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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:18:07 GMT

70% of IT workers risk burnout: Don't let that be you. Pub. Now!

It's that time of year again, dear readers: it's Sysadmin Day 2017. Today is that one day a year where employers and coworkers are expected to give a token acknowledgement of the trials and tribulations of their overworked IT staffs and usually fail to do so.…

After we ran our article about the fate of .sk, the nation of Slovakia flew into a rage. And now, here's part two...

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:04:05 GMT

Behind the scenes of a battle to control a ccTLD

Analysis A campaign to convince the Slovakian government to halt the sale of the .sk registry has nothing to do with money or politics, it is claimed.…

Cisco bugs leave network automation vulnerable to attack

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:01:11 GMT

Packet snooping, certificate slip, and denial-of-service

A slip in certificate handling is one of three bugs in Cisco's Autonomic Networking software.…

Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:24:12 GMT

Cook, Pass, Mockridge

The mere mention of Virgin Media's chief exec Tom Mockridge is enough to trigger the profanity filter in the UK cableco's customer forum, El Reg has discovered.…

O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:02:13 GMT

'Temporary measure' to cope with demand, apparently

O2 has admitted to deliberately throttling its network as a "temporary measure" to combat the demand of Brits using free data roaming abroad.…

The drinks are on Juniper: Revenue and profits up in Q2 2017

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:58:05 GMT

It woz the switches and the cloud wot done it – sales of both soared

Juniper Networks has turned in a solid second quarter, reporting growth in revenue and profitability.…

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:52:12 GMT

Mozilla runs counter to Valley narrative

Open Source Insider Just in case you didn't believe Firefox was on a trajectory that should have it crash and burn into extinction in the next couple of years, former chief technology officer Andreas Gal has usage stats that confirm it. To use Gal's words: "Firefox market share is falling off a cliff." The same could be said of Firefox itself.…

UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:22:30 GMT

Availability is not take-up. Must do better. See us after class

A report by MP Grant Shapps into the state of broadband in Blighty has been criticised for doing more harm than good, as the research appears to conflate superfast broadband (24 Mbps) with 10Mbps broadband – the Universal Service Obligation goal.…

Bluetooth makes a mesh of itself with new spec

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:58:07 GMT

Up to 32,000 nodes without routers in the middle and battery life measured in years

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released the spec for Bluetooth Mesh, a many-to-many extension of the technology.…

UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:41:08 GMT

Any, sorry, many ports in a storm...

Comment Problems with the way the UK has implemented mobile phone call routing are emerging as an architecture designed for a small volume of calls struggles under the weight of usage.…

Deutsche Telekom demo pushes G.Fast faster, further

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:05:05 GMT

Interview: Sckipio explains what carriers will like about cDTA

Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN have showed off an emerging G.Fast technology called cDTA which, along with 212 MHz carrier spectrum, ramps system performance well into the gigabit range.…

TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:13:38 GMT

Will 'engage practically' with former BT arm

TalkTalk's sales dropped by 3 per cent in its first quarter, with an extra 20,000 new customers failing to offset the drop.…

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3, 4G: Tube comms trials for emergency crews

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:58:05 GMT

But bosses can't promise it will be fully complete on time

Transport for London has tentatively started testing 4G on the Tube for emergency services. TfL's CTO said he was not "absolutely confident" it would be complete by January, 2019, however.…

5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:04:12 GMT

To succeed, operators need fibre, NFV, legacy kit and radio

Analysis When an executive from Nokia, of all companies, said 5G was as much about fibre as wireless, it was clear this was going to be different from previous mobile standards generations. 5G will not be driven by mobile broadband speeds as 4G was.…

Thanks for U-turning on biz-killing ban, Ofcom – now cough up, say GSM gateway bods

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:37:10 GMT

Brit regulator urged to fork out tens of millions in compo

A former GSM gateway operator is threatening to reactivate a £20m legal claim against Ofcom after the UK regulator's past policies killed his company, according to documents seen by The Register.…

Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:48:16 GMT

Friendly near-monopoly wants to work with industry, honest

Openreach has launched a consultation seeking input from industry to create "full fibre" broadband in Blighty - part of its new cuddly, collaborative approach post legal separation from BT.…

Multi-gig broadband spec passes interop test at Verizon

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:59:20 GMT

Five vendors help virtualize access network functions

Verizon is ramping up its multi-gigabit optical broadband work with interop tests for its implementation of the OpenOMCI specification.…

Cisco gobbles up security cloud upstart Observable Networks

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:44:07 GMT

Switchzilla needs its five startups a day

Cisco hopes to boost its enterprise security gear by snapping up real-time network behavior monitoring startup Observable Networks.…

Ofcom creates watchdog specifically to make sure Openreach is behaving

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:19:11 GMT

'We're watching you,' warns regulator

Brit comms regulator Ofcom has created a dedicated Openreach Monitoring Unit, in a move reminiscent of the naughty kid at school being forced to sit next to the teacher.…

Juniper admins: Grab your bug-zappers and load 22 rounds

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 02:03:47 GMT

Patch flood includes fix for hard-coded creds and access-all-areas XSS firewall flaw

Juniper Networks has released 22 patches and security notices.…

Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:18:09 GMT

Full transition to take four years

Openreach has finally started removing BT's logo from its 22,000 vans, "unveiling its new branding" four months after the former UK state monopoly agreed to a legal separation of its broadband division.…

European Telecoms Standards Institute emits mobile edge APIs

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:58:09 GMT

Mobile base stations have compute. These APIs will let you tap it

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has unveiled the first APIs created under its Multi-Access Edge Computing project.…

Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:04:43 GMT

Old-skool addresses worth about $400,000 at auction

Collapsed retail store RadioShack will auction off its public IPv4 addresses as part of its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.…

Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:31:59 GMT

Borough councils hit due to a 'fibre break'

A London-wide Virgin Media outage caused by a "fibre break" has left business customers across the UK capital without broadband - including a number of borough councils.…

Brit unis bunged £16m in gov cash for 5G test

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:29:07 GMT

Part of £700m investment pot that will also go on 'full fibre'

The UK government has handed £16m to King's College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol to test 5G technology.…

Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 12:34:09 GMT

And staff on chopping block unhappy with internal comms

Virgin Media has admitted it "fell short" in delivering broadband speeds ahead of a BBC Watchdog report due to air tonight which found customers in some areas receive 3 per cent of the 200Mbps speed they were originally sold.… tips £400m into digital investment pot

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 07:02:11 GMT

'Now you can watch Game of Thrones in peace'

The UK government has today launched its £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, aimed at boosting Blighty's full-fibre infrastructure.…

Virgin Media to close flagship Oxford St store in August

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:07 GMT

One of 30 Brit branches to be shut due to 'shift to online'

Exclusive Virgin Media has named the 30 branches scheduled to shut as part of plans to slash up to 250 jobs – including the closure of its flagship Oxford Street store in London in August.…

Virgin Media cuts 250 jobs amid £3bn Project Lightning cockup fallout

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:31:11 GMT

None of today's P45 recipients will be directors, say sources

UK cable giant Virgin Media is closing 30 shops and cutting 250 jobs – including a number of head office people – as a result of botching its £3bn Project Lightning superfast broadband plan.…

London suffers from 'sub-standard' connectivity - report

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:45:49 GMT

Worse than York, which is 'frankly embarrassing'

The capital has "sub-standard" broadband and 4G speeds, causing it to lag behind smaller UK cities such as York, Coventry and Edinburgh - according to a report (PDF) today by the London Assembly.…

Facebook's whitebox-all-the-network-things TIP project flexes tentacles

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:01:33 GMT

Plus BT evaluates startups. Good luck, network kit giants

Comment Hard on the heels of Orange's Telecom Track, which will support network infrastructure startups in association with Facebook's Telecom Infra Project (TIP), BT is evaluating startups for a similar scheme.…


Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:11:05 GMT

OneWeb gets green light to pipe internet through 720 orbiting satellites

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has approved OneWeb's proposal to launch an ISP on the backs of 720 orbiting satellites.…

Let's go live to the 3rd circle of Hell – and see what Comcast and Charter are screwing up

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:52:51 GMT

Allegations of digging up rivals' cables, breaking promises

A Texas telco says Comcast sabotaged its cable network after it refused a buyout offer.…

Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:54:06 GMT

Alt-net providers call for ads to be reviewed

Adverts using the word "fibre" to describe services deployed over copper lines are leaving UK consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers.…

Yes, this is our third Cisco story of the day. It's about 23 bugs you need to fix, stat

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:02:10 GMT

Troll your WebEx-loving execs with a crafted recording file

We all know the only thing more fun than a WebEx conference is a recorded WebEx conference, which is why WebEx Network Recording Player exists – and if you use it, you need to patch it.…

Cisco's 'encrypted traffic fingerprinting' turned into a product

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:57:08 GMT

Borg's boxen can now figure out if there's malware lurking in encrypted traffic

Cisco has turned research published nearly a year ago into a product it hopes will protect enterprises against malware hidden in encrypted traffic.…

Arista-cats nearly out of the bag as redesigned products okayed

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:02:04 GMT

International Trade Commission says its kit should be fine to import again

Arista's long slog back to the shelves in America continues with an initial determination from the International Trade Commission okaying its product redesign.…

TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:54:11 GMT

Issue ongoing since last week

Certain UK TalkTalk customers have been unable to load Amazon's website since last week.…

Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:08:15 GMT

Registry operator points finger at US embassy staffer

The operator of Costa Rica's .cr internet registry has formally complained that it is being harassed by the US government over The Pirate Bay domain on its system.…

Cisco hops on machine learning bandwagon with new switches

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:54:49 GMT

Switchzilla wants to make 'intuitive' switches that charge you by the month

Cisco is once again making a push to tie its networking hardware deeper into the compute space, this time with "intuitive" boxes that are better able to analyze and control network traffic.…

Microsoft says Skype outages are over – a few hours too early

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:48:12 GMT

Global Skype outages spill over onto a second day

Microsoft thought it had fixed global outages for Skype that began yesterday, but so far, no such luck. Skype is still going through ups and downs.…

Juniper puts an Enforcer on the door and adds Cisco to the guest list

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:58:04 GMT

The gin palace's security management code has gone cross-platform

Juniper Networks has announced an upgrade to its Software Defined Secure Networks (SDSN) platform, and among other things it's added cross-platform capabilities.…

Israel gets spooky with national quantum lab

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:34:05 GMT

Plan is to spin up single photons as a comms medium

Israel has entered the quantum communications arms race, announcing it's going to build a national demonstrator for “spooky” communications.…

Internet boffins take aim at BGP route leaks

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:57:04 GMT

Routers should know their place

One of the most persistent bugs in internet infrastructure, route leaks in the border gateway protocol (BGP), is in the sights of a group of 'net boffins with their new Internet-Draft.…

Ofcom fines Three £1.9m over vulnerability in emergency call handling

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:01:10 GMT

999 requests funnelled through single data centre

Brit mobile operator Three has been fined £1.9m after an investigation by UK regulator Ofcom revealed its emergency call service handling was vulnerable to a single point of failure.…

Openreach to comms providers: Why can't we be friends?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:13:05 GMT

Reformed monopoly wants to 'get much closer' to partners

The new, reformed UK network backbone Openreach wants to "get much closer" to its communications providers and hopes to make a business case for a "very sizeable" full-fibre footprint together, says chief exec Clive Selley.…

Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:03:10 GMT

And what about Brexit, huh?

From today people will be able to spend more time gazing at their phones while on hols rather than looking at the sights as roaming charges in EU countries are abolished.…

Operators and vendors agree that Europe is falling behind in 5G

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:32:05 GMT

Mobile natives are getting restless

Comment Ericsson and Nokia are united on one thing, and that is Europe's failure to take a lead on 5G, a view which is supported by operators too.…

Small carriers aren't showing up to IPv6 standards chats, consultant warns

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:58:11 GMT

And that means useful stuff could be left out of customer premises equipment

Smaller ISPs are dealing themselves out of discussions about the inevitable transition to IPv6, a Spanish consultant warns, and could find their future defined by large telcos.…

Nokia snatches clump of 16nm FinFETs, crafts 576 Tbps monster router

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:35:06 GMT

That's a lot of porn

The router market might be in the doldrums, but that hasn't stopped Nokia spending big on drive silicon to drive its latest operator-scale router iron.…