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South Africa seeks utility classification for broadband |

By Chris Forrester January 31, 2022 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is being urged by the government’s Economic Advisory Council to designate fiber broadband provision as a public service to ensure access for the poor and most rural parts of the country. The president is expected to deliver a “state of the nation” address on […]

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PLDT dominates internet speed test again for 2021 – report

Image by Bruno/Germany from Pixabay “Fast internet is no longer a luxury.” A telecom giant has outpaced other services in the country in internet speed, according to the latest data from a global benchmarking firm. Home PLDT was recognized as the fastest broadband network in the Philippines based on its speed score in Ookla Speedtest […]

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The role of gigabit connectivity in accelerating SME digitalization and resilience – EURACTIV.com

The impact of COVID-19 has been global and indiscriminate. The current situation forces us to think, plan and operate differently. While it affects us all, the direct impact on businesses and individuals differs – notably the disproportionate impact on small and medium-sized businesses and those who depend on them. Irina Varlan is the Managing Director […]

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Russians borrowed 3.9 trillion rubles from banks last year — RealnoeVremya.com

The number of online loan applications increased 2.5 times and Kazan residents were the most interested in mortgages in the country Photo: Maksim Platonov About 3.86 trillion Russian rubles lent by banks last year, and this is only in the form of online applications, the number of which has increased dramatically — by 2.5 times. […]

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Internet speed in Greece at a snail’s pace

Credit: Nenad Stojkovic/ CC BY 2.0 Internet speeds in Greece – both at home and on mobile – are incredibly slow, as they lag behind the global average by six points. According to Speedtest Global Index, which compares international data speeds every month, Greece ranks 31st out of a total of 138 ranked countries in […]

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FCC announces $1.2 billion fund for rural broadband deployment

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced more than $1.2 billion in funding through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to expand broadband service to 32 states. The FCC calls it “the largest funding round yet” and notes that 23 broadband companies will provide service to more than one million new areas. Additionally, the FCC has also […]

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Why banks are eliminating overdraft fees

The average overdraft fees costs consumers $35 per breach, making it an inconvenient and frustrating part of everyday banking for many people. But some big banks — Capital One, Bank of America, Truist, US Bank and Wells Fargo — have recently taken steps to reduce or eliminate overdraft fees for their customers. In 2019, Discover […]

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The Affordable Connectivity Program aims to save you money on your internet bill, but who is eligible?

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — A new federal program included in the Infrastructure and Investment Act is saving people money on their internet bills. The Affordable Connectivity Program allows people who meet certain criteria to save up to $30 per month on their Internet bill. People who live on tribal land could save up to $75 […]

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Da Nang Tops Mobile Internet Speed ​​Ranking Among Vietnamese Cities: Survey

By Phan Anh January 28, 2022 | 06:00 PT An internet speed test on a mobile phone in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Luu Quy Da Nang has the highest mobile internet speed among Vietnam’s most populous cities, eclipsing Hanoi and HCMC, according to a global internet speed survey. American web testing and network diagnostics company Ookla’s […]

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Internet speed needs a boost

Friday, January 28, 2022 / 09:20 / by FBNQuest Research / Header image credit: ZD Net Our graph below is taken from the most recent data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for December 2021. They show another modest increase of 1.0% m/m and 1.1% m/m in active mobile lines and Internet subscriptions at 195 […]

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Eir to accelerate broadband deployment after agreement with InfraVia

Eir is to accelerate the rollout of high-speed internet statewide by an estimated 50,000 additional families and businesses per year after establishing a joint venture partnership for its wholesale fiber broadband network with InfraVia. The investment provided by this joint venture will allow Eir to accelerate the pace of expansion of its fiber optic broadband […]

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Service Provider’s Newly Unveiled Tahoe Network Infrastructure Boosts Connectivity for Rural and Underserved Areas

Led by Greg Green, former CEO of FatBeam, Tahoe provides robust fiber broadband to meet the evolving needs of educational connectivity and community enrichment PHOENIX, January 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Presentation Tahoe Network Infrastructure: a consumer-focused network service provider that partners with rural and underserved communities across Midwest and beyond to build bespoke private fiber […]

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Harbor Link Builds DMV Internet Connectivity Along I-95

Baltimore-based broadband infrastructure company port link is building a 60-mile diverse conduit route between Baltimore, DC and Northern Virginia in the I-95 corridor. The project will provide increased access to high-speed wired Internet in communities and businesses along this route. The infrastructure company is rolling out dark fiber, an industry term for fiber optic cable […]

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City-Fibre launches full fiber broadband in Bracknell

A new award-winning broadband provider will bring full fiber to Bracknell in 2022. Residents of Bracknell will have access to Zen Internet, considered one of the fastest and most reliable broadband services available to any household in the UK. The latest collaboration between CityFibre and Zen aims to transform the city’s digital capabilities. This follows […]

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ABS-CBN’s Converge and Sky Cable Top Netflix December Internet Speed ​​Index in PHL

CONVERGE ICT Solutions, Inc. and ABS-CBN Corp.’s pay-TV and broadband arm, Sky Cable Corp., are the fastest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on Netflix, according to December’s ranking of the media streaming company’s ISP speed index. With a speed of 3.6 megabits per second (Mbps), Converge and Sky Cable top the list of top ISPs in […]

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Cowichan Valley Regional District secures funding for broadband connectivity development – ​​Cowichan Valley Citizen

Residents of the Cowichan Valley Rural Regional District could benefit from improved connectivity through ICET funding. (citizen file) Cowichan Valley Regional District Secures Funding for Broadband Connectivity Development Funds come from the Island Coastal Economic Trust’s READY program Internet services in more rural areas of the […]

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Koehler’s bill promotes high-speed internet access in rural Illinois

PEORIA — State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) wants all Illinoisans to have access to reliable high-speed internet. He therefore leads the charge of bringing services to the rural areas of the state. “When it comes to internet access and connectivity, rural communities have been left behind,” Koehler said. “This has created an opportunity gap that […]

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How to Test Your Mac’s Internet Speed ​​and Quality

The past two years have put a new emphasis on the importance of an Internet connection in our daily lives. At the same time, some of us have never experienced such erratic slowdowns and performance as in the past two years, coupled with overloading our previously capable home networks. Measuring the performance of Internet networks […]

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Virgin Media reveals tricks to boost your broadband speeds

Struggling with slow download speeds? Virgin Media published a blog post with some practical tips to help you increase your speed. “If you’re out of the office, you might not have the benefit of calling the IT team when you’re stuck – unless someone you live with doubles up with an ace versatile technology,” the […]

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What is the Affordable Connectivity Program and how it reduces broadband bills by $360 per year

FAMILIES looking to save money on their broadband bill may find some relief. A government program is available to those who qualify and can save households up to hundreds of dollars a year. 1 The program can save up to $360 per year on broadband bills The Affordable Connectivity Program is a benefit program of […]

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What’s up with… Telecoms pricing in the UK, the EU Digital Services Act, Telenor in Myanmar, the evolution of access

Bad news for UK broadband customers, a move towards safer internet in Europe and the announcement of a revived M&A deal for Telenor topped today’s news. BT is facing heavy criticism for its decision to raise prices for consumer broadband and phone lines by an anti-inflation average of 9.3%, especially at a time when UK […]

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Report: Industry Blocks Payday Loan Caps | Legislature | New Mexico Legislative Session

It’s become a cycle of desperation for low-income residents with bad credit scores: They take out a high-interest installment loan to get by in tough times and soon rack up an unmanageable burden. They pay off old debts with new loans at rates up to 175%. For years, state legislators introduced legislation capping the interest […]

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Comment: What if the county had 100% fiber broadband? | Review by Chaska

Here to serve you – the people of Carver County. I think the best part of Carver County is the people – the 108,000 residents, the county’s 750 employees, business owners, civic leaders, taxpayers, visitors and more. You make it the county it is. I will use this space to talk about the people who […]

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Ethics watchdog releases report on payday loan industry lobbying

It’s become a cycle of desperation for low-income residents with bad credit scores: They take out a high-interest installment loan to get by in tough times and soon rack up an unmanageable burden. They pay off old debts with new loans at rates up to 175%. For years, state legislators tried unsuccessfully to introduce legislation […]

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Broadband internet speed in Canada increased by 27% in 2021, says Ookla report

Fixed broadband speeds in Canada jumped 27% in 2021, and mobile network download speeds have increased 15% since July, according to Ookla. Mobile and Fixed Broadband Internet Speeds in Canada report for the fourth quarter of 2021. Fixed broadband According to Ookla’s report, the median broadband download speed in Canada increased from 78.25 Mbps in […]

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PHL Fixed/Mobile Broadband Internet Speed ​​Increases 9 Notches in Global Ranking

The Ookla Speedtest Global Index report, now based on median rather than average download speed, showed increases in fixed and mobile broadband download speeds for the Philippines in December. The country’s fixed broadband speed improved to 50.26 Mbps from the 46.44 Mbps recorded the previous month. The latest download speed signifies an 8.22% increase month […]

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Botswana Telecommunications, Mobile Phones and Broadband Markets, Statistics and Analysis 2021 Report: Botswana Uses Improved Fiber Optic Connectivity to Expand E-Commerce – ResearchAndMarkets.com | Business

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 19, 2022– the “Botswana – Telecom, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analysis” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.comoffer. Botswana uses improved fiber optic connectivity to expand e-commerce Although Botswana has a particularly high mobile penetration rate, the fixed telephony sector remains underdeveloped. This is characteristic of many markets in the region, itself […]

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ISS uses Airbus SpaceDataHighway for high-speed connectivity

Aerospace company Airbus, with support from the European Space Agency (ESA), has developed the Airbus SpaceDataHighway, which provides broadband connectivity services between the International Space Station (ISS) and Earth. The Columbus Ka-band (ColKa) terminal has been installed and fully tested on board the ISS, and a SpaceDataHighway satellite will begin relaying data via a two-way […]

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State’s Broadband Map Shows Technology and Internet Divide on the Hill

ALBANY COUNTY — For the first time, New York State has compiled municipal internet connectivity data and presented it publicly in the form of a card, which confirms in numbers what many already knew by anecdote: rural hilltowns are behind in both the internet and technology, as are parts of the cities of Albany, Cohoes […]

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California company to pay $1.5 million for illegally obtaining financial data from millions of consumers

A Santa Monica company that allegedly tricked millions of consumers into providing sensitive information under the guise of connecting them with lenders will pay $1.5 million in civil penalties imposed by the Federal Trade Commission. ITMedia Solutions LLC, which specializes in lead generation, will also face restrictions on its sale and use of consumer data […]

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MP blasts lackluster rollout of superfast broadband in Somerset

A local MP has blasted the lackluster rollout of superfast broadband in Somerset, saying the problem is driving young people and businesses out of the county. David Warburton, MP for Somerton and Frome, is campaigning for better digital connectivity for Somerset, with the county lagging behind many other parts of the UK. Currently, parts of […]

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Abilene Receives $375,000 for Dyess Connectivity Project

The Texas Military Readiness Commission on Tuesday approved a grant application from the city of Abilene to provide 50% funding for broadband connectivity improvements at Dyess Air Force Base, the Texas Military Affairs Committee said Thursday. Abilene in a press release. Through the grant, the state will provide $375,000 for a $750,000 project to expand […]

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Four million payday and home loan customers from Provident, Greenwood and Satsuma must request repayments NOW

MORE than four million payday and home loan customers are being asked to request any repayments that may be owed to them. If you were mis-sold a loan by Provident, Greenwood, or Satsuma, you might be in line for compensation, even if you’ve already paid it back. 1 Provident, Greenwood and Satsuma customers receive small […]

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Italy’s broadband stimulus plan questioned after small islands fail

Italian telecom players have all refused to participate in a project to roll out very high speed broadband in its islands, an outcome that could have a ripple effect. The first ultra-broadband tender under Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan, known locally as PNRR, has been designed to allocate €60.5 million in funding to builders […]

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IPS selects Ribbon to expand underwater data transmission capacity

January 14, 2022 | Natalie Bannerman Ribbon Communications has been selected by IPS, an international connectivity service provider, to expand its long distance submarine data transmission capacity. IPS will use Ribbon’s Apollo Optical Networking solution to power 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 GbE) services delivered over terrestrial and submarine cables from Manila to Hong Kong and […]

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IPS expands its long-distance submarine data transmission capability with Ribbon’s IP optical solutions, Access Evolution

Plano, TX – Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN), a global provider of real-time communications software and IP optical networking solutions for service providers, enterprises and critical infrastructure industries, today announced IPS, a leading provider of global connectivity services for communications service providers, is leveraging Ribbon’s Apollo Optical Networking solution to power 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) […]

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IPS Expands its Long-Haul Underwater Data Transmission Capability with Ribbon’s IP Optic Solutions

Leverages Apollo optical transport solutions for high-capacity service connections under the South China Sea with links exceeding 2,500 km (1,500 miles) PLANO, TX, January 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN), a global provider of real-time communications software and optical IP networking solutions for service providers, enterprises, and critical infrastructure industries, today announced […]

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IPS Expands Long-Haul Underwater Data Transmission Capability with Ribbon’s IP Optic Solutions | Texas News

Leverages Apollo optical transport solutions for high-capacity service connections under the South China Sea with links exceeding 2,500 km (1,500 miles) PLANO, TX, January 13, 2022 /CNW/ — Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN), a global provider of real-time communications software and optical IP networking solutions for service providers, enterprises and critical infrastructure industries, today announced […]

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Husted Announces Ohio State University as Host of Broadband and 5G Industry Partnership – WKTN

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who serves as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), announced Tuesday that the State University of Ohio (OSU) would receive $3 million to design a program for Ohio broadband and 5G. Sector partnership with the aim of developing a skilled workforce in the field […]

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Atlantic Broadband Now Breezeline, Emergency Connectivity Fund Money, CCIA Criticizes Online Marketplace Bill: Broadband Breakfast

Jan. 11, 2022 — Following expansion and acquisition efforts, Atlantic Broadband has rebranded itself as Breezeline, according to a company press release on Monday. In September, the company acquired two cable systems in Ohio, expanding its footprint further west than it had previously been. “We’re not just an east coast supplier anymore,” President of Breezeline […]

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ONEUNITED BANK LAUNCHES THE CASHPLEASE LOAN PROGRAM

America’s Largest Black-Owned Bank Offers Short-Term Small Dollar Loans Without Credit Checks BOSTON, January 11, 2022 / PRNewswire / – OneUnited Bank, America’s Largest Black-Owned Bank, Presents Cash Please, a small, short-term loan program to help clients better manage their money. Easy to access, without a credit check, CashPlease allows customers to avoid abusive payday […]

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How to check your internet speed

Having a good internet connection is important and knowing if you have one is fairly easy. There are tools available online that allow you to check your internet speed in just a few steps. You can check your mobile and broadband internet speed. In this first online world, having a good internet connection is very […]

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COVID-19 Causes Internet Speed ​​to Increase; Great disparity from state to state

Demand for faster internet speeds has skyrocketed as the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns have forced consumers to work remotely, students to distance education, and businesses and consumers to adopt processes online to replace in-person interactions. But there was a significant difference in the increased speeds internet users saw in different parts of the country, […]

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Closing the connectivity gap in Sri Lanka

Group Strategy Director of edotco Group Sdn. Bhd. and Interim Managing Director of edotco Sri Lanka, Gayan Koralage, shares his take on what’s on the horizon for the telecommunications industry. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your journey to becoming a top strategist in an award-winning Tower-Co multinational? The highlight of my […]

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How Much Internet Speed ​​Do You Really Need? Factors to Consider

Whether you’re planning to take an internet connection to your home or move to a new location, choosing the right internet plan can be difficult. Service providers offer several guides on their blogs, but most of them sell the benefits of having faster internet at home, which in reality may not be. The ultimate goal […]

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Atlantic Broadband becomes Breezeline

QUINCY, Mass.—Following Atlantic Broadband’s acquisition of two cable systems in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, the cable operator decided to rebrand itself as “Breezeline”. The new name will more accurately reflect its expanded geographic reach, which now covers 1.6 million homes and businesses, as well as its new service offerings and commitment to customer service, the […]

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Representative Mike Thompson Highlights Federal Investment in Broadband Infrastructure | Local news

Representative Mike Thompson on Wednesday held a press conference with state and local leaders at Camille Creek Community School in Napa to highlight what the broadband portion of the $ 1.2 trillion investment law and jobs in infrastructure, enacted in November last year, will bring California. Support local media coverage and those who report it […]

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Jazz collaborates with USF to provide 4G connectivity in rural Sindh

Jazz is working with the Universal Service Fund (USF) to provide 4G services in Kambar Shahdadkot, Larkana, Naushahro Feroze and Shaheed Benazirabad districts of Sindh. Jazz will install a total of 90 cell sites, including technology upgrades, adding sectors and power upgrades to provide data and voice services to 719 mauzas that fall under the […]

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BSNL, Jio and Airtel broadband plans for home work in 2022

Since the pandemic hit the world, people have been forced to work from home. This has resulted in a surge in demand for home internet over the past couple of years. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in India offer several packages that meet the needs of their users who work from home. Some users can go […]

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Atlantic Broadband Continues to Support Households in Need with Affordable Connectivity Program | News

QUINCY, Mass .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – January 5, 2022– Atlantic Broadband, the eighth largest cable operator in the United States, will provide broadband connectivity at discounted prices to financially distressed households through the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). As part of the program, Atlantic Broadband will offer a discount of up to $ […]

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Virgin Media broadband, phone and TV customers receive important warning

Virgin Media customers have been warned that their broadband, TV and phone bills will increase. The company is set to raise prices by £ 56 a year for millions of customers across the country. Customers will see their bills increase by £ 5 from March 1, BirminghamLive reports. READ MORE: Lancashire is among the “hottest” […]

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Alberta and Canada partner to expand broadband connectivity

To increase broadband capacity in rural, remote and Indigenous communities, the federal government has announced that it will match Alberta’s $ 150 million investment. The Canada-Alberta Broadband Partnership Agreement establishes the framework for the two governments to work together to select and advance projects for the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF), a federal program that supports […]

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What is good internet speed in Canada (2022)?

Article summary According to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), “Good Internet speed” means any broadband connection that can download at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and download at 10 Mbps. With millions of Canadians now working from home during the day and streaming TV every night, even that might not be enough. […]

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1 Gbps broadband plans with OTT benefits from Jio, ACT and Airtel

The growing broadband market in the country has become an undeniable need of the hour since the arrival of the pandemic. Whether users use it for streaming, work from home, or even small businesses, the reliability of seamless Wi-Fi connectivity across multiple devices has increased dramatically. Broadband connections are also very important for offices that […]

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The coming year: privacy, connectivity will define our technological interactions | Latest India News

The long-term nature of the Covid-19 pandemic we are experiencing will largely define how development and our interface with technology plays out for most of 2022. Themes will revolve around working from home (WFH) and tools that simplify things on this front. As everything is online, security and privacy will remain a primary concern. Artificial […]

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UK broadband customers within weeks of HUGE price hikes

Soaring inflation in the UK threatens to trigger one of the biggest annual price hikes on record for broadband and mobile customers. As it stands, customers with BT Broadband, EE, Plusnet, Vodafone, O2, TalkTalk, Shell Energy, among others, could see their monthly bills increase by around 9% in March or April 2022, which is double […]