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Superloop acquires subsea cable company SubPartners

Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has announced the acquisition of submarine cable construction company SubPartners for $2.5 million. The acquisition will occur via the issue of 1,451,869 fully paid ordinary shares in Superloop at an issue price of $2.255 per share. According to Superloop, the acquisition will provide it with important APAC submarine cable capacity and assets across the region, ... Read More »

What is Google WiFi? Everything you need to know

Google WiFi has been out in the US since the end of last year, but as is often the case with big tech launches, other countries have had to wait. For people in the UK, that wait is almost over, as it debuts in the UK next week, on April 6 to be precise. Maybe you’ve heard about Google WiFi, ... Read More »

Web inventor Berners-Lee adds Turing Award to prize collection

Sir Tim Berners Lee, among the most decorated of technology professionals for his invention of the world wide web, has now been honored with the 50th edition of the ACM A.M. Turing Award (a.k.a., the Nobel Prize of Computing). The MIT and University of Oxford professor is being recognized with the $1M Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) prize, funded by ... Read More »

Top 5 VPN services for personal privacy and security

Virtual private networks (VPNs) encrypt internet connections between two points, to secure them from casual snoopers and hackers. These VPN services are particularly useful when accessing the internet from an untrusted location, such as a hotel, café or coworking space. A plethora of modern VPN services, with dedicated connectivity apps, have put an end to the maddening manual configuration VPNs ... Read More »

Verizon restructures, hires former Ericsson CEO to lead network team

Verizon said on Friday it would reorganize its operating structure to focus on three core business areas: media and telematics, network and technology, and customer and product operations. The telecom giant has also hired former Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg to lead its new network and technology team. Vestberg will focus on further developing Verizon’s fiber network infrastructure. He will initially ... Read More »

Telstra, Spark, Vodafone switch on 20Tbps New Zealand subsea cable

The Tasman Global Access (TGA) submarine cable has been switched on, connecting New Zealand with Australia, thanks to a partnership between telecommunications carriers Telstra, Spark, and Vodafone. The $100 million 2,288km submarine cable, which extends from Ngarunui Beach in Raglan to Narrabeen Beach in Sydney, is made up of two fibre pairs with a total capacity of 20Tbps. Following construction, ... Read More »

Along with Galaxy S8, Samsung lifts lid on Google Wifi rival that runs your IoT security

The Samsung Connect Home router and app aim to make it easier for people to manage their connected things. Image: Joshua Goldman/CNET Samsung’s new Connect Home will offer a rival to Google Wifi or the Eero mesh router, but also features Samsung’s SmartThings hub to manage IoT devices in the home. The Korean giant is pitching the product as a ... Read More »

Samsung’s newest Wi-Fi hub comes with smart home brains

Although it’s been a big day for Samsung, with the roll-out of out two new smartphones, an accompanying desktop dock, its own version of Amazon Alexa, a new 360-degree camera and a smart connected home app, the Korean electronics firm had room for one more thing: a new Wi-Fi mesh system. Concisely named the Connect Home Smart Wi-Fi System, it ... Read More »

Congress to US citizens: Want online privacy? Pay up!

A congressional vote to repeal U.S. restrictions on broadband providers doesn’t mean that online privacy is dead. Consumers will just have to pay for it. The coming repeal, which President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law, paves a clearer path for broadband providers to sell customers’ internet browsing history and other online data, without their consent. Privacy advocates ... Read More »

Vocus sells Macquarie Telecom shares for AU$41m

Vocus Communications has announced selling its 16 percent stake in Macquarie Telecom, offloading 3,358,511 MAQ shares at a price of AU$12.20 per share for a total of around AU$41 million. Vocus sold 100 percent of its interest in Macquarie Telecom to both institutional and retail shareholders via a block trade, it announced to the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday morning. ... Read More »

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