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.

Vodafone UK puts its 4G LTE cards on the table

TelecomsTech has previously reported on Everything Everywhere (EE) and O2’s 4G pushes, and wonders what the view is like from Vodafone’s tower as the provider outlines its coverage plans

Vodafone is to launch its UK 4G service on 29 August in 12 cities, following an investment of £900m in its network.

29 August, of course, is when O2 is rolling out its LTE package, leaving only Three as non-4G ready by the end...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...

World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

 

The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

LoPo TV warning: White Space devices are coming

Special CDBS website unveiled as FCC tries to help rebroadcasting low power stations secure the protection to which they’re entitled.

If you’re the licensee of an LPTV or a TV Translator or a Class A TV station – collectively for our purposes here, “low power stations” – that rebroadcasts the over-the-air signal of another station, the FCC’s trying to help...

By Francisco Montero, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators, Wireless.

Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

 

The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network,...

Research indicates lack of progression for women in wireless industry

The issue of the number of women in senior technology positions, in 2013, should theoretically be so far advanced that it shouldn’t be considered an issue.

Yet a “benchmark” study from the Women in Wireless (WiW) group in association with Telefonica has revealed that “organisational culture” is a key factor in the underrepresentation of women in senior business roles within the sector.

Two out of three respondents to the survey believed that the make-up of...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Research, Wireless.