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Blighty third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:42:29 GMT

Openreach stuck on upgrading legacy copper-based network

The UK has been ranked the third-worst country in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) coverage, according to a comprehensive study of speeds from 28 countries across the continent.…

Fog lifts as standards bodies agree on fog compute interoperability

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:55:12 GMT

ETSI and OpenFog agree not to disagree, or overlap

Telcos looking at “fog computing” will have fewer standards to contemplate if a cooperation between the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the OpenFog Consortium delivers on its promise.…

The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:02:10 GMT

Two other big brands, Sky and BT, also in the naughty corner

Beleaguered ISP TalkTalk has once again been named worst UK internet provider in a biannual survey of providers by consumer charity Which?…

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:28:08 GMT

In 2018 'MAREA' will move ads and Azure from USA to Spain at 160 terabits per second

Construction of Microsoft and Facebook's jointly-funded submarine cable has ended.…

Nothing to see here, folks, literally... Citrix mysteriously pulls NetScaler downloads

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:44:26 GMT

Builds yanked offline for a week in bug riddle

Citrix has temporarily suspended its NetScaler downloads due to an unspecified, and possibly security-related, issue.…

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:02:14 GMT

Roles yet to be filled

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms outfit O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator.…

Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:54:09 GMT

Also wants to extend consumer protection to cover more broadband services

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is to introduce a series of measures to clamp down on providers' handling of nuisance calls, billing accuracy, general complaints handling and support for vulnerable customers.…

Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:44:05 GMT

Joins Three in telling Ofcom: See you in court

EE has officially launched its legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum proposals, a move prompted by Three's judicial review formally submitted earlier this month.…

Cisco's John Chambers to quit as exec chair

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:24:09 GMT

Southern drawler to fly off into sunset on back of a drone

Cisco's exec chair and former CEO of 20 years, John Chambers, will not stand for re-election to the board of directors in December.…

Sprint CEO straight out accuses Verizon counterpart of LYING

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:34:17 GMT

IN ALL CAPS, no less

It has long been a frustrating marketing ploy pushed by mobile phone operators: claiming that they offer better network coverage and speeds than their competitors.…

How to stop Facebook and Apple taking over the mobile phone industry

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:33:11 GMT

Streaming operating systems, virtualizing base stations

Cloudflare Internet Summit At the launch of the Mobile World Congress earlier this week, the mobile industry begrudgingly accepted that tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Google were increasingly influencing its business.…

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:26:08 GMT, .uk, ... nope

Customers of 123-Reg are experiencing a familiar feeling of annoyance, this time over a decision to automatically register them for .UK domains, which they will then have to pay for after two years.…

Chirpy, chirpy, cheap, cheap: Printable IoT radios for 10 cents each

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:20:07 GMT

Backscatter boffins get Things talking over kilometres

One of the favoured low-power radio techniques in Internet of Things research is “backscatter communications”: the transmitter sends a signal to a Thing, and the Thing modulates its data onto the reflection, and that's then decoded by a receiver.…

Boffins' satcomms rig uses earthly LEDs to talk to orbiting PV panels

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:56:09 GMT

Lasers are too pricy, so we're using BLINKENLIGHTS instead

As low-cost satellites become more common, researchers are turning their attention to improving their communications capabilities without adding crushing costs.…

Chill out about net neutrality, says FCC head, because mobile phones are great

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:47:50 GMT

All just part of a broader strategy

Mobile World Congress The head of America's telecom watchdog the FCC, Ajit Pai, didn't mention net neutrality by name once during his keynote at the Mobile World Congress in San Francisco.…

Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:38:13 GMT

What councils spend it on is another matter

The government has clawed back £645m from BT under its state-subsidised superfast broadband contracts tendered in 2012.…

Arista describes Cisco's IP defence in antitrust case as 'insane'

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:29:08 GMT

Judge mulls whether to dismiss suit after ITC ruling

Arista Networks has called its long-running patent dispute with Cisco "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane" in a hearing regarding an antitrust suit against Switchzilla.…

Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:33:07 GMT

Who needs sunlight when you've got Netflix?

Scottish pensioners are up in arms that Virgin Media has had the audacity to build a huge cabinet outside their homes in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, which is reported to be blocking their light.…

TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:04:00 GMT

Three reported to be 'interested' in a deal

Beleaguered UK comms provider TalkTalk is set to go against the received "wisdom" of having multiple services to flog as it plans to pull out of the mobile market entirely.…

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:32:06 GMT

In some cases fraudsters knew their mark's personal details

BT customers in the UK have been targeted by scammers in India – with one person reporting they were defrauded for thousands of pounds this week.…

Australia-to-Asia traffic slows as typhoons cut submarine cables

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:41:01 GMT

I've been to Bali, via California

Typhoons have broken four submarine cables in the crowded Asian sea-lanes, with a knock-on impact for Australian ISPs iiNet and Internode.…

Three challenges UK watchdog to a duel over mobile spectrum rules

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:04:57 GMT

Your move, EE

Brit mobile operator Three has formally filed its legal challenge to cap the forthcoming spectrum auction at 37 per cent, prompting fears that extra 4G airwave capacity and the rollout of 5G could be delayed.…

Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 05:03:07 GMT

Electronic Arts tech director thinks tech-agnostic developers can build better networks than slave-to-vendor NetAdmins

Fire your network administrators, hire developers instead, and stop expecting networking equipment vendors to provide anything more valuable than free lunches.… unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:51:25 GMT

Scatters £10m across country out of £200m pot

Government has revealed the first six areas in Blighty to trial speeds of 1Gbps in a £10m pilot, as previously revealed by The Register.…

nbn™ adds premises to FTTC, HFC, slims down FTTN build

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:46:45 GMT

Build will end in 2020, stay in the financial envelope.
We promise, really, truly

There's nothing wrong with fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), nothing at all – but nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has decided to move more than a million premises onto other technologies.…

DC court says Dish skirted rules in US airwave auction

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:08:11 GMT

No bid credits for sockpuppets, rules judge

A US Court of Appeals has upheld US broadband watchdog the FCC's decision to bar companies connected to satellite provider Dish Network from claiming discounts on their bids in a 2014 wireless spectrum auction.…

EE!? The sound customers make when the interwebz don't work

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:30:10 GMT

Broadband's out nationwide, say frustrated Twitter folk

EE broadband customers have been unable to get online this morning, due to what seems to be a major nationwide outage.…

India responds to internet shutdown criticism... by codifying rules to make it legal

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:38:35 GMT

Bureaucracy embraces removing communications for millions of people

The Indian government has responded to fierce criticism of its increasing use of internet shutdowns by codifying rules for when the extreme measure is allowed.…

Telcos waive bills during Houston hurricane recovery

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:55:01 GMT

Carriers say they're holding up – more flooding is likely

With Houston in the midst of severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, telcos say they are so far maintaining service and will help with emergency efforts by waiving service costs.…

Google routing blunder sent Japan's Internet dark on Friday

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 22:35:53 GMT

Another big BGP blunder

Last Friday, someone in Google fat-thumbed a border gateway protocol (BGP) advertisement and sent Japanese Internet traffic into a black hole.…

A LANnister always pays his subnets: Cisco hires Game of Thrones' Tyrion

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:29:22 GMT

Peter Dinklage takes Switchzilla's coin

Tech firms hiring famous folks to push their products are depressingly common – who can forget Lady Gaga promoting cables for Monster at CES? Now Cisco is going to hook onto the popularity of Game of Thrones to push its new grand plan.…

Dell, BT alchemists turn bog-standard HW/SW to flexible, open networks

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:35:12 GMT

Playing the disaggregation game

Analysis Dell EMC is supplying network switches to a proof-of-concept research project at BT Labs in Adastral Park, Suffolk.…

British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:01:06 GMT

See, it's not just Grant Shapps who gets it mixed up

Four in five Britons has experienced broadband molasses in the past year and most of us are also "bamboozled" by the terms that telcos use to peddle their wares at us, according to a survey.…

D-Link in Pluribus-powered white box play to target enterprise sales

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:02:08 GMT

Netvisor gets a crack at the consumer and SME channel in new 54-port switch

D-Link has decided that white-box open networking might just be its ticket out of the consumer and small business ghettos, and into the rich enterprise market.…

Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:46:07 GMT

The DNS signing keys are changing for the first time

The world's internet providers and sysadmins need to make sure they are running up-to-date software or they risk cutting their customers off from the internet in October, DNS overseer ICANN has warned.…

Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:08:38 GMT

*By 'unlimited' they mean 'significantly limited'

US telecom goliath Verizon has replaced its single unlimited phone plan with four new options that all throttle video and bandwidth.…

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:52:05 GMT

Not looking good for cheesed off customers

Updated Virgin Media is seemingly suffering a series of outages accross the country, with aggrieved customers using alternate methods to air their ire at the telco.…

Who needs 5G? Qualcomm, Ericsson and Verizon hit 1Gbps with LTE gear

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:14:20 GMT

Trio squeezes a bit more life out of current-gen broadband standard

A group of researchers working for Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm say they have hit a record 1.07Gbps download rate with LTE hardware.…

Why does the market care so much about Cisco's security biz?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:32:44 GMT

In the land of decline, sustainable growth is king

Analysis Like many enterprise tech dinosaurs, Cisco has clutched at new lines of revenue for some time, positioning its security arm as the centrepiece of a long-talked-about reinvention as a software biz.…

Vodafone customers moan about sluggish data abroad

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:35:10 GMT

No, non, nein says Brit telco's marketing bods, 'we don't throttle'

Vodafone customers are complaining their data is being throttled while on hols, with supposedly 4G services dropping to sluggish speeds of 2Mbps.…

UK industry mouthpiece wants 'near-universal' broadband speeds of 30Mbps by 2020

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:03:10 GMT

Says gov needs to 'collaborate' with industry. Now there's a surprise...

Industry mouthpiece techUK has thrown its tuppence into the debate around what Blighty's communications infrastructure should look like in 2020, calling for "near-universal" superfast broadband of 30Mbps.…

South London: Rats! The rodents have killed the internet

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:28:37 GMT

Murine mouths mangle broadband - outage hits Gnaw-wood...

Giant cable-nomming rodents have caused "extensive damage" in South London by chewing through fibre, leaving customers without broadband since last night.…

Brit folk STILL not getting advertised broadband speeds – survey

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:56:38 GMT

The faster the claim, the bigger the disappointment

UK households only hit their advertised broadband speeds 58 per cent of the time, according to a survey from consumer group Which?…

London 'not-spots' look out! Mayor wants team to tackle crap signal

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:11:10 GMT

Also appears to take credit for 4G-on-Tube plans

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants to deploy a "not-spot" team to tackle poor connectivity in the capital, under plans unveiled today which include re-announcing 4G on the underground for 2019.…

Brits look at Google and Facebook every 210 seconds, says survey

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:01:13 GMT

Go on, count them. Bet you can't resist now we've said that

Ad companies Facebook and Google slurp one in every 3½ minutes that Britons spend online, according to a survey.…

Big Switch, HPE, in 'You complete me. No, you complete me' tryst

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:07:52 GMT

Dell's still got more network OS options, but as anyone who remembers NetWare vs. NT can tell you, a NOS war is fun

Big Switch Networks and HPE have buddied up to push other's stuff and the concept of open networking.…

Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:04:12 GMT

Behind Bulgaria and Romania. But spare a thought for Yemen

Broadband in Blighty ranks 31st in the world, with average speeds of 16.51Mbps, according to a comprehensive analysis.…

Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:21:17 GMT

IETF considering making a new .onion

A proposal to tightly lock down localhost as a reserved top-level domain name has bubbled up to the surface again at the Internet Engineering Task Force.…

Internet's backroom boffins' big brainwave: Put people first in future

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 21:06:20 GMT

IETF draft hopes to balance netizens' needs and corporate interests in future standards

The Internet Engineering Task Force is being asked to formally adopt its informal philosophy that when it comes to new standards and protocols, end users' needs must come first.…

Another slice of Brocade carved off: Mavenir buys packet core business

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:02:11 GMT

Only the smile remained

Pretty much the last bits of Brocade have been sold, with the news that Mavenir Systems has slurped the networking company's virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) product range, intellectual property, and development lab.…