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EE lights up 4G LTE and fiber in UK

EE lights up 4G LTE and fiber in UK

LTE has gone live in the UK, with EE opening up its 4G doors to subscribers hoping for a little extra boost in their smartphone or mobile hotspot. The launch - which has hardly left rival UK carriers happy, waiting as they are for more spectrum before they stage their own LTE deployment in mid-2013 - sees smartphone plans from £36 per month with a device, while EE is also offering fiber broadband for homes and businesses.

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Google Fiber signs multi-year patent deal with Rovi for TV service

Google Fiber signs multi-year patent deal with Rovi for TV service

Google and Rovi Corporation have announced a new patent licensing deal that will help Google offer a more complete fiber TV service. Google Fiber's TV service was announced last week as a part of its new fiber Internet offerings, and thanks to this new deal with Rovi, Google will have access to the company's "interactive program guide patent portfolio" for set-top boxes. The announcement says that these patents apply to mobile and online platforms as well, so that's something to keep an eye on.

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Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon announced today that it will be doubling the speed of its already blazing FiOS home Internet service. The fiber optics service was boasting 150Mbps downlink and 35Mbps uplink speeds, but soon those speeds will be boosted to 300Mbps downlink and 65Mbps uplink. That's much faster than any other cable offering and faster than many of the wireless routers in our homes.

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BT boosting Infinity speeds for free

BT boosting Infinity speeds for free

The retail side of BT has today announced that they’re increasing speeds for BT Infinity customers at no extra charge. The change comes after the release of the new Openreach FTTC (Fiber to the Cabinet) products, enabling speeds of up to 80Mbit/s down, and 20Mbit/s up. Previously the maximum speed that customers could attain was 40Mbit/s down and 10Mbit/s on the BT Infinity 2 product, although new customers signing up from April 12th will automatically benefit from the higher speeds.

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Google pay TV greenlighted in Kansas City

Google pay TV greenlighted in Kansas City

Google's ambitious project to enter the competitive pay TV market has just passed the first of its many hurdles it must overcome. The search giant was granted approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission to build a new network and infrastructure in Kansas City. The company plans to offer service in both Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.

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Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

A Google patent application surfaced today, revealing the company's plans for lowering the cost and speeding up the deployment of its Google Fiber broadband network. The patent filing illustrates the use of a flat and flexible housing to carry the fiber-optic lines to houses. The idea also aims to reduce the environmental impact of installing the network.

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Google Fiber breaks ground in Kansas City

Google Fiber breaks ground in Kansas City

Google announced that it will begin laying fiber today in Kansas City as part of its plans to build out a new high-speed broadband network that aims to bring speeds 100 times faster than what Americans have today. Kansas City was picked out of more than 1,100 companies bidding to receive Google's fiber network.

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Fiber Optics: Past Copper

Fiber Optics: Past Copper

Most of the active connections to this globe spanning network we all love to hate come in the form of cable or DSL. Modulated electric signals get transmitted over metal wires, coaxial or twisted pair respectively. These technologies transmit the internet as most experience it. Verizon has begun to break down this model with it's FiOS fiber optic lines, but they have been really slow to roll out. They've only managed to cover 10% of the households in the United States. AT&T isn't doing much better at getting Fiber to the people, U-Verse (where most AT&T fiber customers fall under) has even fewer subscribers than FiOS. Fiber-optics, while ten or a hundred times faster than the connection you're probably using, isn't available most places, yet. We wrote about Google's Fiber Project earlier today.

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Apple fiber-optic MagSafe cable patent tips potential Light Peak support

Apple fiber-optic MagSafe cable patent tips potential Light Peak support

Apple has patented [pdf link] a combination MagSafe power connector and fiber optic docking system, that could allow future MacBook notebooks - as well as other devices using the same next-gen port - to access an external dock or port array and minimize the number of on-device connections. The concept is reminiscent of rumors earlier in the week suggesting Apple was looking to Intel's Light Peak technology for a future MacBook Pro refresh, taking advantage of the connection technology's ability to replace USB, ethernet, display and other cable types simultaneously.

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