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British Telecom promises ‘ultrafast’ copper broadband – with fibre backbone

In a new press release, British Telecom reveals that results from field trials demonstrate the practicability of achieving network speeds of 1000 mega bits per second over copper wire – ‘ultrafast’ speed. However, it’s no quantum breakthrough in packet compression, but rather a scheme to run the final length of copper from a fibre-based hub… Read More

Google-led consortium to build trans-Pacific ‘Faster’ cable

A consortium of six tech companies has announced plans to build and operate a cable network under the Pacific Ocean, linking the US with Japan. The cable system, dubbed ‘Faster,’ will deliver incredibly fast internet speeds, with a current design capacity of 60 terabytes per second. It will not be the only trans-Pacific communication cable… Read More

Will a free internet do more for Africa than free trade? Interview with Calestous Juma

For a western consumer, a broadband connection has become something we take for granted. As a technology professional, when did you last sit down and think about the educational benefits of the internet? Earlier this week I interviewed Calestous Juma. He is currently Professor of the Practice of International Development, at the Harvard Kennedy School,… Read More

Lagging broadband services are ‘national embarrassment’ for government’s Tech City campaign

Poor infrastructure in London’s Tech City is putting strain on the government’s Old Street technology initiative as start-ups struggle to grow their businesses. Entrepreneurs, who have recently set up new offices to the London’s flagship tech cluster, have complained that Tech City broadband is ‘not fit for purpose’ due to poor connection, delays in installation… Read More

Optimising performance to beat the internet’s rush hour traffic

As IP traffic continues to rocket and the peaks during the busy hour get even spikier, there is a growing need for automation in managing network services says Paul Vian According to the most recent Cisco Visual Networking Index,  global IP traffic has increased more than fivefold in the past five years and will increase… Read More