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Colt, Verizon show off inter-carrier SDN

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:02:05 GMT

Care for some extra bandwidth? Just turn the knob

One thing that's always been promised in telco-land, but rarely delivered, is genuine automation between carrier networks. At the end of last week, Verizon and Colt claimed to crack it with an inter-carrier software-defined-networking (SDN) demo.…

Everybody loves Microsoft's open switch software, SONiC

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:28:59 GMT

Plus news from F5, Palo Alto and Dell EMC in your networking news capsule

ROUNDUP This week's networking news roundup isn't only “what happened at the Open Compute Project summit?” – there's also news from F5, Palo Alto Networks, and Dell EMC.…

Cisco's 'Hybrid Information-Centric Networking' gets a workout at Verizon

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 02:01:12 GMT

The ten-year odyssey from concept to product continues

Last week, we noted the re-emergence of a sleeper technology, Information-Centric Networking (ICN). we've now learned that Cisco's been hard at work on it: Switchzilla has unveiled a trial implementation with Verizon.…

UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:48:12 GMT

Oh, and billionaire owner Li Ka-shing retires

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade.…

Brace yourselves, netadmins, there's a new cable on the market

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:56:34 GMT

Meet our new roundup of networking news, this week feat. Cisco, Juniper and more

This week's network-news-in-five minutes has Palo Alto Networks acquiring a startup, a slew of Cisco switches, Juniper's fabric fetish, network monitoring and more.…

Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:34:29 GMT

But will that prevent another burning effigy?

BT's Openreach is to hire 3,500 trainee engineers in a bid to support its 'full-fibre' proposals for Britain.…

Super Cali neutral traffic bill makes web throttling bogus

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:03:15 GMT

State won't work with those whose conduct is atrocious

California is doubling down on its efforts to mandate net neutrality, this time with a bill making its way through the state senate.…

Beware VMware! Nutanix sprays all over Virtzilla's networking territory

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:42:10 GMT

Teases FLOW product as alternative to NSX

Nutanix this week teased analysts with a software-defined networking product called FLOW and made no secret of its intent to muscle in on VMware's turf.…

Remember information-centric networking? It's on the way back

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:58:11 GMT

It never really went away: Netflix picked up the ball and ran with it as others snoozed

Ten years ago, the world of tech was waking up to three hot new technologies – Software-Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualisation, and Information-Centric Networking. The first two are now sweeping the world, but what happened to the third?…

Finland government buys a slice of Nokia

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:59:48 GMT

Moomins and Lordi on the board? It's in the national interest!

The Finnish government has snapped up 3.3 per cent of Nokia Corporation in a bid to shore up national ownership.…

Mellanox says it ships enough ports not to need Starboard

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:02:09 GMT

Spat with activist investor continues as companies feud over voting procedures

The spat over activist investor Starboard Value's plan to have Mellanox sell itself or do something else to enhance its value has resumed.…

Tutanota blames Comcast block for March 1 outage

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:08:29 GMT

ISP cut off our secure mail service, says dev

The creator and co-founder of Tutanota is blaming Comcast after his encrypted mail service was briefly taken offline earlier this month.…

Russia stares admiringly at itself, flexes internet muscles

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:52:35 GMT

More posturing from presidential aide

The Russian government has again intimated that it is prepared to cut itself off from the global internet, with a presidential aide telling a Russian news network that it is "ready for anything."…

CableLabs backhaul spec gets speed boost

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:59:07 GMT

Faster fibre will help networks cope with the Netflix effect

Late last week, CableLabs launched another bandwidth-boosting project, this time designed to sweat more gigabits-per-second out of the optical leg of cable networks.…

Sneaky satellite launch raises risk of Gravity-style space collision

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 22:03:50 GMT

Federal regulator furious to discover untrackable mini-satellites in space

The space-disaster movie Gravity – where an escalating wave of space debris wipes out a space station and shuttle – now looks like a slightly more plausible scenario.…

Ofcom to networks: Want this delicious 5G spectrum? You'll have to improve 4G coverage

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:21:36 GMT

Better LTE for bumpkins wedged into mobe operators' bids

Ofcom has today proposed placing new coverage obligations on mobile operators for 4G services as part of their winning 5G spectrum bids.…

Cisco to trial direct online sales

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:55:51 GMT

Australia the 'vanguard', perhaps with new smallbiz products to make it sensible

Cisco's going to have a crack at direct sales online.…

Ethernet sales growing, but routing's been routed by software

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:40:13 GMT

As hardware goes soft, hardware revenues follow

If you watch the fortunes of the big names in switching, you probably won't be surprised to hear that the market is only recording modest growth.…

Help me, cloudy-WAN-Ciscobi, my SaaS needs A New Hope

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 04:03:08 GMT

Viptela and Meraki add WAN-wranglers as Cisco decides wide-area networks need love

Cisco has decided that wide area networks need more automated attention, so has released two complementary WAN analytics products.…

Global race for 5G heats up with latest US Congress bill

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 22:30:07 GMT

Spectrum freed up in law named after telco veteran

Analysis A global race to roll out next-generation 5G mobile networks has intensified with the approval of new legislation by the US House of Representatives.…

Broadcom baits hook with promise of $1.5bn investment fund to catch Qualcomm

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:15:06 GMT

Telco promises to pump big bucks into 5G if US signs off on merger

Broadcom says it will earmark $1.5bn for funding of 5G wireless broadband networks as part of its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm.…

Ofcom to probe Three and Vodafone over network throttling

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:27:14 GMT

Telcos may have breached EU net neutrality rules

Gummy mouthed watchdog Ofcom has launched a probe into whether Three and Vodafone breached the EU's net neutrality rules by throttling certain services on their networks.…

Nokia transceiver bakes years of demos into superfast optical chip

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:02:12 GMT

200 Gbps per wavelength on sub cables, 400 on metro networks, 600 in data centres

Two years after it first demonstrated its highest-capacity modulation scheme, Nokia has announced its release as a product.…

nbn™ gives ISDN, Frame Relay and Ethernet Lite a stay of execution

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 03:32:01 GMT

Users will be permitted to run them in parallel with NBN connections, but they've been marked for extinction

Horror stories about poor installation experiences for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) are everywhere, which might be making businesses reluctant to give up old but reliable services. To get those customers over the line, nbn™, the company building and operating the NBN, has announced it will let business customers keep their ISDN services in parallel with an NBN connection until they're ready to migrate.…

April Fool: FCC finally bothers with Puerto Rico as chairman visits

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:59:20 GMT

Cult of personality meet shameful response

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally decided to address the months-long lack of telecoms service in Puerto Rico, one day before its chair visits the storm-ravaged island.…

123 Reg suffers deja vu: Websites restored from August 2017 backups amid storage meltdown

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:27:06 GMT

Daily backups? We've heard of them

The UK's self-proclaimed number one website provider, 123 Reg, is having yet another very bad day, although arguably not as bad as those of its long-suffering customers.…

Cisco buffs Tetration for application protection

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 03:58:10 GMT

Builds out its subscription playbook

Cisco has updated its Tetration network monitoring software to tackle application security and multi-vendor policy enforcement.…

Marvell cooks up 400* Gbps Ethernet chips

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 02:55:08 GMT

*Not a typo. This stuff will make top-of-rack switches sizzle in 2019

Marvell Semiconductor is off and running with 802.3cd-compliant chips, and reckons it's the first sand-baker to ship to the standard.…

Up to 25% of new builds still can't get superfast broadband – study

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:35:07 GMT

I don't care about running water, where are my internets?

Up to a quarter of new builds still lack access to superfast internet, according to a study by comparison site Thinkbroadband.…

4G LTE pried open to reveal a slew of new protocol-level attacks

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:58:04 GMT

User location spoofing? Check. Fake emergency alerts? Check. Plenty more nasties, too

A group of American university researchers have broken key 4G LTE protocols to generate fake messages, snoop on users, and forge user location data.…

It's begun: 'First' IPv6 denial-of-service attack puts IT bods on notice

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:30:05 GMT

Internet engineers warn this is only the beginning

Analysis What's claimed to be the first IPv6-based distributed denial-of-service attack has been spotted by internet engineers who warn it is only the beginning of what could become the next wave of online disruption.…

Wi-Fi Alliance allegedly axed army reservist for being called up. Now the Empire strikes back

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 23:23:02 GMT

Trade body gets sued by Uncle Sam, insists no wrongdoing

The US Department of Justice on Thursday filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the Wi-Fi Alliance – a non-profit based in Austin, Texas, that promotes Wi-Fi technology and standards – for allegedly laying off an employee because of his ongoing military service obligations.…

Mayors of America demand net neutrality protections… again

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 01:00:33 GMT

Put the letter on the pile next to the soiled #OneMoreVote petition

More than 75 mayors and city officials across America this week signed a letter asking that the nation's net neutrality safeguards remain in place. Again.…

Gits club GitHub code tub with record-breaking 1.35Tbps DDoS drub

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:10:16 GMT

Memcache attacks are going to be this year's thing

What's purported to be the world's largest distributed denial of service attack to date – measuring 1.35Tbps – knocked GitHub offline for a few minutes yesterday.…

The DNS was designed for diversity, but site admins aren't buying

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 05:02:07 GMT

Harvard bods warn: if you want to avoid a big outage, use more than one DNS provider

The world's top eight DNS providers now control 59 per cent of name resolution for the biggest Websites - and that puts the Web at risk, according to a group of Harvard University researchers.…

FCC levies largest ever fine: $614m on Verizon (that's about three days of profit for telco giant)

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 01:08:53 GMT

Straight Path veered off promises of 5G coverage

Verizon's $3.1bn Straight Path gobble got a little more expensive this week, thanks to a $614m fine dished out by America's broadband watchdog, the Federal Communications Commission.…

Washington (no, not that one) to pass hardcore net neutrality law: All ISPs in state must obey

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:54:48 GMT

US tech hotbed steps up with strictest traffic protections yet

The US state of Washington is on the verge of passing a sweeping new set of net neutrality safeguards that would apply to all carriers within its borders.…

Virgin Media's Brit biz broadband goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Upset People

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 21:25:25 GMT

Service knackered for several hours today

We knew Virgin Media was going down the toilet – but not quite this way. For several hours on Tuesday, its business broadband has been offline in the UK, leaving folks unable to reach the internet.…

Ofcom gives six operators green light to bid for spectrum

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:34:42 GMT

Includes Hull-based Connexin and US subsidiary Airspan

Ofcom has given all four UK mobile operators the go-ahead to bid in the forthcoming 4G and 5G auction, as well as Hull-based fixed wireless ISP Connexin and Airspan Spectrum Holdings, a subsidiary of US outfit Airspan.…

US national security agency sniffs around Broadcom bid for Qualcomm – reports

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:46:07 GMT

No one expects the CFIUS! *Bless you*

The tale of the Qualcomm and Broadcom merger has taken a turn for the surreal, with The Men In Black (aka the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States – CFIUS) taking an interest.…

Work continues on 5G, shame no one's sure what it's for yet

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:33:08 GMT

But the new standard has at last found a home among verticals

MWC18 5G is – surprise, surprise – dominating this year's Mobile World Congress as more emphasis is heaped on how non-telco vertical sectors can use the fledgling technology.…

Take SNAT, says Microsoft, to improve Azure load balancing

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:29:05 GMT

When too many cloudy ports are barely enough

Microsoft has rewritten the operation of its Source Network Address Translation (SNAT) protocol in a bid to improve Azure's load balancing performance.…

Ohhhh-klahoma! Where Verizon's sweeping legacy down the drain

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:02:04 GMT

Trials virty radio with Nokia, Chipzilla

Verizon's enthusiasm for 5G and virtualization has spawned a virtual radio access network trial in the USA.…

IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia's spooks and cops

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 01:58:04 GMT

Both make it harder to connect you to your connections

The Australian government has fingered the next threat in the country's cryptography vs. policing debate: the IPv6 protocol.…

Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:24:06 GMT

Airbus, OneWeb partner up to bring airborne roaming to the masses

MWC18 Folk soon need not look up from their screens when boarding aircraft and wandering the aisles thanks to an alliance formed by OneWeb and Airbus to bring 5G roaming to the skies.…

Mobile industry wants less regulation, mooooar radio spectrum

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:17:13 GMT

Treat us like the OTT providers, beg operators

MWC18 5G could, er, bring an end to populism, said Vittorio Colao, Vodafone’s chief executive during his keynote address at this year’s Mobile World Congress.…

Cisco, Intel, Red Hat take aim at closed 5G radio systems

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 04:58:13 GMT

'Open vRAN' snugglefest includes India's Tech Mahindra and Reliance Jio

Cisco has used Mobile World Congress 2018 to tout a group of vendors working on open tech for the mobile radio access network.…

Facebook recruits Nokia to trial and standardise Terragraph wireless tech

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 03:55:05 GMT

Fibre to the pole, then Facebook's well-behaved wireless brings signal to the great unwired

Facebook hopes to get parts of its Terragraph wireless comms platform standardised by the IEEE, and has recruited Nokia to help.…

UK's BT: Ofcom's wholesale superfast broadband price slash will hurt bottom line

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:34:07 GMT

Part of plans to boost country's woeful full-fibre investment

Ofcom has slashed the price BT’s Openreach can charge operators for superfast broadband, in a package of measures BT said will hit its bottom line to the tune of £120m next year.…

802.11ax Wi-Fi standard isn't ready, Qualcomm bakes chips anyway

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:02:11 GMT

Future Access points will tell clients when to sleep, then make a wake up call

In November 2017, the next version of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, stalled in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers's (IEEE's) standards process, but vendors want to push ahead with at least some of its features, according to Qualcomm Wi-Fi product marketing lead Prakash Sangam.…