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A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:32:10 GMT

Some 4% of properties trundle below 10Mpbs

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mpbs, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom.…




BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:14:06 GMT

Intended to boost former state monopoly's 'ailing TV service'

BT and Sky have set aside their long-running feud and signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms in the UK.…




Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:02:11 GMT

Serverless functions running on a set-top box could be a thing before long

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts.…




5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:28:08 GMT

Shut your whining, it's going to be great

Analysis The FCC voted 3-2 Thursday morning to get rid of net neutrality rules.…




FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:39:25 GMT

Watchdog's clown, er, chairman debases policymaking in the United States

Despite the clearly stated and serious concerns of a broad cross-section of industry and society, on Thursday morning a mocking, preening excuse of a regulatory chairman tore down US rules that ensured content over the internet was kept free from manipulation by companies that sell access to the global network.…




EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:35:06 GMT

You guys OK with paper print-outs for the next eight months?

EE Business Broadband customers will have to make do with old-fashioned paper print-outs for the next eight months because the UK firm's online portal is down.…




IETF protects privacy and helps net neutrality with DNS over HTTPS

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:04:06 GMT

Yes, this really is called DOH, but this one's far from a face palm

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken the first steps towards a better way of protecting users' DNS queries and incidentally made a useful contribution to making neutrality part of the 'net's infrastructure instead of the plaything of ISPs.…




nbn™tries to ease peak hour crunch with cheaper bundles

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:09:08 GMT

50 Mbps / 100 Mbps now bundle CVC capacity

nbn™ has announced new wholesale bundles it hopes will overcome the despised peak-hour crush: a 50 Mbps access product with 2 Mbps of CVC traffic in the bundle; and a 100 Mbps access product with 2.5 Mbps of CVC.…




FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:00:13 GMT

echo "Bot herders will love"; cat /etc/passwd #

AT&T's DirecTV wireless kit has an embarrassing vulnerability in its firmware that can be trivially exploited by miscreants and malware to install hidden backdoors on the home network equipment, according to a security researcher.…




How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:28:14 GMT

Metaphor wrought in flesh

An experiment by staff at UK ISP Andrews & Arnold has redefined the meaning of a fibre connection by showing that a piece of wet string can handle ADSL.…




'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:02:14 GMT

Google, Facebook and Microsoft routed through PutinGrad, for no good reason

A Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing incident saw a bunch of high-profile Internet destinations mis-routed through Russia on Tuesday, US time.…




Lights, camera, 802.11ax-ion!

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:02:13 GMT

Marvell claims it'll have the first chipsets for new 10G WiFi ready for products in H2 2018

Chip-maker Marvell has claimed it will be the first to offer WiFi chipsets that bring the 802.11ax standard to the world.…




India sets up second new CERT in a year, this time for government

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:01:05 GMT

Seeing as India has biometric national ID, this seems like a pretty sensible idea

India has decided it needs a third computer emergency response team, to protect government digital services.…




What network neutrality madness has happened today? Take a big breath

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:37:28 GMT

And we'll explain: Epic trolling, online pressure, window-dressing, serious wonk writing

It may have escaped your notice but America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, will vote on Thursday on a provision that would effectively undermine net neutrality protections in the US. People are – and this may shock you – not happy about it.…




Juniper squeezes vulns that allow total p0wnage

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:03:13 GMT

NorthStar WAN SDN Controller has 28 nasties, half a dozen critical

Juniper admins using the company's NorthStar WAN SDN Controller Application, hop to it: the company's just dropped fixes to 28 security vulnerabilities.…




Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel flawed net neutrality vote

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:28:33 GMT

Technologists publish open letter warning about "imminent threat" to internet

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing that it is based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology."…




Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:05:10 GMT

Suffering residents have an 8-hour wait for 45 minutes of telly

A street in Suffolk has been revealed as the slowest area in Blighty for broadband, where residents have to wait a painful eight hours to download just 45 minutes of telly.…




Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:20:37 GMT

But… aren't you… supposed…aaargh… Pai!

One of the US government's top regulators has warned that her department is in no position to take on the mantle of protecting the open internet if its sister organization, the FCC, votes on repealing net neutrality regulations later this month.…




Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:56:11 GMT

Not so bad, is it?

Real world performance gleaned from thousands of British mobiles sheds light on how LTE in the boondocks performs outside major urban areas. And it may not be as bad as you think.…




Google pushed update that broke managed Chromebooks' Wi-Fi

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:02:10 GMT

Schools left without Wi-Fi! How will the kids learn?

A Google slip-up left educators scratching their heads after schools' Chromebooks developed mass wireless network SSID amnesia.…




nbn™ chair Ziggy Switkowski says HFC remediation mess is business as usual

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:49:33 GMT

'Every time we launch a new platform we got through processes learning how to do it well'

nbn™ chairman Ziggy Switkowski last night told a Senate Estimates hearing that problems with the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) network it bought from Telstra first emerged in July.…




EE drops packets but retains UK network champ's title

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:36:10 GMT

Surprise findings

EE’s dominance as the best-performing UK mobile network has one or two surprising short comings in the No.1’s performance. Real-world data suggests Vodafone has the best network for 4G packet loss and EE the worst.…




Storage and network prodder Virtual Instruments climbs up stack to apps

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:25:10 GMT

Says VirtualWisdom makes it wiser about apps

Virtual Instruments has said it is getting more application-centric with its v5.4 release of VirtualWisdom, its infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform, which builds on its Xangati acquisition.…




China reboots internet conference with keynote from Cook

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:22:36 GMT

Apple CEO lends credibility, kills VPN apps

China's efforts to reboot an annual internet conference have received a big boost with a keynote from Apple CEO Tim Cook and the attendance of Google CEO Sundar Pichai.…




Sprint calls out Charter with chat-patent sueball

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:07:36 GMT

Once more, into the VoIP

Stop us if you've heard this one; two telecoms heavyweights are headed to court over allegations of patent infringement.…




Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:46:07 GMT

Tackles former state monopoly's 'significant market power'

Ofcom wants to slap new measures on BT to prevent it from undercutting rivals investing in super and ultrafast broadband.…




Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:31:09 GMT

El Reg dives into global DNS split threat

Analysis Russia is intending to set up its "own internet" according to a number of Russian news sources citing a document signed by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month.…




Nokia 'not currently' talking about nor arranging Juniper buy

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:55:07 GMT

Note the 'currently' because something just made the Gin Palace's shares pop 20 per cent

Nokia Networks has denied a rumour that it's planning to make an offer for Juniper Networks.…




Max Schrems launches privacy NGO, wins €60k within first 24 hours

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:41:12 GMT

'None of Your Business' to help bring consumer cases to court

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems is crowdfunding a nonprofit that will bring consumer privacy cases to court in a bid to enforce European data protection laws.…




Can't wait for 5G? Don't then, Gigabit LTE will be around for ages

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:26:05 GMT

Yes, it's real

While 5G suffers the usual, protracted birth pangs, unfashionable Gigabit LTE is going to be how your mobile bits are delivered for ages.…




£160m ploughed into 5G is a fair sum. Shame the tech doesn't really exist

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:55:08 GMT

UK.gov insiders fairly certain cash won't be spent that way

Going by last week's Budget, it looks like the only ones still drinking the 5G Kool-Aid are senior politicians. Perhaps they think it will make them look visionary.…




High-freq trade biz sues transatlantic ISP for alleged spiteful cable cut

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 01:32:05 GMT

We were bought by your rival, but that doesn't mean we don't still need you (for a few months)

A New York investment firm is suing its ISP to retain its access to a high-speed international internet link – after the firm was acquired by a company that has a beef with the broadband provider.…




FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:33:44 GMT

Pai puts in his thumb and pulls out a plum

Analysis Ajit Pai – the head of America's broadband watchdog, the FCC – has responded to widespread criticism of his plan to tear up net neutrality safeguards by… mocking celebrity tweets.…




AT&T, Comcast trash, kill Nashville's Googley broadband cable rules

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 21:42:57 GMT

City's attempt to foster competition shafted after taking pole position

An American city's efforts to make it easier for Google and upstart ISPs to compete against cable giants has been unceremoniously unplugged.…




Another way to avoid eye contact: 4G on the Tube expected 'in 2019'

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:29:06 GMT

Summer tests show mobile signal on all trains is possible

Transport for London promises to have 4G mobile coverage on the London Underground during 2019 following successful tests this summer.…




China plots new Great Leap Forward: to IPv6

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:02:05 GMT

It'll be a doddle because we invented it, claims state-owned organ Xinhua

China has claimed it invented IPv6, according to state-controlled newswire Xinhua.…




nbn™ pauses hybrid fibre-coax build and will fix current connections

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 02:03:06 GMT

Billions spent on networks not fit for purpose, cabling may be to blame

+Comment nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced that it will remediate parts of its hybrid fibre-coax and pause new rollouts…




Dark fibre arts: Ofcom is determined to open up BT's network

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:33:07 GMT

But will it make a difference?

Analysis BT has long been accused of jealously guarding its infrastructure. But forcing it to open up its network to competitors and break its market dominance has been an aim of Ofcom for some time.…




Ed Vaizey is right, Matt Hancock hasn't improved broadband

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:15:06 GMT

'Hancock pinched all my ideas' jokes former digi minister

Comment For all digital minister Matt Hancock's rhetoric about 'full-fibre' investment, Blighty's digital infrastructure still remains unchanged.…




Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:02:11 GMT

If I hear 'up to' one more time...

Broadband providers will only be able to advertise "average" download speeds if at least 50 per cent of customers are able to receive them at peak times, under new rules announced today by the advertising regulator.…




FCC boss Ajit Pai emits his net neutrality extermination plan

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:46:30 GMT

Just in time for Thanksgiving when no one will notice

Ajit Pai, head of America's communications watchdog the FCC, has unveiled his "plan to repeal the Obama Administration's heavy-handed regulation of the Internet," referred to by critics as an anti-consumer giveaway to large communications companies.…




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.…




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?…