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UK: CityFibre wants Peterborough to Gig Up for ultrafast fibre broadband | Recombu.com

UK: CityFibre wants Peterborough to Gig Up for ultrafast fibre broadband | Recombu.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it


CityFibre has launched a 'Gig Up' canvassing campaign in Peterborough, inviting businesses to sign up for its ultrafast broadband roll out.


The company will start roll-out of the new network to be known as ‘Peterborough CORE’ in April 2014 and it will be completed approximately 12 months later. 


Registrations through the Gig Up campaign at www.peterboroughCORE.com will enable CityFibre to map demand, keep businesses informed of progress and ensure as many as possible can be connected as the network is rolled out.


CityFibre says that the greater the interest from the business community in the are, the wider the network roll-out will be.


It said that business with fibre optic broadband would “no longer have to suffer the frustrations of slow and unreliable broadband due to the bottleneck in their connections resulting from the existing copper-based network.”


Last year CityFibre announced plans to set up a city-wide network in two phases. The first phase would see 4,000 Peterborough businesses tapping into 1Gbps ultrasfast broadband speeds before a second phase delivered the same speeds to over 60,000 residential premises.


Gigabit connectivity will deliver symmetrical download and upload speeds of up to 1Gbps per second, allowing multiple users to access even the largest data files simultaneously with no delays.


It said that business in the area have already signed up to the campaign and a few will act as ambassadors for the ultrafast broadband registration drive.


Neil Darwin, chief executive of economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough said: “Peterborough businesses are already pushing the boundaries of technology, innovation and sustainable ways of working, and we’re excited to see what more they can achieve with the benefit of a super-fast fibre network.”


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UK: Cherie Blair will address Future of Wireless conference | Business Weekly

UK: Cherie Blair will address Future of Wireless conference | Business Weekly | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Wireless technology is flattening frontiers and connecting evermore millions of people and objects – and industry leaders get the crystal ball out in Cambridge this summer to analyse potential future developments.


Businesses in the Cambridge Wireless network in the UK have been among the game-changers, as delegates to the 6th Future of Wireless International Conference on June 30 and July 1 will discover.


The event focuses on how wireless technology is shaping and enhancing lives across continents. Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, will also address delegates at the Future of Wireless International Conference Dinner.


At the conference itelf, industry experts and academics, along with leading humanitarian and international development specialists, will consider a wide range of topics from supporting economic development and improving literacy and health, to ensuring public safety, improving the sustainability of the earth’s resources and cultivating entrepreneurship. The conference’s strong international theme will be reflected by presentations and case studies from around the world.


The conference will be kicked off by Carolina Costa, managing director at Orange Innovation UK, who will set out the trends in global resources, demographics, economic and scientific developments that will shape the landscape over the next 20 to 30 years.


Other speakers include Jonathon Porritt, founder and director, Forum for the Future who will present on Wireless Technology’s Role in the Future of the Planet, along with Shawn Covell, VP Government Affairs for Qualcomm Wireless Reach; Simon Saunders, co-founder of Real Wireless; Steve Jones, Chair of Trustees at the Humanitarian Centre; Stuart Orr, Managing Director – Communications at Accenture; and Finbarr Moynihan, General Manager, Sales and Marketing at MediaTek.


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Dear President Obama: Tar Sands & Keystone XL are more Dangerous than an Iranian Atomic Bomb | JuanCole.com

Dear President Obama:  Tar Sands & Keystone XL are more Dangerous than an Iranian Atomic Bomb | JuanCole.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

(A Letter by Juan Cole)


Dear President Obama:


You have said repeatedly that if negotiations with Iran do not limit its nuclear enrichment activities solely to peaceful uses, i.e. production of fuel for energy plants, that you would be willing to go to war with that country to ensure that it does not develop an atomic bomb. Some prominent American politicians, such as Senator Lindsey Graham, do not want to wait for negotiations and would like to launch that war today.


But atomic weapons are possessed by Israel, Britain, France, China, Russia, Pakistan, India and the United States, and only two have ever been detonated in anger. Atomic bombs are defensive weapons, not offensive ones, because deploying them aggressively would usually exact too heavy a toll for the aggressor to bear in consequence.


You said at Prague in 2009, “today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”


But while you seem to put a great deal of emphasis on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program and the danger it might be weaponized, and while you say you want nuclear disarmament in general, you seem to take a longer view on a much, much more extreme threat to the earth than a few thousand atomic bombs. While you have been the best president on the issue of climate change, and EPA regulations on coal plants in your administration are going a long way toward closing them down, you keep talking about an “all of the above” energy policy that lauds hydraulic fracking and increased hydrocarbon production. If you produce more of the stuff, it will be burned into the atmosphere. And, even just extracting it out is very bad for the earth.


The greater threat than atomic bombs is carbon emissions and the likelihood that tar sands extraction of petroleum will greatly increase them. This coming on line of massive new amounts of extremely dirty tar sands petroleum would be much abetted by the Keystone XL pipeline.


Extraction of petroleum from tar sands should be illegal for all kinds of reasons. Most importantly, it is a very, very dirty fuel. We are already putting 278 atomic bombs worth of energy into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide emissions every minute.


Let us stop and think about that.


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Users postpone ditch-XP decision as Windows 8 runs to stay in place | NetworkWorld.com

Users postpone ditch-XP decision as Windows 8 runs to stay in place | NetworkWorld.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Windows XP's disappearance and Windows 8's march toward some kind of success were both put on hold in January, after a December when the former's user share plunged and the latter's swelled, a Web analytics company said Saturday.


Neither are good signs for Microsoft, which has bet the future on Windows 8 and is coming close to begging customers to abandon the creaky Windows XP.


According to Aliso Viejo, Calif. company Net Applications, Windows XP increased its share by a quarter of a percentage point in January, ending the month at 29.2% of all desktop and notebook computers worldwide, the first time it had meaningful growth since March 2012.


The 13-year-old operating system accounted for nearly a third -- 32% -- of Windows-powered PCs.


Windows XP's increase in user share, a rough measurement of what fraction of the world's computer owners run a specific operating system, had to be a disappointment in Redmond, Wash., headquarters of Microsoft.


The technology giant has relentlessly warned customers that they need to get off XP before it's retired from security support on April 8, 2014. Although at times the messages have been heard -- in December, Windows XP's user share fell 2.2 percentage points, or nine times more than in January -- the stall last month was reminiscent of a pause in October after the OS plummeted by nearly 6 percentage points in the two months prior.


Because of the unexpected respite in XP's decline, Computerworld now forecasts that the OS will power about 27% of all personal computers at the end of April, and nearly 30% of those running one flavor or another of Windows.


Unless Windows XP restarts a dramatic decline, the operating system will still be powering one in five personal computers at the end of 2014.


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BREIN Loses Again As Dutch Court Rejects Criminal Prosecution For Copyright Infringement | Techdirt.com

BREIN Loses Again As Dutch Court Rejects Criminal Prosecution For Copyright Infringement | Techdirt.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, the Dutch "anti-piracy" group BREIN seemed invincible, winning a number of copyright infringement cases. But recently, its winning streak has come to an end.


Last week we reported on how BREIN's attempt to block access to The Pirate Bay had been thrown out, and now we have the following case, as reported by TorrentFreak:


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UK: EE and Three ink deal for joint 4G network construction | TeleGeography.com

UK mobile network operators EE and Hutchison 3G UK (Three) have reportedly inked a 4G network sharing deal under which they will jointly invest around GBP1 billion (USD1.64 billion), the Financial Times reports.


With the agreement expected to accelerate the rollout of the duo’s respective Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, while also lowering costs for each operator, it is understood that its represents the revision of terms of a previous contract between EE and Three related to existing network infrastructure.


Under the terms of the updated agreement, the two cellcos will reportedly build the next part of their basic 4G networks together, including sharing mast infrastructure and transmission costs between the masts and the main national networks.

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Global Trade Agreements: Unstoppable, Or Being Stopped? | Techdirt.com

Global Trade Agreements: Unstoppable, Or Being Stopped? | Techdirt.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics, in collaboration with the Internet & Society Collaboratory and FutureChallenges.org of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, has put together an interesting collection of 22 wide-ranging essays dealing with TAFTA/TTIP, called "The Transatlantic Colossus" (freely available in .pdf, .epub, and .mobi file formats.) One of the essays, which compares TAFTA/TTIP with TPP, points out that we are witnessing an unprecedented level of activity in forging large-scale trade agreements:


The ongoing trend of proliferating bilateral and multilateral trade agreements has entered into a new stage with Japan's decision to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and the launch of negotiations between the EU and the US to reach a comprehensive trade and investment agreement (TAFTA | TTIP). On top of that, the EU and Japan also started negotiating a bilateral trade agreement in April 2013. Due to their sheer size, these trade blocs have the potential for significant economic and geopolitical implications.


There's no doubt that there's plenty going on in this sphere -- moves to update NAFTA can be added to the list above -- but a fascinating article on the IP Osgoode site points out that if you look at the efforts to strengthen copyrights and patents in both the domestic and international arenas, there's another dynamic at work here:


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Who Runs Freedom Industries? West Virginia's Chemical Spill Mystery | Bloomberg Biz Week

Who Runs Freedom Industries? West Virginia's Chemical Spill Mystery | Bloomberg Biz Week | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Before the lawsuits and the retreat into federal bankruptcy court, before the change in ownership in a veiled roll-up by an out-of-state coal baron, before the Justice Department’s environmental-crimes investigation, the presidentially declared emergency, and the National Guard’s arrival—nine years before all of that—the co-founder of Freedom Industries, the company at the center of the Jan. 9 chemical spill that cut off tap water for 300,000 West Virginians, was convicted of siphoning payroll tax withholdings to splurge on sports cars, a private plane, and real estate in the Bahamas. And 18 years before that, in 1987, before he started Freedom Industries, Carl Kennedy II was convicted of conspiring to sell cocaine in a scandal that brought down the mayor of Charleston.


Little known, even locally, Freedom was born and operated in a felonious milieu populated by old friends who seemed better suited to bartending at the Charleston-area saloons they also owned. “These people who were running Freedom Industries weren’t the sort you’d put in charge of something like chemical storage that could affect the whole community,” Danny Jones, Charleston’s current mayor, says. “Who are these guys, anyway?”


Good question. Kennedy kept the books for bars and restaurants, including a rib house Mayor Jones used to own, although he hadn’t gotten to know him well. “He was pleasant enough,” Jones says. Until the spill, the mayor had no idea his former accountant had been enmeshed with Freedom. That really seems troubling, Jones says, “especially with the cocaine stuff in his history.”


Kennedy’s main partner was a college buddy named Dennis Farrell, who had some technical background and took over Freedom after Kennedy went to prison in 2006. By Farrell’s own account, the company, founded in 1992, nearly ran aground on his watch. Only a rescue in 2009 funded by the federal antirecession stimulus program kept the company going.


The third member of the company’s leadership triad, Gary Southern, has served as Freedom’s public face since the spill. He lives in Marco Island, Fla., and says he’d been advising the company for several years before becoming full-time president in 2013. Not blessed with a talent for public expression, Southern didn’t mention in the first days after the leak of 10,000 gallons of coal-processing compounds that Freedom had been acquired, only 10 days earlier, by Cliff Forrest.


A different sort of character from Kennedy, Farrell, and Southern, Forrest founded and heads Rosebud Mining, the third-largest coal producer in Pennsylvania and the 21st-largest in the country.


He’s a prominent figure in his industry and an opponent of what he calls the Obama administration’s “war on coal.” Why he wanted Freedom’s decrepit facilities for blending and distributing chemicals remains a mystery.


Publicly, Forrest hasn’t said a word. His connection to Freedom wasn’t confirmed until Jan. 17, when his lawyers put the company into bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 filing in Charleston required disclosure of a financial paper trail that led to Forrest’s coal company headquarters near Pittsburgh via another entity called Chemstream Holdings.


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Shale Stories: Obama's Clean Energy Future Is a Fracking Nightmare for Rural America | Truth-Out.org

Shale Stories: Obama's Clean Energy Future Is a Fracking Nightmare for Rural America | Truth-Out.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

In his State of the Union address, President Obama once again touted natural gas as the "bridge fuel" that will help the American economy reduce its carbon emissions and dependency on foreign oil. Since fracking has helped unlock domestic shale gas reserves, the United States has become the world's leading producer of a fossil fuel that burns cleaner than coal. For the past two years, Obama has put the expanding natural gas industry at the center of his energy and climate policies.


Marilyn Hunt has some choice words for Obama.


"I'd tell him it isn't a clean industry, it's a dirty industry," Hunt said.


Hunt would know. Her story is an all-too-familiar nightmare. She says her family first became sick in December 2009.


"We thought we all had the flu ... a lot of people had this experience," Hunt says.


Then the chicks born on her 70-acre farm in Wetzel County, West Virginia, began to die. The chicks were born with elongated beaks and deformed feet. Hunt says that some of the chicks seemed to have a neurological disorder and were unable to stand. They would spin around in circles and then die. The baby goats on the farm began to die as well. Hunt's neighbor called and complained that her well water was brown and her horses refused to drink it.


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Colombia to charge employees of US coal company Drummond | BBC.co.uk

Colombia to charge employees of US coal company Drummond | BBC.co.uk | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Colombian chief prosecutor Eduardo Montealegre says he will bring charges against six employees of the US coal mining company, Drummond, over an environmental disaster last year.


The company spilled hundreds of tonnes of coal into the sea at Santa Marta, on Colombia's Caribbean coast, when it tried to rescue a sinking barge.


Drummond said it regretted what it described as "an industrial accident".


The company had been ordered to pay a $3.5m (£2.1m) fine.

The accident happened in January 2013.


Drummond says on its website that one of its barges loaded with coal "took on water overnight due to high wind and wave conditions".

In the operation to rescue the barge, crane operators ended up dumping tonnes of coal into the sea.


The six employees being charged include onsite supervisors and crane operators.


Earlier this month, Colombia banned the use of cranes and barges in all its ports.


The rules are aimed at preventing spillage and sea pollution.


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Payments made via mobile devices surge to about 20% of all transactions, processor says | NetworkWorld.com

Payments made via mobile devices surge to about 20% of all transactions, processor says | NetworkWorld.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Payments made with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets rose 55% over last year, reaching a total of 19.5% of all transactions processed worldwide in December by Amsterdam’s Adyen.


Apple iPads and iPhones were the most used devices for mobile payments, according to Adyen’s tally, with the iPad accounting for 41% of mobile transactions during the busy September to December holiday shopping period. The Apple iPhone took the second spot with 31.6% of mobile-payment transactions, while Android smartphones stood at 20% and Android tablets at just 6.6%. Microsoft Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices each accounted for less than 1%.


In terms of smartphones used for mobile payments, “Android looks to be steadily closing the gap on the iPhone’s lead,” Adyen stated. The outfit saw iPhone’s share drop from 68.5% in April 2013 to 60% in December, while Android devices rose from 30.7% to 38.6%. Adyen said that shift appears to be due to the increasing numbers of Android devices, particularly those from Samsung.


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UPC Ireland debuts 500Mbps business broadband service | TeleGeography.com

The Irish cable TV operator UPC Ireland has launched a new 500Mbps superfast broadband service for business customers.


According to a report from Silicon Republic, the initial switch-on has come in Dublin, Galway and Limerick, with other cities to be covered this year.


UPC Ireland CEO Magnus Ternsjo commented: ‘We have invested over half a billion euros upgrading our fibre-power network to world-class standards and are constantly improving our product offerings and affordability of our digital services for small and larger business customers, as well as enterprises. This is contributing effectively to business growth, competitiveness and national economic progress.’

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UK: Ofcom confirms compliance with 3G coverage obligations by all cellcos | TeleGeography.com

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed that all of the UK’s major mobile phone networks are now meeting their 3G coverage obligations.


As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in November last year the watchdog had revealed that Vodafone UK had failed to meet the obligation of covering 90% of UK homes with a 3G service by June 2013; at that date the cellco was said to reach 88.66% of premises. In its latest announcement regarding the matter, Ofcom noted that following its previous study it had agreed plans with Vodafone under which the latter would bring itself into compliance with the 3G coverage obligation by end-2013.


With Ofcom noting that Vodafone actually met the obligation ahead of that deadline, having carried out work on 129 mobile transmitter sites, it said that it would no further action against the cellco in this instance, having taken into account a number of factors, including the margin by which the original target was missed.


Looking ahead, Ofcom has now said it plans to carry out research into the quality of mobile reception and coverage, and is aiming to publish new data revealing 3G and 4G mobile broadband performance in the spring.

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VisionSpring Cofounder Jordan Kassalow On Why Two Million Customers Is Not Enough | Forbes.com

VisionSpring Cofounder Jordan Kassalow On Why Two Million Customers Is Not Enough | Forbes.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

My wet clammy cotton shirt stuck to my back, beads of sweat dotted my forehead, for I had just seen my 300th patient of the week.  When we arrived, a serpentine line of 2,000 people engulfed the school that became our makeshift eye clinic. 


Exhausted, I looked up from my chair and realized the line was just as long as the day we started.  It was at that moment that I realized I could be sitting in that very chair for the rest of my life and never make a meaningful dent in the untapped need for vision services in rural Mexico, let alone, the greater reaches of the developing world.


It was clear: I needed leverage in order to address the unmet need for eyeglasses.   It would require getting my butt out of that chair and countless others into it.   In response, I founded VisionSpring, a not-for-profit social business that ensure affordable access to eyewear, everywhere. 


After more than 10 years, we have trained an army of sales agents, 20,000 strong.  Thanks to them, we are closing in on our two millionth customer, 500,000 of whom were reached in 2013 alone.  Yet, compared to the over 700 million people who do not have access to affordable eyeglasses, we haven’t made enough of an impact.  It seems like I’m having another one of those “looking up from the chair moments.”  I need to leverage myself yet again.


With this mindset, I arrived in Davos last week to participate in the 2014 World Economic Forum.  I was a guest of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs as one of their Fellows from the 2012 cohort. 


I arrived with a few central questions: How do I go from building an enterprise to building a movement? How do I build a multi-sector, multi-stakeholder, ecosystem aimed at placing vision issues more centrally on the economic development agenda? I believe that in order to accelerate impact, I will need to get governments, private sector, and civil society working together to solve the problem on a global basis.  I wondered if whether others would agree?


Prior to Davos, I worked with Liz Smith from VisionSpring, and others, to decipher the most powerful links between vision and development. 


The framework had three pillars: See to Learn, See to Work, and See For Safety.  


For example, studies indicate that the impact of a pair of glasses on a child’s education is equivalent to between 1/2 to 1 full year of schooling. 


On the work front, we have demonstrated that a pair of eyeglasses increases productivity by 35 per cent. 


In regards to safety, a study from Italy showed that poor vision plays a role in 59% of road traffic accidents.


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UK: The future of online learning: challenges, opportunities and creativity | TheGuardian.com

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Professor Sugata Mitra's suggestion that children should be allowed to use the internet in exams has sparked a new level of debate about online learning.


Speaking at a British Council debate last year, the academic – whose debut novel inspired the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire – suggested that this would inspire teachers and encourage children to become more independent learners.


So are schools currently using the internet to its full potential? Do current approaches to teaching and learning get the best out of children? Or are concerns about safety and security stifling their creativity?


These were some of the questions raised at a recent debate hosted by the Guardian, in association with Zurich Municipal.


In the opening part of the discussion, participants were asked to share their experiences of effective online teaching and learning. While there was agreement that access to new technologies – particularly iPads and other tablets – can greatly enhance learning, this must be accompanied by good practice, it was said. "It troubles me that schools are buying iPads because they think that's going to make the teacher better – it won't," said Maggie Kalnins, CEO of education charity Inclusion Trust. "It's a tool they can use to make the [learning] experience better."


Good teaching isn't about having all the answers, but about helping children learn how to learn. "It suits learning where the teacher is no longer the deliverer but the facilitator," said Sue East, headteacher at St Andrew's primary school in Bath.


But some teachers are wary of online learning, said Matt Britland, director of ICT at Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton, south-west London, who described how it took him two years to persuade colleagues at a previous school to embrace Facebook groups (private groups where people can have discussions and share photos, articles, videos and other content). "As soon as you say 'social', 'online' and 'education', people go: 'Oh, I'm terrified of this.' Because they think social is cyber-bullying, Facebook, all the stuff you read in the Daily Mail and everything else. And they're a little bit scared."


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Libya: New undersea cable system to link Tripoli to Benghazi | BizCommunity.com

Libya: New undersea cable system to link Tripoli to Benghazi | BizCommunity.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Alcatel-Lucent and the Libyan International Telecommunication Company (LITC) has signed a turnkey contract to build a new 1,000km undersea cable system linking the Libya's capital, Tripoli, to Benghazi, and providing the broadband connectivity needed in support of ongoing efforts to revive the Libyan economy.
Based on Alcatel-Lucent's 100G technology and a cable optimised with coherent submarine fiber, the system will ultimately carry capacity in excess of 10Tbit/s per fiber pair and is expected to be ready for completion mid of 2015.


The system will reportedly play a critical role in the reconstruction of Libya's telecom infrastructure improving the levels of connectivity and communication reliability needed for business, public sector and consumer applications.


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Bolivia: 29 killed in torrential rains so far this year | BBC.co.uk

Bolivia: 29 killed in torrential rains so far this year | BBC.co.uk | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Officials in Bolivia say the number of people who have died due to torrential rain since the beginning of the year has risen to 29.


More than 35,000 families have been affected by the rains and the flooding, the ministry of defence said.


The worst affected province is Beni, in north-eastern Bolivia, where 10 people have died, followed by La Paz in the north-west and central Cochabamba.


The rainy season in Bolivia usually lasts until March.


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Israeli tenders committee recommends allowing construction of three 4G networks | TeleGeography.com

Avi Berger, the director general of Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) and chairman of the tenders committee for allocating 4G frequencies, has reportedly advised communications minister Gilad Erdan to allow for the establishment of three 4G networks in the country.


According to Globes Online, with Mr Erdan having met with officials from the MoC and the Ministry of Finance (MoF) last weekend, two possible setups for Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollouts were put forward, one recommending that a trio of networks be allowed, while the other suggested giving permission for just two.


With it also claimed that the former of those plans would allow unlimited co-operation between operators in sharing base stations, it is now understood to be up to the communications minister to make a decision on the matter.


Once it has been made clear whether two or three 4G networks will be permitted, the frequencies committee will be able to restart discussions on how to allocate LTE-suitable spectrum and to whom.

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France: Numericable to offer LTE access to fibre-optic subscribers | TeleGeography.com

French cable provider and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Numericable plans to offer free SIM-only 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity to its ‘Premium’ fibre-optic subscribers for one year, local newspaper La Tribune reports.


The introductory fibre quad-play service, dubbed ‘Power 4’, costs EUR45.90 (USD61.95) a month. The monthly offer will include unlimited calls to landline and mobile numbers, unlimited SMS/MMS and a 3GB data allowance.


The service will be offered over SFR’s LTE network, while Numericable will reportedly charge additional monthly fee of EUR9 for subscribers who wish to extend their LTE access beyond the first year.


As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Numericable agreed to a MVNO partnership with SFR for the provision of LTE services in December 2013. Recently, Thierry Lemaitre, chief financial officer at Numericable, suggested that a merger between the two parties could be an option, going forward.

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Bitcoin's Fate Is in the Hands of Clueless Regulators | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Bitcoin's Fate Is in the Hands of Clueless Regulators | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

New York financial regulators held hearings on bitcoin and other digital currencies this week, and many of the businesses looking to push the digital currency into our everyday lives welcomed them with open arms. Companies like Coinbase — a Silicon Valley bitcoin startup with $25 million in venture capital — are eager to operate within guidelines laid down by federal and state regulators. They want to build businesses that will last.


The problem is our financial regulators don’t understand bitcoin well enough to regulate it. That became increasingly obvious during the hearings, and it’s not at all surprising. The five-year-old cryptocurrency is an unprecedented experiment in the power of peer-to-peer networking, open source software, and a certain kind of financial anarchy.


The crystallizing moment came Wednesday when Richard Zabel, a seemingly well-informed deputy U.S. attorney, testified before the New York Department of Financial Services, which has been looking into regulating bitcoin businesses. At one point, the Manhattan prosecutor started talking about bitcoin-mixing services, called tumblers. Bitcoin includes a public ledger that openly displays all financial transactions on its vast computer network; tumblers provide a means of hiding your transactions from the rest of the world — something Zabel doesn’t like.


“There may be, out there, legitimate uses for those, but in the cases that I’ve seen, they serve no other purpose to be automated money laundering and identity concealers,” said Zabel, whose office has brought money laundering charges against bitcoin advocate and Bitinstant CEO Charles Shrem — charges filed the day before New York’s hearings began.


The man holding the hearings, New York State’s Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky, seemed intrigued. “If it turns out that technologies like tumblers are being used for no other purpose than to enhance anonymity and to thwart law enforcement, that may be something as we do our regulatory work we want to make sure the companies that we’re reviewing aren’t using those kinds of things.”


You could almost hear a collective groan from the bitcoin community. If services that merely “enhance anonymity” are banned by New York financial regulators, then it will actually scare away legitimate businesses, and maybe an entire industry. As we reported in June, there are indeed legitimate reasons why companies, or even individuals, might want to obscure the flow of money. For example, a company using bitcoin may not want its competitors tracking its sales growth via the public ledger. Make it impossible to hide this information with a tumbler and many legitimate businesses simply won’t use bitcoin. Or, worse still, they will move their transactions overseas, beyond the reach of U.S. regulators and law enforcement.


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The connected television debate in OECD countries | OECDInsights.org

The connected television debate in OECD countries | OECDInsights.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Thirty years ago last week, a US Supreme Court decision in the “Betamax case” clarified that even though a video cassette recorder (VCR) could be used for copyright infringement, the manufacturer was not liable for infringement by the purchasers.


The decision was by the narrowest of margins – 5-4 – but it stands to this day.


Nonetheless, despite widespread take-up of VCR’s in all OECD countries, their legal status often remained unclear. The copyright law of Australia, for example, deemed recordings of broadcasted content for personal use to be illegal until 2006, when the law was amended to reflect common use over many years.


Today, many similar cases are making their way through courts in OECD economies. A new report “Connected televisions: convergence and emerging business models” describes some of the debates taking place regarding new equipment and services that change how television is delivered. The report describes the influence of connected television on the telecommunication market and the interaction between various stakeholders, including actions taken by governments.


Today, anything connected to a screen can serve as a television and it is a network connection that makes it connected.  The report looks into the impact these new devices and services have on telecommunications networks. For example, some have expressed the opinion that online television and video-on-demand (VOD) services are either challenging for network management or that telecommunications networks are not fairly compensated for carrying this traffic.


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Chaos Computer Club Files Criminal Complaint Against German Government Over Mass Spying Revealed By Snowden | Techdirt.com

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As governments around the world refuse to act in the wake of revelations about global spying, more and more people are launching legal actions to force them to address the problem.


Back in December we wrote about several that had been filed in the UK, and now the well-known Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in Germany is launching its own legal challenge, in conjunction with the International League for Human Rights:


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Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' | BBC.co.uk

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The extent of corruption in Europe is "breathtaking" and it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says.


EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem has presented a full report on the problem.


She said the true cost of corruption was "probably much higher" than 120bn.


Three-quarters of Europeans surveyed for the Commission study said that corruption was widespread, and more than half said the level had increased.


"The extent of the problem in Europe is breathtaking, although Sweden is among the countries with the least problems," Ms Malmstroem wrote in Sweden's Goeteborgs-Posten daily.


The cost to the EU economy is equivalent to the bloc's annual budget.


For the report the Commission studied corruption in all 28 EU member states. The Commission says it is the first time it has done such a survey.


National governments, rather than EU institutions, are chiefly responsible for fighting corruption in the EU.


But Ms Malmstroem said national governments and the European Parliament had asked the Commission to carry out the EU-wide study. The Commission drafts EU laws and enforces compliance with EU treaties.


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Honesty Policy: Russia Making No Bones About Spying On Everyone During The Olympics | Techdirt.com

Honesty Policy: Russia Making No Bones About Spying On Everyone During The Olympics | Techdirt.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

I'll give the Russian government this: they don't really pretend to be something they aren't. Unlike the US government's NSA spying program, which was only revealed through the leaks of now Russian house guest Edward Snowden, the Russian government wants you to know that they don't give a fly's poop about your civil liberties or anyone's concept of freedom of the press.

So says Russia, which has publically and completely above-board-ly announced that journalists covering the Olympic Games in Sochi will have their electronic communications monitored thoroughly by the Russian government.


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South African ISP warns of poorer uncapped ADSL; GlobeComm to deploy satellite broadband for businesses | TeleGeography.com

Cybersmart CEO Laurie Fialkov has warned that uncapped ADSL subscribers in South Africa should expect to see a poorer performance in terms of download speeds now that Telkom has increased the contention ratios (the number of users that may compete for bandwidth) on its uncapped wholesale broadband products. Fialkov told MyBroadband: ‘This is really a sad day for South African internet …Telkom is making uncapped ADSL unviable unless ISPs put severe shaping rules in place.’


The incumbent previously responded to similar accusations by stating that ‘its wholesale division is not involved in how Telkom Internet decides to price its products. Similarly, Telkom Internet is not involved in Wholesale’s decisions on IPC pricing and line speed upgrades.’


Meanwhile, in unrelated news, GlobeComm Systems, a US-based provider of managed network communication solutions, has announced a contract extension with Avanti to deploy satellite broadband services to business users in South Africa, IT News Africa reports.


According to the article, GlobeComm will deploy Ka-band satellite connectivity to enterprise customers in the country via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite; further, the partnership will be based on Hughes’s platform, and coverage is likely to extend beyond South Africa from late-2014.

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