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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:46:43 GMT

Pai will lay out plan this week, vote in December

Analysis Ajit Pai, chairman of America's broadband watchdog, today confirmed what we all knew was coming for months now: a move to tear up the Obama-era's rules on network neutrality in the US.…

Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:58:06 GMT

Matt Hancock blissfully unaware that deal is on brink of collapse

UK digital minister Matt Hancock has denied that talks with BT to improve poor internet speeds in 1.4 million rural areas have fallen through.…

Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:02:13 GMT

Burkina Faso the most expensive, UK in top third cheapest

Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband (if you're willing to ignore political and social problems).…

AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:58:08 GMT

Carrier tries to speed networking innovation with 'Disaggregated Network Operating System'

AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware.…

AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:57:45 GMT

'We don't care, in fact look at this letter about how little we care. Really. Please look at it'

AT&T says it is not worried about the possibility of a US government lawsuit derailing its attempts to acquire Time-Warner.…

The Social Network™ releases its data networking code

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:42:38 GMT

Open/R distributed router software goes open source, with Juniper, Arista aboard

Facebook has sent another shiver running up Cisco's spine, by releasing the code it uses for packet routing.…

nbn™ to ISPs: share your speeds or we'll share 'em for you

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:42:15 GMT

nbn™ financials, the speed scandal, and 'what millennials like part 1,096'

NBN Week Australia's National Broadband Network “speed scandal” was in the news again last week, as nbn™, the company building and operating the network, suggested it should publish its internal speed data to resolve the issue.…

Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:46:39 GMT

You've got the authority, big boy, CTIA tells Pai... And such strong arms

The stomach-churning love-fest between the American cable industry and FCC Ajit Pai continues apace with Big Cable now pillow talking the federal regulator into how to prevent individual US states forming their own net neutrality protections.…

So what does EE's 5G test really signal?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:26:04 GMT

Over-hyped tech inches a step closer... maybe

Brit mobile operator EE has proudly announced the success of a "breakthrough test" for 5G, but what do these tests signal for future 5G usage?…

Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:03:52 GMT

Fresh round of overhauls, and some aren't happy about it

US broadband watchdog the FCC signed off on a pile of new rules Thursday – including laws that will dictate how telcos handle robocalls, cut access for poor Americans to subsidized phone service, add controversial changes to TV station ownership rules, and regulations for fiber cable installation.…

BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:04:05 GMT

Also, we’ve not delayed the spectrum auction. Anyway, Three started it!

Chief exec of BT, Gavin Patterson, has admitted the British telco is struggling to make a business case for 5G investment, given the huge costs of getting the network off the ground.…

Hardware headwinds hurt Cisco as revenue dips two per cent in Q1

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:22:20 GMT

Sales down, orders up, hopes pinned on intent-based networking (A.K.A. a dash of AI)

Cisco suffered a decline in revenue for Q1 2018, weighed down by ongoing weakness in its switch and router business.…

Ads watchdog tells Plusnet: There's no way unlimited business broadband costs £4.50

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:04:09 GMT

If that were the case, you might actually Do Us Proud

Two Plusnet adverts selling business broadband have been ruled "misleading" by the UK Advertising Standards Agency.…

TalkTalk sees red after chucking £75m on restructuring bonfire

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:33:48 GMT

Who wants to buy a phone biz?

Beleaguered Brit ISP TalkTalk's half-year results have plunged into the red, reporting pre-tax losses of £75m due to major restructuring costs.…

Euro telco standards wonks publish third iteration of open source orchestrator

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:02:06 GMT

ETSI goes MANO et MANO et MANO for better NFV

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published the third release of OSM, its open source management and orchestration (MANO) stack for network function virtualisation.…

How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:57:22 GMT

FCC commish wants more than one-page updates on recovery

Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the commissioners at America's broadband watchdog the FCC, has reiterated her call for hearings into what is happening with communications on the hurricane-stricken island of Puerto Rico.…

BT plots to slash pension benefits for 32,000 staff

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:31:51 GMT

Gotta plug that £14bn deficit somehow

BT has proposed closing its defined benefit pension scheme for 11,000 managers and slash contributions to 21,000 frontline staff in a bid to plug a looming £14bn pension deficit.…

Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:39:05 GMT

Oh rats! SSE inks deal to run fibre through Thames Water's subterranean empire

London's Victorian sewer network is to be made accessible to fibre cables under a deal between SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Thames Water.…

AT&T, Verizon agree to hop into bed and thrust new erections over US

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:52:37 GMT

Duopoly guys do duopoly thing

US telco giants AT&T and Verizon are joining forces to install cellphone towers throughout America.…

Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:06 GMT

Chair says he needs to kill copper network, maybe build 5G backhaul too

Openreach chair Mike McTighe says the carrier has concluded its consultation on how to deliver fibre-to-the-premises connections across Britain by the year 2025 and will deliver its plan to do so “before Christmas”.…

NASA shoots for 200Mbps networks on swarming satellites

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:27:10 GMT

Saturday launch will hoist super-manoeuvrable CubeSats that find each other in space

Orbital ATK will on Saturday* launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a supply mission to the International Space Station, with one of its payloads being a pair of CubeSats that NASA hopes can demonstrate 200 megabits per second downloads, from space, and how small satellites can be operated in harness to build networks or complex machines.…

Qualcomm touts deal with Chinese giants to really consider using $12bn of its chips

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 04:58:08 GMT

Non-binding 'memorandum of understanding' inked with four smartphone builders

Qualcomm says it has struck a deal, of sorts, with four major smartphone vendors in China that could possibly be worth $12bn.…

Vodafone signs deal with CityFibre to connect 5 million homes with full fibre

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:34:05 GMT

Project up to eight years with broadband minnow

Vodafone has inked a deal for a full-fibre network built by CityFibre, which could connect up to 5 million premises over the next eight years.…

OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:48:17 GMT

Thanks, initial testing seems unduly problematic

Updated Power outages have brought some OVH data centres to their knees, and unspecified issues have broken optical cable routing in Europe.…

Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:37:10 GMT

Clive Selley admits BT could have done more to build a fibre network

Interview "Look, if you can't get decent broadband, it is a real pisser," said Openreach boss Clive Selley in response to a Devon village's decision to burn an effigy of one of its vans on bonfire night.…

Google's software-defined network – and its significance – both just accelerated

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:32:06 GMT

The SDN industry – ahem – admires Google and will learn from this, to your benefit

Google last week announced that it has started using version 2.1 of its Andromeda software-defined networking stack.…

Carphone Warehouse given a stern talking to for 'misleading' radio ad

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:32:09 GMT

Three's a crowd, and a 'major competitor', says watchdog

Carphone Warehouse was given a particularly withering stare by the Advertising Standards Agency in a ruling handed down today concerning one of its radio adverts.…

Juniper Contrail Cloud spotted heading for junior telco networks

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:58:12 GMT

Gin palace lead architect explains plan to make NFV reign

Juniper Networks has enhanced its Contrail Cloud enhancements, in the hope it can put network function virtualization into the hands of more and smaller carrier.…

Cisco borked its own BGP code in IOS XE, has since patched

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 03:03:07 GMT

Wanna break the Internet? Start by not patching this problem

Cisco's pushed a fix for a border gateway protocol (BGP) denial-of-service bug in its IOS XE operating system.…

Trade ban case grinds on, but Arista-cats got the cream in Q3

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 02:17:33 GMT

Cisco still hasn't managed to drown this kitten

Trying to duck patent sueballs slung by Cisco didn't stop Arista from claiming record revenue and profit for its most recent quarter.…

Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:57:07 GMT

Celebrates CenturyLink gobble by blacking out

A fat-fingered configuration blunder at Level 3 temporarily sent a chunk of internet connectivity in America and the wider world to level zero on Monday.…

Mellanox NICs Xilinx FPGA to save backplane slots and CPU cycles

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:30:05 GMT

And it's not just about bonkers Bitcoin mining rigs

Mellanox's next-gen Innova network adapter won't just pack the obligatory high-speed interfaces – it'll also embed a Xilinx FPGA.…

VMware buys VeloCloud to make the WAN NSX-y

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 02:04:15 GMT

Software-defined WANs give Virtzilla more SaaS to sell and a better pitch to telcos

VMware's acquired VeloCloud and will use its wares to extend its NSX software-defined networking platform to the wide area network.…

TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:43:15 GMT

Yet more problems for the firm's long-suffering customers

Beleaguered TalkTalk customers are complaining that their landline and mobile phones ring at the same time, an issue that appears to be due to a glitch in the telco's Talk2Go app.…

Virgin's Project Lightning's very, very frightening: ISP will not hit connection target

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:32:10 GMT

That's 376,000 down, 424,000 to go before the year is out

Virgin Media will fall significantly short of connecting 800,000 new customers to its ultrafast Project Lightning broadband in the UK this year – a target set prior to the firm's mis-selling scandal – according to its third-quarter preliminary results.…

Openreach: Comms providers 'welcome' our full-fibre 'ambition'

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:02:08 GMT

Duh. It's better than sweating the heck out of copper and aluminium for another decade

Openreach reckons its 580 communications providers "have welcomed the ambition" to increase the UK's woeful fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) coverage. However, some folk remain less impressed.…

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:03:14 GMT


Nearly one-third of mobile users suffer poor or no indoor reception at home, according to a survey by price comparison site uSwitch.…

Microsoft reveals network simulator that keeps Azure alive

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:02:11 GMT

'CrystalNet' reveals router bugs beat sysadmin fat-fingers six-to-one for outages

Microsoft has let the world in on one of its key Azure management tools: a simulator designed to help prevent nearly 70 per cent of the bugs that cause network downtime.…

Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:34:06 GMT

'Light touch' must be enforced with a heavy hand, says telco

Verizon is leaning on America's broadband watchdog to stomp out any hope of state governments rolling out their own rules on net neutrality, privacy protections, and other internet regulations.…

Facebook, Amazon fund new trans-Pacific submarine cable

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:54:14 GMT

'JUPITER' is made for video, should see first light in 2020, boast 60 Tbps capacity

A consortium including Facebook, Amazon and SoftBank has signed up to build a new submarine cable linking Asia and the United States of America.…

Level 3 thrown in the C'Link after watchdog approves $34bn gobble

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:52:05 GMT

While Softbank's Sprint goes limp on T-Mobile US merger

America's comms regulator has signed off on the $34bn merger deal that will see ISP CenturyLink take over internet backbone Level 3.…

Is the FCC purposefully screwing up US school broadband projects?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:47:20 GMT

Answer: Yes, but it's hard to prove

Special report Schools across the United States are sounding the alarm on what looks suspiciously like an effort by the federal telecoms regulator to undermine efforts to build new broadband networks.…

Gigamon is giga-gone! Networking vendor bought by private equity

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:31:10 GMT

Elliot Management finds US$1.6bn for network intelligence outfit

Networking vendor Gigamon has agreed to sell itself to private equity concern Elliot Management, for around US$1.6bn.…

Cisco removes probe from place the SAN don't shine in new FC switch

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 03:58:06 GMT

Flash arrays have singed SANs, so Cisco's turned on the data tap to help you burn bottlenecks

Cisco's decided to save the world from all-flash arrays by giving it a new 32G Fabric Switch, an upgraded Nexus 93180 and data galore.…

Vodafone's NBN plans may include voice-over-WiFi, virtual landlines

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 02:30:19 GMT

Carrier already this overseas, seeks Oz punters' opinions on 'NBN extras' plan, name

Vodafone Australia is market testing a product called “nbn extras” that will see it offer voice-over-WiFi or a virtual landline that redirects to mobile phones.…

Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:32:19 GMT

Internet policy wonks scramble over GDPR

Analysis The internet policy world is scrambling as one of the most critical and fiercely contested aspects of the global domain name system – its registration system – has started to fall apart.…

Sales bottlenecks gag Juniper's growth in Q3

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:01:05 GMT

Services prevents bloodbath, product sales suffering

Having a big deal go on hold doesn't just spoil your day, it can upend a whole quarter, as Juniper Networks has found.…

Viasat: We're going to sue Ofcom over EU-wide airline Wi-Fi network

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:34:13 GMT

Firm denies sour grapes charge after rival gets licence tweaks

Comment Satellite broadband operator Viasat is telling the world it will sue UK comms watchgog Ofcom over recent changes to rival firm Inmarsat's licence allowing that company to build a vital part of a planned EU in-flight Wi-Fi network.…

Discover potholes in the information super-highway with this handy new tool (which itself just hit a roadblock)

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:05:06 GMT

Everything is broken

Are we taking the internet for granted? And by "internet" we mean the actual global networks of computers that share vast quantities of information every second by using the same basic protocols.…

Vodafone analysed evidence in case where it was alleged victim

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:04:09 GMT

GSM gateway prosecution man: They gave the evidence that they found to the police

A man left on bail for more than seven years has hit out at Vodafone's role in his court case as alleged victim and examiner of vital computer evidence.…