Southwest Airlines picks Viasat for in-flight WiFi

Southwest Airlines has announced that it will use connectivity from satellite firm Viasat for in-flight WiFi services.

The airline says that all new aircraft deliveries from this fall will be fitted with Viasat’s next-generation Ka-band satellite in-flight connectivity (IFC) system.

Viasat’s next-generation system will provide speeds that are typically greater than 20Mbps. With those speeds, customers will be able to stream content, watch live television, access...

Prodapt to invest £100m in UK connectivity industry

UK & India

Global consulting and tech services provider Prodapt, part of India’s 120-year-old Jhaver Group, is doubling its investment in the UK market to £100 million.

The increased commitment comes following UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s April visit to India to discuss trade and national security with the country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Prodapt plans to invest the amount over a number of years and anticipates creating more than 500 jobs. Earlier this year, the...

Ukraine is using Starlink to maintain global connectivity

Ukraine is successfully using SpaceX’s satellite broadband system Starlink to maintain global connectivity as it defends itself from Russia.

Following a request from Ukraine’s vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk for assistance, a batch of Starlink stations was delivered to the country yesterday:

https://twitter.com/FedorovMykhailo/status/1498392515262746630

And, it seems, Ukrainians are having success with the system to ensure the...

Samsung and Keysight sign MoU to advance 6G research

Samsung and Keysight have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance the research and development of 6G technology.

While 5G has plenty of life yet, it’s never too soon to start preparing for what comes next. The MoU signed between Samsung and Keysight aims to do just that.

Sunghyun Choi, Executive Vice President at Samsung Research, said:

"The signing of this MoU with Keysight will greatly advance Samsung's 6G strategy of combining the company's...

Four myths debunked to support the transition to the 5G era

The launch of the 5G network ushered in a new world of connectivity and the potential to completely transform our lives.

According to Reuters, the US, China, Japan and Korea have led the way, seeing the fastest deployments globally. And Intel’s research revealed there are about 162 commercial 5G networks in 68 countries, with 153 mobile operator services globally. Additionally, more than 700 devices were announced by 90+ vendors to operate 5G cellular, 431 of those being...

Meta promised free internet but it ended up costing

Meta (formerly Facebook) promised free internet access to cash-strapped users in developing countries, but it ended up costing them.

The company profits from having as many people as possible online and using its services—so while the initiative is welcome to help individuals get connected who may not otherwise be able to afford to, it’s not entirely altruistic.

However, according to documents obtained by whistleblower Francis Haugen and published by The Wall Street...

RootMetrics: EE maintains UK mobile network performance lead

The latest UK Mobile Performance Review from RootMetrics finds that EE remains the operator to beat.

EE earned the top spot across all seven of RootMetrics’ performance categories: Overall Performance, Reliability, Accessibility, Speed, Data, Call, and Text. The operator took home 109 of 112 RootScore Awards in major metropolitan areas.

Patrick Linder, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications at RootMetrics, said:

“As the UK’s hunger for data...

Virgin Media O2 humiliates rivals by not reinstating EU roaming fees

Virgin Media O2 is taking a playbook once written by rival Three and will buck the trend of reinstating EU roaming charges.

Gareth Turpin, Chief Commercial Officer of Mobile at Virgin Media O2, said:

“We’re starting the year by giving our customers some certainty: we will not be reintroducing roaming fees in Europe for customers on O2 or Virgin Mobile.

Unlike all the other major mobile networks who are bringing back roaming fees, we will not be following suit....

Digital Connectivity Index: The UK needs to build momentum to “level up”

The first Digital Connectivity Index shows the UK needs to build momentum to climb the rankings and reap the substantial benefits.

Economic modelling experts Oxford Analytica and Virgin Media O2 partnered up to create the index which is based on “thousands” of OECD datapoints.

Of the 24 OECD countries, the UK is currently ranked joint eighth alongside Spain, Norway, and Lithuania:

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The key to complete online independence is through crowdsourced VPNs

Geolocation is a key pillar of how the internet functions. Previously founded on the egalitarian principle of complete transparency and total openness is now routinely altered by geolocation services. Simply put, this means that users can access various sets of websites based on where they are surfing the web from. This results in online information silos, which have negative consequences such as restricting knowledge sharing, limiting cultural interchange, and allowing political discourse...