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T-Mobile has engaged in a marketing campaign called “Make Xfinity Your Ex” that aims to convince Comcast Xfinity customers to switch to T-Mobile’s fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G Home and Business Internet service.   As part of the campaign, a T-Mobile billboard truck has been driving circles around Comcast’s headquarters in Philadelphia for 25 hours, playing a video that highlights Comcast’s price hikes over the years.    In addition to the billboard truck, T-Mobile is offering its FWA 5G service for $25 per month, not including taxes and fees, with a qualifying voice line for a limited time, and is giving Comcast Xfinity customers up to $750 to break their contracts.   The campaign is a direct attack on Comcast, which is set to raise prices on its TV and internet services, with an average rate increase of 3.8% for customers nationwide starting December 20. This follows a rate hike…

The launch of two new offerings, Spectrum Business Connect with RingCentral and Spectrum Enterprise Unified Communications with RingCentral, has been announced as a result of a strategic partnership between Charter Communications, a provider of broadband connectivity, and RingCentral, a global provider of enterprise cloud communications solutions.   By integrating RingCentral MVPTM with Charter’s Spectrum high-speed internet and network solutions, these new offerings will give SMB and enterprise clients of Spectrum access to a robust, secured and user-friendly communications platform that will allow them to be productive from any location. Additionally, Charter’s clients will benefit from RingCentral’s AI-powered upgrades such as Advanced Meeting Insights and advanced analytics, which will help them modernize and optimize their communications and optimize their business growth and operations.   More than 90% of Spectrum markets currently have access to Spectrum Business Connect with RingCentral, the solution’s exclusive UCaaS provider. In the upcoming months, this service will…

The SHEFA-2 underwater cable, which connects the Faroe Islands to Scotland’s mainland through the Shetland and Orkney Islands, suffered damage in two separate instances last week, rendering much of the island without Internet access.   In separate events, three critical subsea cables linking Marseille to Lyon, Milan and Barcelona were deliberately severed in the south of France, according to the cable’s operator, affecting internet service for consumers in Europe, Asia and the United States. Cloud service providers worked quickly to repair the backbone infrastructure.   According to a report by the cloud security company Zscaler, the unanticipated cable damage caused packet loss and increased latency for websites and apps transiting the damaged pathways.   While the French authorities believe sabotage occurred, their Scottish colleagues are still unsure of what actually severed the wires.   “We expect it will be fishing vessels that damaged the cable but it is very rare…

What if one day there was no Internet? The Web as we know it would be gone for good. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google would only exist in the memories of people who lived through the Great Disconnection.   The Internet is the greatest invention and technological revolution since the printing press. Since its creation, we’ve built our whole lives around this innovation, depending on it for almost everything. But what would happen if the Internet was no more? What would life be like without the Internet? There are no attempts to dismantle the Internet that we are aware of, therefore you have nothing to be concerned about. But isn’t it fascinating to consider what might happen if the Internet would suddenly shut down?   If the Internet suddenly went down at this very moment, we wouldn’t make a huge issue out of it, as it happens sometimes, but…

The advent of the Internet, as well as the widespread usage of smartphones, tablets and personal computers, has made it harder to have a healthy relationship with technology. Could you turn off your phone and not use the Internet for 24 hours if you wanted to? How about 48 hours or even a week? The answer to this question is frequently a resounding “no”, and we all understand why this is the case. Technology is becoming more pervasive and indispensable in both our professional and personal lives.   Staying connected on social media, taking part in video conferences at work, and replying to emails may all contribute to a “always on” mindset. We may feel as though we are losing out on important information if we are not constantly connected to technology. However, research suggests that excessive use of the Internet and internet-enabled gadgets can lead to a technological addiction,…

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given AST SpaceMobile, a five-year-old company located in Midland, Texas, permission to test a satellite that has the potential to deliver cellular broadband access for smartphone users in the US and throughout the world.   According to the business, it is developing the first and only space-based cellular broadband network that will be immediately accessible by regular mobile phones. SpaceMobile, the company’s proposed network, intends to provide 4G/5G access to everyone on the world, on land, at sea, and in the air. No matter where they are, mobile customers will be able to seamlessly roam from terrestrial networks to the space-based network.   AST SpaceMobile is launching BlueWalker 3, a test satellite meant to interact directly with mobile phones using 3GPP standard frequencies. The FCC has granted the business an experimental license for BlueWalker 3 space-to-ground testing in the United States. At least…

Centene has partnered with AT&T, Connected Nation, Dell Technologies and Intel to help reduce the digital gap among youngsters by providing foster agencies in Florida and Missouri better access to the Internet. Centene and the other organizations donated over 1,000 computers and 2,200 hotspots under the K-12 Digital Divide Program.   The Digital Divide refers to the economic, educational and social disparities that exist between those who have access to the Internet and those who do not. The program, which is hoped will have a positive influence on the general welfare of the youth, was necessary during the pandemic since computers and internet connectivity were essential for routine activities, such as attending school or visiting the doctor.   Mylayna Albright, AVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, AT&T, commented: “This program brings together major players in the health and technology industries to ensure foster youth can access important digital resources that address physical,…

A cloud-hosted, VoIP-powered PBX is an attractive and preferred option for a modern business telephone service. It is extremely cost effective, available for use anytime and almost anywhere, and requires none of the hardware investment that traditional on-premises systems needed in the past. With maturing technology and the desired convenience in business communication, now is the right time for change. Switching to a hosted private branch exchange (PBX) may sound complicated, however a well-thought-out transformational process can be smooth and hassle-free. Let’s discuss the main points to consider when moving from a traditional voice system to a cloud PBX. PBX systems – traditional vs virtual To begin with, it is important to understand the main differences between a traditional PBX and a cloud PBX. A legacy PBX is an enterprise phone system stored and hosted on the customer’s premises, and consists of specialized hardware,  generally  connected using circuit switched networks.…

Tim Berners-Lee, the tech pioneer who invented the World Wide Web back in 1989, revealed his plans for a contract to ensure that the Internet is safe and accessible to everyone. Speaking at the Web Summit 2018 in Portugal, the British tech genius recounted how he envisaged the Internet as being a platform for sharing information, but the current use of the Internet has digressed from the initial vision that its founders had in mind almost 30 years ago. “All kinds of things have gone wrong. We have fake news, we have problems with privacy, we have people being profiled and manipulated,” expressed Berners-Lee with concern. The tech pioneer has invited governments, companies and citizens to fight against hate and negativity, breach of privacy and political manipulations on the Internet by creating a complete “Contract for the Web” by May 2019, the date by which half of the…

The mobile operator, Vodafone Ukraine, intends to launch their 4G network for the 1800 MHz band on 1 July, 2018. The expansion of  the 1800 MHz band network will allow Vodafone to cover a wider territory, enabling access for millions of Ukrainians to 4G mobile Internet. This fourth generation service will be available in 50 settlements across 10 main regions of Ukraine: Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Odessa, Mikolayiv, Poltava, Sumi, Kirovograd and Kherson. Besides the advantage of wider coverage, Vodafone is excited about the higher speed, improved connection stability and faster network response times for their mobile users. The other two major Ukrainian operators, LifeCell and Kyivstar, who won the 1800 MHz 4G LTE mobile license along with Vodafone at an auction held this March, will also be introducing similar services in early July.