Networks

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

Fri, 2017-09-22 11:02
Two other big brands, Sky and BT, also in the naughty corner

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

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

Fri, 2017-09-22 08:28
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, 2017-09-21 19:44
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, 2017-09-21 09:02
Roles yet to be filled

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms provider 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, 2017-09-19 14:54
Also wants to extend consumer protection to cover more broadband services

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, 2017-09-19 13:44
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, 2017-09-18 17:24
Southern belle to fly off into the sunset on the back of a drone

Cisco's exec chair and former CEO of ten-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, 2017-09-15 20:34
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, 2017-09-14 21:33
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, 2017-09-14 13:26
www.howaboutno.co.uk, .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, 2017-09-14 08:20
Backscatter boffins get Things talking over kilometres

One of the favourite 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 decoded by a receiver.…

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

Wed, 2017-09-13 04:56
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, 2017-09-12 23:47
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, 2017-09-11 09:38
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, 2017-09-08 13:29
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, 2017-09-07 14:33
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, 2017-09-06 16:04
Three reported to be 'interested' in a deal

Beleaguered 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, 2017-09-06 09:32
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

Wed, 2017-09-06 00:41
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 formally submits legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum rules

Tue, 2017-09-05 14:04
Your move, EE

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.…