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Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:30:13 GMT

Change yours if you're worried, but operator insists issue is limited to earlier models

Vodafone says that anxious customers of its home femtocell box are safe, despite experiencing continuing brownouts. Although Vodafone is replacing the Alcatel-made units on request, it has declined to carry out a full recall.…

Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach's cold, dead hands

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:06:06 GMT

We WILL make you open up infrastructure access, vows regulator

Ofcom has set out exactly how it plans to prise open BT's grip on the UK's telecoms infrastructure, in a move designed to make it easier for competing telcos to install fibre broadband connections.…

Riverbed slurps Xirrus to take SD-WAN all the way to Wi-Fi

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:32:41 GMT

Because internet things should probably talk on secure virtual networks, not punter-grade WiFi

Riverbed has acquired Xirrus for an undisclosed sum and will now try to build a software-defined WAN that stretches all the way to Wi-Fi access points.…

nbn™ joins standards body CableLabs

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:02:34 GMT

Yet more evidence that nbn™ just won't change its mind and build fibre-to-the-premises

Yet more evidence, as if we needed it, that nbn™ has little interest in more FTTP nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has won membership of CableLabs, the global R&D body that develops technologies and standards that help cable operators deploy new services on existing hybrid fibre coax (HFC) networks.…

NetAdmin challenge: Go to Mars, connect a rover, orbiter and three bases

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:02:12 GMT

Research org releases VM to let you simulate it, plus other interplanetary networks

The Mitre Corporation has given network administrators something to chew on, in the form of a simulator that lets them build networks in space.…

RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:40:39 GMT

Ex-NASA manager oversaw tech that grew into today's web, OSes

Obit Robert Taylor, who oversaw the creation of the internet's precursor ARPANET, the computer mouse and the first GUI-based personal computer, has died after a long illness. He was 85.…

Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:49:29 GMT

Ugly confrontation coming up this year

The lobbying group for Big Internet – Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter et al – has warned the chair of US comms watchdog the FCC that it will fight him on efforts to get rid of net neutrality rules.…

No more IP addresses for countries that shut down internet access

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:54:54 GMT

Afrinic mulls punitive policy for errant governments

Governments that cut off internet access to their citizens could find themselves refused new IP addresses under a proposal put through one of the five global IP allocation organizations.…

Half of mobe, broadband customers unhappy with how complaints handled

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:02:06 GMT

Tsk tsk, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, tsk tsk

Just over half of broadband and mobile customers who moaned to their provider were satisfied with how their complaints were handled, according to a report by UK regulator Ofcom.…

BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:34:11 GMT

Some 12 million calls made in the first week of March

BT's free spam filter, launched earlier this year to crack down on nuisance calls, has identified accident claims as the worst offender for nuisance calls with 12 million made in the first week of March.…

Intel's buggy Puma 6 chipset earns Arris a gigabit-modem lawsuit

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:07:20 GMT

Laggy silicon at heart of broadband boxes lands gateway maker in court

Cable modem maker Arris is facing a class-action suit over its handling of a lag-prone line of cable modems.…

Finally a reason not to bother with IPv6: Uh, security concerns...?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:18:39 GMT

NATO cybersecurity bods warn about transition to new protocol

For all those sysadmins tired of having to make excuses for why they haven't moved to IPv6, worry no more: the new protocol brings with it the risk of network infiltration.…

Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:30:13 GMT

Area with just 8,000 residents to benefit from small cell

Bankers are to enjoy free 1Gbps Wi-Fi thanks to a deal brokered by the City of London Corporation intended to bring high speeds to the Square Mile.…

RootMetrics finds provinces stagger to 4G

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:38:11 GMT

Real progress, but it's patchy

Mobile network sleuth RootMetrics has released some performance data on how well operators are faring in our top provincial cities.…

FCC Commish: Hey, don't look at me – Congress should sort out net neutrality mess

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:15:15 GMT

O'Rielly tests the waters as watchdog boss Pai pushes economic angle

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has said US Congress will have to resolve the tricky question of net neutrality.…

Optical boffins tweak antennae with photons so MIMO can make WiFi serve more masters

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 04:04:13 GMT

And also to make 5G sing, and cary radar so it can spot missiles at Mach 4

Phased-array antennas, a technology crucial to modern Wi-Fi systems that use beam-forming to improve throughput, has a speed limit in how quickly beams can be manipulated.…

Free Range Routing project takes aim at Cisco with server-as-router project

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 03:15:11 GMT

'Quagga' gets new name, code injection from Linux Foundation, Cumulus and pals

A group of open networking companies have dispatched a fleet of X-Wing fighters in the direction of the biggest target in networking: Cisco.…

Cisco boxen hang after 213-and-a-half days

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:05:01 GMT

ASA and Firepower kit have death clock. Fix it by rebooting

If you're the lucky owner of Cisco Firepower or Adaptive Security Appliance devices, check the version number and see if you need to reboot your kit.…

Trump sets sights on net neutrality

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:02:39 GMT

World Wide Web Foundation not happy

President Trump is spoiling for yet another fight and this time, much to the despair of internet experts, it is net neutrality.…

US cops, firefighters to get new emergency wireless network – AT&T to get $6.5bn

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:08:49 GMT

Telco lands mega-deal to host first responders' broadband

US phone giant AT&T has landed a $6.5bn contract to build a private wireless broadband network for emergency responders.…

Extreme Networks to splash $55m on Brocade's data centre biz

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:43:29 GMT

Further beefs up to take on the might of Cisco

Extreme Networks is to acquire Brocade Communications Systems' data centre, switching, routing, and analytics business for $55m (£44m) - part of a bid to beef up its portfolio and take on Switchzilla – aka Cisco.…

Chinese giant ZTE slips off US export sh*tlist – and it only cost $900m

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:23:31 GMT

Tech dragon cleared after admitting to sanction violations

The US Department of Commerce has scrapped trade restrictions that left Chinese tech monster ZTE unable to import components from America.…

ETSI widens scope of mobile edge standard

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:02:04 GMT

Mobile base stations to be treated as computers in their own right

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has decided its Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) effort needed a bigger brief, so it's renamed it as Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC).…

So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:18:37 GMT

Find a good VPN

So, the US House of Representatives has voted away internet privacy (in concert with the Senate), and the legislation will be heading to the White House for Trump's imprimatur. He's expected to sign quickly, so as internet users it's time to get really serious about privacy.…

I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:01:43 GMT

Not exactly getting with the program

Despite being the third-largest internet provider in the UK, Virgin Media is not exactly looking toward the future.…

Ex-broadband biz 186k hit by major outage

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:49:57 GMT

You mean they still have some customers left?

Long-suffering customers of troubled hosting provider 186k are unable to access the firm's hosting and email services in what appears to be a major outage.…

Brit telcos will waive early termination fees for military personnel

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:32:05 GMT

Good news for those posted to Benbecula or Mount Pleasant?

British military personnel will no longer face swingeing cancellation fees on broadband packages if they are posted abroad.…

nbn™ builder prioritises easy premises, because it must work like that

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:09:55 GMT

Don't criticise CEO Morrow for keeping the build moving

Stop me if you've heard this one: nbn™, builder and operator of Australia's national broadband network (NBN), is being accused of polishing its rollout figures by fast-tracking areas that are easy to service.…

Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:17:48 GMT

Hosting service's access to .au registry suspended

Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day.…

Always wanted to build an imaginary hyperscale network? Now, you can

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:34:13 GMT

MIT's Flexplane: design on the fly without breaking the network

An MIT student has created a scheme to shadow packets as they pass through networks, to help take the risk out of experimenting with changes to network configurations.…

Juniper emits heavy duty photonic interconnect with a cloudy tinge

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:33:13 GMT

Software-defined-networks from photons up to Layer 3

In January 2016, Juniper Networks swallowed BTI Systems with the aim of bringing software defined network approaches to the optical sphere. One of the fruits of that acquisition has now landed, with the company announcing its Open Cloud Interconnect.…

Nokia blasts 250 Gbps across Atlantic in optical test for Facebook

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:58:07 GMT

Boosted capacity of existing fibre by 2.5x. Coming soon: 32 Tbps per fibre

Nokia has lit up a trans-Atlantic fibre for Facebook, in a field trial that showed off 200 Gbps and 250 Gbps wavelengths on a 5,500 km link.…

A router with a fear of heights? Yup. It's a thing

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:02:11 GMT

Cisco shipped PSUs that like it low and slow, which is bad news for mountainous networks

Cisco's let users of its ASR 920 Series Aggregation Services Routers know they've got a fear of heights.…

Shine on, you crazy Eind minds: Boffins fire out 43Gbps infrared 'Wi-Fi'

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:04:06 GMT

Super fast but you'll need line-of-sight

In five years or so, Wi-Fi access points could carry data at rates 100 times faster than today using infrared light rather than other portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.…

Cisco wireless, cloud management on this week's must-patch list

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:02:12 GMT

The Borg's 'This kit has Struts 2 trouble' list is also getting longer

If you've implemented Mobility Express on a Cisco 1800 access point, it needs patching against a critical authentication bypass.…

San Francisco reveals latest #Resist effort – resisting sub-gigabit internet access

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:56:42 GMT

City puts together team to bring 1Gbps dark fiber to Bay Area

The City of San Francisco has already put in place numerous plans to resist the policies of the Trump Administration – from immigration to healthcare to labor agreements. Now it is moving on to internet access.…

Sources: Liberty Global, Vodafone take seats at negotiating table AGAIN

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:38:58 GMT

Newbury HQ awash with tie up talk

Exclusive A corporate tie up between Vodafone UK and Liberty Global is back on the negotiating table, multiple sources have told The Register.…

Speaking in Tech: WTH! Bitcoin costs more than Visa transaction?

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:35:13 GMT

Podcast Minor miner revolt as blockchain gets (artificially) backed up

UK's BT Openreach settlement highlights wider issues of 5G convergence

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:03:10 GMT

What do we need? High capacity. When do we need it? Soon

Comment There will be far tighter integration between fixed and wireless connectivity in 5G than ever before. Dense virtualized networks will require huge numbers of high-capacity fixed links; fixed broadband will be delivered over wireless as well as wireline; fixed/mobile convergence for content and service delivery will become table stakes; edge computing and the Internet of Things will be supported by a mish-mash of connection technologies (even ETSI’s Mobile Edge Computing has now been renamed Multi-access Edge Computing).…

Do you use .home and .mail on your network? ICANN mulls .corp, .mail, .home dot-word domains

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:31:52 GMT

'High risk' gTLDs pondered by money-loving DNS overseer

For five years, more than a dozen companies have been waiting to hear whether they will be able to run the generic top-level domains .corp, .home and .mail. And this month they finally got their answer: we're still thinking about it.…

Public IPv4 drought: Verizon Wireless to stop handing out static addys

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:52:04 GMT

There's nothing for it but IPv6. And potentially new kit

Verizon Wireless will soon stop issuing public static IPv4 addresses to its business customers “due to a shortage of available addresses.”…

Oh my God, 911 is down. Quick, call… aaargh!

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:56:08 GMT

AT&T's network last night was a fiasco – don't worry though, the FCC is on the case

AT&T suffered an America-wide outage of 911 emergency calls Wednesday evening, sparking some degree of panic and a swift response from US comms regulator, the FCC.…

ZTE blow as suspends Chinese telco's visa scheme

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:17:16 GMT

Home Office stepping up inspections of Tier 2 visa sponsors

Exclusive The UK has suspended ZTE from the immigration scheme used by foreign companies to allow foreign nationals to work locally, The Register can exclusively reveal.…

This ONE easy cloud trick is in DANGER. Why?

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:43:07 GMT

Port problem, captain: Microservices to the event horizon

Legacy, or technical debt – call it what you will – has always been a major challenge to techies looking to move forward and never more so than now, as you're being asked to shift data centre software to the cloud.… 5G strategy 'mostly sensible', says engineering brainbox

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:17:46 GMT

Author of The 5G Myth and former Ofcom boss says his piece

Government plans to dip its toe in 5G tech with a £16m test hub as part of its "5G strategy" have been welcomed by one of the most vocal critics of the technology as a pragmatic move.…

Arista-cats curl up in cloudy containers

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:02:12 GMT

Painting the boxes white

Bowing to the inevitable, Arista has decided to risk cannibalising its hardware sales and is making its Extensible Operating System (EOS) available for container deployment as cEOS).…

Troubled Avaya takes Extreme option, flogs network biz for $100m

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:38:13 GMT

Saving the furniture to burn later

Bankruptcy-beset Avaya is cashing out of its networking business for just $100m, with Extreme Networks the buyer.…

ZTE-gads! Chinese giant fined $900m by Uncle Sam for Iran trade deals

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:41:03 GMT

وای نه. ما واقعا به دنبال به جلو به که روتر

Chinese giant ZTE has been fined $900m by the US government for skirting trade blocks by selling comms hardware to Iran.…

Where in the world is web hosting?

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:53:04 GMT

Web hosting services supplier vanishes

Web hosting services at are out of action in what would appear to be the final nail in the supplier's coffin.…

Looks who's bailed out internet-satellite provider IntelSat? It's... Softbank?

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:05:07 GMT

Plans to chuck more cash once it's merged up with OneWeb

Comment Softbank has arrived as the unlikely white knight to save Luxembourg-based internet-satellite provider Intelsat from running out of cash. It has injected debt funding and proposed a merger through its LEO satellite firm OneWeb. Now bondholders for Intelsat must give the deal the go-ahead.…