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ACCC approves passing rural NBN tax onto non-NBN super-fast broadband


(Image: ACCC) The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that the government’s proposed Regional Broadband Scheme (RBS) charge subsidising satellite and fixed-wireless services on the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be extended to non-NBN high-speed broadband services. The final decision on access pricing for super-fast broadband services (SBAS), ...

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Cisco launches IoT platform, partners with Microsoft Azure


Cisco launched an Internet of Things (IoT) platform aimed at making deployments easier and partnered with Microsoft Azure to better connect edge devices. The networking giant outlined its new platform, dubbed the Cisco IoT Operations Platform, at the company’s IoT World Forum in London. special feature Harnessing IoT in the ...

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Telstra announces smart city plans for Western Australia


(Image: Telstra) Telstra has announced that it will trial and deploy a series of smart city Internet of Things (IoT) applications throughout a beachside park in Perth, Western Australia, under a partnership with the city of Joondalup. The solutions will include environmental sensors that monitor temperature, humidity, pollution, light, and ...

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Ericsson trials Verizon 5G and VR at Indianapolis 500


(Image: Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) Ericsson has announced a trial of 5G network technology and virtual reality (VR) during the lead-up to the Indianapolis 500 motor race in partnership with Intel and telecommunications carrier Verizon. The companies made use of 5G technologies such as beam forming and beam tracking, wherein ...

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BT unveils bandwidth on demand under Dynamic Network Services


(Image: BT) Telecommunications provider BT has taken the wraps off its “bandwidth on demand” offering, enabling customers to turn up and down the speeds they’re using at will under consumption-based pricing. As stage one of BT’s new Dynamic Network Services, which also comprises on-demand virtual services and on-demand software-defined wide-area ...

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​AMD makes its data center move: Will it be EPYC?


AMD is plotting a June launch for its EPYC server processor, formerly code-named Naples, as it aims to become a data center leader to go along with its desktop and graphics chips. For AMD, the data center is it’s most promising–and tough to crack–market. Intel dominates the data center, but ...

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Sprint, T-Mobile holding informal merger talks again: Report


Sarah Tew SoftBank-owned Sprint has begun informal talks to merge with T-Mobile US, according to Bloomberg. The two mobile carriers had previously held merger talks in 2014, but the deal fell through after regulatory concerns. Bloomberg reported talks between Sprint and T-Mobile are preliminary and no banks have been hired, ...

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Comcast's xFi simplifies managing your home network


Jeff Fusco, AP Images for Comcast Managing your Comcast Wi-Fi network at home is about to get a lot easier. As companies like Google and Eero continue to eliminate the hassle of setting up and maintaining a home network, Comcast is providing customers with its alternative. The new service, xFi, ...

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