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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:52:05 GMT

Not looking good for Beardy Branson's customers

Virgin Media is seemingly suffering a series of outages accross the country, with aggrieved customers using alternate methods to air their ire at the telco.…

Who needs 5G? Qualcomm, Ericsson and Verizon hit 1Gbps with LTE gear

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:14:20 GMT

Trio squeezes a bit more life out of current-gen broadband standard

A group of researchers working for Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm say they have hit a record 1.07Gbps download rate with LTE hardware.…

Why does the market care so much about Cisco's security biz?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:32:44 GMT

In the land of decline, sustainable growth is king

Analysis Like many enterprise tech dinosaurs, Cisco has clutched at new lines of revenue for some time, positioning its security arm as the centrepiece of a long-talked-about reinvention as a software biz.…

Vodafone customers moan about sluggish data abroad

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:35:10 GMT

No, non, nein says Brit telco's marketing bods, 'we don't throttle'

Vodafone customers are complaining their data is being throttled while on hols, with supposedly 4G services dropping to sluggish speeds of 2Mbps.…

UK industry mouthpiece wants 'near-universal' broadband speeds of 30Mbps by 2020

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:03:10 GMT

Says gov needs to 'collaborate' with industry. Now there's a surprise...

Industry mouthpiece techUK has thrown its tuppence into the debate around what Blighty's communications infrastructure should look like in 2020, calling for "near-universal" superfast broadband of 30Mbps.…

South London: Rats! The rodents have killed the internet

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:28:37 GMT

Murine mouths mangle broadband - outage hits Gnaw-wood...

Giant cable-nomming rodents have caused "extensive damage" in South London by chewing through fibre, leaving customers without broadband since last night.…

Brit folk STILL not getting advertised broadband speeds – survey

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:56:38 GMT

The faster the claim, the bigger the disappointment

UK households only hit their advertised broadband speeds 58 per cent of the time, according to a survey from consumer group Which?…

London 'not-spots' look out! Mayor wants team to tackle crap signal

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:11:10 GMT

Also appears to take credit for 4G-on-Tube plans

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants to deploy a "not-spot" team to tackle poor connectivity in the capital, under plans unveiled today which include re-announcing 4G on the underground for 2019.…

Brits look at Google and Facebook every 210 seconds, says survey

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:01:13 GMT

Go on, count them. Bet you can't resist now we've said that

Ad companies Facebook and Google slurp one in every 3½ minutes that Britons spend online, according to a survey.…

Big Switch, HPE, in 'You complete me. No, you complete me' tryst

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:07:52 GMT

Dell's still got more network OS options, but as anyone who remembers NetWare vs. NT can tell you, a NOS war is fun

Big Switch Networks and HPE have buddied up to push other's stuff and the concept of open networking.…

Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:04:12 GMT

Behind Bulgaria and Romania. But spare a thought for Yemen

Broadband in Blighty ranks 31st in the world, with average speeds of 16.51Mbps, according to a comprehensive analysis.…

Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:21:17 GMT

IETF considering making a new .onion

A proposal to tightly lock down localhost as a reserved top-level domain name has bubbled up to the surface again at the Internet Engineering Task Force.…

Internet's backroom boffins' big brainwave: Put people first in future

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 21:06:20 GMT

IETF draft hopes to balance netizens' needs and corporate interests in future standards

The Internet Engineering Task Force is being asked to formally adopt its informal philosophy that when it comes to new standards and protocols, end users' needs must come first.…

Another slice of Brocade carved off: Mavenir buys packet core business

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:02:11 GMT

Only the smile remained

Pretty much the last bits of Brocade have been sold, with the news that Mavenir Systems has slurped the networking company's virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) product range, intellectual property, and development lab.…

Post Office puts stamp on ISP minnow Fuel

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 15:20:10 GMT

Acquisition marks move away from snail mail to broadband

The Post Office has today completed its acquisition of ISP Fuel Broadband, adding 60,000 customers to its UK network.…

Welcome to the Rise of the Machine-to-Machine. Isn't it time to 'block off' some data ducts?

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:58:31 GMT

Isolation-based security is getting important

Sysadmin blog Do you remember Web 2.0, Web 3.0 and so forth? It's marketing terminology that was popular at the turn of the millennium and was as used and abused as "cloud" is today. Underneath all the fluff, however, were solid and reasoned ideas about how technology would evolve and the benefits they'd bring.…

Dirty carbon nanotubes offer telcos chance at secure quantum comms

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:58:12 GMT

Room-temperature single-photon-emitter boosts conventional networks

Single-photon emitters aren't a new thing in physics labs, but they usually require liquid-helium-chilled freezers.…

Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:39:58 GMT

Even students set to feel the wallet burn from August

Cable giant Virgin is once again hiking up the price of its broadband and phone bundles in the UK, according to a list of new pricing arrangements seen by The Register.…

Australia's .au internet registry chair quits amid no-confidence vote

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:02:08 GMT

Peculiar goings-on at auDA – we look under the covers and follow the money

Analysis The chair of Australia's .au internet registry has resigned just days before a vote of no confidence in his leadership.…

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.…