Thursday, June 10, 2004

Wired and unwired

BT is planning to rebuild its phone network in the UK, slowly shifting from the Public Switched Telephone network (PSTN) to an Internet Protocol (IP) network:

It could change the way people use their phones and allow most people with a BT phone line to plug into broadband using computers, mobiles or other devices. It could also mean that mobiles and fixed lines become interchangeable, with the same number and bill ... Matt Beal, the man charged with heading up the conversion to the 21st century network, admits that this could create a new digital divide. "There is that risk but complete conversion is not possible," he said.

The State of Wireless London by Julian Priest (via)

Abstract. This study looks at how wireless networking (WLAN) in London has developed over the last three years from hacktivist pastime to mainstream pursuit. Comparing networks built by freenetwork groups, commercial hotspot providers, and public sector initiatives the study also examines the sales and uptake of WLAN equipment and makes some direct measurements of wireless activity in the Greater London area. Finally the study looks at the development of WLAN in the home and makes a recommendation for a Wireless Festival for London in 2004/2005.

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Industry Canada -- Spectrum Management and Telecommunications

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

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