Network & Internet

Vodafone to begin phasing out 3G next year
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Mobile

Vodafone to begin phasing out 3G next year

The operator says the move will help it meet both its net zero target and the government’s 3G sunset deadline
25 Jan 2022
FAA declares 78% of commercial US plans 5G-safe
A view of a 5G cell tower with a plane flying in the background to symbolise the concern over the effect of 5G on airline safety
5G

FAA declares 78% of commercial US plans 5G-safe

Over one in five planes still not cleared to fly in low-visibility conditions near 5G cell towers
21 Jan 2022
Openreach offers £20,000 reward for information on stolen copper cables
Detail of a BT Openreach van and a coil of yellow broadband fibre cable on the ground and awaiting installation
broadband

Openreach offers £20,000 reward for information on stolen copper cables

Openreach head of Security Services Richard Ginnaw said that the thefts had “severely impacted" the day-to-day lives of people in Cambridgeshire
21 Jan 2022
Microsoft tells IT admins to turn off legacy group policies to improve Windows performance
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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft tells IT admins to turn off legacy group policies to improve Windows performance

Though the recommendations are supposed to simplify the management of environments, admins say they are being given conflicting advice from the compan…
21 Jan 2022
UK and Australia partner on cyber security investment
Marise Payne and Liz Truss greet each other
Policy & legislation

UK and Australia partner on cyber security investment

The countries are set to invest in infrastructure for Indo-Pacific states as well, in the areas of energy, investment, and technology
20 Jan 2022
Netgear WAX630 review: Astounding performance for dense networks
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wifi & hotspots

Netgear WAX630 review: Astounding performance for dense networks

This very affordable AP is easy to deploy, with top-notch cloud management and masses of bandwidth
20 Jan 2022
DCMS making “little tangible progress” with superfast broadband rollout
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries arrives for a Cabinet Meeting at Downing Street on November 16, 2021
broadband

DCMS making “little tangible progress” with superfast broadband rollout

New report by the Committee of Public Accounts has found that the UK is unlikely to hit the 85% coverage target by 2025
19 Jan 2022
The UK's IoT proposals are riddled with ‘astonishing’ gaps
Image of small robots connected to represent a botnet
Internet of Things (IoT)

The UK's IoT proposals are riddled with ‘astonishing’ gaps

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PTSI) Bill aims to address the connected devices security nightmare, but experts agree it …
19 Jan 2022
Safari bug lets websites track browsing activity and unique identifiers
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web browser

Safari bug lets websites track browsing activity and unique identifiers

The flaw, found in Apple's WebKit browser engine, affects Safari 15 on macOS and all browsers on iOS and iPadOS 15
18 Jan 2022
Tonga communications could be down for "weeks" following volcanic eruption
An image of Tonga Geological Services staff looking at the volcano eruption
Network & Internet

Tonga communications could be down for "weeks" following volcanic eruption

Tsunami-hit Tonga remains largely uncontactable after internet links were severed by the undersea eruption
17 Jan 2022
NordVPN launches open source VPN speed testing tool
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virtual private network (VPN)

NordVPN launches open source VPN speed testing tool

The unified speed-testing software can be downloaded from GitHub
14 Jan 2022
Mobile operators deny blocking Apple's Private Relay feature
A screenshot of unavailable Private Relay
iOS

Mobile operators deny blocking Apple's Private Relay feature

T-Mobile says users were unable to access the VPN-like feature due to a fault in iOS 15.2
13 Jan 2022
DrayTek VigorAP 1060C review: Pedal to the metal
A photograph of the DrayTek VigorAP 1060C
wifi & hotspots

DrayTek VigorAP 1060C review: Pedal to the metal

A versatile Wi-Fi 6 AP offering great performance, plenty of management features and smart meshing
13 Jan 2022
Rural businesses face "digital exclusion" due to underinvestment in connectivity
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Network & Internet

Rural businesses face "digital exclusion" due to underinvestment in connectivity

New research finds that the pandemic has created a “Catch-22 situation” for residents and businesses based in rural areas
12 Jan 2022
FAA lists 50 airports that will have 5G buffer zones
A business person sitting in a relatively empty airport waiting lounge
5G

FAA lists 50 airports that will have 5G buffer zones

Carriers will turn off nearby transmitters for six months due to safety concerns
10 Jan 2022
Chinese laboratory hails 6G breakthrough with record speed test
A hologram showing a 6G network concept on display at the 4th China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China
Network & Internet

Chinese laboratory hails 6G breakthrough with record speed test

Lab claims results could be used to make existing 5G transfers up to 20 times faster
7 Jan 2022
Mozilla suspends cryptocurrency donations following backlash
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cryptocurrencies

Mozilla suspends cryptocurrency donations following backlash

However, the option to donate bitcoin to the Mozilla Foundation might return in the future
7 Jan 2022
Linksys launches SMB-friendly Wi-Fi 6 Access Point
Linksys WiFi 6 Cloud Managed Access Point
wifi & hotspots

Linksys launches SMB-friendly Wi-Fi 6 Access Point

The cloud-managed Access Point allows for data rates of up to 3600 Mbps
6 Jan 2022
EE, Vodafone delay post-Brexit return of roaming charges
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mobile networks

EE, Vodafone delay post-Brexit return of roaming charges

Vodafone was originally set to reinstate the fees today
6 Jan 2022
Nokia and Ligado partner on 4G, 5G enterprise private network
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5G

Nokia and Ligado partner on 4G, 5G enterprise private network

Nokia will leverage Ligado’s Band 24 spectrum to reach the US enterprise market
5 Jan 2022
Bose Videobar VB1 review: A videoconferencing bar with excellent audio
Bose Videobar VB1 photograph
video conferencing

Bose Videobar VB1 review: A videoconferencing bar with excellent audio

There are cheaper options but this high-quality VC unit delivers a slick, professional meeting experience
5 Jan 2022
1NCE and AWS partner on global IoT platform
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Internet of Things (IoT)

1NCE and AWS partner on global IoT platform

The new deal adds to 1NCE’s IoT Flat Rate offering for business applications
4 Jan 2022
US delays 5G rollout over aviation safety concerns
5G masts with blue sky in the background
5G

US delays 5G rollout over aviation safety concerns

The new tech has been delayed following concerns from the aviation industry around the C-Band 5G spectrum
4 Jan 2022