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Openreach offers duct-off providers 'OSA Filter' instead of Dark Fibre Access

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:56:04 GMT

Part of the opening of the network

Openreach has today offered its communication providers an alternative to the Ofcom-proposed Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product, which a court ruling slapped down three months ago.…

Full-fibre ISP Hyperoptic clocked over mock doc schlock shock

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:33:09 GMT

Advert looked too much like a BT contract, says watchdog

Fibre ISP Hyperoptic has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for releasing an advert that looked like an official contract from BT.… Who wants £25m... *cheers*... to trial 5G? *crickets chirping*

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:28:10 GMT

If we start now, we might be better at it than Albania

The British government is looking for places to chuck £25m it has set aside for 5G trials.…

Grant Shapps of coup shame fame stands by 'broadbad' research

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:44:04 GMT

Or was it David Green or Sebastian Fox?

Interview Grant Shapps seems far from crestfallen after his disastrous attempt to lead a coup against UK Prime Minister Theresa May.…

Cisco's ACI adds multi-site support, multi-cloud coming next year

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:27:13 GMT

Kubernetes-coralled containers also get the software-defined networking policy treatment

Cisco's popped out version 3.0 of its software-defined networking Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) product, but there's a more significant update coming early next year.…

Juniper warns of bitter 3rd quarter due to cloud sales crash

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:49:42 GMT

The cloud market's going nuts and Juniper rode it in Q1 and Q2. So what's wrong now?

Juniper Networks has issued preliminary results for its third quarter and the news is bad: forecast revenue of between US$1,290m and $1,350m won't happen and the company instead believes it will score between $1,250m and $1,260m.…

You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:03:13 GMT

Fivemiletown, Northern Ireland, ambles at a stately 1.2Mbps

Superfast internet speeds are within reach of nearly 94 per cent of the UK, according to figures compiled by Thinkbroadband.…

Cisco sells data virtualization unit to Tibco

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 03:57:09 GMT

Bought in 2013, disposed of in 2017 due to misalignment with 'long-term focus'

Four years after acquiring Composite Software and rebranding it as Cisco Data Virtualization, Switchzilla will sell the unit to Tibco.…

He's no good for you! Ofcom wants to give folk powers to dump subpar broadband contracts

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:32:05 GMT

It's not you, it's m- ... No, wait, it's totally you

Ofcom has proposed forcing providers to disclose more accurate speed information at the point of sale and hand consumers the power to walk away if speeds fall below a guaranteed level, in a crackdown on service provision.…

Intelsat and Intel reckon satellite spectrum could help with 5G's coming capacity crunch

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 04:01:14 GMT

Farmers can keep it, but cities' spectrum scarcity needs a fix

Intelsat and Intel reckon there's a chunk of spectrum currently devoted to satellite operations that could be useful for capacity-starved mobile comms.…

Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:02:09 GMT

Transtelecom can reach 256 North Korean hosts

North Korea's very limited Internet has, for the second time in its brief history, obtained a redundant connection to the outside world.…

WTH is my domain? OpenSRS and Hover DOWN and OUT

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:40:26 GMT

Network failure forces punters' websites offline

Updated The domain name server "OpenSRS" crashed and burned during the dead of night following a network failure, taking down scores of customers' portals with it. Normal service has yet to resume.…

Business hunches are so 1977. Proper data's a lot more grown-up

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:22:08 GMT

Fighting the instinct vs analytics wars

Sponsored In business, should you trust your gut, or go by the numbers? Business mythology and Hollywood favour the gut. Both cite stories about maverick geniuses that ignored everyone’s advice and won big.…

'Alternative network provider' CityFibre boosts sales 36%

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:36:08 GMT

But elsewhere experiences contract delays

UK broadband pusher CityFibre has posted a sales increase of 36 per cent for its half-year results, but has also reported delays to a number of its public sector contracts.…

Boffins sling around entangled photons at telco wavelengths

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 04:02:13 GMT

1550 nanometres is the sweetest sweet spot

One of the hurdles facing photon-based quantum systems using entangled photons is that it's hard to create them at the 1550 nm wavelengths used in telecommunications systems.…

nbn™ sweetens the deal for business and its own bottom line

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 02:25:57 GMT

Mirrors price relief offered to consumer market

Updated nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Networ (NBN), has adjusted its wholesale prices so that retailers offering business plans get the same price relief as previously offered for the consumer market.…

UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:42:29 GMT

Openreach stuck on upgrading legacy copper-based network

The UK has been ranked the third-worst country in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) coverage, according to a comprehensive study of speeds from 28 countries across the continent.…

Fog lifts as standards bodies agree on fog compute interoperability

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:55:12 GMT

ETSI and OpenFog agree not to disagree, or overlap

Telcos looking at “fog computing” will have fewer standards to contemplate if a cooperation between the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the OpenFog Consortium delivers on its promise.…

The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:02:10 GMT

Two other big brands, Sky and BT, also in the naughty corner

Beleaguered ISP TalkTalk has once again been named worst UK internet provider in a biannual survey of providers by consumer charity Which?…

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:28:08 GMT

In 2018 'MAREA' will move ads and Azure from USA to Spain at 160 terabits per second

Construction of Microsoft and Facebook's jointly-funded submarine cable has ended.…

Nothing to see here, folks, literally... Citrix mysteriously pulls NetScaler downloads

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:44:26 GMT

Builds yanked offline for a week in bug riddle

Citrix has temporarily suspended its NetScaler downloads due to an unspecified, and possibly security-related, issue.…

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:02:14 GMT

Roles yet to be filled

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms outfit O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator.…

Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:54:09 GMT

Also wants to extend consumer protection to cover more broadband services

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is to introduce a series of measures to clamp down on providers' handling of nuisance calls, billing accuracy, general complaints handling and support for vulnerable customers.…

Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:44:05 GMT

Joins Three in telling Ofcom: See you in court

EE has officially launched its legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum proposals, a move prompted by Three's judicial review formally submitted earlier this month.…

Cisco's John Chambers to quit as exec chair

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:24:09 GMT

Southern drawler to fly off into sunset on back of a drone

Cisco's exec chair and former CEO of 20 years, John Chambers, will not stand for re-election to the board of directors in December.…

Sprint CEO straight out accuses Verizon counterpart of LYING

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:34:17 GMT

IN ALL CAPS, no less

It has long been a frustrating marketing ploy pushed by mobile phone operators: claiming that they offer better network coverage and speeds than their competitors.…

How to stop Facebook and Apple taking over the mobile phone industry

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:33:11 GMT

Streaming operating systems, virtualizing base stations

Cloudflare Internet Summit At the launch of the Mobile World Congress earlier this week, the mobile industry begrudgingly accepted that tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Google were increasingly influencing its business.…

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:26:08 GMT, .uk, ... nope

Customers of 123-Reg are experiencing a familiar feeling of annoyance, this time over a decision to automatically register them for .UK domains, which they will then have to pay for after two years.…

Chirpy, chirpy, cheap, cheap: Printable IoT radios for 10 cents each

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:20:07 GMT

Backscatter boffins get Things talking over kilometres

One of the favoured low-power radio techniques in Internet of Things research is “backscatter communications”: the transmitter sends a signal to a Thing, and the Thing modulates its data onto the reflection, and that's then decoded by a receiver.…

Boffins' satcomms rig uses earthly LEDs to talk to orbiting PV panels

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:56:09 GMT

Lasers are too pricy, so we're using BLINKENLIGHTS instead

As low-cost satellites become more common, researchers are turning their attention to improving their communications capabilities without adding crushing costs.…

Chill out about net neutrality, says FCC head, because mobile phones are great

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:47:50 GMT

All just part of a broader strategy

Mobile World Congress The head of America's telecom watchdog the FCC, Ajit Pai, didn't mention net neutrality by name once during his keynote at the Mobile World Congress in San Francisco.…

Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:38:13 GMT

What councils spend it on is another matter

The government has clawed back £645m from BT under its state-subsidised superfast broadband contracts tendered in 2012.…

Arista describes Cisco's IP defence in antitrust case as 'insane'

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:29:08 GMT

Judge mulls whether to dismiss suit after ITC ruling

Arista Networks has called its long-running patent dispute with Cisco "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane" in a hearing regarding an antitrust suit against Switchzilla.…

Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:33:07 GMT

Who needs sunlight when you've got Netflix?

Scottish pensioners are up in arms that Virgin Media has had the audacity to build a huge cabinet outside their homes in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, which is reported to be blocking their light.…

TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:04:00 GMT

Three reported to be 'interested' in a deal

Beleaguered UK comms provider TalkTalk is set to go against the received "wisdom" of having multiple services to flog as it plans to pull out of the mobile market entirely.…

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:32:06 GMT

In some cases fraudsters knew their mark's personal details

BT customers in the UK have been targeted by scammers in India – with one person reporting they were defrauded for thousands of pounds this week.…

Australia-to-Asia traffic slows as typhoons cut submarine cables

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:41:01 GMT

I've been to Bali, via California

Typhoons have broken four submarine cables in the crowded Asian sea-lanes, with a knock-on impact for Australian ISPs iiNet and Internode.…

Three challenges UK watchdog to a duel over mobile spectrum rules

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:04:57 GMT

Your move, EE

Brit mobile operator Three has formally filed its legal challenge to cap the forthcoming spectrum auction at 37 per cent, prompting fears that extra 4G airwave capacity and the rollout of 5G could be delayed.…

Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 05:03:07 GMT

Electronic Arts tech director thinks tech-agnostic developers can build better networks than slave-to-vendor NetAdmins

Fire your network administrators, hire developers instead, and stop expecting networking equipment vendors to provide anything more valuable than free lunches.… unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:51:25 GMT

Scatters £10m across country out of £200m pot

Government has revealed the first six areas in Blighty to trial speeds of 1Gbps in a £10m pilot, as previously revealed by The Register.…

nbn™ adds premises to FTTC, HFC, slims down FTTN build

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:46:45 GMT

Build will end in 2020, stay in the financial envelope.
We promise, really, truly

There's nothing wrong with fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), nothing at all – but nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has decided to move more than a million premises onto other technologies.…

DC court says Dish skirted rules in US airwave auction

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:08:11 GMT

No bid credits for sockpuppets, rules judge

A US Court of Appeals has upheld US broadband watchdog the FCC's decision to bar companies connected to satellite provider Dish Network from claiming discounts on their bids in a 2014 wireless spectrum auction.…

EE!? The sound customers make when the interwebz don't work

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:30:10 GMT

Broadband's out nationwide, say frustrated Twitter folk

EE broadband customers have been unable to get online this morning, due to what seems to be a major nationwide outage.…

India responds to internet shutdown criticism... by codifying rules to make it legal

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:38:35 GMT

Bureaucracy embraces removing communications for millions of people

The Indian government has responded to fierce criticism of its increasing use of internet shutdowns by codifying rules for when the extreme measure is allowed.…

Telcos waive bills during Houston hurricane recovery

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:55:01 GMT

Carriers say they're holding up – more flooding is likely

With Houston in the midst of severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, telcos say they are so far maintaining service and will help with emergency efforts by waiving service costs.…

Google routing blunder sent Japan's Internet dark on Friday

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 22:35:53 GMT

Another big BGP blunder

Last Friday, someone in Google fat-thumbed a border gateway protocol (BGP) advertisement and sent Japanese Internet traffic into a black hole.…

A LANnister always pays his subnets: Cisco hires Game of Thrones' Tyrion

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:29:22 GMT

Peter Dinklage takes Switchzilla's coin

Tech firms hiring famous folks to push their products are depressingly common – who can forget Lady Gaga promoting cables for Monster at CES? Now Cisco is going to hook onto the popularity of Game of Thrones to push its new grand plan.…

Dell, BT alchemists turn bog-standard HW/SW to flexible, open networks

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:35:12 GMT

Playing the disaggregation game

Analysis Dell EMC is supplying network switches to a proof-of-concept research project at BT Labs in Adastral Park, Suffolk.…

British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:01:06 GMT

See, it's not just Grant Shapps who gets it mixed up

Four in five Britons has experienced broadband molasses in the past year and most of us are also "bamboozled" by the terms that telcos use to peddle their wares at us, according to a survey.…

D-Link in Pluribus-powered white box play to target enterprise sales

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:02:08 GMT

Netvisor gets a crack at the consumer and SME channel in new 54-port switch

D-Link has decided that white-box open networking might just be its ticket out of the consumer and small business ghettos, and into the rich enterprise market.…