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FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:02:36 GMT

US regulator won't pretend that mobile networks are equivalent to landlines

Analysis America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed.…

Take a bow, TalkTalk, Post Office, Vodafone! You win most-whinged-about telcos award

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:09:04 GMT

Regulator figures show Sky, Tesco users as most content

TalkTalk, Post Office and Vodafone were the most-complained-about telecoms service providers in the UK between July and September 2017, according to an Ofcom report released today.…

Poison ping pong prompts patch from Cisco

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:59:07 GMT

Switchzilla has fixes for appliances, voice portal, Nexus switch OS

Cisco admins, it's your weekly patch notice.…

Google's 'QUIC' TCP alternative slow to excite anyone outside Google

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:03:10 GMT

Multiplexing-over-UDP idea has hit the standards track, but is mostly ignored

Google's contribution to Internet standards, the fast-than-TCP thanks to multiplexing QUIC protocol, has yet to extend much beyond the Chocolate Factory, according to a German report into its adoption.…

Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:04:13 GMT

South America, Europe and Asia get pipes, DCs for Finland, Honkers and Hollywood

Google has made more investments in submarine cables, sinking money into three due to come online in 2019.…

Lenovo inherited a switch authentication bypass – from Nortel

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:58:26 GMT

A long time ago, in a company far, far away …

Lenovo has patched an ancient vulnerability in switches that it acquired along with IBM's hardware businesses and which Big Blue itself acquired when it slurped parts of Nortel.…

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:58:11 GMT

Router vendors sling firmware to protect users from packet floods

Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices.…

ITU aims to to keep the radio on with new satellite regulation fees

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:01:51 GMT

Keeping geostationary sats chatting is simple. Low-Earth sats need more brains

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will next week discuss changes to satellite constellation regulation and fees, an effort needed to keep space useful for communications…

Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:32:13 GMT

This is Switchzilla’s kit-plus-cloud plan in action

Cisco has switched on latent features in its recent campus and office routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic.…

Juniper scores dubious honour of owning CVE-2018-0001

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 01:58:05 GMT

Ten bug-berries fall from the bush, including the return of 2003's Etherleak

Juniper Networks, come on down: you have won the dubious honour of being responsible for CVE-2018-0001.…

Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:28:03 GMT

But a big question remains: how fast will it actually be?

Analysis President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders aimed at pushing broadband internet into more remote parts of the US, capping a multi-year effort to get America online.…

Parliamentary 'puters made 30k tries to procure pr0nz last year

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:32:08 GMT

Staffers, 'guests' are also on network, mutters spokesbod

The Houses of Parliament's network was used to access pornographic material 30,876 times from March to October, it was revealed today.…

Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 04:02:08 GMT

'ARTEMIS' spots bad deliberately rotten routes and sets things to rights

The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is one of the Internet's basic pieces of plumbing technologies, but it's also so old it was designed before the security needs of a multi-billion-user network were understood.…

LEDE and OpenWRT kiss and make up

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:05:40 GMT

Newly re-merged open router project goes live

The OpenWRT and LEDE open router projects have merged and promised a major release in the coming months.…

EEk! Mobe network's customer services down for more than 24 hours

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:59:04 GMT

Users can't pay bills or report phones lost in NYE revelry

Mobile network EE has had a poor start to 2018 – their customer service data centre has been down since yesterday.…

To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:39:13 GMT

If you are without phone coverage over the holidays, we are to blame... possibly

We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the residents of Puerto Rico, and especially those who will not have cell phone coverage over Christmas.…

We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:18:09 GMT

Analysts predict 400 million users by 2022

The first standards for 5G have been agreed, meaning industry can press ahead with next-gen speeds.…

Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:05:05 GMT

As if commuters in Big Smoke don't have enough to put up with...

Transport for London has inked an £80m deal with outsourcing giant Capita to provide Wide Area Network services in the UK capital.…

Sea-Me-We 3 cable down, again, Oz-Asia traffic slows down

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:55:14 GMT

Packets will route around the damage until January

The fragile Sea-Me-We 3 cable that provides one of Australia's primary connections to Asia is out of action and awaiting repair.…

Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019: LMFAO cu l8r

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:09:13 GMT

New rules to help you break things off within single day. Cold

Mobile users will be able to divorce their providers by text within a single working day, thanks to new Ofcom rules announced today.…

A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:32:10 GMT

Some 4% of properties trundle below 10Mbps

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mbps, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom.…

BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:14:06 GMT

Intended to boost former state monopoly's 'ailing TV service'

BT and Sky have set aside their long-running feud and signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms in the UK.…

Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:02:11 GMT

Serverless functions running on a set-top box could be a thing before long

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts.…

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:28:08 GMT

Shut your whining, it's going to be great

Analysis The FCC voted 3-2 Thursday morning to get rid of net neutrality rules.…

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:39:25 GMT

Watchdog's clown, er, chairman debases policymaking in the United States

Despite the clearly stated and serious concerns of a broad cross-section of industry and society, on Thursday morning a mocking, preening excuse of a regulatory chairman tore down US rules that ensured content over the internet was kept free from manipulation by companies that sell access to the global network.…

EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:35:06 GMT

You guys OK with paper print-outs for the next eight months?

EE Business Broadband customers will have to make do with old-fashioned paper print-outs for the next eight months because the UK firm's online portal is down.…

IETF protects privacy and helps net neutrality with DNS over HTTPS

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:04:06 GMT

Yes, this really is called DOH, but this one's far from a face palm

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken the first steps towards a better way of protecting users' DNS queries and incidentally made a useful contribution to making neutrality part of the 'net's infrastructure instead of the plaything of ISPs.…

nbn™tries to ease peak hour crunch with cheaper bundles

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:09:08 GMT

50 Mbps / 100 Mbps now bundle CVC capacity

nbn™ has announced new wholesale bundles it hopes will overcome the despised peak-hour crush: a 50 Mbps access product with 2 Mbps of CVC traffic in the bundle; and a 100 Mbps access product with 2.5 Mbps of CVC.…

FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:00:13 GMT

echo "Bot herders will love"; cat /etc/passwd #

AT&T's DirecTV wireless kit has an embarrassing vulnerability in its firmware that can be trivially exploited by miscreants and malware to install hidden backdoors on the home network equipment, according to a security researcher.…

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:28:14 GMT

Metaphor wrought in flesh

An experiment by staff at UK ISP Andrews & Arnold has redefined the meaning of a fibre connection by showing that a piece of wet string can handle ADSL.…

'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:02:14 GMT

Google, Facebook and Microsoft routed through PutinGrad, for no good reason

A Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing incident saw a bunch of high-profile Internet destinations mis-routed through Russia on Tuesday, US time.…

Lights, camera, 802.11ax-ion!

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:02:13 GMT

Marvell claims it'll have the first chipsets for new 10G WiFi ready for products in H2 2018

Chip-maker Marvell has claimed it will be the first to offer WiFi chipsets that bring the 802.11ax standard to the world.…

India sets up second new CERT in a year, this time for government

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:01:05 GMT

Seeing as India has biometric national ID, this seems like a pretty sensible idea

India has decided it needs a third computer emergency response team, to protect government digital services.…

What network neutrality madness has happened today? Take a big breath

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:37:28 GMT

And we'll explain: Epic trolling, online pressure, window-dressing, serious wonk writing

It may have escaped your notice but America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, will vote on Thursday on a provision that would effectively undermine net neutrality protections in the US. People are – and this may shock you – not happy about it.…

Juniper squeezes vulns that allow total p0wnage

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:03:13 GMT

NorthStar WAN SDN Controller has 28 nasties, half a dozen critical

Juniper admins using the company's NorthStar WAN SDN Controller Application, hop to it: the company's just dropped fixes to 28 security vulnerabilities.…

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel flawed net neutrality vote

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:28:33 GMT

Technologists publish open letter warning about "imminent threat" to internet

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing that it is based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology."…

Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:05:10 GMT

Suffering residents have an 8-hour wait for 45 minutes of telly

A street in Suffolk has been revealed as the slowest area in Blighty for broadband, where residents have to wait a painful eight hours to download just 45 minutes of telly.…

Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:20:37 GMT

But… aren't you… supposed…aaargh… Pai!

One of the US government's top regulators has warned that her department is in no position to take on the mantle of protecting the open internet if its sister organization, the FCC, votes on repealing net neutrality regulations later this month.…

Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:56:11 GMT

Not so bad, is it?

Real world performance gleaned from thousands of British mobiles sheds light on how LTE in the boondocks performs outside major urban areas. And it may not be as bad as you think.…

Google pushed update that broke managed Chromebooks' Wi-Fi

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:02:10 GMT

Schools left without Wi-Fi! How will the kids learn?

A Google slip-up left educators scratching their heads after schools' Chromebooks developed mass wireless network SSID amnesia.…

nbn™ chair Ziggy Switkowski says HFC remediation mess is business as usual

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:49:33 GMT

'Every time we launch a new platform we got through processes learning how to do it well'

nbn™ chairman Ziggy Switkowski last night told a Senate Estimates hearing that problems with the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) network it bought from Telstra first emerged in July.…

EE drops packets but retains UK network champ's title

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:36:10 GMT

Surprise findings

EE’s dominance as the best-performing UK mobile network has one or two surprising short comings in the No.1’s performance. Real-world data suggests Vodafone has the best network for 4G packet loss and EE the worst.…

Storage and network prodder Virtual Instruments climbs up stack to apps

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:25:10 GMT

Says VirtualWisdom makes it wiser about apps

Virtual Instruments has said it is getting more application-centric with its v5.4 release of VirtualWisdom, its infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform, which builds on its Xangati acquisition.…

China reboots internet conference with keynote from Cook

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:22:36 GMT

Apple CEO lends credibility, kills VPN apps

China's efforts to reboot an annual internet conference have received a big boost with a keynote from Apple CEO Tim Cook and the attendance of Google CEO Sundar Pichai.…

Sprint calls out Charter with chat-patent sueball

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:07:36 GMT

Once more, into the VoIP

Stop us if you've heard this one; two telecoms heavyweights are headed to court over allegations of patent infringement.…

Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:46:07 GMT

Tackles former state monopoly's 'significant market power'

Ofcom wants to slap new measures on BT to prevent it from undercutting rivals investing in super and ultrafast broadband.…

Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:31:09 GMT

El Reg dives into global DNS split threat

Analysis Russia is intending to set up its "own internet" according to a number of Russian news sources citing a document signed by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month.…

Nokia 'not currently' talking about nor arranging Juniper buy

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:55:07 GMT

Note the 'currently' because something just made the Gin Palace's shares pop 20 per cent

Nokia Networks has denied a rumour that it's planning to make an offer for Juniper Networks.…

Max Schrems launches privacy NGO, wins €60k within first 24 hours

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:41:12 GMT

'None of Your Business' to help bring consumer cases to court

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems is crowdfunding a nonprofit that will bring consumer privacy cases to court in a bid to enforce European data protection laws.…

Can't wait for 5G? Don't then, Gigabit LTE will be around for ages

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:26:05 GMT

Yes, it's real

While 5G suffers the usual, protracted birth pangs, unfashionable Gigabit LTE is going to be how your mobile bits are delivered for ages.…