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Q: Why did the Cisco cross the network? A: To automate what's on the other side

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:31:46 GMT

Switchzilla wants telcos to let it drive all their kit, regardless of who made it

Cisco's extended its Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and WAN Automation Engine in the hope that service providers will see them as a way to achieve automated management of all the kit in their networks, regardless of who made it.…

US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:59:19 GMT

Hold it right there, Charter

Charter still has to answer for selling New Yorkers short on their internet packages, a judge has decided, rejecting the cable giant's argument that the repeal of net neutrality rules in the US means the case is moot.…

Why is the networking business dozing through Meltdown/Spectre?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:02:06 GMT

There may be some vulnerable cores in switches, but getting to them is hard

In the seven weeks since The Register broke the news of the Meltdown/Spectre speculative execution vulnerabilities, nearly every corner of the industry has scrambled to patch, re-patch, and work out how to Spectre-proof the world.… calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:02:06 GMT

Digi Sec decrees: Thou shalt put a mast on your spire to boost connectivity

The governent is looking towards the heavens in its bid to redeem rural broadband speeds, having exhausted all other options.…

Juniper's 2018 spring collection: Switches, security, and subs

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:58:11 GMT

Daaahlink! Cloud was so 2017. This year is about multicloud

Juniper Networks has taken the tube labelled 'multicloud' out of the paint-box and applied a liberal coat to the latest updates to its switching products.…

Arista almost done with Cisco workarounds as revenue and profit soar

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:49:57 GMT

Borg attack repelled, Microsoft and cloud are now Prime Directive (and cash source)

Customer certification delays resulting from its ongoing patent lawsuit brought by Cisco have delayed some of its revenue, but upstart Arista Networks still turned in a tidy result for Q4 2017 and for the full year.…

nbn™'s HFC fix will see connections tested from March to July 2018

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:50:18 GMT

Writes to residents to announce on-site inspection

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has advised households connected to its hybrid fibre-coax network to expect a visit between March 7th 2018 and July 27th 2018.…

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:06:09 GMT

Look guys, everyone's doing it

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation.…

Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:27:12 GMT

Switch antitrust case rumbles on

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane".…

Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:26:09 GMT

Want high speeds? Go to Latvia

The UK is performing so poorly in fibre internet penetration that it isn't even included in a European study.…

Cisco surges after pricing switches-plus-subscriptions just below old hardware prices

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:28:09 GMT

Borg attack incoming as M&A crew eye repatriated $67bn

The flagship of Cisco's “intent-based networking” push, the Catalyst 9000 switch, is leaping out the door, and Switchzilla delivered other good news on it FY2018 Q2 earnings call.…

Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:35:46 GMT

Musketeers to launch first internet satellites this weekend

SpaceX's plans to become a global ISP took a big step forward after Ajit Pai – the boss of America's comms watchdog, the FCC – gave his blessing for Elon Musk's biz to pop broadband-beaming satellites into orbit.…

Roses are red, Three's feeling blue, spectrum appeal rejected, they'll have to make do

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:05:05 GMT

5G auction to go ahead in April

Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction is to go ahead in April after mobile operator Three lost its final legal challenge to force the UK regulator to change the bidding rules.…

Winter Olympics 5G isn't real 5G, says Qualcomm, that won't land until 2019

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:32:10 GMT

Chipmaker names 18 carriers who'll get real with 5G real soon now, promise

Qualcomm has fleshed out the details of what's going to land in the hands of the 18 carriers who last week signed on for “standards-compliant” 5G trials.…

Citrix swallows Cedexis to give NetScaler more multi-cloud cred

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 03:58:08 GMT

Nobody wants slow SaaS or cross-cloud comms, but Citrix wants you to cough up to stop it

Citrix has bought traffic optimisation company Cedexis for an undisclosed sum.…

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:51:56 GMT

Grouchy Grupe gets a year and a day behind bars after going loco on network hardware

A former IT administrator at the Canadian Pacific Railway has been jailed for 366 days for sabotaging the organization's computer network.…

Pressure mounts on FCC to cough up answers over fake net neutrality comments

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:01:11 GMT

House Dems send snotagram to watchdog boss

Analysis US lawmakers have weighed in on the FCC's controversial vote to scrap America's net neutrality rules, demanding information on the millions of fake comments submitted to the watchdog's public consultation on the decision – and asking pointed questions about how the federal regulator handled them.…

Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:02:06 GMT

Yes, I need an 8K livestream in every room

Alternative network provider Hyperoptic today tested speeds of 10Gbps at the former Olympic village in east London, England.…

nbn™ scoreboard: our new way to look at Australia's national broadband network

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:12:29 GMT

The numbers, not the spin, from nbn™'s half-year presentation and corporate plan

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, is the subject of endless controversy.…

It's official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the 'net

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:48:29 GMT

Sigh with relief, fellow geeks, if you're using them on your home or business network

You will never be able to own an official .home, .mail or .corp domain name or email address on the public internet.…

Vodafone boasts 200Mbps with 4G mini mast in Cornish trial

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:05:06 GMT

More kit to boost connectivity in rural UK

Vodafone has unveiled an eight-metre high "telescopic" 4G mast, intended to boost speeds in rural areas to 200Mpbs, following a trial in Porthcurno, Cornwall, UK.…

5G won't just be fast, it'll do the ML-fuelled self-optimisation thing

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 03:58:55 GMT

That's if the ITU can get telcos talking standards, and it looks like it can

There's a race to apply machine learning to networking applications (especially for 5G), and as so often happens in periods of frenzied development, there's an emerging standardisation gap the International Telecommunications Union hopes to fix.…

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:39:22 GMT

Speeds of 100Mbps to reach rural areas – for a fee

EE is launching a "shoebox"-sized 4G antenna, which it claims could bring coverage to 580,000 UK homes in rural areas.…

US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:37:21 GMT

Now both halves of Congress consider banning Chinese goliaths' tech within govt

Both halves of the US Congress are now mulling draft laws that would ban American government workers from using phones, network switches and other gear built by Chinese communications giants ZTE and Huawei.…

EU digital commish to 5G folk: Improving mobile data-rate, guys? Really?

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:52:09 GMT

There was supposed to be more to 'hyper-connected' standard than that

A European commissioner raised concerns in a private letter to mobile operators and the network infrastructure industry – seen by The Register – that the 5G project is not working out according to plan.…

TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:23:13 GMT

Shares drop 12% as biz slashes dividends to raise capital

TalkTalk plans to bring full fibre speeds of 1Gbps to three million premises in the UK, by creating an independent company with a total investment of around £1.5bn.…

Open NFV kit and software gets verification program

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:07:57 GMT

Huawei, ZTE, Wind River, Nokia first to fly 'OPNFV Verified' flag

The community working to develop open network function virtualisation has crafted a solution certification suite and published its associated test software.…

nbn 's CVC discounts worked - ISPs splashed for 38 per cent more bandwidth

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:20:58 GMT

Still just 1.53 Mbps per user, so let's not let that distract us from the ongoing build bungles

Australia's internet service providers have responded to discounts in the Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) by buying more bandwidth for their users, but the news isn't all good because they're still offering just 1.53 Mbps per user.…

Mobe network Three's 'Make The Air Fair' ads deemed 'misleading'

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:36:07 GMT

Spectrum-moaning campaign must not run again

Three's campaign for a spectrum cap on mobile operators has been deemed "misleading" by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for implying it was run by an independent body.…

Another week, another Cisco-security-kit-needs-a-patch story

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 03:03:17 GMT

Probing last week's ASA and Firepower flaws found another DDOS to deter

Cisco's again asked owners of Adaptive Security Appliances or Firepower Threat Defense Software to patch, after it turned up a new DDOS problem that last patches didn't address.…

CableLabs signs off MAC spec for DOCSIS full duplex

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:32:38 GMT

Fibre, schmibre: existing cable TV networks edge closer to symmetric 10 Gbps capabilities

US standards outfit CableLabs has added another piece to the Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 jigsaw, with the release of the key MAC layer specification for the standard.…

Patience you must have, says Voda: Biz in talks with Liberty Global for grabbing Euro assets

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 23:23:05 GMT

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Two ISPs mull tie-up

Brit-based comms colossus Vodafone is mulling snapping up wedges of European networks owned by American telecoms giant Liberty Global.…

Web searching died the day they invented SEO

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:03:19 GMT

The truth is out there but you'll never find it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? You can find anything on the internet apart from the specific thing you're looking for.…

New York lobs $210m at telcos to hook up 120k homes, businesses with bumpkin broadband

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:39:44 GMT

Funny story – Verizon didn't care until they were told other ISPs might do it

The US state of New York has unveiled a massive new project to provide broadband for virtually all of its residents.…

Fujitsu in a funk over feeble network sales

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:10:09 GMT

Storage 'n' servers flat, PCs & tabs OK but mobes, base stations fall

Fujitsu's revenues have been hit by weak mobile phones and base station sales. Servers and storage were flat while PC sales rose a little.…

Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:56:42 GMT

Beginning of the end for copper?

BT's Openreach has unveiled plans to connect three million premises to full fibre by 2020, up 50 per cent on its previous goal.…

Qualglumm: Still no royalties from Apple, tax hits, EU fine, flat sales

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 04:07:09 GMT

Investors give shares a bumpy ride... and settle on no change in after-hours trading

US chip designer Qualcomm on Wednesday reported $6.1bn flat-growth revenues for its first fiscal quarter of 2018, which ended on December 24, 2017.…

AT&T's financial figures reveal 19 BEEELLLION reasons why it lobbied hard for US tax cuts

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 03:09:12 GMT

Telco gives 5% to staff, 5% for capex, windfall for shareholders

AT&T lobbied hard for tax cuts in the US – and that effort has rather paid off. Thanks to the President-Trump-championed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the telco revealed this week it rounded out 2017 with some stonking financial figures.…

Heart Internet outage... three days and counting

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:06:07 GMT

Array with you! Biz still fixing failed drives

A number of Heart Internet customers remain unable to get online for three days thanks to a hosting failure.…

Cisco gives intent-based networking a third leg to stand on

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 06:02:09 GMT

Behold, the Assurance Engine to make sure networks are following the rules

Cisco’s delivered the missing piece of its intent-based networking (IBN) vision and is therefore ready to stand its ground as software-defined networking upstarts try to paint it as a dinosaur.…

Pour yourself a tall one, Juniper investors. It's lost money again

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:02:08 GMT

Gin Palace says cloud customers just aren't buying what it's selling

Juniper Networks has announced a drop in revenue for Q4 2017 and predicted Q1 2018 will disappoint.…

California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:39:00 GMT

F U FCC say lawmakers as bill passes to Assembly

California has moved one step closer to passing net neutrality legislation in defiance of a decision by America's telecoms regulator, the FCC, to scrap the protections nationwide.…

Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:43:09 GMT

Make America Socialist Again?

A proposal by the Trump administration to effectively nationalize next-generation 5G networks in America triggered an angry reaction from the mobile industry, former government officials, and federal regulator the FCC.…

Well done, You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:10:09 GMT

95% of UK penetrated = feat of engineering, hoots Openreach

The UK government has today hailed the completion of its superfast broadband project as a success – the scheme that has now brought 24Mbps to 95 per cent of the country by almost entirely handing the contracts to monopoly provider BT.…

Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:38:10 GMT

Plus old churches – and even school playing fields

Virgin Media has resorted to hiding in disused public toilets as Britain's demand for ever-fatter pipes to channel digital detritus into the home grows.…

You want wires with that? Burger King backs, er, net neutrality

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:13:20 GMT

Yes, you read that right

Vid It is possible for a policy issue to jump the shark?…

TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:46:05 GMT

A 'great' deal - as long as you stay with their crummy broadband

TalkTalk has started offering customers the option of moving onto O2 when their contracts expire, as the beleaguered Brit telco plans to ditch mobile.…

Linux Foundation puts all its networking eggs in one basket

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:16:13 GMT

‘LF Networking Fund' is like the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, but for SDN

The Linux Foundation has decided the time is right for one administrative structure to cover all of its networking efforts, so has created the “LF Networking Fund ” to oversee them all.…

Just in the NIC of time, Dell and Netronome enter NFV pact

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 03:01:06 GMT

More functions, fewer servers - and Dell is good with this!

NIC vendor Netronome and Dell have inked a deal targeting the network function virtualization market.…

Under fire for its shoddy response, FCC finally wakes up to Puerto Rico

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:34:06 GMT

But recovery on the island still sluggish

Analysis America's comms watchdog has finally started reacting to the dire situation in Puerto Rico, months after it was hit by a hurricane.…