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Optus' HFC problems were never a secret, so why did nbn™ need the network?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:33:55 GMT

Malcolm Turnbull, you will never be a network engineer

Someone check in on former senator Stephen Conroy, would they, and make sure he hasn't laughed himself to death?…

Source: nbn™'s fibre-to-the-kerb will be VDSL at 100/40Mbps

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:01:44 GMT

But Optus still gets its $800m payday, even though its network was too expensive to upgrade

The Register has learned that the fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) technology to be used in Australia's national broadband network (NBN) will use VDSL and be capable of 100/40Mbps speeds.…

After AT&T's crushing blow, FTC tells Senate it wants its balls back

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:26:29 GMT

US watchdog still feeling sore after being stripped of powers to punish telcos

US trade watchdog the FTC says it will appeal the August decision stripping its ability to fine AT&T.…

BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:42:26 GMT

Virgin and Sky rated least moaned about

BT has topped a UK watchdog's quarterly whinge list for the most moaned about fixed line broadband provider in Blighty.…

nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for ≈700k sites

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:39:02 GMT

So what exactly did AU$800m buy? An option for bits of Optus network, says nbn™

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has announced it will overbuild part of the hybrid fibre-coax network it acquired from Optus.…

Watch out, Openreach: CityFibre swallows Redcentric's network for £5m

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:24:10 GMT

Upstart reckons it's positioned to take on BT

Plucky Openreach challenger CityFibre has gobbled £5m worth of service provider Redcentric’s network - adding 137km of fibre to the upstart’s network.…

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:24:14 GMT

'New 'soft closers' good, but the acrylic panels make the bogs look like a CDT project

Smelly toilets, smoking outside and questions as to who is the best Kardashian: these were just some of the issues Virgin Media top brass were grilled on in a Q&A session with staff seen by The Register.…

Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:11:12 GMT

Repeatedly outage-hit firm mumbles usual apologies

Ongoing technical problems at gaffe-prone Plusnet are leaving customers unable to stream videos or play games.…

'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:03:07 GMT

'This is not the ISP of Richard Branson' insiders complain to El Reg

Exclusive Virgin Media staff have voiced widespread discontent over its gobble by Liberty Global, with one describing their new corporate daddy as "faceless change drivers with no concern for the Virgin values," according to a Q&A with senior management this week seen by The Register.…

BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:33:12 GMT

Here's a webpage of infographics. Now stop whinging, peons

BT's Openreach is today releasing a service dashboard for customers in an attempt to be more transparent about its “performance issues” over areas such as missed appointments.…

AT&T tries broadband over power lines again

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:49:20 GMT

'Project AirGig' shows the classics never die, but radio hams might feel homicidal

AT&T has charged up the paddles, yelled “clear!”, and fired the defibrillator into one of telecommunications' worst ideas: broadband over power lines (BPL).…

Ofcom smacks Sky for breaching broadband switching rules

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:18:06 GMT

Could be in line for a multi-million pound fine

Communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that there are "reasonable grounds" to suspect Sky breached rules to allow consumers to easily switch broadband and landline providers, which could lead to a multi-million pound fine.…

Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:05:11 GMT

Citizens told they can't have broadband because something, something, competition

A rural community in North Carolina says it will have to pull the plug on its broadband service over fears it will no longer be protected by the FCC.…

End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:38:52 GMT

Ofcom ought to collect local data for local people

ISPs should release data on broadband speeds at a household level so residents can easily compare speeds and switch providers, the representative body for 370 local councils has said.…

Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:24:12 GMT

Yup, that's a Total Inability To Support Usual Plusnet

Plusnet has been slammed by its customers for failing to acknowledge or explain the cause of a nationwide broadband service outage.…

Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:57:04 GMT

INCA people warn govt it's falling behind on fibre comms civilisation

The government must create an “ambitious strategy” for the majority of the UK to have access to a fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections in the next 10 years and near universal coverage by 2030, the representative body for small "alternative network" providers.…

ABBA-solutely crapulous! Swedish router-maker won't patch gaping hole

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 22:33:21 GMT

Inteno says SOHOpeless security problem should be fixed by carriers

European customer-premises equipment (CPE) kit-maker Inteno has said it isn't going to patch a hole that has been sitting in some of its routers for the last nine months, saying it's not the firm's problem.…

AT&T trash talks Google over Fiber fiasco: Leave ISP stuff to the experts

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:57:05 GMT

Telco takes a victory lap as ad giant's broadband plans collapse

With Google deciding to cut back on its Fiber workforce and reconsidering its plan to deliver broadband service, competing ISPs are cackling with glee at the Chocolate Factory's misfortunes.…

Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:32:09 GMT

A national fibre plan, what's that?

Comment How do Blighty’s future broadband plans compare to its Irish neighbour, which arguably has its sights on a much more ambitious target than BT?…

BT best provider for 10Mbps USO, says former digi minister Ed Vaizey

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:01:07 GMT

Any regrets on the pro-BT stance? Nah

BT's Openreach is the internet provider best placed to deliver the government's plan for a Universal Service Obligation (USO) of 10Mbps by the end of the decade, former digital minister Ed Vaizey has said.…

Colour us shocked: ISPs not that keen to sign up for Universal Service Obligation

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:09:10 GMT

'Either the government pays for it, or consumers do'

Telco regulator Ofcom has admitted that internet service providers are not particularly eager to sign up to the government's Universal Service Obligation.…

Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:09:12 GMT

It's part of our £2bn customer service systems overhaul

Vodafone is withdrawing its free legacy Demon email service and is giving customers the choice of either moving their addresses to another, paid-for service or losing them altogether.…

NBN delivers boring, solid result for 2015/2016

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 02:59:37 GMT

Where's the money coming from after the gummint's last billions? Don't know yet

nbnTM, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network, has delivered a pretty dull set of annual results.…

EFF vows to take up muni broadband cause after FCC denied

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:46:02 GMT

Digital crusaders warm up efforts to build city-owned networks

With a US court having recently overturned the FCC's attempts to push for municipal broadband networks, online activists are readying their own campaign.…

Labor's new comms spokesperson Michelle Rowland gets off to a bad start

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:08:11 GMT

Netflix speeds are not a good indicator of the NBN's progress

The new communications spokesperson of Australia's opposition Labor has made a mess of her first foray into the portfolio.…

Cisco gives cable industry tech for 10Gbps uploads on DOCSIS 3.1

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 01:02:43 GMT

Full Duplex project gets reference silicon for free to make broadband symmetrical

Cisco has dropped an open reference design for DOCSIS silicon into the CableLabs standards body.…

Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:02:44 GMT

Funnily enough, US regulator can't just do whatever it wants

A US circuit court has torpedoed the FCC and its efforts to champion city-owned broadband networks.…

UK local govt body blasts misleading broadband speed ads

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:33:05 GMT

Won't someone please think of the farmers

The representative body for 370 councils in Blighty has hit out at Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for advertising misleading broadband speeds, particularly in rural areas.…

ISP roundup: Google mulls fiber-less Fiber, America goes Wow, Comcast still terrible

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 23:37:07 GMT

Wire cuts, ad complaints, and big promises around the States

A flurry of news from internet service providers (ISPs) in the US has picked up what is normally a slow summer season.…

Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:28:07 GMT

The ASA will soon require operators to advertise services in one monthly fee

Vodafone has scrapped line rental charges as it tries to muscle into TalkTalk's lower-end market – and comply with imminent regulatory changes for an all-in-one price for broadband and phone services.…

Again with the cheap internet access in India, Facebook?

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:41:51 GMT

This time with Wi-Fi, a state-owned telco on board and maybe the return of Free Basics

Facebook's trying to bring affordable internet access to rural India again.…

Virgin signs up record ultrafast broadband subs

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:33:03 GMT

Revenue up in Blighty, but still playing catch up with BT on triple play

Sales at Virgin Media rose 3.2 per cent to £1.2bn for the UK broadband provider's second quarter compared with the previous year - as it signed up record ultrafast broadband subscribers.…

UK telco market worth £37.5bn, Ofcom reports

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:01:32 GMT

Breaking Bad was the most-streamed series of 2015

Total UK telecoms revenues grew for the first time in five years – increasing by £0.2bn to £37.5bn between 2014 and 2015, according to research from communications regulator Ofcom.…

Sky fibre down at breakfast-time across the nation

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:08:48 GMT

Soz, engineers are looking into it...

Sky broadband customers have been hit by an outage this morning, which appears to be disrupting services nationwide.…

And now we go live to Nashville for the latest on Google Fiber v AT&T and, yup, it's a mess

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:20:48 GMT

Web ads giant not helping its case by cutting gas lines

Nashville's Google Fiber rollout has hit a pair of snags: rival carriers are, and this may surprise you, stalling the installation of lines needed for Google's new broadband network.…

US state sues Comcast for $100m in row over 'worthless' repair plans

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 23:09:07 GMT

Unlimited free troubleshooting and repairs is a minefield of caveats, says Washington AG

Washington state is suing Comcast and demanding $100m in damages for allegedly misleading customers.…

nbn™ switches on first Telstra HFC-powered broadband services

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:01:12 GMT

100/40Mbps services available to 2,300 Perth homes

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced its first services delivered over the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) cables formerly owned by Australia's dominant carrier Telstra.…

How to upgrade cities to 40Gbps broadband without replacing today's fiber network

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:59:34 GMT

Verizon to test gear to boost speeds to homes, businesses

Verizon will soon test communications gear that can provide next-generation 40Gbps fiber broadband services in America.…

Oz regulator eyes broadband marketing

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:09:30 GMT

ISPs fudging performance claims in ads? Say it isn't so!

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is setting its sights on broadband speed claims, again.…

Ofcom: Legal separation will force Openreach to eat more fibre

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:38:27 GMT

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'

Sharon White, the boss of UK comms watchdog Ofcom, hopes plans to legally separate Openreach from BT will force it to increase its investment of two million fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections over the next four years.…

Zen loses its chill: UK biz ISP falls offline for four hours and counting

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:46:51 GMT

TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Upset Punters

Updated Beloved business-friendly ISP Zen has been suffering an outage for more than four hours today in the UK – and the carrier has no timetable for when service will be restored.…

Not-BT-Openreach' biz CityFibre sextuples pipeline

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:19:11 GMT

Seems to be doing a roaring trade

Cable-layer CityFibre has booked a six-fold increase in contracts during its first half of 2016, with £53.8m in the pipeline compared with £8.1m for the same period last year.…

Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:37:04 GMT

'Aiming for mediocre speeds is such a British attitude'

Tomorrow UK comms watchdog Ofcom will announce its plans for strengthening Openreach’s independence from BT and creating a more competitive UK broadband market.…

nbn™ talks up HFC upgrades to gigabit speed

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:51:29 GMT

Research points out that HFC is widely-used and fast, but we knew that already and fibre fanatics don't care

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has started to talk up the scalability of the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) networks it will use to provide services to many Australians.…

BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:03:17 GMT

Another power problem, this time at Telehouse North

BT customers in the UK are once again banging their heads against their keyboards this morning: a power outage has thrown them offline for the second day running.…

MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:41:46 GMT

'Compelling evidence' BT Group 'exploiting... vertical integration'

BT has "significantly under-invested" in IT infrastructure subsidiary Openreach and a full split should go ahead if it fails to offer "appropriate reforms and investment assurances", according to a report by MPs.…

Openreach boss Clive Selley wants Ofcom to wrap it up already

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:23:13 GMT

I need certainty to get on with upgrades, says BT man

Interview The Sword of Damocles has not entirely disappeared from above Openreach. Earlier this year, the UK communications watchdog Ofcom stopped short of recommending a full decapitation of the British broadband provider from its parent BT. Crucially, though, it has kept the option on the table.…

nbnTM names six shops to re-build Telstra's HFC network

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:25:44 GMT

And TITSUP Telstra gets to manage them all

nbnTM, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has named the six companies it has chosen to turn the hybrid fibre coax (HFC) network it acquired from Telstra into a white-hot broadband delivery beast.…

Keep up the pressure on the telcos, Canada

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:28:11 GMT

Connecting Canada is a slow and political process

Sysadmin Blog Bell Canada has lost their second appeal of the July 2015 decision by the CRTC requiring the opening of fibre networks by Canada's major telcos for wholesale consumption by third party ISPs. The result solidifies Canada's presence amongst the nations embracing Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) and heralds a round of massive changes in Canada's third party ISP landscape.…

CityFibre takes on Ofcom over pledge to open BT ducts and poles

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:39:08 GMT

Regulator now says dark fibre sufficient

Small broadband provider CityFibre has complained to the competitions watchdog that Ofcom is backtracking on its promise to break the country's dependency on BT's Openreach by forcing greater access to its ducts and poles.…