Project Loon takes flight with Australian carrier

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The goal of Google's "Project Loon" is to enable internet access through balloons which beam a 4G-like signal back down to the earth 20km below. Telstra, a large Australian mobile carrier, has agreed to buddy-up with Google to launch 20 balloons over western Queensland in December in a test which marks Loon's...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Disruption, Google, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Wireless.

Elon Musk takes the World Wide Web into orbit

Bringing the entire world online is a huge but important task. The internet can have tremendous economic benefits, and innovative research is being conducted by technology pioneers around the globe to bring it to developing countries. Facebook, for example, will just this week be enabling free access to basic internet services in Kenya through their work in the Internet.org initiative.

Past efforts into delivering space-based telephone and internet services...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Satellite, Wireless.

Google could bypass its 'Fiber' for ultra-fast wireless

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If there's a company whose best interest is to get as many people online as possible, it's Google. The web giant knows this more than anyone, and has already launched its well-received high-speed ISP service in select US-based locations where demand is high.

Google appears to be testing new technology which will bypass the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, Research, Wireless.

UK will be "the first" to pioneer new wireless technology

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has made the bold claim that the UK will be the first in Europe to debut at least one new wireless technology from ongoing 'White Space' trials with partners such as Google, Microsoft, Sky, CloudNet, and more.

Gaps in the radio spectrum between frequency bands is known as ‘White Space’ and can be exploited to test new wireless applications which Ofcom says will benefit both consumers and businesses. The current trials include such innovations as; wireless video streaming,...

By Ryan Daws, 13 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

Ruckus Wireless is the challenger to Cisco in service provider Wi-Fi

Service provider Wi-Fi is big business, and it is growing at a rate of around 7% year-on-year due to providers using it to differentiate their own offerings from rivals. The market reached over $1 billion in Q2 2014 and will rise further in the coming years as mobile operators increasingly use Wi-Fi to offload data traffic from their cellular networks.

Most vendors of WLAN equipment are in fierce competition with one another; despite none coming close to toppling Cisco. Ruckus Wireless, however, is the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

[Opinion] Open standards: Dear industry, make a decision.

Open standards bring traditional competitors together to push their respective industry forward and reduce confusion whilst providing a more seamless experience for the end-user; at least that's what they're meant to do. It's a shame that so much confusion occurs around the standards themselves which prevents such a beautiful union.

Can you imagine if there still wasn't a standard power socket for your country? If every device you used required a completely different hole in the wall? It would be chaotic. This article is...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Wireless.

Gowex employees speak of “helpless situation” after CEO admits falsifying accounts

Spanish Wi-Fi provider Gowex has been forced to declare bankruptcy after shocking revelations that the company had been falsifying its accounts for the past four years.

And, in a written statement, Gowex’s employees have noted a collective “state of complete shock” following the news.

Following the announcement to his board, Gowex CEO Jenaro Garcia Martin tendered his resignation, which was accepted.

According to a...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: WiFi, Wireless.

Network Rail fine will put free, 10x faster Wi-Fi on trains

If you're a regular train commuter you'll have faced delay-after-delay on the UK's rail network. As a result, Network Rail has had to stump up £70 million in fines for repeated poor service. The fine will be used to improve service in another increasingly important area, wireless broadband.

New mobile Wi-Fi equipment will boost data speeds to "at lease ten times faster" than current available services. If all goes to plan, it will also be free. Rather than the current satellite-based system users will,...

By Ryan Daws, 07 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

Interview: Hotspot 2.0 offers the future of Wi-Fi connectivity

A new breed of Wi-Fi connectivity is rolling-out, Hotspot 2.0. For the next-generation of hotspots, the industry is removing some of the barriers which can cause frustration and providing a more seamless experience whilst retaining security.

TelecomsTech (TT) spoke to Dave Wright (DW) from Ruckus Wireless after the company, with UK-based Global Reach Technology, launched a large-scale municipal Hotspot 2.0 service in San Francisco and San José.

TT: What...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

Analysing the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard – the good and the bad

There are a lot of disruptive technologies in the Wi-Fi space which promises greater speed and connection, from Hotspot 2.0, which utilises the IEEE 802.11u standard to ape cellular roaming, to 802.11ac, which was launched by the Wi-Fi Alliance in June.

Ruckus Wireless has launched a product which is claimed to be the first to be designed on the 802.11ac standard from the ground up – the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700, which can operate as either a standalone access point (AP) or in a centrally managed wireless...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: WiFi, Wireless.

Mobile World Congress: What is the future of Wi-Fi in an LTE-heavy landscape?

Telecoms Tech’s travels at Mobile World Congress earlier this week have involved reporting on everything from Mark Zuckerberg to operator strategies and the future of voice.

Yet the most popular story filed from Barcelona focused on a 5G panel featuring European Commission VP Neelie Kroes. Here, Tech Portfolio editor James Bourne looks at an...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, WiFi, Wireless.

M2M and the role of radio

Machine to Machine communications are firmly established at the operational heart of many industries and continues to offer an array of capabilities.

The number of M2M device connections is set to grow to 2.1 billion by 2021 – primarily fuelled by the utilities, manufacturing and primary industries as well as those using in-vehicle telematics.

The beauty of M2M is that it enables the automatic monitoring of remote assets regardless of their location and environmental conditions. By automating remote...

By Andy Grimmett, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M2M, Wireless.

Upside for Smart Devices with embedded M2M tech

Machine to machine (M2M) connectivity will be embedded in more than 2 billion devices across nine key industries by 2018 - but it will be cellular wireless communication services that will bring the bulk of the value and the revenues, according to the latest global market study by ABI Research. A new generation of smart devices is set to have embedded connectivity and manufacturers already have a number of technologies to select to deliver network connectivity. ABI Research has examined the demand and appeal for M2M connectivity across cellular, satellite, fixed-line and short-range wireless technologies within nine key industry...

By David H. Deans, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, M2M, Research, Wireless.

Your cup o’ Joe (or any hot beverage) isn’t even safe from hackers

Hackers are indisputably clever; every day finding new ways to circumvent barriers and find their way into your devices. The battle between “White Hats” and “Black Hats” is one which has waged on with increasing intensiveness for decades – and only set to grow. Not even your kettle is safe.

Russian authorities claimed that household appliances imported from China have been found to contain tiny microchips which seek out open WiFi networks and then distribute malware.

St...

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security, WiFi, Wireless.

Analysing the upside opportunities within the cloud gaming market

The video game sector is constantly evolving to meet the expectations for product innovation. In a recent market study, Microsoft just beat out Sony for the top position in a game console competitive assessment -- based on expectations for the impact of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One game consoles. ABI Research evaluated a number of companies across three device categories: game consoles, smart set-top boxes, and TVs/Blu-ray players. Several factors were used to score each company based on two...

By David H. Deans, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, OTT Services, WiFi, Wireless.

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.