Outernet: Making internet access free

In the very near future, next year to be exact, a large-scale project - "Outernet" will go live. Having a similar name with a worldwide system, responsible for the access to web pages, the Outernet will be used for similar purposes. The main difference from the well-known Internet is that the Outernet is positioned as one of the first totally free wireless Wi-Fi  signal, which will be available to any inhabitant of our planet. And the source of the signal, as you might have guessed, is located in the...

By Catherine Merzlova, 17 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure.

Virgin Media provides backhaul for Three’s 4G – Where could it leave Fibre Broadband?

This makes the third article in a week that TelecomsTech has published about UK network Three, and their rapid-push to hopefully rise from the UK’s smallest mobile operator title.

But our coverage is due; on Tuesday we wrote about a new partnership with the UK’s largest network, EE, resulting in the sharing of infrastructure and £1 billion ($1.63 billion) joint investment into the future.

On Wednesday, we wrote about the company’s surprising

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

London’s burning with “fastest ever” broadband

In a partnership between Alcatel-Lucent and BT, speeds of 1.4 terabits per second were recorded during their joint testing on a 410km (255 mile) link between BT’s Tower in Central London and Ipswich.

Whilst it may be some time before consumers get to see the fruits of the companies’ efforts; it marks a breakthrough moment for ISPs.

Only yesterday, TelecomsTech reported on LTE-Advanced speeds...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

2014: The year of emerging market connectivity, open access and smart cities

It is traditional for analysts to end a given year with an assessment of the major trends in that year and predict what the next year will be like. This year we thought we’d do a bit of that ourselves and update you on some of the things you can expect from us in the coming months.

Broadband and politics, unhealthy bedfellows

Probably the most significant news of 2013 in the broadband space will remain as the partial collapse of the Australian NBN. A highly political project from the start, its...

By Benoît FELTEN, 17 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

NETRA is the Indian NSA’s PRISM equivalent

If you thought the United States’ NSA (National Security Agency) was the only government agency with intrusive spying measures – you’d be wrong. Perhaps not wanting to run into the same kind of fire the US has; the Indian intelligence agencies appear to be more open about their efforts.

The project, known as NETRA (Network Traffic Analysis), will detect and capture any voice traffic which could be linked...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, India, Infrastructure, Security.

Strand Consult: 2014 annus horribilis for telecom regulation

Amid the talk of IT growth in 2014, here’s a grim prediction for the coming year: Strand Consult predicts this year to be an “annus horribilis” for the telecom regulation industry.

In its yearly mobile telecom roundup note, the analyst firm has called out Europe as the problem area compared to the “strong leadership” of the US, adding that privacy, data protection and net neutrality...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

AT&T sends mixed messages with 1Gbps FTTH service

Kamalini Ganguly, Senior Analyst, Industry, Communications, and Broadband

AT&T has launched a variation of its U-verse service – U-verse with GigaPower – in Austin, Texas. It includes a 300Mbps FTTH broadband service which AT&T claims will be automatically upgraded to 1Gbps in a few months’ time. AT&T’s efforts to offer 1Gbps FTTH broadband to the consumer are laudatory but likely to confuse its customers and shareholders. If 1Gbps is the future, what is the future of...

By Ovum Research, 19 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators.

Why radio can beat fibre in broadband delivery

The Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative has been widely covered in the media in recent months. BT was chosen by the government to deliver UK-wide superfast connectivity via fibre optic cables, but it has transpired that the initiative will leave 10% of the country completely without superfast Internet access.

One of the reasons for this is that fibre isn’t always a commercially viable solution for Internet connectivity in rural areas because of the complexity and cost involved in fibre...

By Dave Pinnington, 03 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic.

Laziness in IPv6 uptake may cost Britain the internet!

Whilst a slightly over-dramatic headline, British deployment of the new IPv6 is lagging behind the rest of the world in the transition from existing IPv4 systems – which may hamper the ability to offer innovative services.

A study, commissioned by UK regulator Ofcom, says: “The UK is lagging behind other areas of the world in relation to the transition to IPv6 and continuing reliance on the existing IPv4 system of addresses.”

The most common way of looking at IP addresses - is as a...

By Ryan Daws, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

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.

Mobile operators included in superfast broadband talks

For the first time; executives from EE, Vodafone, and Three will take part in discussions alongside fixed cable providers about the rollout of superfast broadband to parts of the country either not covered; or with limited access.

As part of its superfast broadband coverage plans; the government announced back in June of this year that it will be putting aside £250m in the hopes that 95 percent of UK premises will have access to superfast broadband by 2017.

The funding is alongside the controversial £520m...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

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.

Let’s play broadband Monopoly: BT Edition

As one of the largest telecommunication groups in the world, British Telecom (BT) is always going to be under the microscope for any signs of monopoly in the industry.

And earlier this week, a report by the Commons public accounts committee highlighted BT as holding an unfair advantage in the rollout of superfast rural broadband - due to government mismanagement.

The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

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.

Make switching telco providers easier, says regulator Ofcom

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom could be in danger over the next few years; as part of the EU Commission’s plan for a single regulator across Europe – but it doesn’t mean the institution won’t use its weight for good in the meantime...

Speaking at Consumers and Citizens in the Communications Sector - Ed Richards, Chief Executive of Ofcom, calls on the industry to make it simpler for consumers to change communications providers.

Mr Richards made note...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

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.

Microsoft launches White Space pilot in Africa for low-cost broadband

Whilst Bill Gates may be spending less time at Microsoft, instead focusing more on incredible global philanthropic work with his – and his wife Melinda’s – Gates Foundation.

The research teams back at Microsoft have launched a third pilot in Africa to explore the possibility of low-cost broadband.

The Redmond-based giant has had previous forays into Africa under the aptly-named ‘4Afrika’ initiative - now in its third iteration - this current pilot makes use of TV and...

By Ryan Daws, 29 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure, Research.

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...

Reach 400Gbps speeds with noise-cancellation technology

Take a look at your headphones. They could harness the very technology which could boost broadband speeds to a blistering 400gbps – noise-cancellation.

A research team which is being led by Xiang Liu of Bell Laboratories is looking into using “phase conjugation” to help boost speeds to this incredible level as demand for faster broadband rises.

In the same manner as headphones which detect noise and transmit an inverse set of signals to counter-act the disruption, Xiang wants to implement...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.