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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 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?…

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.…