Articles about Comms

Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

In the latest of a series of implausibly appalling statements, Republican presidential nightmare Donald Trump encouraged the Russian government to hack into the servers of US government officials in order to provide him political ammunition against his Democratic rival. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jul 2016
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Ofcom: Legal separation will force Openreach to eat more fibre

Sharon White, the boss of UK comms watchdog Ofcom, hopes plans to legally separate Openreach from BT will force it to increase its investment of two million fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections over the next four years. White was speaking at a briefing following the announcement by the regulator this morning that Openreach …
Kat Hall, 26 Jul 2016
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Openreach to split from BT... so they'll be 'Legally Separate'

UK comms regulator Ofcom has said today Openreach must become a "legally" separate company from BT – with its own independent board – under plans to reform the former state monopoly's infrastructure division. In February, Ofcom identified serious failings with BT's ownership model of Openreach. However, it stopped short of …
Kat Hall, 26 Jul 2016

How to make the move from ISDN to SIP

ISDN is fast becoming a technology of the past. Today's telcos have networks that bypass traditional telephony signalling technologies for IP networks: the hardest thing they do is present a “legacy” connection such as an analogue line or an ISDN connection to a customer, as layering a non-IP service on an IP network is non- …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Jul 2016

Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

Tomorrow UK comms watchdog Ofcom will announce its plans for strengthening Openreach’s independence from BT and creating a more competitive UK broadband market. That follows a damning report by MPs last week that warned if BT doesn't get its house in order and address its significant under-investment in Blighty's …
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
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We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

Dutch geosciences company Fugro has denied that the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been conducted in the wrong place. Reuters yesterday quoted Fugro figures as saying that the chosen search area assumes the plane met a sudden end, but that if the crew were awake the plane could have glided well beyond …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Logicalis: Top line shrinks as UK restructuring continues

Restructuring at Logicalis that weighed heavy on the integrator’s financials in recent times will be over and done with at some point before the, er, end of next February. Datatec, the London-listed parent of Logicalis and networking and comms distie Weston, today issued a heads up for first quarter trading ended June - sales …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2016
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Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

In 2009, I moved to Jersey to become the network and telecoms manager for a multinational company. It was tremendous fun, as I had a variety of kit to play with. I tended to favour the Mitel 3300 ICP range (still do, actually) that supported about half of our offices, and I did the various engineer courses and exams for the …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Jul 2016

Correction: There was no hangman's noose, claims Hyperloop countersuit ... it was a cowboy's lasso

An extraordinary fight at tube-travel company Hyperloop One has hit warp speed with a court filing filled with more wild claims. Faced with accusations of physical threats, financial mismanagement and nepotism in a lawsuit from its former CTO Brogan BamBrogan, the company's management has fired back with a 46-page cross- …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2016
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NTT slips into ITC cockpit at F1 legends McLaren

Notoriously secretive F1 team McLaren-Honda is set to race into the cloud with a worldwide tech partnership with Japanese teclo NTT Communications. Speaking to journalists at McLaren’s Woking HQ team, McLaren Technology Group chairman and CEO Ron Dennis said data and analytics played a key role in the McLaren operation. The …
Joe Fay, 08 Jul 2016
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Polycom bins Mitel for Siris

Polycom's planned $1.96bn sale to Mitel has been scrapped as the company plans a new merger agreement with Siris Capital. Following Elliott Management taking a stake in both businesses, the unified comms business announced plans to merge with Mitel three months ago. It will now pay Mitel a termination fee of $60m. The Siris …

Gartner: Brexit cluster-fsck has ballsed up our spending forecast

Tech spending forecasters at Gartner are all in a tizzy – Brexit and currency fluctuations are both to blame. At the start of this year, the crystal ball stroker estimated the industry would grow 0.5 per cent in 2016, then flip flopped and reduced this prediction by a full percentage point to $3.49 trillion, blaming the …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2016
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Comms intercept commish: There were some top secret orders

An oversight body has revealed that secretaries of state for the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have issued at least 23 secret orders to telecommunications companies on national security grounds since 2001. The Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) has today published its 55-page …
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SCC and Entanet haul in big hitters

A couple of senior hires showed up in the channel this week with Entanet bulking out its senior management line-up and SCC poaching a big hitter from infrastructure integrator Proact. Midlands-based SCC has hired James Wallis to run its public sector business, a function he performed at Proact. He was on gardening leave but …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2016
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Azzurri CEO quits, will walk out sometime in 'summer'

The CEO of Maintel-owned Azzurri Communications, Chris Jagusz, is quitting in the summer but the company's new owners haven’t specified the exact departure date. Cloudy comms integrator Azzurri was acquired by Maintel in April for £48.5m and so it was only a matter of time before the exec exited once the handover period was …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2016
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Cisco looks to LoRaWAN for IoT device connectivity

Cisco has anointed another industry alliance into its Internet of Things embrace, with LoRaWAN The company's added a LoRaWAN-capable gateway to its sprawling product set, a decision that its global marketing and corp comms veep Doug Webster explains lets service providers create networks of low-powered sensors – “devices and …

EU GDPR compliance still a thing for UK firms even after Brexit

BREXIT Many UK businesses will still face the burden of complying with recently introduced EU data protection rules even after Thursday's historic Brexit vote. UK businesses will be subject to the upcoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which comes into effect in April 2018, regardless of the EU Referendum result, …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2016
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Twilio IPO a success

There'll be champagne corks popping at cloudy comms firm Twilio after shares rose 71 per cent on the first day of trading. The company raised $150m after pricing its IPO at $15, but is currently trading at $25.67 a share, up $10.67 or 71 per cent. No doubt there'll be some profit taking at the end of the day, but it's a strong …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2016
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KCOM inks train deal

IT and comms provider KCOM has inked a deal with the Rail Settlement Plan to replace and manage a new suite of cloudy apps to improve ticketing services throughout the UK. The RSP provides a range of IT-based services to the Association of Train Operator Companies (ATOC). ® Piranha fish pattern illustration
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2016

CloudFlare apologizes for Telia screwing you over

Content delivery network CloudFlare has apologized in part for the massive outages its customers experienced yesterday, but placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of Tier 1 provider Telia. In a blog post, the company's Network Engineering Manager Jérôme Fleury put up a post-mortem of the incident – and of an incident a few …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2016
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Softlayer embiggens its cloud VMs

Softlayer has announced new and larger cloud VMs. Possibly to prevent easy spreadsheet comparisons between its cloud and rivals', SoftLayer has published specs of the new machines as images. Hence the JPG below. New Softlayer cloud VMs SoftLayer's new cloudy VM combinations All the cool kids these days offer sliders to …
Team Register, 17 Jun 2016
Police search

Your comms metadata is super-revealing but the law doesn't protect it

America's legal world needs to rethink what it considers people's private information so it can get a grip on today's spying techniques. Stemming from 1970s telephone laws, communications metadata – which details who you talk to, when and where etc – is considered by the courts to be separate from the actual contents of your …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jun 2016
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Boffins send encrypted quantum messages to spaaaace – and back

It may be possible to send quantum-encrypted messages through space, after physicists showed a beam of light sent to a satellite could return to Earth with its quantum properties intact, according to new research published in Physical Review Letters. Quantum cryptography relies on the properties of quantum mechanics to encode …
Katyanna Quach, 08 Jun 2016

SCC blows up tech sevices balloon, fiscal '16 profits swell

‘Thank god for our IT services biz’ might be the general sentiment expressed by top brass at SCC after another year when the shelf life for firms reselling hardware and software got a little shorter. Services might not be coming good for all IT vendors - for that see the gloom at some of the majors - but they accounted for the …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2016

Outsourcery: We've had offers for our assets (and, er, shareholders might get nothing)

Investors in beleaguered cloud biz Outsourcery may well take a bath after the company confirmed it is in talks with suitors who made offers for its assets that will leave them little or no return. The Manchester-based biz, set up by former Dragon Den's luvvie Piers Linney, revealed in April it was again running out of cash and …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2016
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UK Home Sec makes concessions to please Snoopers' Charter opposition

IPB As Britain's Snoopers' Charter approaches its highest hurdle yet in Parliament next week, Theresa May has made some concessions to its contested provisions, particularly those affecting privacy, sensitive professions, and access to medical records. The Home Secretary's concessions will provide some protections to MPs and …
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Chess makes another move, picks up Lanway

Chess has consumed Burnley-based infrastructure reseller Lanway for an undisclosed sum. The deal adds roughly £21m of top line revenues to Chess, certifications from HPE, Dell, and NetApp and roughly 100 heads to the the payroll. Typically, Chess tends to buy specific divisions at companies rather than the entire company …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2016

FCC swivels to online privacy, gets bitten in the ass by net neutrality

Analysis When America's comms watchdog the FCC passed its net neutrality rules despite an onslaught of criticism from telcos, the world rejoiced. But, as many of us noted at the time, the Open Internet Order was achieved through an imperfect approach: equating internet providers with phone companies by deciding they are Title II …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2016

Twilio (ask your dev) to IPO

One of Silicon Valley's so-called unicorns is going public. Comms company Twilio has filed IPO paperwork with US financial watchdog the SEC and is looking for $100m. It hasn't released the number of shares it intends to sell however, making it impossible to see how much the San Francisco-based upstart it seeking to value …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 May 2016
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Facebook adds new names to Telecom Infra Project

Facebook's Telecom Infra Project (TIP) has signed up a bunch of carriers and vendors. The TIP aims to spread the white-box with software-defined control plane approach used by Facebook's Open Compute Project to telco networks. When it launched back in February, TIP had members and some reference designs from Facebook, Intel …
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Twilio woos developers with add-on marketplace and SIM as a service

On day one of its SIGNAL Developer Conference in San Francisco, cloudy comms firm Twilio has announced a new marketplace for add-ons to its API and a new SIM-card-as-a-service offering to let IoT devices communicate via T‑Mobile. The add-ons marketplace, currently in beta, hosts 20 pieces of code that can be integrated by the …
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2016
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Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police

National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden has opined that last week's National Broadband Network (NBN) raids in Australia last week are a misuse of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) power. Snowden appeared via satellite link in the Australian city of Melbourne last night, live from Russia where he resides under …
Darren Pauli, 23 May 2016
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Australian Federal Police raid former comms minister's office

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has searched the offices of Senator Stephen Conroy, the former Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has issued a statement about the “raid” on Conroy's office. Shadow AG Mark Dreyfus has released a statement regarding the AFP …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2016
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US giant Ingram Micro snaps up little Brit Comms-care

Tech distributor Ingram Micro has snapped up UK channel services minnow Comms-care for an undisclosed sum. Comms-care sells maintenance services to resellers that can't provide services themselves. It has has 225 staff and 850 channel partners. For the full year ended 2015, Comms-care posted a revenue increase of 33 per cent …
Kat Hall, 18 May 2016

Smartmobes in spaaace: NASA deploys Android nanosats

NASA has deployed a couple of CubeSats using off-the-shelf smartphone tech which it hopes will "test out the potential for using a network of small, low-cost satellites to perform complex science missions". The "Nodes" nanosatellites were ejected from the International Space Station on 16 May, along with a further three …
Lester Haines, 18 May 2016
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Comms providers call on Ofcom to get tough on Openreach

Communications providers Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone have called on Ofcom to dramatically reform BT's Openreach in a "10 point plan" published today. The action plan published by membership body the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) follows a decision by Ofcom not to recommend a structural separation of Openreach …
Kat Hall, 16 May 2016
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Avanti beams at EE

Satellite comms biz Avanti has won a $29m (£20m) deal with EE to supply a satellite network. Under the deal it will provide communications in remote areas and additional network resilience. Mansoor Hanif, director of Radio Access Networks at EE, said the deal will enable the biz to deliver "a truly nationwide 4G network" to …
Kat Hall, 09 May 2016
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Vodafone changes mind, wants 700 MHz spectrum after all

Vodafone has put a half-billion-dollar offer to the Australian government for the 700 MHz spectrum it skipped in the government's 2013 spectrum auction. The company has told telecommunications industry newsletter Communications Day it wants to take the licenses for a shorter term than the auctioned spectrum – 11 years rather …

Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

+Pictures The remarkable engineering achievement of landing a rocket on a ship was repeated for a second time earlier today – and under more difficult circumstances. While delivering a comms satellite to a geosynchronous orbit at 22,000 miles above the Earth, SpaceX succeeded in landing the lower stage of the rocket safely on its barge …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 May 2016
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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

Waking up to a phone call in the wee small hours of the morning is almost never good. It’s usually a wrong number, a drunk ex wanting to talk, or the news that someone has died. When NASA's Kepler space telescope mission manager Charlie Sobeck was woken by ringing at 0125 on April 8, it was close to the latter. The Kepler …
Iain Thomson, 04 May 2016
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FCC 126MHz 5G auction

The FCC says that it will be able to offer 126MHz of spectrum space to US cell networks in its upcoming auction. The American comms regulator set the target with a planned May 31 start date for the auction, in which wireless carriers will bid on spectrum space previously used by TV stations for over-the-air broadcasts. The …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2016
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Cloud gear biz Outsourcery is running out of cash. Again

Misfiring AIM-listed cloud provider Outsourcery appears to be running out of runway. Sales still haven’t matched the predicted highs, cash flow is drying up again and a crash seems possible. The purveyor of infrastructure, software and unified comms clouds has pre-announced its calendar year 2015 results, with revenue up nine …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2016

Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

Dutch firm Ennetcom has pulled its systems offline following a bust by police and accusations that its encryption technology was being abused as a communications network by drug dealers. Police have seized servers in the Netherlands, and Canada is dismantling what local reports describe as a PGP-based comms network. The …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2016
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Swallow flies into Logicalis UK exec nest

Logicalis has sworn in acting UK boss Bob Swallow as the permanent MD, vowing to fill the other seats in the senior management team next month. Swallow moved to the Slough-based system integrator last summer, first as a contractor to restructure sales for the Cisco team and then as sales director from November. The man has …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2016

US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

America's flagship news program 60 Minutes has demonstrated how to "hack" a US congressman's smartphone. One little thing to bear in mind about this incredible scoop: the vulnerability has been in circulation since 2014 ... and it requires high-level access to global phone networks. House representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) loaned …
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2016

Mitel nabs Polycom in $1.96bn deal

Elliott Management has struck again: Mitel has agreed to cough $1.96bn for bigger unified comms rival Polycom some months after the activist investor took a stake in both businesses and started the match-making. The $23bn hedge fund took a 6.6 per cent stake in Polycom and 9.6 per cent in Mitel in October and was calling for …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2016
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What's this about Canada reading your BlackBerry texts?

Reg Water Cooler – What's this about the Canadian Mounties hacking millions of BlackBerry messages or some crazy moose doodie like that? It's been reported today that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (aka Mounties, aka Poutine Po-Po) obtained a global decryption key for BlackBerry phones in 2010, and that they used the key to read intercepted …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2016
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Porsche hires accountant

Porsche has plucked a Gartner car specialist for its digital mobility push. Thilo Koslowski was a Silicon Valley-based veep and practise leader for the automotive, vehicle info and comms tech unit at Gartner. Piranha fish pattern illustration
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2016
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Facebook open-sources city-wide WiGig internet comms, phone masts

Facebook's quest to connect the remaining four billion people on the planet without internet access up to Facebook the web is a huge task. On Thursday, Facebook showed off its open-source telecommunications tech that it hopes will get unconnected folks connected, and give those of us already on the internet a smoother ride. …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2016
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Breaking down more IT technobabble: 'Unified' comms... say what now?

Business occurs everywhere, all day long. In the Western world, organisations where every member of a business shows up at a single premises, does work to a fixed set of hours and only deals with customers that enter the premises is quaint to the point of nearly extinct. Even in "Ma and Pa" shops, where you could reasonably …
Trevor Pott, 13 Apr 2016