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IBM's storage biz wakes up, smells dedupe coffee

IBM is again playing catch up with rivals by adding a heavy sprinkling of dedupe dust to its near two-year old Storwize arrays and other products. The all-flash array (AFA) line provides data block storage and runs Spectrum Virtualise software, which can be bought for use on-premise or via IBM's cloud. The software, along with …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2018
A new radio dish has been inaugurated at ESA’s existing New Norcia, Western Australia, tracking station, ready to catch the first signals from new missions. The new dish, just 4.5 m across, can lock onto and track new satellites during the critical initial orbits up to roughly 100 000 km out, as well as receive signals from launch rockets. Image copyright ESA

What's in a spectrum allocation? Aero bods talk drone radio links

Preparing the ground for remotely flown and autonomous aircraft – drones – of the near future is a challenge. How much effort has gone into clearing radio spectrum for vital command-and-control links? That question was addressed at a recent Royal Aeronautical Society workshop on drone command and control, where Alastair Munro …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Apr 2018

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

UK mobile operators have collectively forked out £1.3bn on boosting spectrum following regulator Ofcom's latest auction. O2's owner Telefónica splurged the most, shelling out £205m for all 40MHz of 2.3GHz spectrum, which will be immediately available for 4G services; and £317m on 40MHz of 3.4GHz spectrum, key to the rollout of …
Kat Hall, 5 Apr 2018

Ofcom to networks: Want this delicious 5G spectrum? You'll have to improve 4G coverage

Ofcom has today proposed placing new coverage obligations on mobile operators for 4G services as part of their winning 5G spectrum bids. All four operators have met the obligation to reach 90 per cent of the country's landmass by the end of 2017. But the UK regulator said: "While the previous obligations have resulted in …
Kat Hall, 9 Mar 2018

Ofcom gives six operators green light to bid for spectrum

Ofcom has given all four UK mobile operators the go-ahead to bid in the forthcoming 4G and 5G auction, as well as Hull-based fixed wireless ISP Connexin and Airspan Spectrum Holdings, a subsidiary of US outfit Airspan. Spectrum in two bands will be made available through the auction process, which Ofcom expects to start in …
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 2018

US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

Charter still has to answer for selling New Yorkers short on their internet packages, a judge has decided, rejecting the cable giant's argument that the repeal of net neutrality rules in the US means the case is moot. Judge O. Peter Sherwood issued 26 pages of No [PDF] in a lawsuit that has been running for over a year. …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Feb 2018
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Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day. There are three aspects to the bundle of news: software-defined storage; data protection and storage hardware; and the FlashSystem 900 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2018
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Roses are red, Three's feeling blue, spectrum appeal rejected, they'll have to make do

Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction is to go ahead in April after mobile operator Three lost its final legal challenge to force the UK regulator to change the bidding rules. The comms watchdog had planned to hold the auction for the 2.3 and 3.4GHz bands in autumn 2017, but it was delayed by litigation brought by Three UK and BT/EE – …
Kat Hall, 14 Feb 2018

Ofcom cracks on with spectrum auction rules, despite Three's legal challenge

UK comms regulator Ofcom is cracking ahead with plans for the forthcoming spectrum auction – despite further delays posed by Three's Court of Appeal challenge. The regulator had planned to hold the auction for the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands in autumn 2017, but it has been delayed by litigation brought by Three UK and BT/EE – the …
Kat Hall, 17 Jan 2018
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Ofcom sees off legal threat over 5G auction terms

Ofcom has seen off a legal challenge to its spectrum auction by BT's EE and Three today. UK mobe network Three launches legal challenge over spectrum auction READ MORE The action had been a response to the regulator's decision to set a limit on how much spectrum individual operators could buy – in order level the playing …
Kat Hall, 20 Dec 2017
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Facebook suggests mm-wave spectrum should be free in Australia

Facebook has urged the Australian government to open up millimeter-wave spectrum for licence-free applications. It's no secret that The Social Network™ has a fondness for wireless applications around the 60 GHz bands. Last year, it outlined its research into systems dubbed "Terragraph" and "Project ARIES" at its Connectivity …
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Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

EE has officially launched its legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum proposals, a move prompted by Three's judicial review formally submitted earlier this month. The biz wants to split the rules for bidding on the different bands, under Ofcom's plans to stop mobile phone companies from owning more than 37 per cent of usable …
Kat Hall, 19 Sep 2017
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Three challenges UK watchdog to a duel over mobile spectrum rules

Brit mobile operator Three has formally filed its legal challenge to cap the forthcoming spectrum auction at 37 per cent, prompting fears that extra 4G airwave capacity and the rollout of 5G could be delayed. Given the amount of noise Three has made in recent months about its intention to fight Ofcom in court, the filing comes …
Kat Hall, 5 Sep 2017

DC court says Dish skirted rules in US airwave auction

A US Court of Appeals has upheld US broadband watchdog the FCC's decision to bar companies connected to satellite provider Dish Network from claiming discounts on their bids in a 2014 wireless spectrum auction. The DC Circuit's ruling Tuesday said the commission was right to withhold $3.3bn in small business credits claimed by …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2017

UK mobe network Three launches legal challenge over spectrum auction

Mobile operator Three has launched a legal challenge against Ofcom's rules over the upcoming multibillion-pound radio spectrum auction. Last month Ofcom – the UK's comms regulator – decided to cap the maximum amount of mobile spectrum a British company can own at 37 per cent in its forthcoming auction, rather than the 30 per …
Kat Hall, 9 Aug 2017
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Ofcom pops 37% spectrum cap on mobile providers' domes

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has capped the maximum amount of mobile spectrum a company can own at 37 per cent, ahead of its auction of mobile spectrum later this year. Later this year the regulator will flog licences to use 190 MHz of spectrum in two frequency bands, increasing the airwaves available for mobile devices by almost …
Kat Hall, 11 Jul 2017

Millimetre wave.. omigerd it's going nowherrr.. Apple, you say?

Comment Apple may not be the invincible force it once was in mobile, but it is still unrivalled in its ability to scatter stardust over new technologies – just ask the companies which struggled to push Wi-Fi Calling or wireless charging into the mainstream before the iPhone maker came along. Now it has kindled new sparks of enthusiasm, …
Wireless Watch, 30 May 2017
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TPG to create Australia-wide mobile network

Australian junior telco TPG has announced it will create Australia's fourth mobile network. TPG and Vodafone were today announced as having placed the winning bids in Australia's latest spectrum auction. Telco TPG acquired the sole 2 x 10 MHz lot on offer, for for $1.26 billion. Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA) will write …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2017

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