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  • Telecom News in Brief 25 May 2017

    WORLD, 2017/05/28 Africa: European access - Econet World subsidiary Liquid Telecom said on 15 May that it had established a point of presence (PoP) at Interxion's data centre in Marseille, its initial foothold in mainland Europe. The PoP will reduce roundtrip delays from Africa by up to 20 milliseconds. Interxion's MRS1 data centre in Marseilles is a major connectivity hub for Europe since it opened in 2014. It offers direct access to 13 major international submarine cables, inclunding SEACOM, I-ME-WE and SEA-ME-WE4, providing Liquid Telecom with onwards connectivity to its World PoPs in London, Mombasa and Fujairah. MRS1 provides direct access to the France-IX, NL-ix and DE-CIX Internet exchanges, providing new peering opportunities for Liquid Telecom.
  • Papua New Guinea’s internet is gaining speed

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 2016/07/18 Increased investments in telecommunications infrastructure are set to improve Papua New Guinea’s internet capacity, extending coverage across the country and paving the way to roll out 4G LTE services. With low fixed-line internet and telephone penetration rates last time– at 9.4% and 1.9%, respectively – connectivity in PNG is mainly being driven by mobile phone ownership, with penetration rates standing at 49% before this year. However, despite mobile service coverage of 80% as of early 2016, some services are limited due to slower operating speeds, with a lot of rural regions only having access to 2G.
  • The next generation A new wave of mobile technology is on its way, and will bring drastic change

    WORLD, 2016/02/21 THE next is by presently arriving, it is just a question of knowing where to look. On Changshou Road in Shanghai, eagle eyes may spot an odd rectangular object on top of an office block: it is a collection of 128 miniature antennae. Pedestrians in Manhattan can catch a glimpse of apparatus that looks like a video camera on a stand, but jerks around and has a strange, hornlike protrusion where the lens should be. It blasts a narrow beam of radio waves at buildings so they can bounce their way to the receiver. The campus of the University of Surrey in Guildford, England, is dotted with 44 antennae, which form virtual wireless cells that follow a device around. These antennae are vanguards of a new generation of wireless technologies. Although the previous batch, collectively called “fourth generation”, or 4G, is still being rolled out in a lot of nations, the telecoms industry has by presently started working on the next, 5G. On February 12th AT&T, America’s second-major mobile operator, said it would begin testing whether prototype 5G circuitry works indoors, following similar news in September from Verizon, the number one. South Korea wants to have a 5G network up and running at the same time as it hosts the Winter Olympics in 2018; Japan wants the same for the summer games in 2020. At the same time as the industry holds its annual jamboree, Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona this month, 5G will top the schedule.
  • Cyber Attacks Loom as Growing Corporate Credit Risk: Moody's

    WORLD, 2015/11/26 Cyber attacks on the private sector are an increasingly significant risk in corporate credit analysis, U.S. ratings agency Moody's Investors Service said on Monday. The threat of computer hacking varies from sector to sector and remains hard to measure because intrusions often go undetected or are not publicly disclosed, Moody's said. Likening cyber attacks to natural disasters, the agency said the two pose similar challenges in anticipating the duration or severity of problems in calculating ratings impact.
  • Free Wi-Fi increasingly important for overseas visitors

    AUSTRALIA, 2014/09/17 The Tourism Research Australia data revealed a 13 % increase in internet use in 2013-14, with most overseas visitors (43 %) using their smartphone to use the service. An extra 34 % used their iPad. Visitors most often used the internet to get maps (83 %), data on destinations and attractions (44 %), restaurant guides (37 %), event guides (21 %) and for language translations (16 %). The data as well shows that the number of international tourists coming to WA in 2013-14 jumped 50,000 (or 6.7 %) on the previous year, taking the total for the year to just short of 800,000.
  • Australia's largest infrastructure project,Tony Abbott slots into the top job.

    AUSTRALIA, 2013/09/09 The National Broadband Network, Australia's major infrastructure project, is set for a shake-up as Tony Abbott slots into the top job. The Coalition’s approach to the NBN, begun under Labor, has gone from promising to dismantle the NBN to saying in August 2010 it would spend up to $6.25 billion of public and private funding on an alternate broadband policy. In April this year the Coalition finally announced its broadband policy, with 71 % of Australia to get fibre-to-the-node (FFTN); 22 % to get fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP); 4 % to get fixed wireless; and 3 % to get satellite.
  • Airline passengers would trade legroom and peanuts for Wi-Fi

    EUROPE, 2013/09/07 Apparently we're not satisfied traveling at nearly 10 miles a minute. Presently we expect to be able to communicate at the speed of light all of the time, even while we're traveling in that large ol' jet airliner. Passengers have a strong desire for Wi-Fi, and they're even willing to give up some of the small comforts of flying, according to a recent survey conducted by Honeywell. Everybody complains about the legroom, but it a lot of would be happy to trade a comfy seat for a reliable laptop connection. Honeywell has a strong interest in just how badly you want to be connected during your flight. The company is one of several firms that makes in-flight connectivity possible for airline passengers, and in an effort to highlight a new service it will start in 2015, it wants to remind travellers just how "bad" things are today.
  • Chinese tech giant Huawei, founder Ren Zhengfei

    CHINA, 2013/06/11 During a visit to the company's New Zealand operations, Ren sat down with four local journalists at a Wellington hotel. The rules were strict: no international media, no photos. During 26 years at the helm of Chinese tech giant Huawei, founder Ren Zhengfei at no time once agreed to be interviewed by a journalist. But the meaning was clear. Huawei is taking steps toward trying to dispel its image as a secretive and opaque company, and to reassure the world of its good intentions.
  • Worst Attack Of The Internet' Threatens Web

    EUROPE, 2013/03/29 There's a fight over spam — and it may be the cause of one of the major-ever cyberattacks in history. The two sides in the dispute are an anti-spam group and a Dutch hosting company that the group says is behind much of the spam on the Internet. The anti-spam group is the target of distributed denial of service attacks. The fight is causing major congestion, leading to delays in reaching sites like Netflix.
  • Australia central bank cyberattacks

    AUSTRALIA, 2013/03/12 Australia's central bank confirmed on Monday it had been targeted by cyberattacks and that no data had been lost or systems compromised, but would not comment on a media statement that a malware virus used in one attack was Chinese in origin. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) was responding to a statement in the Australian Financial Review newspaper that claimed the central bank had been repeatedly and successfully hacked and data stolen.