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Turnbull gave NBN Co NO RULES to plan blackspot upgrades

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Ugly

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.

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Is Google really mulling building a US cellphone network? Allegedly, yes

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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?

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Wearable tech for HORNY COWS: Biz slurps £3m for bovine arousal detectors

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4G udders

Actually missed at trick, it must be a Cellsite On Wheels for optimum bovine connectivity surely?

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Megaphone

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?

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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

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WTF?

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

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Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

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Fondleslab

I for one am sorely disappointed by the lack of mentions of fondleslabs in this article. Please correct forthwith, thank you

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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WTF?

socapex

Where is the socapex, excellent mains multipin connections?

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We're on the same wavelength! TV stars cosy up to flog spare Hz

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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?

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So what

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

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Build your own mobile network for the low, low price of US$2,000

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Go

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?

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Screw Internet-of-Things: Boffins build Internet-of-Sound UNDERWATER

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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?

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New iPhones are latte-sipping inner city elitists

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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.

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Ofcom set to fatten up London's White Space TV spectrum

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Stop

The last sentence sums it up, apart from the pmse, what is it useful for? I'm failing to see the killer app

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Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands

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Dodonet

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?

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

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Hydro Boys

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

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Water, sunshine or pig s***: How will YOU power your data centre?

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Boffin

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.

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Feds BANNED from DEF CON by founder (who is Obama's cyber-expert)

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Black Helicopters

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

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Kiwi telco Two Degrees to roll out 4G in 2014

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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.

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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.

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Wireless mics to clear Oz 4G bands by end 2014

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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.

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Private equity signals interest in Optus satellites

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Coat

Biggest customer

And Optus's biggest single customer is Sky New Zealand.

Coat required, as its chilly here on the East Island

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TUANZ: don't risk mobile competition

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RSM

RSM are part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. No standalone spectrum agency here in NZ.

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'Ring of fire' eclipse to burn Australia

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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?

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Spectrum auction closes shy of $AU2 billion

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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?

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Megaphone

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

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Impoverished net user slams 'disgusting' quid-a-day hack

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Mushroom

Aloe Vera for that?

Burn.

Sounds like the Moderatrix lives in another guise at Vulture central - All hail Sarah Bee. Fire well, that commentard was sent packing

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Angry Birds fire back: Vulture cousins menace UK city's mobiles

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Coat

Cow

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

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Freeview telly test suggests 4G interference may not be a big deal

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WTF?

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?

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BT scores £146 meellion more UK.gov cash to fibre up Balamory

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FTTB

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

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Hong Kong plans cavernous underground data centres

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Re: Lantau

"cheap" labour is available from the prison across the road from the cable landing site(s). Nice beach there by the way

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Reg readers reveal MIGHTY DOMESTIC DATA CENTRES

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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?

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Re: Top marks

Mr Rimmer, yes you are correct. My laptop fails too with that yellow

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Top marks

Gotta love the rack action in Hong Kong, top marks to Brendan. Also intrigued with the satellite back haul in the final network diagram. Guessing the "day trading" is not dependant on a low latency connection?

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Medicos hack iPhone into lab 'scope

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Coat

So that is the iPooed device done (yes there is a spade for your outdoors types already called that). I guess next on the block is the ipeed or even iwizz device for UTIs etc

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Telstra shed fried in fire

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Meow

How loudly does the mobile exchange purrrrrrrrrrrrrr whist running?

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Incumbents plan new trans-Tasman cable

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Go

It's a start

Well seeing as more cdn's are being hosted in Sydney, it allows for better connection to the west island. Still won't over come the tyranny of latency which will only be overcome when we all move to London on our OE.

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Kiwi cops to buy 6,500 iPhones, 3,900 iPads

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Holmes

Pies, pies and pies

Round here in the land of the long white cloud pies are top of the menu, though decent doughnuts can be found at the right bakery.

Remember always blow on the pie - safer communities together

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TDD LTE gaining momentum in 4G push, says ZTE

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Unhappy

lack of paired spectrum

Its a fair comment considering how much demand for spectrum there is forecast to be for mobile use and the lack of paired spectrum that seems to be available for international harmonisation in the near future. Maybe TDD will win just because of this (lack of) availability.

My uneducated feeling wonders if that killing off FDD now by ZTE becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. What do the Apples and Samsungs say about this? Though if the asymmetrical demands of mobile data consumption eg Lolcats galore on youtube continue, FDD will be a waste of good spectrum.

Sad face as my boss didn't send me the world mobile congress in Barcelona

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Ofcom: Fancy running a temporary HD Freeview TV channel?

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Beige space

The channel plan should allow for PMSE to lie in between the proposed DTT multiplexs. If you have a 100MHz odd of spectrum and 2 nationwide multiplex then there should be gaps.

The thing is, with a possible 3rd restacking, who foots the bill for it? Other non European members of region 1 are pushing the ITU for this second digital dividend and Ofcom didn't restack down in the first place, it begs an interesting question. WRC 15 and 2018 in Ofcom land will be fun and games

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Ofcom ploughs up UK spectrum fields, reseeds them with 4G

Knoydart

The amount of M2M devices installed will ensure that networks keep some 2G services active for a good while longer. Vodafone New Zealand have announced at least 7 years of 2G support for instance (well their vendors are offering it now). Should voice over LTE be widely implemented (and they get the 3GPP standards going), there could be slight change of dropping 3G services, using 2G for M2M and fall back voice, while LTE taking the bulk of packets what ever information they contain.

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Blobs that swarm spark ‘it’s alive’ hypegasm

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Muzac

What is it with the Muzac on the video?

I was expected some stunning voice over commentary and well it was not as expected

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Quantum crypto still not proven, claim Cambridge experts

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Re: Is the error message only for me?

Yes, I did wonder if it was the work firewall but obviously not

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WTO ruling emboldens pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirate

Re: The USA is dithering on its response to that claim.

Indeed Cuba and that other bastion of comradeship Venezuela recently fired up a new sub sea fibre.

South America bandwidth galore for Castro & the chosen few.

S&C for pirates of the Caribbean of course

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Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'

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Pint

JMC

So when can I sign up to work for the Jupiter mining corp? Surely that is the better question

Beer cos no curry icon for Dave Lister

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Amazon rainforest starts making phone calls

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Megaphone

Surprised the tree does not tweet too once it is in range, or at least facebook friend the illegal loggers as it gets coverage.

itree has probably already been trademarked by those at Apple.

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Flame

Re: They also had to invent a new level of fire danger.

I still think here in New Zealand that our top fire rating above extreme should be called "Australian"

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Australia’s biggest IT moments of 2012

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Black Helicopters

East island goings on?

Any New Zealand happenings you might care to mention? We on the east island have done some work this year...

Helicopter as I'm off to my tramping hut in Otago shortly

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US drops ‘net regulation bombshell, threatens WCIT exit

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Location location location

I think you'll find the talks are going on in Dubai and not Doha.

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What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

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V66

Ahhhh my V66 bought for its triband operations was my one and only Motorola purchase. I said never again would I lay out cold hard cash for a M product

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Welcome to 'Vulture South'

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Coat

I for one welcome to our "new" Register overloads on the west island.

Coat 'cause the weather has turned to custard here in Wellington.

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