The Weekly Wrap 4, 3 Dec 2016: Nokia smartphone comeback, more Mirai, Australian black spots

Weekly Wrap 4

Weekly Wrap 4 features John Tanner and Tony Poulos discussing the news highlights from the week that was.

For the week ending December 3:

It was the week we found out that Nokia smartphones are making a comeback via HMD Global, a company headed by former Nokia executives who took over the handset business from Microsoft and promised new smartphones early next year – and they will run on Android.

It was also another week of cyber attacks and Mirai botnets, with Deutsche Telekom’s internet services being knocked out by an apparent failed attempt to establish a global Mirai botnet of infected home routers. We also learned that anyone who would like to launch a DDoS attack but don’t want to go to the trouble of setting up a Mirai botnet to do it can allegedly rent one.

And it was the week that the Australian government launched Round Two of its Mobile Black Sport Programme to boost coverage and capacity in the country’s rural areas. Like everything else in Australian communications, it wasn’t without controversy – Vodafone Australia complained that Telstra was given the majority of base stations (again), and said the government should mandate infrastructure sharing and domestic roaming to ensure customers got maximum value for the tax money being allocated to the programme.

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