Month: April 2016

Europe Cuts Mobile Roaming Charges, But it Becomes Free in 2017

The price of making a call, sending a text or surfing the Internet (Mobile Broadband) from your mobile phone while roaming abroad within Europe has today dropped another level following last year’s regulatory changes (here) and the extra charges will be completely removed from 15th July 2017. Sadly the agreement to end mobile roaming charges …

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A Few More Details on BT’s Ultrafast Bradford FTTP Broadband Trial

BT Wholesale has given a small, but useful, update on the progress of the native Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology trial in Bradford, which among other things confirms that the full network build should now be practically complete (subject to landlord permissions and further testing). The Bradford trial, which aims “to explore if the technology can …

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Lizard Squad Ransom Threats: New Name, Same Faux Armada Collective M.O.

CloudFlare recently wrote about the group of cyber criminals claiming to be be the “Armada Collective.” In that article, we stressed that this group had not followed through on any of the ransom threats they had made. Quite simply, this copycat group of cyber criminals had not actually carried out a single DDoS attack—they were …

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BT Openreach Detail Next Batch of UK Ethernet Price Reductions

BTOpenreach has today detailed the second phase of reductions to their business and ISP focused Ethernet products, such as Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) and Ethernet Backhaul Direct (EBD), which are due to be introduced from 1st May 2016 (some others will follow on 1st August 2016). The changes, which are all part of Openreach’s on-going …

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Ofcom UK Moots TalkTalk Request to Tweak 1800MHz Band for its 4G

The UK telecoms regulator is consulting on a request from TalkTalk to vary concurrent spectrum access licences for 3.3MHz of radio spectrum in the 1800MHz band, which would support the ISP’s plan to launch a new broadband router with small cell based 4G (LTE) mobile femtocell technology inside. The ISP first touted their tentative plans …

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Court expands FBI hacking powers

The US Supreme Court approves a rule change that would allow law enforcement to remotely search computers located anywhere in the US. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

UK ISP BT Unveil Early Broadband, TV and Phone Price Hikes for 2016

The retail division of BT has, in an earlier than expected move, today unveiled a raft of new inflation busting price hikes (increases range from +5.6% to +20%) for their consumer phone, TV and broadband services that will come into force from 3rd July 2016. Line rental is now £18.99 a month. The provider usually …

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Man jailed for failing to decrypt data

A man is held in prison for seven months after failing to decrypt two hard drives that investigators suspect contain indecent images of children. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Doom creators seek cash for game

Two gaming veterans who helped create iconic title Doom are seeking cash to make a “classic” first-person shooter. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology