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Qualcomm details 5G small cell platform

Qualcomm is offering what it claims is the industry’s first 5G New Radio (5G NR) platform for small cells. Small cells are already being used to densify 3G and 4G networks in densely populated urban areas, using high-level spectrum with short range but high capacity, but are expected to become a significant feature of 5G infrastructure. Qualcomm’s ‘FSM100xx’ platform works ... Read More »

Facebook, Qualcomm team up to deliver 60GHz Internet in urban areas

Facebook and Qualcomm have announced a new partnership designed to promote 60GHz networking in urban areas. On Monday, the tech giants said that at the core of the scheme is Facebook’s Terragraph technology; a millimeter-wave, multi-node wireless backhaul system. Major cities do not necessarily offer better Internet access than less populated areas. As user numbers increase, so does the use ... Read More »

How to use a VPN to protect your internet privacy

Video: Why you should hide your IP address Worried about your ISP snooping on you? Is someone on your coffee shop’s Wi-Fi looking your network shoulder? Or, is Joe A Hacker bugging your internet? A virtual private network (VPN) can help protect your privacy. A VPN uses encryption technologies, such as IP security (IPSec), Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP)/IPSec, and ... Read More »

UK users being short-changed on broadband speeds

Many British households aren’t getting the broadband speeds they have been promised, according to new research which highlights how  A new report from Which? found that broadband services in the UK are on average 51 per cent slower than advertised, highlighting the major discrepancies affecting users across the country. The watchdog surveyed 235,000 users across the UK, and discovered that ... Read More »

ACMA opens consultation on 5G spectrum auction

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released detail on how it will auction off the 3.6GHz spectrum this year to mobile telecommunications providers, which will use the band to launch 5G services. Feedback is being sought by the government agency, with consultation closing on June 15. “The ACMA is consulting on the details of the spectrum licences to ... Read More »

BT & EE pitch converged network vision

A week after it announced 13,000 job losses to ease cost pressures and fulfil its converged network ambitions, BT has finally given some concrete details about how this will be achieved. New converged products from both BT and EE will deliver the best of both worlds, the first of which will be available next week. BT has spoken about its ... Read More »

Singtel Group climbs above 700 million mobile customers

Singtel has announced reaching 706 million mobile customers across its global brands during the 2017-18 financial year, up from the 638.1 million announced a year ago. As of March 31, Singapore’s largest telecommunications carrier had a total of 4.085 million mobile customers, 1.6 million prepaid and 2.5 million post-paid; its Australian brand Optus had 10.106 million; Airtel had 304.2 million ... Read More »

HPE buys networking startup Plexxi

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise said Tuesday that it’s acquiring networking startup Plexxi. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the startup has raised around $83 million from several rounds of funding since 2010. Nashua, New Hampshire-based Plexxi is known for its software-defined data center fabric that emphasizes applications over infrastructure in order to reduce the required number of switches found in traditional architectures. ... Read More »

Openreach signals start of switch from analogue to digital phone lines

Openreach has kicked off the beginning of the end for analogue phone lines with the launch of a major consultation process. The company has revealed it is to consult with its customers and telecom industry groups about the planned withdrawal of products that make use of BT’s analogue phone network. Parent BT has made it clear it wants to migrate ... Read More »

Telco intercepts should be expanded to OTT providers: AGD

The Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) has argued in favour of extending Australia’s telecommunications interception laws from telcos to over-the-top providers. Speaking before the Joint Committee on Law Enforcement on Friday, AGD Assistant Secretary Andrew Warnes said this expansion would help combat the “challenge of encryption”. “The obligations that sit under the Telecommunications Act under Section 313 for reasonable assistance to law ... Read More »

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