NASA, NOAA and SpaceWeather say a coronal mass ejection will reach Earth this week. It has the potential to knock out communications in some parts of the world.
Every few centuries the sun blasts the Earth with a huge amount of high-energy particles. If it were to happen today, it would wreak havoc on technology.
The BBC has resumed broadcasting via shortwave radio to ensure civilians can access the news.
Undersea cables are made of bundles of glass fibres, each one as thick as a strand of human hair.
Airplanes use radio waves to determine how far off the ground they are. New 5G cellphone services come close to the same frequencies the airplanes use. Here’s how that can be a problem.
Given their vital role in communications, the global economy and security, the rules governing undersea cables need overhauling.
5G is 10 times faster than 4G, promising better wireless internet access. It’s also expected to put the Internet of Things revolution in high gear.
As President Biden signs the bipartisan infrastructure bill, it’s important to determine which road, freight and information networks are the most vital to protect.
Telstra is positioning itself to acquire a privatised NBN. That might be good for shareholders, but not for competition and consumers.
South Africa has come short of its digital ambitions, but it can catch up by ensuring access to high speed broadband, and support for domestic digital firms and entrepreneurs.
False news about 5G spread at breakneck speed on social networks, reinforcing the fears of people who already had suspicions about its effects on health.
The T-Mobile-Sprint merger is the latest example of weakened enforcement of antitrust laws, which reduces competition and exacerbates already-record levels of inequality.
South Africa’s law that regulates the Interception of communications is being challenged on the basis it can be abused by rogue elements in intelligence.
It’s not clear what we gain by blocking Huawei’s involvement in Australia’s 5G network.
Morse code works whether flashing a spotlight or blinking your eyes – or even tapping on a smartphone touchscreen.
Vladimir Putin’s complaints about Western power over telecommunications echo – if not co-opt – concerns raised by less powerful nations for decades.
It’s 2019. And yet faxing is still often more secure, easier to use and better suited to existing work habits than computer-based messaging.
5G is similar to existing mobile networks, but with key differences in hardware and software. And we still need to work out who will build this infrastructure in Australia.
Many computers built at Bletchley Park were dismantled and progress stalled – it would be a tragedy if the same thing happened with 5G.
A government proposal for weather radars to share frequencies with telecommunications providers has prompted fears for the accuracy of the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather radar.