America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

Fri, 2018-05-25 22:38
And helps cable industry tackle scourge of streaming boxes

US airwaves watchdog the FCC has taken a lot of flak in the past year for its determined effort to roll back its own rules on net neutrality – but that issue aside, the federal regulator has its finger on the pulse of America in the internet era.…

Cisco admins: hold that IOS XR update while you get new firmware

Fri, 2018-05-25 06:55
Old components brick NCS 6000 cards after OS upgrade

Eight Cisco NCS 6000 line cards need firmware upgrades, after Switchzilla learned they could be bricked by an IOS XR upgrade.…

UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 MEELLION full fibre connections by 2025

Wed, 2018-05-23 11:58
Goal to be achieved not with government cash, but 'market conditions'

The UK's chief purse-strings-puller Philip Hammond has pledged 15 million premises will receive full-fibre broadband by 2025, in an apparent bid to boost Britain's fortunes post-Brexit.…

Senator Kennedy: Why I cast my Senate-busting vote for net neutrality

Tue, 2018-05-22 20:39
He's pro free market – but there isn't one among America's ISPs

The shocking lack of choice and competition in America's ISP market is why Senator John Kennedy crossed the aisle and voted for a repeal of the FCC's efforts to end net neutrality rules last week.…

Router admin? Bored? Let's play Battleships using BGP!

Tue, 2018-05-22 07:03
Protocol how-to turns into

Playing Battleships over the Border Gateway Protocol probably wasn't a scenario considered by the standard's authors, but UK blogger Ben "Jojo" Cox has explained how to do it.…

Qualcomm readies 60GHz goodies for Facebook's Terragraph

Tue, 2018-05-22 02:29
Also unveils silicon for 5G NR small cells, because big rigs will drown on traffic any year now

Qualcomm has backed Facebook's plan to take over the mobile network with its Terragraph project: the chip-designer has revealed it's prepping silicon for backhaul systems using today's 802.11ad and 11.ay in the future.…

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why

Mon, 2018-05-21 22:23
But one man has a stab at it

Stop us if you've heard this one before: the rollout of IPv6 is going slower than expected.…

Telstra's mobile networks go TOESUP* in national outage

Mon, 2018-05-21 02:41
That's 'Total Outage Ends Support for Usual Performance', natch

Telstra's mobile network experienced a nationwide outage on Monday morning, May 21st, 2018.…

Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

Fri, 2018-05-18 15:15
'An industry-leading approach'

The UK's first 3G network is to stop selling 3G-only devices, a move it says demonstrates how whizzy, modern and farsighted it is.…

Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

Fri, 2018-05-18 11:56
Oh dear, fewer than half of punters get what they paid for

ISPs are scrambling to tweak advertised broadband speeds as the great unwashed continue to receive services that are on average 51 per cent slower than they were led to expect, according to a Which? report.…

Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

Fri, 2018-05-18 04:57
In other nets news Qualcomm secures Wi-Fi, and mesh nets get a spec

Roundup  Earlier this year, The Register observed that the less-lame replacement for WPA2, WPA3, should start landing in user devices this year.…

1.5m Brits pay too much for mobile and crappy broadband – Ofcom

Thu, 2018-05-17 16:58
Wake up, people!

Around 1.5 million Brits are spending more than necessary by continuing to pay the same monthly fee for mobile phones after their contracts have expired.…

It was thought Carlisle couldn't be worse – then Virgin Media rocked up

Thu, 2018-05-17 11:20
ISP fined £385k for cable-laying chaos in northern border city

Virgin Media is facing a £385,000 fine after its cable expansion plans in the northwest of England wreaked havoc on the streets of Carlisle.…

Catalyst 9000 the - erm - catalyst for surging Cisco software sales

Thu, 2018-05-17 05:02
Switchzilla's switches outstripped by code

Are you sick of hearing about Cisco's transformation yet? Bad news, then: with its Q3 results in, the company's waving its “we're a software company now” flag so high we may have to drop the “Switchzilla” nickname.…

No new 3PAR weirdness found behind crashes at Australian Tax office

Thu, 2018-05-17 00:26
DXC report is in but Tax Office won't say if it will ever see the light of day

DXC’s report on the twin outages in HPE 3PAR storage arrays that disrupted web services at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has revealed nothing new about the incidents.…

nbn™ isn’t fixing HFC, it’s ‘optimising’ it

Wed, 2018-05-16 23:06
And seemingly just-about rebuilding it, too

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has revealed a little more about what it's doing to the hybrid fibre-coax networks it uses for some retail customers.…

Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

Wed, 2018-05-16 20:54
Internet address industry given one week to introduce unfinished GDRP policy

Thousands of internet registries and registrars will have just one week to overhaul their customer databases to fit with a policy that is still under development, or face ruinous fines.…

HPE to gobble software defined data fabric networking startup

Wed, 2018-05-16 14:43
Plexxi hoovered up for an undisclosed sum

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has agreed to slurp software-defined data fabric networking maker Plexxi for an undisclosed sum.…

BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

Wed, 2018-05-16 12:00
Puts best face on user biz after miserable results in enterprise

Still smarting from last week's dismal annual results, BT today made a raft of announcements for its consumer group, including a converged broadband and mobile network.…

Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

Tue, 2018-05-15 21:09
Democrats making a difference the only way they know how to

After weeks of teasing, Senate Democrats will finally take decisive action on bringing back net neutrality to America on Wednesday – by holding a pointless vote.…