment; which doesn’t always even reach as far as many would like.

This leaves many rural areas with limited to no access. Through the use of broadband data transmission via radio relay links; it...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Research, Wireless.

Penrillian founder Charles Weir: NFC for payments is not dead yet #AppsWorld

According to Charles Weir, founder and technical director of development house Penrillian, near field communications (NFC) payment technology is going to seriously gain ground in two years’ time – and Apple’s lack of development in the area is just a red herring.

The launch of iOS 7, and Bluetooth technology iBeacons in particular, has caused many in the press to call it the NFC-killer. Jonny...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Content, OTT Services, Wireless.

Ofcom's (White) Space is home for Microsoft, Google, and others' projects

A new trial in the UK is to be launched by regulator Ofcom; with notable participation by technology giants Google and Microsoft. The aim is to utilise “White Space” (unused spectrum) for testing mobile broadband and sensors to monitor cities and traffic... and for offering free WiFi.

In total, around 20 organisations will be taking part in the trial – each with various goals.

For example, BT and white space technology start up Neul will work with the Department for Transport to test the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

Demistifying Wireless LAN: Configuration, standards and security

By Muhammad Farqan

Wired local-area networks (LANs) have been the foundation of enterprise networks for years. They still are today. However, wireless local-area networks (WLANs) have strongly emerged as the means to extend the wired network to mobile devices. If you have been into networking, you very likely have set up a wireless local-area network at home or work.

In order to set up a functional wireless network, usually minimal configuration is needed. Many of the details of wireless theory get overlooked due to this...

By InfoSec Institute, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Satellite, Wireless.

Superfast broadband in the sky?

Accessing superfast broadband in the sky could soon become a reality for travellers after Ofcom appeared to give the green light to the initiative.

The broadcast regulator has set up a regulatory process on the matter and is considering whether or not to approve use of the new technology - called Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms. Not only could in flight connectivity be improved and speeds bolstered for plane passengers, but also for those travelling by boat and train.

Should the move get the go-ahead,...

By Rob Smith, 19 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure, Wireless.

Create your own Mexican-style cell service

What do you do if you live in a remote Mexican village completely ignored by any telecoms operator? Sit back and continue this Amish-style lifestyle? Of course not, you stand up and create your own cell service.

In the southern state of Oaxaca lies the indigenous village of Villa Talea de Castro. Housing the relatively small population of 2,500 - it’s simply not seen as a profitable area for providers such as tycoon Carlos Slim’s America Movil.

Rather than the village going without; they worked...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Infrastructure, VoiP, Wireless.

Facebook’s Internet.org promotes a truly WWW

Facebook has founded an initiative alongside major industry partners to help foster global internet adoption. Launching under the name of Internet.org, Zuckerberg and company hope to expand the World Wide Web to previously unreachable areas.

Other companies under the scheme include heavyweights; Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Samsung and Qualcomm.

Together, they hope to come up with initiatives to provide internet access to the two thirds of the world which is currently missing out on

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics, Wireless.

Canadian telecom firms aim their rifles at Verizon

Three of Canada’s biggest wireless companies will be using the revelations of Verizon’s alleged involvement in the NSA spying program – exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden – to help take down the company’s plans to set up in the country.

The attack comes after increasing fears by the “big three” - Rogers Communications, BCE Inc and Telus Corp.

As a result, the Canadian government has...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Operators, Wireless.

A journey on the evolution of the G [infographic]

If 4G is ‘super-fast’, the first generation wireless network seems like a crawl in comparison. It’s been a long journey, with the first 1G cellular network launched in Japan back in 1979.

But the rise since then has been nothing short of incredible. And it’s not going to stop any time soon. This year is predicted to see more than one Exabyte of data travelling across the global mobile network every month.

It’s no wonder there was so much excitement at this year’s Mobile World Congress...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infographic, LTE, Wireless.

Ofcom calls Brits to speak their mind about 5GHz WiFi (or forever hold your peace)

British airwaves regulator Ofcom is calling for citizen’s opinions about whether the 5GHz frequency should be freely available for public use, or otherwise auctioned off to a corporate giant.

Ofcom’s job is to ensure the efficient use of radio frequencies. As usage increases this role is becoming ever more important for preventing any interference - especially within shared spectrums.

The typical 2.4GHz - used by the majority of WiFi devices - is becoming overcrowded, with the resulting conflicts...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Licensing, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.