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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.…

BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:02:05 GMT

But it's OK to boast about length in the lab. Got it?

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has rapped BT on the knuckles for claiming its Smart Hub delivered "the UK's most powerful Wi‑Fi signal".…

Just days after tech community abandons plans to punish internet shutdowns… Egypt goes censorship crazy

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:40:35 GMT

What do you need news for, anyway? 'It shouldn't be a problem' – NTRA official

Egypt has embarked on a new wave of online censorship, blocking news websites and killing off VPN services in order to limit its citizens' access to information.…

Farewell, slumping 40Gbps Ethernet, we hardly knew ye

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 03:58:09 GMT

IDC's network tracker finds 100 Gbps and software-defined kit surging, at Cisco's expense

Analyst firm IDC reckons the world's Ethernet switch market laid on 3.3 per cent growth year-on-year for the first quarter of 2017, up to US$5.66 billion.…

Two leading ladies of Europe warn that internet regulation is coming

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:49:28 GMT

We can probably ignore Theresa May, but Angela Merkel wants digital rules

The two most powerful women in Europe still have their eyes firmly on internet regulation.…

Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:24:31 GMT

Someone should inform the marketing team

Word of T-Mobile US outages has reached customers, social media, support representatives and The Register – just not the network's marketing team.…

Cumulus Networks adds validation with NetQ

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:58:11 GMT

Agents that don't wait for polling

Cumulus Networks reckons netadmins need more than ping and traceroute to understand large-scale data centre networks, and is hoping its NetQ offering will fill that role.…

Peplink patches SD-WAN routers

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:03:12 GMT

Get busy: SQL injection, XSS, CSRF and more

SD-WAN company Peplink has patched its load-balancing routers against vulnerabilities turned up by a German pentest company.…

If you live in a network lab, you'll get gigabit NBN over HFC soon

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 23:39:08 GMT

Cable networks' upgrade to DOCSIS 3.1 inches a step closer

If you build a hybrid-fibre coax network in a lab, nbn™ says it can support 1 Gbps down / 100 Mbps up performance.…

EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:01:13 GMT

€120m for the bin...

Opinion A group of European governing institutions has approved a programme to invest €120m (£105m, $134.7m) in public Wi-Fi hotspots in over 6,000 municipalities in all European Union member states by 2020.…

ViaSat lofts world's most powerful communications satellite into orbit

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:48:20 GMT

Hitches ride with Ariane after SpaceX drops the ball

American comms specialist ViaSat is set to put the world's most powerful communications satellite into orbit on Thursday afternoon atop an Ariane rocket.…

Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:33:49 GMT

More like Giffgaffe... but good news if you're going to Spain

Giffgaff customers may want to think twice before holidaying in tax havens such as the Channel Islands as new roaming charges will hike calls back to Blighty to £1 per minute – up from the current 0.5p rate.…

Extreme Networks confirms it's buying Avaya's network biz

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 03:02:10 GMT

'Approximately US$100m' to change hands for assets hoped to generate $200m a year

Avaya and Extreme Networks have confirmed that the former will sell its networking business to the latter, for “approximately US$100m”.…

Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

Wed, 31 May 2017 06:36:14 GMT

Liberté, égalité, connectivité

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have all decided that the in-El Reg's-view-inexplicable WiFi4EU project is a fine idea worthy of €120m to ensure “every European village and every city with free wireless internet ac­cess around the main centres of public life by 2020."…

Millimetre wave.. omigerd it's going nowherrr.. Apple, you say?

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:05:07 GMT

Guess who's joined the bandwagon...

Comment Apple may not be the invincible force it once was in mobile, but it is still unrivalled in its ability to scatter stardust over new technologies – just ask the companies which struggled to push Wi-Fi Calling or wireless charging into the mainstream before the iPhone maker came along. Now it has kindled new sparks of enthusiasm, or perhaps hype, around millimetre wave spectrum by applying for an experimental licence to test high frequency bands in the US.…

New 'Beaver' web server has exactly ONE user outside China

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:03:05 GMT

And none of those in China show anything while they wait for government paperwork

Netcraft's monthly survey of web-facing computers has turned up an oddity: a new web server called “Beaver” that's used by exactly one web site outside China.…

Arista-cats win some, lose some against Cisco

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:36:42 GMT

Upside: it could be all over by September

Both Cisco and Arista have claimed victory in the latest instalment of their intellectual property lawsuit.…

T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:30:06 GMT

'Digits' marks a shift for the phone industry

T-Mobile is taking a leaf out of the tech industry book and separating phones from their numbers.…

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:47:47 GMT

Allegedly astroturfed Americans speak out over net neutrality filings

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul.…

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:12:21 GMT

Latin American country going the China route

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.…

NSA takes one-two punch to the face

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:24:20 GMT

Two sets of judges rule for citizens and against government

The US National Security Agency has been hit by two legal losses that may put the last part of its controversial spying program on US citizens under threat.…

Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:28:48 GMT

Activists say they got cease and desist threat for pointing out astroturfing

An activist group says it was threatened by Comcast lawyers after it pointed out the cable giant's efforts to astroturf the FCC with fake comments on net neutrality.…

House GOP takes crack at ISP privacy bill

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:47:22 GMT

US lawmakers try to clear up FTC control over data collection

The US Representatives who just weeks ago repealed privacy rules for ISPs now want to enact a new set of restrictions.…

Constellations and MIMO to take fibre to a future beyond the terabit

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:31:12 GMT

Nokia Bell Labs' Dr Laurent Schmalen explains how networks can find a new gear

Interview A technology that first hit the mass market in 1990s-era modems running over voice networks will soon be boosting submarine fibre speeds around the world.…

T-Mobile USA sued by parents after their baby dies amid 911 meltdown

Thu, 11 May 2017 22:59:48 GMT

'Ghost' calls overload lines, preventing babysitter from getting through for help – suit

A Texas mother is suing T‑Mobile USA, alleging technical issues with the carrier prevented her child from getting urgent medical care, which led to his death.…

10Mbps universal speeds? We'll give you 30Mbps, pleads Labour in leaked manifesto

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:17:12 GMT

Oh go on, we'll throw in a soft-boiled Brexit

The UK Labour Party has pledged a 30Mbps universal broadband speed by 2022, according to a draft leaked version of its manifesto.…

DSL inventor's latest science project: terabit speeds over copper

Wed, 10 May 2017 02:56:06 GMT

Spare your hypegasm, this is a research roadmap

John Cioffi, known as the “father of DSL”, reckons we're nowhere near the limit of copper transmission speed, delivering a presentation claiming Terabit performance is feasible.…

US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:29:51 GMT

Talon HATE pod squirts data over three protocols between previously-incompatible aircraft

The United States Air Force has successfully networked its F-22 Raptor and F-15 Eagle aircraft under the “Talon HATE” program.…

ITC upholds finding that Arista infringed on two Cisco patents

Mon, 08 May 2017 13:32:04 GMT

Cisco 'preserving market position at expense of competition,' says Arista

The US International Trade Commission has upheld a judgement that Arista Networks infringed two Cisco Systems patents on networking equipment - the latest round in a long-running legal battle between the companies.…

There be dragons? Why net neutrality groups won't go to Congress

Mon, 08 May 2017 12:00:05 GMT

Campaign risks total annihilation for its fear of politics

Special report When Obama pushed the FCC into extending Title II rules over US internet services in 2014, I described the President as "writing out a cheque he knew he couldn't cash".…