The price of voice communication has come down in South Africa. But poor regulation and a lack of competition means that the country still has some way to go to reduce the cost of communication.
Nanophotonics uses photons to do amazing things.
Nanophotonics deals with photons at the nanometre scale, and it's set to transform everything from internet speeds to turning your smartphone into a portable science lab.
Even talking to a colleague at an academic conference overseas could have harsh ramifications.
Researchers face stiff fines or even jail time if they inadvertently communicate with foreign colleagues about matters deemed to have a military use.
A fibre-optic cable a day keeps broadband meltdown at bay.
Whatever BT, Virgin Media and other telecoms firms may say, the only future-proof network is a fibre-optic from door-to-door.
Cables crisscross the oceans carrying your internet info.
Telegeography Submarine Cable Map
Thin cables about as big around as a garden hose traverse the Earth's oceans carrying all our intercontinental internet data. No one's in charge and no one's defending them.
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It happened before, it could happen again: Ofcom's 200% price hike could stifle UK telecoms investment and pass costs on to customers.
Internet connectivity via your lightbulb? It's already possible with LED lights that can enlighten as well as lighten.
It looks mean from this close, but it’s still damaging when it reaches Earth.
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Satellites are vital and vulnerable - we need to plan for a worst case scenario.
How many phones does one person need?
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Mobile operators' business models mean millions of phones are sat around unused.
Mobile networks are undergoing the transition from 4G to the much faster and more capable 5G.
Mobile networks are making the transition to 5G technology, promising faster data transfer and improved coverage.
How safe is your metadata once it’s been collected and stored?
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The new legislation forcing telcos and internet companies to store your metadata for two years creates a new set of secuirty risks.
BT is big… but a smaller BT won’t necessarily be more beautiful.
Ever since BT was privatised there have been calls to break it up. But with the steps Ofcom has already taken, it's not clear there's any benefit for consumers.
Superfast? I’ll be the judge of that.
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Tell those living in the countryside about the government's promised "right to fast internet" and they'll show you 10 years of similar, unmet promises.
SIM cards contain the key to unlock your phone.
Can the NSA and GCHQ really listen to your phone? Should we be concerned if they could?
The 3 to 2 FCC vote favored Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed net neutrality rules and will regulate broadband providers more heavily than in the past.
This open internet debate isn't the first time the government has wrestled with the question of how to apportion rights between private media owners and the public.
The FCC’s vote is unlikely to end the controversy over net neutrality.
The FCC proposal could prevent content discrimination but wouldn't solve the main problem: most rules governing the web are 80 years old.
Will the FCC repeat past mistakes of regulating telecommunications as utilities?
Economic research over the past 50 years shows efforts to regulate telecoms as utilities doesn't work.
Through the mists… a monopoly re-emerges?
BT is planning to swallow mobile phone provider EE for £12.5 billion, a deal that will bring together Britain’s largest fixed-line telco and broadband provider with the country’s largest mobile phone network…
You’re on hold.
On November 22, the national police non-emergency 101 and the NHS 111 services suffered disruption as a result of a technical fault in the Vodafone national network. This meant that people wishing to report…
Return to prominence.
The news that BT is in talks to buy either the O2 or EE mobile phone operators comes as no surprise. The UK telecoms market is one of the most competitive and regulated in the world and with traditional…