97 posts • joined 7 Nov 2009
Vellington - dead and loving it
Glad this has finally been picked up by those in the Mother country. Having lived in Vellington for 6 years including a spell in Karori - go the Karori Zombie Society, its got its fair amount of in-jokes but should appeal to those have never visited the land of the rings but have a dark sense of humour none the less.
Re: It's not a fair cop (per)
Just cross the ditch and come and enjoy what will be a 75% minimum fttp build in the next 6 years here in New Zealand. I think we passed 50,000+ premises a few weeks ago too. Not bad for a bunch of hobbits hanging out in the shire*.
*New Zealand does not really contain hobbits much as the terrible Air New Zealand in-flight safety videos wants to make you believe.
Re: No video
I'm getting 4 windows of the same video!
Re: They are probably right
Yes keep your feet dry, drive straight to the data centre and plug in your optical splicing box of choice across the incoming fibre feeds. It would also capture any peered local traffic - in this case the land of the long white cloud (no not that cloud!). I mean look at that GCHQ site in the middle east that is on shore, keeping the spooks nice and dry but within camel spitting distance of the cable landing station...
And on the east Island...
It seems the Kiwis were at least a month ahead of our cousins across the ditch, with Air New Zealand allowing us to use our fondleslabs from gate to gate without powering them down for take off and landing.
Black helicopter as I'm sure they are hardened against unfriendly EMC emissions
Loving the eye brow action from Regina
Start tracking them young
I guess any team that shows significant skill, even outside of the qualifying group will be tracked by GCHQ for the rest of their days. Probably a cheap way of identifying those with the skill set to wage a cyber war early on in life.
Re: 288 fibre strands
I think you'll find the technical term is spade fade.
Nuclear blast as no jcb icon...
Re: They don't seem to have addressed the point
Not just in Europe. Out here in the Pacific we have already have MURS based devices coming in from the US and attempting to explain the use of devices in this band to one track minded members of the public is difficult to say the least.
Going to sound grumpy but Daniela and Jorge, you really need to consider the compliance implications and markets you are aiming for. What are your plans for supplying outside of the US? Because your backers will want sales and growth, and people on the interweb will want the next BIG thing.
East Island visit
Look forward to the New Zealand one, maybe you can do an SPB pie tasting special?
Re: a visit from one of your local spectrum police if you are really lucky
What's the frequency Kenneth?
I think you might want to note that across the pond (or Pacific), the 151 - 154 MHz block operates as licence free general user spectrum for our cousins. Elsewhere in the world, that block is occupied by licensed services so any Gotenna use outside of the 50 might prove problematic to say the least, you might even get a visit from one of your local spectrum police if you are really lucky
Its a KDC vehicle left right and centre. However what ever your opinion of our German via Hongkong resident, its a pretty interesting move. Use the MMP system to get your own soap box for the next how many years before the Feds cart him off to Gito on a second degree trumped up charge of civil copyright theft aka youtube. Anyway I'll pop might tinfoil hat away shortly
Black helicopters galore
Well if you guys didn't have your card marked before today, the black helicopters will be circling vulture central shortly. The revelations are not surprising sadly, but the scale of commercial tie in is impressive. To build a facility or two does not coffee cheap, so the uk tax payer hopefully will get some decent return on their investment cough cough. I wonder if gchq gets a good discount at the local b&b in Bude when they go to check on their installation?
Re: Really Voda?
I thought it was the T-mobile and Orange that merged to form EE and surpass Vodafone UK size wise? Hutchinson (under the Three UK) brand are still a separate player in the UK market along with 02 (UK)
Jolly good show
Well do on both the nominations and award to the Vulture South team members.
Keep up the good work
Took my Canon Powershot 110 to Svalbard last year and worked well whist wandering around at 78 degrees north in the freezer. It also survived a week on the damp west coast of New Zealand too. Just a bit larger than a cigarette pack so slips into the smallest of journalistic man bags with ease
Internet of tanks?
With this Facebook ownership, do you poke the enermy to fire or like people to make sure you don't have blue on blue fire?
It just seems that the NBN 1.0 was cost overrun and NBN 2.0 (sorry rebooted) is just a fibre under run. I feel for those across the ditch up won't be getting fibre this side of the next millennium. Though the G-Fast and VDSL copper gives decent speed, the Telstra shareholders are laughing all the way to the bank. They might as well get the keys to the Australian Federal Treasury now with those sorts of numbers over the next few years.
I can see why certain companies are going in to cherry pick customers left on 50 year old copper, just going to be tweaked for years to come with the poor tax payer and consumer picking up the tab in a number of different ways.
let me be your fibre provider
So correct me if I'm wrong but did not google take over dying fibre from others who had built it to become a fibre provider? If that is the case, who's cell towers and spectrum are they going to leverage off to build the wireless part of the chocolate factory ad serving machine?
Actually missed at trick, it must be a Cellsite On Wheels for optimum bovine connectivity surely?
I wonder how they connect the cows - fttp fibre to the paddock or is it white (milk) space spectrum?
Megaphone cause that's a bull horn right?
Sending and receiving on the same frequency?
So how do the TDD LTE services work then, if they can't transmit on the same frequency?
Maybe the reuse of frequesices for mobile transmitt in the base transmit parts of FDD band plans is what is going on here? Listening to certain operators road maps for mobile - mobile transmit using the base transmit frequencies, I think this will be seriously considered. However getting the on board radios to do multiple bands and technologies and then throw in the curveball of some transmit down a previously only receive part of the rf chain will no doubt cause some sleepless nights (and fat profits) at Qualcomm et all
I for one am sorely disappointed by the lack of mentions of fondleslabs in this article. Please correct forthwith, thank you
Where is the socapex, excellent mains multipin connections?
Re: So what
In the broadcast markets I've worked in, there has been that overarching authority.
Maybe the US works in a different way as the market reigns and when disputes happen, the only winners are the Lawyers? Maybe in the US ,broadcasters could have tower owners seperate from the broadcasters and allow tower and even antenna sharing? Have the FCC discussed how they are going to restack properly or will they just keep throwing money at it till something works?
So two broadcasters are going to get together to mulitplex thier services in one bit stream and on one frequency? If so, its been done before. Frankly it sounds like the US regulators and broadcasters need to look overseas, see its been done already and get on with it
Re: Why not just...
Some contries had or still have CDMA only 2G networks so GSM handsets are not a bad idea if you want to play out of the box. If I had a couple of thousand to spare, would be great to play with... Time for an El Reg review of the kit?
Reminds me of a fish and chip shop back in Sheffield back in the late 90's which was called "in the net dot cod".
Anyway surely the underwater internet should be called the interweb instead?
No really surprising, when a US based company wont support the non US based band plan at 700 MHz.
The irony is that long term, the APT band plan at 700 MHz has a larger potential user base that the US band plan, with the Canadians and the top slice of Mexico being the only followers of the US mess.
The last sentence sums it up, apart from the pmse, what is it useful for? I'm failing to see the killer app
Top marks for making it happen. There must be a case for an El reg ISP? You could even go multinational by using the Iberian branch as the off shore call centre but not sure how good Donkeys are at being level 1 tech support?
For further reading, try digging out a copy of The Hydro Boys by Emma Wood. An excellent read into the history of Hydro development across Scotland
Re: Has anyone tried...
Yes has been done at least once in London town, somewhere in Docklands. Otherwise heat the local swimming pool or the district energy system with your data centre which have been trailed in Europe.
I wrote a MSc on waste heat recovery and yes recovering energy from low grade heat sources sucks - as stated numerous times above.
Hacking the till
Good to see that the entrance fee is payable in cash only. Shows that cold hard paper is the least most vulnerable payment system in the organisers eyes
Re: If using Huawei kit, which seems to give some spooky IT people concerns
Considering both grown up cell co's or their fixed line parts both contain H***** kit as well, its a bit of a mute point.
Love the use of "junior teleco". What happens when it reaches puberty and breaks out in spots or does it current rumoured poor network performance count as "black spots"?
2degrees history is not really winning spectrum from a treaty claim. It was born out of Econet and NZ communications with some Maori partners bringing in some spectrum that was bought at a small discount to enable services to start in earnest.
Anyway a 3rd player in the LTE space will be excellent news for the Kiwi consumer, Telecom are due to roll out their services I think in next few months so Vodafone's monopoly will end shortly.
New Zealand are running a similar wireless microphone consultation too at this very moment in time, though we are not looking at labelling equipment as yet.
And Optus's biggest single customer is Sky New Zealand.
Coat required, as its chilly here on the East Island
RSM are part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. No standalone spectrum agency here in NZ.
Well done for using GMT to co-ordinate viewing. Maybe slip in a mention of Zulu time while you are at it - it will hopefully keep the Reg Military desk very happy if Mr Page is reading?
No, they decided that Senator Conroy and his red underpants were not worth the hassle. They are still trying to get their current 2g and 3G networks working, and they have some lovely 1800 MHz which at the moment is turning out to be the band of choice for LTE deployment.
Question is the 15 MHz (paired) that is unsold, will the 25 MHz cap be removed when it comes up for sale? Will Telstra consolidate its digital dividend holding, or will Vodafone come in as a late entrant and get some 700 MHz action?
Tellingly Telstra got the prime centre band. What will happen to the upper third, with it being in overlap territory to the CEPT overlap band??
However both parties paid only just above the reserve prices for a 5MHz (paired) block. Senator Conroy is going to have answer a few questions on being 1B$ short
Megaphone as I can't afford those prices
Aloe Vera for that?
Sounds like the Moderatrix lives in another guise at Vulture central - All hail Sarah Bee. Fire well, that commentard was sent packing
Sounds like they should just wheel in a Cell site On Wheels for the rest of the nesting season.
Just be thankful its not a traditional phone exchange otherwise you'd need a Meow instead (mobile exchange on wheels) which would catch and kill the birds
Who pays next time
So if OFCOM get the broadcasters to restack again in 2018 down to the 600 MHz band, does this project happen all over again? Or is DVB-T2 more robust with a paltry 1MHz guard band?
Fibre to the bothy should surely be the ultimate goal of this project?
Coat cause it's got my guide book to Inverie in the inside pocket
"cheap" labour is available from the prison across the road from the cable landing site(s). Nice beach there by the way
Re: Kick Ass "Home" Network
Nice bit of astroturfing, not really sure what 30 seconds of waving a video camera around at your home office brings to the table?
Re: Top marks
Mr Rimmer, yes you are correct. My laptop fails too with that yellow
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