Court: Norwegian ISP Won’t Have To Block The Pirate Bay

Norway’s largest ISP prevailed in court once again this week, with the country’s High Court court ruling that Telenor won’t have to block access to The Pirate Bay’s website, according to a report from Norway’s Computerworld.

The decision comes after record labels and other rights holders had threatened Telenor with a lawsuit last spring if the ISP wouldn’t block the Bay’s site. Telenor refused, and the music rights association TONO sued, only to lose in court in November, and eventually file an appeal in December.

The High Court now found that Telenor couldn’t be held liable for the actions of its end users just by offering access to The Pirate Bay. The court also wrote in its decision that issues of complicit liability, as alleged by TONO in this case, may need to be reevaluated when Norwegian politicians take another stab at revamping the country’s copyright laws.

Telenor isn’t the first ISP that found itself under attack for not blocking The Pirate Bay. The music industry successfully forced Danish ISP Tele2 to block the torrent site, and an Italian court just ruled last week that its country’s ISPs have to prevent their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay.

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Dell Adamo XPS — How Thin is Too Thin?

I am as big a sucker for cool, thin laptops as anyone, but I have to admit I’m having a hard time getting my head around the über-thin Dell Adamo XPS. The Adamo XPS is billed as the thinnest notebook on the planet, but we have to take Dell’s word on it since they won’t let anyone play with it yet. They have been content to drive a near viral campaign consisting of brief glimpses of the XPS so far.

Dell put up a web site that shows how thin the profile of the notebook is, but the whole site exists to collect email addresses for future notifications about the XPS. Then Dell held the XPS up at a press event for other stuff, but quickly put it out of sight. Now they have released a couple of pics that shows how thin (I see a pattern here) the XPS is, along with a unique hinge system that lets the screen sit down flush with the unit when closed.

I’m getting a feeling that the XPS is too thin (9.99 mm) to be practical. I can see breaking this thing without even trying hard. I can image TSA tossing something in the bin at some airport and hearing a sickening crunch. I am very easy on gear, but I think I’d break the XPS.

Everything’s Relative, Especially Wireless Broadband Speeds

Swedish wireless companies, in an effort to satisfy the nation’s consumer ombudsman, have come up with what they’re hoping is a better representation of wireless broadband speeds, what they’ve dubbed the “practical maximum speed.” In most countries, network operators advertise their wireless speeds based on the maximum levels achieved in the lab, which is the equivalent of advertising the maximum amount of weight lost by people shown in weight-loss commercials as typical. But in reality, wireless broadband speeds depend on several constantly changing variables, such as how far a person is from a tower and how many people are on the network at any point in time.

So to help consumers get a better sense of what they’re really buying, earlier this month, the ombudsman, Gunnar Larsson, said that Tele2, Telenor, Telia and 3 shouldn’t be allowed to advertise theoretical maximum speeds. Using the maximum speeds for an HSPA network, for example, means operators are advertising speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps down. But I’m not convinced the Swedish operators are being all that transparent with their ombudsman, either, for they have decided that the “practical maximum speed” of an HSPA network is some 6 Mbps. Read More about Everything’s Relative, Especially Wireless Broadband Speeds

Sweden Racing to an LTE Future

imagesSweden is fast becoming the epicenter of the LTE universe, with three of the country’s four major wireless carriers — Tele2, Telenor and TeliaSonera — racing to build 4G wireless networks. These carriers bought spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band in 2008 and are looking to roll out LTE networks by 2010, according to Wireless Intelligence, a market research service. According to some estimates, mass deployment for LTE will happen around 2012.
TeliaSonera has plans to do a commercial rollout next year starting with Sweden’s capital of Stockholm. Rivals Tele2 and Telenor are jointly building a network with service due to launch by the end of 2010, covering 99 percent of Sweden by 2013. This service will have speeds of up to 80Mb/s in rural areas and up to 150Mb/s in urban areas. 3 Sweden and Intel (s intc) also own spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band but have not announced related plans just yet. Read More about Sweden Racing to an LTE Future

4G Coming to Sweden: 2 Carriers Team Up to Deploy LTE by 2010

Telenor Sweden and Tele2 Sweden said today they will share spectrum and build a joint Long Term Evolution 4G network in Sweden with an eye to having it up and running by the end of 2010. The timing means Sweden will get LTE around the same time Verizon Wireless deploys it in the U.S. and NTTDoCoMo offers it in Japan. The two Swedish carriers will be equal partners in the joint venture, which also comprises spectrum-sharing in the 900MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands.
Such network-sharing is becoming more common because the costs associated building out networks are high, and because regulations in some parts of the world are making it more difficult to locate a lot of equipment in places where people desire coverage.  Read More about 4G Coming to Sweden: 2 Carriers Team Up to Deploy LTE by 2010