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Up to half of home and small business internet users at risk from router bug

An estimated 50% of home internet users are at risk from a bug affecting their routers.<p>The so-called Misfortune Cookie vulnerability uncovered by …

Government scraps national roaming in £5bn "not spot" pledge

The government has struck a deal with the UK's four mobile network operators (MNOs) to improve mobile infrastructure across the country, pledging to …

Chinese Android phones contain in-built hacker 'backdoor'

Smartphones made by Coolpad on sale in Britain and the US have a major security flaw that lets hackers steal private data<p>Smartphones from a major Chinese manufacturer have a security flaw that was deliberately introduced and allows hackers full control of the device.<p>The “CoolReaper” backdoor was …

BT in talks to buy mobile phone operator EE for £12.5bn

BT Group is in exclusive talks to acquire EE in a £12.5bn deal that would unite Britain’s largest supplier of fixed telephone lines with the country’s dominant mobile phone network.<p>As part of the deal, the former state-owned telecoms monopoly would hand a 12% stake and a seat on its board to …

Alleged UK hacking of Belgian telecoms firm was far-reaching - reports

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hacking of computers at Belgian telecoms firm Belgacom, alleged to have been carried out by a British spy agency, was more far-reaching than previously thought and went undetected for more than two years, according to reports published on Saturday.<p>Dominique Leroy, chief …

Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

UK readers, what you've always suspected has been proven true – even the weakest mobile networks abroad perform better than some of our best. This is …

Ofcom to Push Ahead with Clearing UK Digital TV Spectrum for Mobile Data Use

The UK telecom regulator has today announced a decision to push ahead with the repurposing of the 700MHz band of spectrum for mobile data usage.<p>The plan, which has been floated and consulted upon since the beginning of 2014, will see the rehoming of some digital terrestrial television (DTT) and …

One wi-fi hotspot for every 150 people, says study

<b>The UK has one wi-fi hotspot for every 11 people and worldwide there is one for every 150, new research from wi-fi provider iPass indicates.</b><p>It suggests there will be 47.7 million public hotspots worldwide by the end of 2014.<p>France currently has the most hotspots, followed by the US and UK.<p>Hotspots …

Telecoms

UK average 4G speed over 15Mbps, Ofcom report finds

<b>UK 4G speeds are more than twice as fast as 3G, according to a new report from watchdog Ofcom.</b><p>They clocked up an average of 15.1Mbps (megabits per second) while 3G averaged 6.1Mbps, it suggested.<p>The report looked at the speed and coverage of mobile networks in five major UK cities - London, …

Telecoms

Ofcom's opening up more spectrum to cope with UK mobile data demands

While Ofcom is busy soliciting opinion on whether it should open up more 4G spectrum to carriers, it's already taking the necessary steps to ease mobile data congestion in the UK. The regulator today announced that it will open up the 700 MHz spectrum, allowing mobile networks to enhance their data …

BT apologises for broadband problem

<b>BT has apologised after "many" users in the UK experienced problems recently connecting to the internet, but says the issue has now been resolved.</b><p>Users complained they were unable to connect to some websites - including social media, banking and shopping sites - as a result of the problems.<p>BT said …

Internet

'Best network in the UK' EE suffers major nationwide outage

<b>Update:</b> The issue has now been resolved, with an EE spokesperson telling TechRadar: "Last night's technical issue that caused a small proportion of …

Office space outfit Regus suffers 'UK-wide' network outage

<b>Updated</b> Regus has coughed to what appears to be a major network outage affecting its UK-based customers, but the company is yet to explain what has …

Pro-net neutrality Norway advises carriers to avoid zero-rating

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Is zero-rating a net neutrality violation? Chilean regulators think the practice – where phone carriers offer certain web …

Ericsson: Global Mobile Subscriptions To Hit 7.1B In 2014, 2.7B Of Those For Smartphones

Ericsson today released its latest Mobility Report, which tracks key figures that help us get a better understanding of the state of the mobile industry worldwide and what’s on the rise. As it turns out, the answer to the latter question is “everything.”<p>Globally we will tip the 7 billion mark for …

This World Map Shows Every Device Connected To The Internet

A striking map created by John Matherly at search engine Shodan shows significant disparities in internet access across the world.<p>The graphic maps every device that's directly connected to the internet. We first noticed it when geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer tweeted it.<p>Some of the dark spots on …

Calls for stricter rules on advertised broadband maximum speeds

A consumer group has called for stricter rules on broadband advertising that allow companies to promise “up to” speeds that are guaranteed for just 10% of customers.<p>Which? said it is time for the advertising watchdog to update its guidelines after finding just 12% of consumers are aware of the rule …

American Surveillance Now Threatens American Business

A new study finds that a vast majority of Americans trust neither the government nor tech companies with their personal data.<p>What does it look like when a society loses its sense of privacy?<p>In the almost 18 months since the Snowden files first received coverage, writers and critics have had to …

Ultra HD TV or mobile data: The fight for spectrum in Korea

Lawmakers in South Korea are siding with using the 700MHz frequency for nationwide Ultra HD broadcasts, instead of using the spectrum to relieve congested mobile traffic.<p>Despite protests from South Korea's mobile phone carriers, the country's lawmakers are likely to earmark its 700MHz spectrum for …