Re: But a collision of robots resulting in a fire?
Good job it wasn't carrying custard powder!
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The spectrum currently used for 3G doesn't go away though - it just changes from 3G to 4G. Coverage of that spectrum stays the same.
It's even possible coverage will improve, but for a different reason; the networks are under OFCOM pressure to hit 90% geographic coverage. A site they are already visiting for a 3G-4G switch is a prime candidate to have 700/800 added at the same time. And that spectrum goes much further.
(You still need a VoLTE handset to use it though)
If only someone in the CMA had anticipated that might happen before the merger was approved.
Perhaps they would like to employ a few of El Reg's commentards in future?
Leaky feeders are indeed well known, and fine for the more recent bits of the system. I'm told that's how the Jubilee Line cellular coverage works. But the older tunnels don't have space on the walls to fit those without moving other things. There's space at the bottom, but running comms next to high power electrics would be brave - and you've then got the train floor between the antenna and the users.
There's some background missing here. The loans were in the process of being refinanced; some lenders had agreed to the new terms, others had not. The ones who kept the unintentional repayment are all in the latter group. The loans were trading at ~40 cents in the dollar, so full repayment is a bit of a result.
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And if Huawei's only providing the radio nodes and antennas, what exactly would a backdoor achieve?
All 5G traffic is encrypted through to core. Nobody can (yet) crack 5G encryption, let alone do it live.
So that just leaves potential for disrupting the infrastructure. If that's the concern, perhaps look at how much UK infrastructure is directly owned by Chinese companies rather than just using equipment provided by one?
Packard Bell cases were notorious for having unusual shapes, presumably to make you buy all the internals from them.
I also used a hacksaw to make things fit - but on the case metalwork rather than the bits I was trying to stuff inside it.
On the plus side PB cases were remarkably solid, so could stand to lose a bit of metal here and there.
From some of the reviews, that's a common issue for folk buying 5G cellular kit: "My router has a 1Gbps cellular link, but when I connect to it over WiFi I only get 50Mbps" Turns out that even though the router has both bands, most connected devices default to 2.4GHz and you have to wade through menus to change it.
I used to work in an office on the top floor of a converted country house.
Every summer the office temp was over 30C, but manglement denied all requests for aircon.
One year we got new servers.
First day of summer they all overheated and shut down.
Second day of summer we had aircon.
A couple of the UK networks have been selling unlocked phones for years. And most virtual operators do too. Its not something that's widely publicised though, so nice of ofcom to raise the profile and I suspect the "1 year needed to implement" by the other operators may come down somewhat as a result.
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