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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.…

BT splurges £1.2bn on securing Champions League rights, Sky heads for an early bath

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:00:07 GMT

Sorry your broadband is crap, Ronaldo needs a new Jag

BT has beaten arch-rival Sky in its bid to splash £394m retaining the rights for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.…

SAP eyes up BT's biz ahead of £550m EE integration

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:00:12 GMT

Incumbent Oracle: 'We'll aggressively compete too. It's what we do'

Software biz SAP is eyeing up BT's business following its acquisition of the firm's existing customer EE for £12.5bn last year, with the former state monopoly having already set aside £550m for integration costs.…

GoDaddy DNS has gone diddy

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:09:14 GMT

We'll try and sort it out by the end of the day, it says

Updated An unspecified technical infrastructure issue has left GoDaddy customers with serious DNS issues this morning.…

HPE comms CTO: Our unit is growing even if our customers aren't

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:01:08 GMT

But reorgs yet to translate to growth across biz

MWC Interview On the basis of its first quarter results last week, HPE still seems to be in troubled waters. Despite numerous major reorgs to dramatically shrink the biz, revenue still fell 10 per cent in the last three months to $11.4bn (£9.3bn).…

Aruba AirWave admin? Get the latest patch

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 04:02:11 GMT

XML and cross-site scripting bug-fixes

Aruba AirWave systems need patching against multiple bugs in their control interface.…

Cisco NetFlow kit can be borked with a bad packet

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 03:02:05 GMT

Also patched today: Cisco Prime Infrastructure

Cisco has disclosed a denial-of-service bug in its NetFlow Generation appliances that remote attackers can attack with a bad packet.…

It's time to out the data hogs in your office

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:01:38 GMT

Find out which apps, protocols, or people slow your networks with the SolarWinds® Bandwidth Analyzer Pack

Promo Nobody enjoys slow networks. If your organisation is wasting productive time watching virtual sand pour through virtual hour glasses, you need to get to the bottom of the problem.…

Brocade SAN sales butchered by hyper-converged upstarts

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44:40 GMT

Fibre Channel revenues flag as Broadcom acquisition spooks IP network buyers

It was a double whammy. Brocade saw hyper-converged infrastructure eat into its SAN networking sales as Broadcom acquisition-caused uncertainty drove IP Networking sales downwards too.…

BT, Ericsson square up to Arqiva, Samsung over 5G arms race

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:06:47 GMT

Let the hype wars commence

Hot on the heels of Arqiva revealing plans for a 5G trial with Samsung this morning, Ericsson and BT have also announced a partnership to develop 5G projects.…

For telcos and enterprise vendors, MWC 2017 will be an Edge/Fog/SDN/NFV-fest

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:58:12 GMT

Compute and storage is coming out of the core and into the light

Mobile World Congress kicks off next week in Barcelona and, as ever, is two shows in one. Gadget-lovers get to go “squee!” about new handsets and the fun they'll have with them. And in the fun and important part of the conference, telco wonks discuss the plumbing that makes the “squee!” possible.…

London Internet Exchange members vote no to constitution tweak

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:02:06 GMT

Peering peers reject proposed rules on keeping quiet about secret govt gagging orders

Members of LINX, the London Internet Exchange – the UK's largest net peering point – have rejected proposals that would reshape the company’s constitution and could block members from being consulted about government tapping instructions.…

EE unveils sky domination plans with drones, balloons

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:27:06 GMT

Plus emergency response vehicles for ESN backup

EE has revealed plans to launch balloon and drone "air masts" to connect remote parts of the UK in the wake of disasters such as major flooding, in its yet-to-be-patented technology unveiled today.…

UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:24:07 GMT

Rushed proposal opens rift in internet giants' club

Exclusive London Internet Exchange (LINX) – Europe's major internet traffic hub – faces a growing backlash over changes to its rules that would gag its directors applying secret government orders to monitor networks, under Britain's Investigatory Powers Act.…

nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:51:33 GMT

In theory this should mean ISPs offer faster plans for fewer dollars

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced changes to the network capacity charge (CVC) it charges internet service providers.…

Google yanks workers from ISP outfit, it's THE FIBER COUNTDOWN

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:58:09 GMT

Will things ever be the same again?

Google is once again pulling resources out of its Fiber network venture – this time it's employees.…

Why I had to sue the FCC – VoIP granddaddy Dan Berninger

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:11:08 GMT

It's life or death, says guru unhappy with net neutrality regulations

Interview One of the grandaddies of VoIP is taking America's comms watchdog, the FCC, to the US Supreme Court over net neutrality – and he's told us why.…

Virgin Media swallows 215,000 new fibre customers in Blighty

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:42:10 GMT

UK broadband biz posts unexciting results

Revenue at Virgin Media rose 1 per cent to £1,227m for its fourth quarter results, with the firm having also signed up 215,000 more users to its £3bn Project Lighting network expansion.…

Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:07:53 GMT

Exhausted with never-ending internet exhaustion

You may have heard this before, but we are really, really running out of public IPv4 addresses.…

Hutchison's 3UK and Google push 3.5 GHz on both sides of the pond

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:35:10 GMT

Broaderband fight

Analysis Some are talking about 3.5 GHz as a 5G band, but Hutchison’s deal to acquire UK Broadband to bolster its 3UK arm is all about the good old fight for LTE spectrum.…

Cheer up, pal: UK mobe networks are now 8% less crap, tests show

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:58:03 GMT

At data, EE leads, Voda fails

Real-world mobile network performance monitor RootMetrics reckons the reliability of the UK’s mobile networks improved eight per cent in the last six months of 2016.…

Remote unauthenticated OS re-install is a feature, not a bug, says Cisco

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:03:05 GMT

If you think bad guys could abuse the Smart Install protocol, just turn it off

Cisco's taken umbrage at accusations that its Smart Install (SMI) protocol is vulnerable to abuse.…