Microsoft partners with Facebook to lay highest capacity transatlantic cable

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In a formidable partnership, Microsoft has announced it's working alongside Facebook to lay a high-speed transatlantic cable which is set to offer the highest capacity yet. 

The pair are looking to bolster connections across the Atlantic to improve access to cloud-based services including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox...

Opinion: Future proofing networks for increasing demands

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Broadband networks are built with the aim of lasting for decades and they need to support increasingly heavy traffic at higher bandwidths. Factors that contribute to the network’s reliability and longevity, such as the need for good fibre/cable management and highly reliable connections throughout the network, have been accepted as necessary. However, in addition to meeting today’s needs, operators need to build networks with an eye to...

Demistifying Wireless LAN: Configuration, standards and security

By Muhammad Farqan

Wired local-area networks (LANs) have been the foundation of enterprise networks for years. They still are today. However, wireless local-area networks (WLANs) have strongly emerged as the means to extend the wired network to mobile devices. If you have been into networking, you very likely have set up a wireless local-area network at home or work.

In order to set up a functional wireless network, usually minimal configuration is needed. Many of the details...

Alcatel-Lucent gets the record for fastest undersea data transmission

Transoceanic data is a big business which may be about to be sped up thanks to a team’s research at Alcatel-Lucent’s campus near Paris, who have broke the world record for fastest undersea data transmission.

Researchers at the site from Bell Labs sent data at speeds of 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) along 7200km; three times faster than previous commercially-available cables.

This was achieved over a span of 100km (the distance between amplifiers.)

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Reach 400Gbps speeds with noise-cancellation technology

Take a look at your headphones. They could harness the very technology which could boost broadband speeds to a blistering 400gbps – noise-cancellation.

A research team which is being led by Xiang Liu of Bell Laboratories is looking into using “phase conjugation” to help boost speeds to this incredible level as demand for faster broadband rises.

In the same manner as headphones which detect noise and transmit an inverse set of signals to counter-act the...

Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

 

The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network, utilising airwaves primarily...

BT and TalkTalk fight, Virgin steps in

The last few weeks for both BT and TalkTalk have been interesting for UK telecoms - some may say slightly pathetic - but a lot is at stake for the broadband companies’ financial future.

Now Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett weighs in, calling for peace to the benefit of all involved.

Fighting words broke out between executives over how much BT wholesales its fibre optic network to rival providers, with TalkTalk bosses asking the Government to impose rules preventing...

Over 8m Britons have never been online

Around 8 million UK adults have never used the Internet. This equals to just over 16% of the entire UK adult population.

The number of adults that have never been online fell by 299,000 during the three months up to September. This figure has significantly increased since the previous quarter, which fell by only 12,000 people.

This is according to an Internet Access Quarterly Update survey released by the Office of National Statistics. It estimates the amount of Internet...

Intel turns its back on Smart TV

Intel Corp is moving away from the TV system-on-chip (SoC) market, as it struggles to compete with other companies.

According to an IHS market tracker report last week, Intel lost out in market shares, holding 2% compared to Mstar Semiconductor Inc’s 39% in the first half of 2011.

The Google partner will now focus its attention on smartphones and media tablets rather than its Google TV initiative, which has suffered poor sales.

IHS also found potential reasons...

Billions for new EU broadband funding plan

The EU will this week announce plans for an €9.2bn broadband rollout project across the continent as part of a huge infrastructure development project that is expected to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs over the next few years.

The scheme forms part of a €50bn infrastructure finance package for Europe, modernising digital, energy and transport networks across the continent.

It is hoped that the broadband package will stimulate further investment in projects...