The EU announced this ambitious project back in mid-2017: EUR 120 million of European funding will help communities across the EU to setup free Wi-Fi hotspots for citizens. The name: WiFi4EU. Now the time has come. Since last week, municipalities and IT service providers have been able to register for WiFi4EU.
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More than thirty years ago when Wi-Fi was still a nascent technology, a limited amount of mid-band radio spectrum was available for unlicensed use. While this spectrum has only seen minor additions since then, the number of wireless devices bustling around in this limited part of the radio spectrum has skyrocketed – but
Remember the year 2002? Almost the entire IT industry was adrift in the wake of the dot-com bubble that burst in March 2000. The future of many companies remained uncertain. The worst possible time to start an IT company, you might think. We took the risk nevertheless and, in May 2002, we started our business […]
The abundance of cloud-based offerings for enterprises has grown steadily in recent years, and a multitude of new business models and deployment models have emerged. Public and private cloud offerings exist in parallel, and between them is a spectrum of hybrid systems.
On the ski slopes without a smartphone? Unthinkable for so many people today. Sharing snapshots of that final ski run, or of lunch at the mountain lodge have become as much a part of a skiing holiday as après-ski. It is therefore no surprise that tourists and ski resorts increasingly rely on wireless Internet via […]
“Things were better in the good old days.” There are frustrated network engineers out there who may be tempted to use this terse statement. What used to be a few switches and routers for connection, configuration and integration into the network has today become hundreds or even thousands of devices that need to be integrated […]
A few weeks ago, our Wi-Fi world was shaken to its foundations. In October we learned that the introduction of a new EU Radio Equipment Directive (RED 2014/53/EC) for radio products is threatening to cause a complete blockade to market access of Wi-Fi products from mid-2017. If the current situation does not change, the consequences […]
Guest Post by LANCOM Systems Founder Ralf Koenzen about the growing importance of software-defined-networking: Anybody who follows developments here at LANCOM will know that, since 2014, we have intensively been working on the way networks will look in the future. There is a background to this effort:
We all know the situation: One moment we are talking to someone on the phone and, the next, the connection cuts out, repeatedly. All you can hear is garbled nonsense, so you hang up in frustration. This will keep happening as long as the telephone or internet connection is poor or unstable. So
Last week saw the third anniversary of the day when a young man named Edward Snowden revealed the extent of and details about the mass-surveillance conducted by his employer, the National Security Agency. The secret documents he disclosed to the world proved that the US intelligence services had been undermining our rights of privacy and […]