Article: TIP’s OpenWiFi Targets WiFi Disaggregation

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TIP’s OpenWiFi Targets WiFi Disaggregation

The Facebook-led Telecom Infra Project (TIP) set its sights on WiFi disaggregation this week with the release of OpenWiFi. The initiative expands the purview of TIP beyond mobile and fixed network infrastructure to one of the most broadly adopted and consistently discouraging technologies of all. WiFi is currently used to connect more than 16 billion devices and it carries the majority of wireless internet traffic globally, according to TIP.

OpenWiFi is a fully disaggregated system spanning access point hardware, an open source access point networking operating system, and a software development kit for cloud-native WiFI controller applications that can be used by operators and enterprises.

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Article: MTN launches AirFibre in South Africa

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MTN launches AirFibre in South Africa

Telecommunications company MTN says it will begin its first commercial installation of Supersonic AirFibre on Monday (3 May). Since the announcement of the launch of the solution in February this year, the group said it has received over 20,000 expressions of interest, with the aim to connect 60,000 homes within the first year.

This coincides with a surge in demand for affordable, fibre-like internet access in previously unreachable areas, the group said.  The first commercial rollout will commence in Soweto, Mamelodi, Fairlands and Honeydew.

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Article: Why Istio is winning the open source service mesh race [Q&A]

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Why Istio is winning the open source service mesh race [Q&A]

In recent years the use of microservices has helped to streamline development processes. But there’s still an issue with managing communication between services. Service mesh is a technology that adds uniform networking capabilities right across the program stack but is decoupled from the application code itself.

There are a number of competing options available to implement service mesh. We spoke to Lin Sun, director of open source at to find out why she believes the IBM/Google open source project, Istio is the clear winner.

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Article: MTN rolls out R300 million project to capture fibre-starved communities

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MTN rolls out R300 million project to capture fibre-starved communities

One lesson that mobile phone companies seem to have learnt during the Covid-19 lockdown is that data is gold. Revenue derived from data has emerged as a key contributor to income growth over the past year, as demand for internet connectivity skyrocketed, driven by the changing work environment and increasing streaming demand.

However, uneven IT infrastructure and prohibitive costs have slowed down the full growth potential of the data market, meaning the returns currently enjoyed by telecommunications companies may just be the tip of the iceberg.

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Article: Eau Claire County, Wis., to Test Free Starlink Internet

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Eau Claire County, Wis., to Test Free Starlink Internet

Eau Claire County, Wis., has selected 50 participants who will receive a year of free Internet as part of a pilot project. The pilot focuses on unserved businesses and households in rural parts of southeastern Eau Claire County. It is operated by SpaceX Starlink and costs $85,000 total.

As part of paying for the project, the local community needed to raise $30,000 and has successfully done so, according to Supervisor Don Mowry, chair of the county Broadband Committee, which met Thursday. Funding was covered in part by three health care providers that have partnered with the county on this project: Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System and Hospital Sisters Health System.

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Article: The Promises and Perils of 6G Technology

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The Promises and Perils of 6G Technology

6G is different. While historical advances in the cellular communication standards have changed the way consumers use their mobile devices, the legal ramifications of those advances have largely been cabined to the telecommunications industry. 6G technology will usher in a revolution in innovation, unleashing artificial intelligence, revolutionizing the health care and data-transmission sectors, and creating never-before-seen privacy issues.

6G offers the potential for transmission speeds 100 times greater than 5G, near-zero latency, and connection density as high as 10 million devices per square kilometer. These advances will create a network where almost every device can be simultaneously connected, enabling a range of technologies that are not possible today.

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Article: Protecting High-Level Personnel from IMSI Catchers

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Protecting High-Level Personnel from IMSI Catchers

In September 2019, attribution was given to Israel for the IMSI catchers discovered in Washington, D.C. two years earlier, shining light on the prevalence of these types of spying devices. Once used solely by law enforcement as a way of finding the international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) linked to a criminal suspect’s SIM card for investigative purposes, now just about anyone can acquire or build an IMSI catcher to intercept a target’s communications. With such low barriers to entry, it’s no longer just the bad guys who need to be worried about these devices.

At a basic level, an IMSI catcher – also known as a cell-site simulator, fake cell tower, rogue base station, StingRay or dirtbox, to name a few of its many descriptors – consists of two main parts: a radio frontend for sending and receiving radio waves and a network backend for simulating a cellular core network. Today, anyone with a software-defined radio (SDR) and a computing device running an open-source base station program (like OpenBTS) can effectively operate an IMSI catcher.

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Article: Epic partners with Ericsson to enhance its network and prepare Malta for 5G

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Epic partners with Ericsson to enhance its network and prepare Malta for 5G

Ericsson has been selected by Epic as their exclusive 5G radio access network (RAN) provider, bringing the wide-reaching benefits of 5G to Malta. As part of the new partnership, Epic will use Ericsson’s technology leadership to fully modernize their existing network.

RAN products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing and Ericsson Antenna System will be deployed in Epic’s network as part of a smooth, fast, and cost-effective shift to 5G that will accelerate the digital transformation of Maltese society.

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Article: Why a Mexican Village’s DIY Cellphone Network Matters

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Why a Mexican Village’s DIY Cellphone Network Matters

When an Indigenous community in Oaxaca, snubbed by telecom giants, created its own mobile network, things didn’t go exactly as planned. But the experiment revealed the strength of its social bonds.

Imagine you’re in a picturesque Mexican village, nestled high in the mountains of the Sierra Madre. In your hand, you’re gripping a cellphone. You’re staring at your device’s signal bars, hoping to see them come alive for the first time. Suddenly, the bars glow brightly. Success! You continue testing the network, winding up steep cobblestone paths between sunbaked, stucco houses. Gleeful cheers begin erupting everywhere. Stunned villagers stagger outside, holding cellphones.

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Article: International Data Center Day: Discover the Careers That Power the Cloud

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International Data Center Day: Discover the Careers That Power the Cloud

Today is International Data Center Day, an effort to raise awareness of the data center industry and to inspire the next generation of talent. The initiative, launched by 7×24 Exchange International, is the latest in a series of efforts to address a looming talent gap for data centers and cloud computing infrastructure.

The goal is to help the industry connect with future generations, ensure a steady flow of skilled labor, and build public understanding of data centers and what they do. The day’s themes include:

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