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WiGig spec hints at 5G offering 8 Gbps over 10 metres

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:58:11 GMT

Wi-Fi Alliance certification program kicks off with Intel, Qualcomm chipsets to the fore

The WiFi Alliance reckons it's bestowed on a waiting world the first hint of what 5G will look like, and apparently it's a radio link that can manage 8 Gbps over 10 metres.…

Verizon boss: Yahoo! email hack 'is a big deal to us', we'll decide new price next month

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:44:13 GMT

Lowell McAdam talks acquisitions, 5G and IoT

Verizon is going to decide how much it is willing to pay for Yahoo! next month when an investigation into its massive security breach is completed.…

CEO of VoIP biz admits in court: It was all a $1.8bn Ponzi scheme

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:28:59 GMT

Unsuspecting investors given full Brazilian from TelexFree scam operation

The CEO of VoIP telephone service TelexFree has confessed that his company was a front for a $1.8bn pyramid scam.…

European Telecoms Standards Institute to World+Dog: please start caring about 5G

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:58:30 GMT

Industry verticals, busy trying to make money, aren't paying attention to the telco biz's future

5G is on the way – no, really, it's on the way, stop giggling – but outside the telcos and their suppliers, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is having trouble getting industries to care.…

No, Russia is not tapping into Syria's undersea internet cables

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:45:43 GMT

A tale of the spy ship Yantar, tinfoil hats and that pesky bugger we call reality

Rumours abound on odder corners of the internet that a Russian signals intelligence ship has tapped into one of the main internet cables serving Syria. Sadly for the conspiraloons, it's almost certainly not true.…

Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and BT bid for Indian cricket online

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:03:05 GMT

Indian Premier League TV audiences top 100m, online audience barely tapped

Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and BT have been revealed as bidders for rights for India's top sporting attracting, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket competition.…

3,500 Verizon call center workers can't hear you now

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:37:12 GMT

Telco plans to board up seven US facilities

US telecom giant Verizon says it will be closing seven US call centers and tossing the jobs of 3,500 employees in limbo in the process.…

Google, Facebook toss cash into LA-to-Hong Kong sub cable corp

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:02:08 GMT

120 Tbps non-stop Pacific link plans to see first light in 2018

Mere months after its first trans-Pacific cable venture lit up, Google has announced it's friended Facebook as part of another cable consortium.…

Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:43:43 GMT

Might help cover the cost of scrapping the Note 7

Samsung received good news of a sort on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court heard arguments for why Apple should reimburse the company $399m.…

Yahoo! halts! email! forwarding! to! outside! email! addresses!

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:02:12 GMT

It looks like lock-in, swims like lock-in and quacks like lock-in … this could be lock-in!

Yahoo! has “temporarily disabled” the ability to forward email from its messaging services.…

Probe cops' Stingray phone masts, senators tell US comms watchdog

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:58:13 GMT

Congresscritters want to know if cellphone snooping kit illegally jams connections

A group of US Senators has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate concerns that police stingray devices are causing illegally high levels of interference to wireless networks.…

Whales permitting, Hawaiki sub cable to hit Sydney in August 2017

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 01:33:09 GMT

Filing tells NSA exactly where to send cable-sniffing divers

The Hawaiki Cable, which would create trans-Pacific competition for those shipping bits across the ocean to Australia and New Zealand, plans to get its Australian landing in place by August 2017.…

Level3 switch config blunder blamed for US-wide VoIP blackout

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:33:09 GMT

Network dropped calls because it was told to

Updated Backbone provider Level3 says an outage that knocked out VoIP service for much of the US Tuesday morning was the result of improperly configured equipment.…

Will 5G give Samsung a chance at global Radio Access Network glory?

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:07:05 GMT

LTE it be, prays vendor

Analysis Will 5G bring Samsung the network infrastructure success which has largely eluded it outside of its home country?…

Level 3 goes to Level 0 for American VoIP peeps

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:12:32 GMT

Network provider stumbles, drops voice traffic

Backbone carrier Level 3 says it is investigating the cause of an outage that took out its services in North America.…

Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:22:11 GMT

Complies with regulator ahead of time. Fancy that

UK ISP TalkTalk is scrapping line rental charges and freezing price increases for 18 months – in a bid to comply with forthcoming regulatory changes and retain its declining customer base.…

Google, Facebook etc rush to defend US govt in last-minute ICANN internet takeover lawsuit

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:33:58 GMT

Mad dash on eve of critical IANA transition

A slew of internet organizations have come to the support of the US government in a last-minute lawsuit designed to prevent the handover of critical internet functions at midnight on Friday.…

Four US states demand restraining order to stop internet power handover to ICANN

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:04:43 GMT

Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada sue Uncle Sam

Four states' attorneys general have filed suit to prevent the transition of critical internet functions from the US government to non-profit ICANN this Friday.…

Verizon techie sold people's call logs at $75 a head to private dick

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:00:47 GMT

Prison looms for telco insider who flogged subscriber records to dodgy investigator

A former Verizon Wireless employee is facing time behind bars after he pled guilty to selling customer records.…

Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:35:13 GMT

It's gonna spell bad news for all of us

The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine.…

US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:55:19 GMT

Eye-pee-vee-what? Rest of world responds

The US government is entering the next stage of grief and loss over IPv6, asking companies to explain why they won't just move over to the new protocol.…

Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:28:36 GMT

It came from the shed

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit.…

#Vodafail is BACK, with seven hours of 'try again later'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:19:29 GMT

Must do better: still lagging Telstra in the TITSUP stakes

Vodafone has moved to reassert its once-dominant position in the Australian network outage stakes, suffering a seven-hour TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) on Sunday evening, 25 September.…

Cisco preps the P45s for 500 unlucky UK staffers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:30:07 GMT

Latest wave of software-inspired bloodletting

Cisco's UK staffers are beginning to feel the cold, sharp edge of the networking borg's axe, with up to 500 souls put at risk of redundancy across its entire local operation, multiple sources have confirmed to The Register.…

Despite IANA storm, ICANN shows just why it shouldn't be allowed to take over internet's critical functions

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:03:11 GMT

Self-serving organization simply incapable of admitting fault

Internet overseer ICANN has responded to allegations of mismanagement, opaque decision-making, and an institutional lack of accountability by launching a review.…

Wi-Fi Alliance publishes LTE/WiFi coexistence test plan

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:27:09 GMT

Would-be LTE-U carriers told to take these tests, or just leave off

The Wi-Fi Alliance's long-awaited – and controversial – LTE-U Coexistence Test plan has landed.…

Intel taps baton, tells the IoT orchestra to tune up

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:31:10 GMT

Chipzilla updates dev environment for Thing connectivity

Intel has quietly released Version 2.0 of its IoT Services Orchestration Layer toolkit on the world.…

CAIDA adds geo-tags to its Internet AS dataset

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 03:23:22 GMT

310,000 network links: that's how big your Interwebs grew. Mapping them is very useful

We know what you're thinking, “when did a label on a diagram rate a news story?” but bear with us: the 'net-boffins at CAIDA have added labels to the vast dataset that maps AS-AS links worldwide.…

'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:43:11 GMT

India's decided the Andaman Islands need proper internet

India's government has decided to build a submarine cable between the city of Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.…

TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:04:47 GMT

World collectively bangs its head against wall

Just when you thought discussion over the transition of the internet's technical functions couldn't get any more ridiculous, here comes Donald Trump.…

Anti-ICANN Cruzade continues: Senator Ted still desperately trying to defund US govt

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:22:34 GMT

IANA transition threatens to become focus of dysfunctional Congress

The transition of the internet's critical technical functions from the US government to non-profit organization ICANN, planned for next week, remains under threat thanks to an ongoing crusade by Senator Ted Cruz.…

EU chief promises modernised spectrum policy to avoid mistakes of LTE

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:07:04 GMT

How best to resolve the spectrum gridlock?

The European Union announced its 5G Action Plan last week, and president Jean-Claude Juncker set out some ambitious connectivity goals in his State of the Union address. These include promises to enable free Wi-Fi in public spaces in every town and village in the EU states, and to achieve “full deployment” of 5G by 2025 (including railways). As an interim goal, it repeated the goal of having commercial 5G in at least one town or city per EU country by 2020.…

Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:02:08 GMT

It looks a lot like 1996

North Korea's zone file has leaked online, providing another insight into the hermit kingdom's internet.…

Vodafone UK blocks bulk nuisance calls. Hurrah!

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:02:05 GMT

Stamps out spammers with new barring technology

Vodafone blocked 425,000 nuisance and scam calls in a single day, while testing new call-barring technology for its UK mobile network.…

Target lost, Cruz missile misses: Ted's ICANN crusade is basically over

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:29:07 GMT

IANA transition from US govt hands looks likely as senators head home for election

An effort to disrupt the handover of critical internet technical tasks from the US government to DNS overseer ICANN appears to have petered out.…

T-Mobile USA leaked free access to sites with '/speedtest' in the URL

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:12:58 GMT

High school slacker hacker gets LTE for free

American T-Mobile subscribers can score free internet access by running traffic through a proxy with "speedtest" in its URL.…

ICANN latest: Will the internet be owned by Ted Cruz or Vladimir Putin in October?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:36:07 GMT

Let's check in with the IANA madness

Analysis The battle over the internet's critical IANA contract shows no sign of being resolved – with just two weeks to go until it is due to be handed over to internet oversight organization ICANN.…

Teenage noughties protocol BitTorrent reinvents itself again

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:37:06 GMT

First the news, now enterprise tech

Interview In an age of on-demand Netflix content streaming, BitTorrent Inc – which developed and maintains the peer-to-peer protocol from the early 2000s – reminds many of us of its historic place in file-sharing rather than bringing to mind the modern software biz of the same name.…

Azure is on fire, your DNS is terrified

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:17:21 GMT

Many services affected

Microsoft Azure DNS suffered a wobble Thursday afternoon UK-time, taking down a number of services.…

Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:49:52 GMT

Don't blame Apple this time, it tried to warn you

With Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra beta now out in the wild, one important non-feature of the OS is giving some network admins headaches.…

Wait, wait – I got it this time, says FCC as it swings again at rip-off US TV cable boxes

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:02:36 GMT

If at first you don't succeed, your name is Tom Wheeler and I claim my £5

US comms watchdog the FCC has published its revised plans to kill the multi-billion-dollar cable box rip-off.…

Chinese rivals: ZTE to take on Huawei... in the UK

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:13:12 GMT

Wants to make a play for smart cities and IoT

Chinese telco giant ZTE has set its sights on becoming as big in the UK as its rival Huawei, the company's chief information officer Jane Chen has said.…

Hey, uh ICANN. US govt here. You know we said we'd give you the keys to the 'net? Yeaahhh...

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:37:20 GMT

Yeeahhh, I'm thinking we might be changing our minds

The US government has admitted its plan to move control of the internet's naming and numbering functions to a California non-profit next month may not move forward.…

US appeals court slaps down FTC, AT&T walks free, cats and dog living together, mass hysteria

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:33:11 GMT

We're now reliant on the FCC, God help us

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has thrown the issue of who can protect American consumers into confusion with a decision for AT&T and against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).…

Net neutrality activists claim victory in Europe

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:29:04 GMT

BEREC final guidelines land on the side of civil society

Net neutrality activists are claiming victory following the publication of final guidelines by European regulators.…

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:56:09 GMT

And could he be hinting at a new national ID card scheme?

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party will not win elections using strategies from the past, as he promised to "democratise the internet" in his Digital Manifesto today.…

NZ-funded Hawaiki cable signs DRFortress for landing station

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:57:28 GMT

Next stop, Hawaii

Australia and New Zealand got a small step closer to a third Pacific crossing, with submarine cable upstart Hawaiki signing DRFortress in Hawaii to operate its landing station.…

Shock: AT&T totally not OK with FCC saying it ripped off US schools

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:21:05 GMT

They didn't get E-rate price because they didn't want an E‑rate plan, apparently

AT&T has issued a rebuttal to the FCC's July complaint that it overcharged schools and libraries in Florida for internet service.…

Google breaks heart, White Knight falls off horse

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:20:08 GMT

Now. About that Venezuelan option...

Analysis Google Fiber was supposed to be the White Knight of US broadband, riding to its rescue. But this horse has bolted. In the opposite direction.…

MIT brainiacs triple the speed, double the range of Wi-Fi

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:11:04 GMT

MegaMIMO gives data a smooth ride

Video Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) think they have perfected a system that dramatically improves Wi-Fi connections by eliminating signal interference.…