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OECD: Don't bank on wireless for comms futures • The Register

OECD: Don't bank on wireless for comms futures • The Register | Telco | Scoop.it
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An interesting insight into the future of Telecommunications throughout Europe and other major countries.

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U.K. Survey Finds Corporate Boards Aren't Taking Cyber Risk Seriously - eSecurity Planet

U.K. Survey Finds Corporate Boards Aren't Taking Cyber Risk Seriously - eSecurity Planet | Telco | Scoop.it
79 percent of survey respondents said their board hasn't actively discussed, or hasn't even seen, the U.K. government's Cyber Security Guidance.
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Wish I could say I'm shocked, but I'm not.

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Manchester City FC Hacked - eSecurity Planet

Manchester City FC Hacked - eSecurity Planet | Telco | Scoop.it
A rival football club may have accessed detail reports on players scouted by Manchester City.
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I wonder who it was?

Does this come under the heading "industrial espionage", I wonder?

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German telecommunications company owner admits role in hacking scheme

German telecommunications company owner admits role in hacking scheme | Telco | Scoop.it
The scheme, authorities said, involved theft of cell phone service or theft through a process known as "hacking," in which hackers invaded telephone systems of businesses and placed calls to those systems in an attempt to identify phone extensions...
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Wow, this just highlights to me the important question that all buyers of telecoms should be asking, can you trust the company selling to you and what measures are they offering to protect you should a fraud occur?

 

1st thing I would say is get recommendations from other clients of the Telecoms company, even better if you know them.

 

secondly, whilst no telecom company can totally protect you from fraud, is the solution they are offering secure? Do they offer any additional security for fraud prevention?

 

There is no point in waiting till the horse has bolted before securing the door is there?

 

As someone who has witnessed hacking first hand, let me tell you it is not a nice or welcome experience. With the increase in VOIP as a communications medium, now more than ever, we need to secure our networks. Even traditional, which is easily hacked in to aswell, we need to take precautions, yet we don't and more worringly, we are never offered.

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Social Enterprises Must Move Beyond Purpose

Social Enterprises Must Move Beyond Purpose | Telco | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, it was easy for a social enterprise to stand out and get noticed. Early entrants to the space were rewarded handsomely with attention and accolades because of their higher calling and charitable business models.
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A worthwhile read, full of insight in to the Social Enterprise.

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Smart phone security and DYI replacement screens - 6abc.com

Smart phone security and DYI replacement screens - 6abc.com | Telco | Scoop.it
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Smart phone security and DYI replacement screens
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A just-released survey by Consumer Reports projects more than 7 million smart phone owners had a phone that was lost, stolen, or ruined in the last year.
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7 million phones, that's a lot of money down the dran, so to speak. Certainly if lost or stolen if you have software on your handset you could at least find out where it is and disable it

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Basic Phone Lets Parents Keep In Touch With Their Toddlers

Basic Phone Lets Parents Keep In Touch With Their Toddlers | Telco | Scoop.it

1stfone is a credit card-sized mobile device designed for children aged 4 to 9 as an alternative to the smartphone, which may not be suitable for kids that young. While the 1stfone has no screen, internet access or texting capability, it does have customizable buttons and can be programmed with important numbers so that children can keep in touch with the people they need.


Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Good Idea of Bad? What do you think?

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What telecoms subscribers should know about number portability

What telecoms subscribers should know about number portability | Telco | Scoop.it
What is “Mobile Number Portability”?(RT @Kingarma: What telecoms subscribers should know about number portability http://t.co/uNh7eFeHf8 via @daily_trust)...
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A very useful, well written guide. The information contained within apply just about worldwide

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BSkyB to create 550 jobs as demand lifts profits - Herald Scotland

BSkyB to create 550 jobs as demand lifts profits - Herald Scotland | Telco | Scoop.it
BSkyB to create 550 jobs as demand lifts profits
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BSKYB intends to create 550 jobs across its retail and customer service operations to help deal with soaring customer numbers.
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Another good news story. 

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Pay Monthly | SIM Only | Virgin Mobile from Virgin Media

Pay Monthly | SIM Only | Virgin Mobile from Virgin Media | Telco | Scoop.it
We've got great SIM only deals for you at Virgin Mobile. Get lower tariffs, exclusive deals and free mobile phone offers when you buy in a bundle.
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Is there a better deal anywhere in the UK just now

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges • The Register

BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges • The Register | Telco | Scoop.it

BT is planning to offer a 300Mbit/s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service to 50 exchanges by the end of this year.

The national telco has not said which exchange areas will get the FTTP service, which will cost subscribers £50 a month.

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That's a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak.

I wonder how Virgin will react, currently their fastest service is 100MB, interesting times ahead.

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Three Jailed in UK for Phishing Scam - eSecurity Planet

Three Jailed in UK for Phishing Scam - eSecurity Planet | Telco | Scoop.it
Sunday Godday Etu, Inout Caraman and Adrian Iorgovean stole almost 30,000 bank customers' personal details.
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30K customer bank details!

How much is that worth on the black market?

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Europe Falls Behind as US Carriers Increase Phone Bills - Bloomberg

Europe Falls Behind as US Carriers Increase Phone Bills - Bloomberg | Telco | Scoop.it
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Europe Falls Behind as US Carriers Increase Phone Bills
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Europe's wireless carriers fell further behind their U.S.
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Had to happen sooner than later, over the past 20 odd years bills have fallen whilst service expectation levels have shot up. No doubt the UK and rest of EU will be increasing the costs to us soon.

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Deep dive into VOIP QoS

Deep dive into VOIP QoS | Telco | Scoop.it
Image Source: vtt.fi For Voice over IP to be a valid alternative to the beloved classic telephony service, clients need to receive the same quality of voice transmission they receive with basic telephone services—meaning constant high-quality voice...

Via qasim alhammad
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An interesting insight, for me though, how can you get Quality of Service on VOIP unless you run your own cables between sites? We all know that the mast majority consider VOIP to be a technology that runs via the internet, and that the internet is largely made up of Cisco routers and switches, none of which recognise voice as requiring a QOS, which raises the question, will we ever really get a true quality of service fromVOIP?

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No Facebook Phone For The United Kingdom - Forbes

No Facebook Phone For The United Kingdom - Forbes | Telco | Scoop.it
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No Facebook Phone For The United Kingdom
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UK network EE have confirmed that the HTC First, the so-called Facebook Phone, will not be sold in the UK (reports Engadget, and others).
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Reading the reviews on this, I think we may have dodged a bullet?

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What Happens When You Leave Your Phone Number On The Internet? - BuzzFeed

What Happens When You Leave Your Phone Number On The Internet? - BuzzFeed | Telco | Scoop.it
What Happens When You Leave Your Phone Number On The Internet?
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Website Textastrophe finds phone numbers posted in public places, and then begins a conversation. With unexpected results. 2.
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This is funny, just had to scoop it.

 

How would you react? 

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Telecoms watchdog Ofcom to consider dominance - nebusiness.co.uk

Telecoms watchdog Ofcom to consider dominance - nebusiness.co.uk | Telco | Scoop.it
Telecoms watchdog Ofcom to consider dominance
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TELECOMS watchdog Ofcom is probing BT's dominance and pricing in the superfast broadband market after a complaint from a rival.
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Not before time, but isn't it funny how Talk Talk seem to be the ones doing the most shouting, strange that, considering they are one of the most complained about telecoms company

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