What’s this under the Christmas tree? A gift-wrapped Mellanox, for Microsoft? Say it ain’t so

Windows giant mulls gobbling up network kit maker, according to anon insiders
Microsoft is considering buying Mellanox, according to a report on Wednesday by an Israeli financial newspaper.…

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you… Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

UK competition bods threaten action against ‘loyalty penalty’
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has issued an urgent call for action against mobile providers that rip off loyal customers with high prices even once handsets are paid off.…

Ofcom: More spectrum for all the good boys and girls. Except you, EE. You’ve had your fill

UK mobile networks had better open their wallets
Ofcom has revealed plans to offer more of the airwaves to mobile networks, increasing capacity by around 22 per cent overall, and by 62 per cent in the more attractive sub-1GHz portion of the spectrum.…

BT: Soz about that £1.3m CEO bonus vote, shareholders. Friends?

We’re listening, insists company right before new chief exec takes post
BT has belatedly given its shareholders a public pat on the head for not voting down departing chief exec Gavin Patterson’s £1.3m bonus.…

O little town of Bethlehem, Georgia. How still we see your internet lie… US govt throws another $600m at rural broadband

Money in form of loans and grants – but will it work or be wasted?
Analysis The US government has added another $600m to the pot of money that is supposed to expand broadband internet access to rural areas of America. But it remains far from clear how …

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

Don’t be daft, of course they haven’t, we’re still in Crazytown USA
Analysis One year ago today, the FCC passed a controversial measure that undermined its own rules, passed just two years earlier, over net neutrality.…

Ofcom asks networks, ISPs: Hey, wouldn’t it be nice if you let customers know the best deal once their contract’s up?

You know, they’ve paid for the phone a few times over now…
UK regulator Ofcom wants ISPs and networks to tell customers when their contract is up and inform them of better deals. The consultation (PDF) was launched today alongside a review of broadba…

If most punters are unlikely to pay more for 5G, why all the rush?

5G is like 3G, except this time they mean it
Analysis 5G is a technical and economical miracle that you cannot help but admire. Soon our streets will be drenched in high-speed connectivity as all kinds of far-out radio boffinry get commercialised, prod…

Qualcomm all ye faithful: 5G’s soon triumphant… like 2020 soon. Really

We just modem down with that headline (OK maybe not)
As the chip supplier to almost half the phone market, Qualcomm should be able to make a decent guess about when 5G will condense from vapourware into something more solid.…