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Google kills off domain fronting – and so secure comms just got tougher

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:01:04 GMT

Cloud tech tweaks end anti-censorship workaround

Google has made technical changes to its cloud infrastructure that have caused collateral damage to an anti-censorship technique called domain fronting.…




Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:39:53 GMT

.UK registry not entirely sure what all the fuss is about

The operator of the .uk domain-name registry has outlined the changes it plans to make to its Whois domain registration system to bring it in line with incoming European privacy legislation.…




BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:14:02 GMT

Consultation next month following plan to shift Brits over to VoIP

BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network in Britain, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025.…




Cisco snuffs Spark, renames it 'WebEx Teams'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:33:06 GMT

And Huawei's given carriers a 14G network (it does 2G to 5G and we did the sums)

Roundup Cisco leads the networking roundup this week, with news that there's one fewer way to avoid its WebEx brand: as part of a product reorganisation, what was Cisco Spark is to become WebEx Teams.…




OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:10:14 GMT

Now for the last time, will you all please shift to IPv6?!

You may have heard this one before, but we have now really run out of public IPv4 address blocks.…




Hortonworks unfurls tool to cut grunt work, let firms spend more time rolling in juicy data

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:40:12 GMT

And *checks watch* of course it'll be really useful for GDPR

Data management biz Hortonworks has lifted the covers off a service that aims to make it easier for enterprises to identify, secure and connect data stored both on-premises and in the cloud.…




Cisco casts an eye over IoT protocol landscape: Everything the light touches is ours

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:54:22 GMT

Managing Things, with intent

Cisco has pitched its intent-based networking capabilities as a way to get control over the Internet of Things.…




US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:10:41 GMT

Yeah that oughta do the trick

The US government has waded into the omni-shambles that is the internet infrastructure industry's failed effort to comply with European privacy laws.…




'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:57:43 GMT

FCC levies fine equivalent to 32 hours of quarterly profit

T-Mobile US will be a bit lighter in the wallet today, thanks to a $40m fine served by the FCC.…




Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists pull rug from California's draft net neutrality law

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:29:30 GMT

Legislation 'could have been written by AT&T and Comcast'

An effort to pass net neutrality legislation at the California state level is in doubt after an official analysis of the proposed bill recommend pulling out two key measures.…




Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:01:08 GMT

Can we still have a GDPR moratorium, asks US domain-name body

The Whois public database of domain name registration details is dead.…




Having ended America's broadband woes, the FCC now looks to space

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 23:54:46 GMT

Satellite operators reminded they need permission to relay broadband internet. Looking at you, Swarm…

America's comms watchdog has served notice to would-be satellite network providers that it won't abide any more unauthorized launches and orbiting relays.…




Small UK firms laying fibre put BT's Openreach to shame – report

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:07:08 GMT

But former state monopoly still the biggest single investor

Fibre-building minnows passed nearly one million FTTP connections last year – more than double the amount BT's Openreach managed, according to a report from an industry body.…




Defence of the Dark Fibre Arts: Ofcom delays plans to force BT to open its network

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:06:14 GMT

None of the ISPs wanted the 'remedy'

Ofcom has delayed plans to force incumbent telco BT's Openreach to open up its dark fibre network. For now.…




What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:12:05 GMT

Whopping 82% have never changed theirs – survey

The vast majority of punters are potentially leaving themselves exposed to miscreants by failing to change the password and security setting on their routers - according to a survey.…




Testing, one-one-one-one. Yep, you're ready for net news nuggets

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:58:07 GMT

Cloudflare fixes its DNS, Mellanox at NAB, Palo Alto shopping and more packets of presentation layer

Cloudflare generated some buzz of the wrong kind when it turned out the company's much-hyped privacy-focussed DNS resolver at 1.1.1.1 caused hassles for some users.…




Juniper admins: Pour that hipster gin and settle in for a session

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:02:14 GMT

April patch bunch offers lucky thirteen fixes, mostly for Junos OS

Juniper Networks' bug-hunters have bagged a big haul and shown them off with this month's patch collection.…




Angry Australians, in the .au registry, with the vote of no confidence: CEO, execs face ousting

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:12:34 GMT

We pull the covers off latest problems within Oz 'net body

Australia's .au internet registry members have called for the scalps of its CEO and three Board members as part of an ongoing dispute over how the organization is being run.…




Google wants to gobble up Nokia's airborne broadband biz – reports

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:22:30 GMT

Potential deal said to be at an 'advanced stage'

Google looks set to expand its horizon according to reports that claim the ad giant is in talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband biz.…




Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:56:10 GMT

Internet registries and registrars provide terrible timeline

The internet's domain name system is going to miss a May 25 deadline to become compliant with new European privacy legislation by, um, a year or so.…




Can't view memes on London-Southampton train? It's the worst line for mobile coverage

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:58:24 GMT

Signal still off the rails

The London Waterloo to Southampton train line is today named the worst major commuting route for frustrated wage slaves desperate to get a signal on their way to and from the office.…




Cisco bulks up routers for carriers struggling with CDN traffic

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 02:58:11 GMT

IOS XR gets an SDN injection to help things out, too

Cisco might be turning itself into a software company, but that's a slow process, and in the meantime, the router giant still has hardware on the roadmap.…




Lib Dems, UKIP's websites go TITSUP* on UK local election launch day

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:27:07 GMT

NationBuilder outage: Political parties, candidates across world affected

Updated Several political websites using the NationBuilder platform have been down for almost 24 hours – perfect timing for the launch of the UK’s local election campaign.…




Twitter whacks 270,000 terror accounts, majority flagged by internal tools

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:52:06 GMT

But warns political meddling risks damaging free speech

Twitter removed more than 270,000 accounts for terrorism-related violations in the last six months of 2017 – and most of these were detected by internal tools.…




O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:30:50 GMT

UK mobe operators fling £1.3bn at Ofcom auction

UK mobile operators have collectively forked out £1.3bn on boosting spectrum following regulator Ofcom's latest auction.…




nbn™ CEO pleads with staff to control costs in ‘seeya later’ letter

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 22:05:57 GMT

Teases research showing the NBN is creating jobs, especially for self-employed women

The outgoing CEO of nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has implored the company’s staff to “keep our costs down” in the “note to employees” announcing his departure.…




nbn™ loses its head: CEO Bill Morrow bails

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 01:53:47 GMT

With the build mostly done, he reckons it’s the right to time to hand over to a new leader

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has announced that CEO Bill Morrow will step down “by year end 2018”.…




Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 06:03:08 GMT

We'll share query data, but only with these really trustworthy researchers

Updated Cloudflare has revealed a deal with regional internet registry APNIC to provide a possibly more privacy-conscious DNS resolver at a prestige network address, 1.1.1.1.…




SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 18:42:07 GMT

Latest lift-off will see rocket sinking and a ship playing catch

SpaceX successfully launched 10 satellites into space Friday, completing its sixth launch this year.…




BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:13:11 GMT

Even me nan has the interwebz

BT monthly landline costs are to be trimmed by £7 from this weekend but only for customers who don't buy fixed-line broadband from any provider – in other words, hardly anyone.…




SYN-SYN-ACK - Your networking news roundup has arrived!

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 04:02:07 GMT

Aruba's AI moves, Marvell and Nvidia vehicle tech, and yes, the Open Networking Summit

Network admins: unpatched MikroTik routers are being scanned by a botnet again.…




Yes, Emergency Service Network will be late and cost more - UK perm sec

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:10:50 GMT

It's agile, innit?

The UK Home Office’s Emergency Services Network that is intended to replace the country's national radio infrastructure with a 4G network is running overtime and budget, politicians were told today.…




10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:54:11 GMT

Yeah, expect your bills to go up

The government has finally published plans for how everyone in the UK will have a legal right to 10Mbps speeds by 2020 after rejecting a voluntary offer by BT.




Cisco separates switching and routing software from hardware

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 04:56:12 GMT

Open networking finally comes to Switchzilla as IOS XR, IOS XE, Nexus OS added to disaggregation strategy

Cisco has taken a long, hard look at the biggest bullet in its kit, and bitten down: the company has announced it will separate its router and switch software from the hardware that hosts it.…




Linux Foundation lays out welcome mat for AT&T network OS

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 04:03:09 GMT

'DANOS' code hoped to run 100,000 routers will go open source in H2 2018

AT&T has let its in-house-developed network operating system escape into the open source world via the Linux Foundation, with a code release due in the second half of this year.…




Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:17:39 GMT

Servers were over capacity, Kerslake review finds

Vodafone has come in for criticism for the "catastrophic failure" of its National Mutual Aid Telephony system (NMAT) in today's review of the deadly suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena last year.…




Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:29:09 GMT

Won't someone please think of the children?

Without the distraction of pissing around online, you'd think kids might stand a better chance of doing their homework. But it seems some parents blame their darlings' performance at school on crap broadband speeds.…




FCC boss to block 'national security risk' companies (cough, Huawei, ZTE) from US's $8.5bn broadband pot

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 19:24:47 GMT

Bye bye, says American Pai. Throw my server in the levy

Federal Communications Commission boss Ajit Pai wants to cut some overseas companies out of the market for lucrative US government broadband contracts if they are deemed a threat to the Land of the Free™.…




What a mesh: BT Whole Home Wi-Fi users moan over update

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:46:07 GMT

Longed-for firmware update borks some home networks. Be careful what you wish for

Three weeks after a firmware update to BT’s home mesh networking solution, customers are still complaining that they have to constantly reboot their devices, with some being unable to connect at all.…




Dodo, Commander, iPrimus are very sorry about 100/40 NBN plans

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:15:31 GMT

Regulator secured refund/exit deals for 16,000 unhappy customers this week

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's push-back against internet service providers making over overly-optimistic download speed claims on the national broadband network has seen Dodo, iPrimus and Commander agree to refund their customers.…




Colt, Verizon show off inter-carrier SDN

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:02:05 GMT

Care for some extra bandwidth? Just turn the knob

One thing that's always been promised in telco-land, but rarely delivered, is genuine automation between carrier networks. At the end of last week, Verizon and Colt claimed to crack it with an inter-carrier software-defined-networking (SDN) demo.…




Everybody loves Microsoft's open switch software, SONiC

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:28:59 GMT

Plus news from F5, Palo Alto and Dell EMC in your networking news capsule

Roundup This week's networking news roundup isn't only “what happened at the Open Compute Project summit?” – there's also news from F5, Palo Alto Networks, and Dell EMC.…




Cisco's 'Hybrid Information-Centric Networking' gets a workout at Verizon

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 02:01:12 GMT

The ten-year odyssey from concept to product continues

Last week, we noted the re-emergence of a sleeper technology, Information-Centric Networking (ICN). we've now learned that Cisco's been hard at work on it: Switchzilla has unveiled a trial implementation with Verizon.…




UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:48:12 GMT

Oh, and billionaire owner Li Ka-shing retires

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade.…




Brace yourselves, netadmins, there's a new cable on the market

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:56:34 GMT

Meet our new roundup of networking news, this week feat. Cisco, Juniper and more

This week's network-news-in-five minutes has Palo Alto Networks acquiring a startup, a slew of Cisco switches, Juniper's fabric fetish, network monitoring and more.…




Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:34:29 GMT

But will that prevent another burning effigy?

BT's Openreach is to hire 3,500 trainee engineers in a bid to support its 'full-fibre' proposals for Britain.…




Super Cali neutral traffic bill makes web throttling bogus

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:03:15 GMT

State won't work with those whose conduct is atrocious

California is doubling down on its efforts to mandate net neutrality, this time with a bill making its way through the state senate.…




Beware VMware! Nutanix sprays all over Virtzilla's networking territory

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:42:10 GMT

Teases FLOW product as alternative to NSX

Nutanix this week teased analysts with a software-defined networking product called FLOW and made no secret of its intent to muscle in on VMware's turf.…




Remember information-centric networking? It's on the way back

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:58:11 GMT

It never really went away: Netflix picked up the ball and ran with it as others snoozed

Ten years ago, the world of tech was waking up to three hot new technologies – Software-Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualisation, and Information-Centric Networking. The first two are now sweeping the world, but what happened to the third?…




Finland government buys a slice of Nokia

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:59:48 GMT

Moomins and Lordi on the board? It's in the national interest!

The Finnish government has snapped up 3.3 per cent of Nokia Corporation in a bid to shore up national ownership.…