Critics hit out at ‘black box’ UN internet body

Who exactly decides who sits on the Internet Governance Forum’s main body?

The United Nations body that reviews how the internet is governed is facing criticism from some of its biggest supporters over its “black box” decision making.…

EE most ‘reliable’ mobile provider for cities – Ofcom

Also releases postcode-checker for folk to confirm coverage crapness

Communications regulator Ofcom has named EE the mobile provider with the fastest speeds in four major cities, according to research published today.…

Ofcom is keeping schtum over BT Openreach plans until end of year

Regulator will then beg for EU permission to act

Telecoms regulator Ofcom will not release details of its proposals for greater structural separation of Openreach and BT until the end of the year.…

Ofcom puts aside a little bit of spectrum for Internet of Things things

You never know, dear…

A proportion of very high frequency (VHF) wireless spectrum will be reserved for future use by Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices, the UK telecoms regulator has announced.…

New submarine cable to connect Australia to Singapore

APX-West finally green-lit as Telstra, Singtel sign on for consortium build by 2018

SubPartners’ APX-West cable from Perth to Singapore will finally go ahead, after the company changed its business model to a consortium build.…

Legal right to 10Mbps broadband is ‘not enough’, thunders KCOM chief

Gerrere, lad, yon man’s giz us broadband in t’Hull

The government’s plans to make 10Mbps a ‘legal right’ by 2020 do not nearly go far enough, Bill Halbert, chief exec of telecoms sector firm Kcom has said.…

DARPA issues collaborative spectrum sharing challenge

Hoarding spectrum isn’t cool or practical, but if wireless operators everyone wins

Static spectrum allocation is going to pass its use-by date soon, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which has kicked off a US$2 million challenge to find co-operative ways to share radio frequencies.…

DNS root server attack was not aimed at root servers – infosec bods

Target appears to have been two Chinese domain names

The internet’s root servers were not the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in December which for a short time took out four of the 13 pillars of the global network.…