Networks

Bluetooth makes a mesh of itself with new spec

Fri, 2017-07-21 03:58
Up to 32,000 nodes without routers in the middle and battery life measured in years

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released the spec for Bluetooth Mesh, a many-to-many extension of the technology.…

UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

Thu, 2017-07-20 12:41
Any, sorry, many ports in a storm...

Comment  Problems with the way the UK has implemented mobile phone call routing are emerging as an architecture designed for a small volume of calls struggles under the weight of usage.…

Deutsche Telekom G.fast demo pushes G.Fast faster, further

Thu, 2017-07-20 05:05
Interview: Sckipio explains what carriers will like about cDTA

Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN have showed off an emerging G.Fast technology called cDTA which, along with 212 MHz carrier spectrum, ramps system performance well into the gigabit range.…

TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk

Wed, 2017-07-19 12:13
Will 'engage practically' with former BT arm

Sales at broadband provider TalkTalk dropped by 3 per cent in the company's first quarter, with an extra 20,000 new customers failing to offset the drop.…

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3, 4G: Tube comms trials for emergency crews

Wed, 2017-07-19 08:58
But bosses can't promise it will be fully complete on time

Transport for London has tentatively started testing 4G on the Tube for emergency services. TfL's CTO said he was not "absolutely confident" it would be complete by January, 2019, however.…

5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world

Tue, 2017-07-18 11:04
To succeed, operators need fibre, NFV, legacy kit and radio

Analysis  When an executive from Nokia, of all companies, said 5G was as much about fibre as wireless, it was clear this was going to be different from previous mobile standards generations. 5G will not be driven by mobile broadband speeds as 4G was.…

Thanks for U-turning on biz-killing ban, Ofcom – now cough up, say GSM gateway bods

Tue, 2017-07-18 09:37
Regulator given compo demands for tens of millions

A former GSM gateway operator is threatening to reactivate a £20m legal claim against Ofcom after the regulator's past policies killed his company, according to documents seen by The Register.…

UK's Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

Tue, 2017-07-18 08:48
Friendly near-monopoly wants to work with industry, honest

Openreach has launched a consultation seeking input from industry to create "full fibre" broadband in Blighty - part of its new cuddly, collaborative approach post legal separation from BT.…

Multi-gig broadband spec passes interop test at Verizon

Mon, 2017-07-17 00:59
Five vendors help virtualise access network functions

Verizon is ramping up its multi-gigabit optical broadband work with interop tests for its implementation of the OpenOMCI specification.…

Cisco gobbles up security cloud upstart Observable Networks

Thu, 2017-07-13 19:44
Switchzilla needs its five startups a day

Cisco hopes to boost its enterprise security gear by snapping up real-time network behavior monitoring startup Observable Networks.…

Ofcom creates watchdog specifically to make sure Openreach is behaving

Thu, 2017-07-13 13:19
'We're watching you,' warns regulator

Regulator Ofcom has created a dedicated Openreach Monitoring Unit, in a move reminiscent of the naughty kid at school being forced to sit next to the teacher.…

Juniper admins: Grab your bug-zappers and load 22 rounds

Thu, 2017-07-13 03:03
Patch flood includes fix for hard-coded creds and access-all-areas XSS firewall flaw

Juniper Networks has released 22 patches and security notices.…

Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

Tue, 2017-07-11 12:18
Full transition to take four years

Openreach has finally started removing BT's logo from its 22,000 vans, "unveiling its new branding" four months after the former state monopoly agreed to a legal separation of its broadband division.…

European Telecoms Standards Institute emits mobile edge APIs

Mon, 2017-07-10 05:58
Mobile base stations have compute. These APIs will let you tap it

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has unveiled the first APIs created under its Multi-Access Edge Computing project.…

Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

Fri, 2017-07-07 21:04
Old-skool addresses worth about $400,000 at auction

Collapsed retail store RadioShack will auction off its public IPv4 addresses as part of its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.…

Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

Fri, 2017-07-07 12:31
Borough councils hit due to a 'fibre break'

A London-wide Virgin Media outage caused by a "fibre break" has left business customers across the capital without broadband - including a number of borough councils.…

Gov hands £16m to universities for 5G test

Fri, 2017-07-07 12:29
Part of £700m investment pot that will also go on 'full fibre'

The government has handed £16m to King's College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol to test 5G technology.…

Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's <i>Watchdog</i>

Wed, 2017-07-05 13:34
And staff on chopping block unhappy with internal comms

Virgin Media has admitted it "fell short" in delivering broadband speeds ahead of a BBC Watchdog report due to air tonight which found customers in some areas receive 3 per cent of the 200Mbps speed they were originally sold.…

UK.gov tips £400m into digital investment pot

Mon, 2017-07-03 08:02
'Now you can watch Game of Thrones in peace'

The UK government has today launched its £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, aimed at boosting Blighty's full-fibre infrastructure.…

Virgin Media to close flagship Oxford St store in August

Fri, 2017-06-30 14:00
One of 30 branches to be shut due to 'shift to online'

Exclusive  Virgin Media has named the 30 branches scheduled to shut as part of plans to slash up to 250 jobs, including the closure of its flagship Oxford Street store in August.…