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Alca-Lu clocks 300 Gbps over 10,000 km submarine cable

Get ready for more confusion about optical fibre speed and distance records: Alcatel-Lucent has announced a 300 Gbps, 10,000 km transmission on a submarine cable test-bed. The announcement, here, touts the test of a 300 Gbps modulation technology over 10,000 km using “second-generation coherent submarine” fibre. What's being …

Keep 'em coming, folks: Huawei snaps up Amartus SDN division

Chinese kit maker Huawei has snapped up the software-defined networking division of Irish software outfit Amartus. Zha Jun, president of Huawei’s fixed network products unit, said the deal is part of the company's strategy is to expand its cloud and network services. Amartus’ senior team and product staff will join Huawei, …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2015

Apple snuggles closer to IPv6

With the latest public betas of iOS 9 and the already-patched “El Capitan” OS X 10.11, Apple is leaning further towards IPv6. In a post to the IETF's v6ops mailing list, Apple CoreOS networking engineer David Schinazi says the new releases include a re-vamped version of the three-year-old Google-authored “Happy Eyeballs” RFC …

Twitter's Vine creeps into HD-quality vid – but it's not really for YOU, chump

Twitter has updated its snappy video-sharing app Vine with an HD-quality option for Apple iOS users. The company said in a short blog post that fanbois could now view the vids in HD simply by adjusting a setting via the "Your Content" menu on a user's profile page. Undoubtedly, the latest tweak to the six-second video service …
Team Register, 11 Jul 2015
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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

The NSA today revealed it has uploaded source code to GitHub to help IT admins lock down their networks of Linux machines. The open-source software is called the System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP). It is designed to make sure networks comply with US Department of Defense security standards, but the spy agency says it …
Iain Thomson, 9 Jul 2015
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Router cockup grounds United Airlines flights WORLDWIDE

A single dodgy router managed to crash the entire United Airlines computer network, leading to the cancellation of flights across the globe. See that long line, that's @united in Boise. see any other lines at other airlines? Nope, don't fly #UnitedAirlines pic.twitter.com/PnWRcGtPJM — Jeralyn Novak (@AgCommunicator) July 8, …
Iain Thomson, 8 Jul 2015

Cisco plays Victor Kiam to MaintenanceNet's Remington

Long-time Cisco US supplier MaintenanceNet has been assimilated, to help The Borg digitise its business processes. The acqui-hire's US$139 million price tag includes both cash and “retention incentives”, Cisco's Debbie Dunham says in the post announcing the transaction. Dunham, senior veep for Global Customer Success, writes …
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Cisco slings simoleons at software-defined networking biz 6Wind

As the John Chambers and Chuck Robbins worldwide roadshow grinds on, Cisco has dipped another tentative toe in the dangerous waters of bare metal switching, with an investment in Parisian software vendor 6Wind. 6Wind's key offering, the 6WINDGate packet processing software, is pitched at the bare metal market. The company name …
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Catalogic brings rank and file into line with copy data cleanup tool

Undisciplined file copy creation spreads like a weed across data centres. You can deal with the problem in two ways. Firstly, dump all your secondary data into a fresh storage silo that makes virtual copies for everyone that needs them. Or you can use a tool to check out your existing infrastructure, identify the copy dross, …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jul 2015
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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) can no longer satisfy requests for new IPv4 addresses and has started a waitlist for those who want more. ARIN warned, in early June, that “It is very likely that we are already processing a request that we will be unable to fulfill [sic].” On Monday this week it escalated the …
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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

US phone carrier Sprint is offering an unlimited data plan that carries one important caveat: throttled data rates for video. The carrier's All-In smartphone plan charges users $80 per month with no limit on voice or data usage. Streaming video, however, will be slowed to a crawl, thanks to a limit holding video to "3G" data …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jul 2015

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Updated A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it can share access to private Wi-Fi networks with the user's friends. higglty piggeltey that makes good sense Wi-Fi Sense has been on Windows Phone since 8.1 Those friends include their Outlook.com (nee Hotmail) contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, …
Simon Rockman, 30 Jun 2015

OpenDaylight's Hydrogen begets Helium begets Lithium

The OpenDaylight Foundation has announced what you could think of as its carrier-grade release, Lithium. Lithium follows (naturally enough) the Hydrogen and Helium releases, and covers security, automation, interoperability, scalability, and a bunch of new protocols. The new capabilities have a distinct telco flavour about them …

Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

Smart meters will cost as much as the Trident nuclear deterrent to implement, with the full cost of the scheme rising to £19bn, according to a government report. Total lifetime costs of the programme have now risen by £2bn since 2013, according to a report by the Major Projects Authority. In contrast, the Trident replacement …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015

Is that a FAT PIPE or are you just pleased to stream me? TERABIT fibre tested

Proximus and Huawei have successfully trialled a super-channel optical signal, flinging out information at up to one terabit per second (Tbps). Tech lothario Huawei shacked up with Belgian box-wrecker Proximus back in January. The pairing has now produced a single super-channel optical transport network (OTN) card with a …
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Australian government demands signoff on telco network designs

Australia's attorney-general has dropped some new telecommunications legislation designed to drag carrier networks into the orbit of the nation's top legal officer. The plans, announced last week, would give the government power to demand information about carriers' networks and order changes to networks, with a civil penalties …
Fiber optics

Boffins set networking record with marathon 12,000 km fiber data run

A group of university researchers claim to have developed a method to increase the data bandwidth of fiber optic cables by eliminating a barrier that has limited the maximum power at which optical signals can be sent. The team from University of California, San Diego said its method of adjusting the frequency of light signals …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jun 2015
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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

Facebook may be celebrating gay rights around the world today by encouraging its users to paint their profile photos with a rainbow-themed filter, but the firm will be less proud about its latest diversity report. That's because the company's workforce remains overwhelmingly white and male. Facebook's latest "diversity report …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2015
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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

+Poll The headlong rush into 5G is an unnecessary technology treadmill, or so the great and the good of the wireless world have concluded. Cambridge Wireless, a network which brings together senior players in the mobile industry, may have moved its annual shindig from the esteemed university to London's Emirates Stadium, but it …
Simon Rockman, 26 Jun 2015

MAC address privacy inches towards standardisation

The Internet Engineering Task Force's (IETF's) decision last year to push back against surveillance is bearing fruit, with the 'net boffins and the IEEE proclaiming successful MAC address privacy tests. While MAC address randomisation has been a feature of various clients (including Linux, Windows, Apple OSs and Android) for …

ICANN's leaving the nest, so when will it grow up?

Comment ICANN is 17 years old. It's about to be given the keys to its dad's car. And we are all going to have to take a ride with it every day. On June 30, 2016, ICANN, which oversees the global domain name service (DNS), will take over the IANA contract on a semi-permanent basis from the US government. The IANA contract means very …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jun 2015
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Juniper pals up with Ruckus Wireless, targets Cisco (again)

Juniper Networks is moving to fill out footprint in enterprise wireless access, signing a deal to integrate kit from Ruckus Wireless into its Ethernet switch range. The gin palace has long longed to compete with Cisco in the wireless market. It first tagged the segment as important back in 2003, while more recently dropped US$ …

Privacy advocates descend on proposed domain name change

A proposal to force domain name owners to reveals their true identity and address if their website is deemed "commercial" has set off a privacy storm. Under the proposal put forward by domain name overseer ICANN, any "registrants of websites engaged in active commerce" would not be entitled to use proxy services, which replace …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jun 2015

Understanding the network energy efficiency challenge

At the end of last week, the GreenTouch telco energy-efficiency consortium told a presumably-glittering event in New York that its five-year project to design more energy-efficient telecommunications has been a success. In fact, the group said, it reckons that if adopted, its approaches could improve mobile network efficiency by …
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Ubuntu scaling up VM addressability

Canonical is taking a shot at dealing with virtual machine address scaling problems, and reckons it can do so without resorting to software-defined network approaches. The company reckons its scheme, The Fan, gives “any cloud user 250x the number of addresses they would normally have access to in a cloud environment”. The …

It begins: Time Warner Cable first ISP accused of breaking America's net neutrality rules

The rules on net neutrality in the US are only ten days old, and the first accusation that a telco is breaking them has already been filed. The complainant is streaming company Commercial Network Services (CNS), which is claiming that Time Warner Cable (TWC) is violating the "no paid prioritization" and "no throttling" aspects …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2015

June 30, 2016: The day the US will hand over control of the internet

It is going to take until the end of June next year for the US government to formally hand over control of the top level of the internet. That’s according to the CEO of the organization that runs the IANA functions that keep the 'net glued together, and which is expected to take over the job on a more permanent basis. Speaking …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jun 2015
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Docker-ed vessel Portworx takes three Ocarina folk aboard

Startup Portworx is providing elastic scale-out block storage natively to Docker containers, so containerised apps can execute directly on the storage infrastructure and containers persisted and scheduled fluidly across machines and clouds. It says its PWX software product "enables the rapid deployment of stateful, distributed …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Giganto French telco merger: Altice makes eyes at Bouygues

Despite Margrethe Vestager – the EU’s anti-trust supremo – railing against telco mergers earlier this month, French mega-company Altice has made a €10bn bid for the telco part of rival Bouygues. Altice has made the bid thorough Numericable-SFR, formed when Numerical bought the SFR network from Vivendi last year for €17bn. A …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

Taylor Swift has come out swinging against Apple's "shocking" decision not to pay musicians or composers a penny during a three-month music-streaming trial period. The pop star took to her Tumblr account today to confirm that she would be withholding her album – 1989 – from Apple Music to show her support for young songwriters …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2015
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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

It's now been three years since Julian Assange slipped into the Ecuadorian embassy claiming political asylum, and now the president of the Ecuador has said he's welcome to stay for the rest of his life if need be. Ecuador's president Rafael Correa said Assange hadn't overstayed his welcome, but that the situation could easily be …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2015

OK, forget DNS for a sec. Why not shift IP addresses and protocols away from Uncle Sam?

The director general of regional internet registry APNIC, Paul Wilson, has called for a staggered transition of the critical IANA contract away from the US government. Rather than be forced to wait until the controversial and complex issue of domain names is decided, Wilson proposes that the two other key elements of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jun 2015
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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

New York City authorities have thumped Verizon for apparently reneging on its promises to wire up the Big Apple with super-fast fiber internet. In 2008, the city signed a deal with Verizon in which the telco promised to give every resident access to a fiber-optic broadband connection by July 2014. In return, the city reduced the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2015

US govt: Am I the only one around here who cares about DNS security and stability?

The US government has signaled its concern yet again over plans to give ICANN full control of the vital mechanisms that keep the internet held together. In a blog post, published just days before a meeting of domain-name overseer ICANN in Buenos Aires, Uncle Sam's assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling repeated his …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jun 2015
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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

More than 15 million households may not be getting their advertised broadband speeds, suggesting that providers are telling porky pies about how fast their services are. According to a survey of 2,000 punters from Which?, 74 per cent reckon they are paying for packages with advertised speeds they never receive – amounting to 15. …
Kat Hall, 18 Jun 2015
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Cisco account managers' sales bonuses slashed

Cisco has instituted a cap on the commissions it pays to sales staff, The Register has learned. A Cisco staffer tells us that some account managers could lose as much as 25 per cent of their compensation, due to an edict sent out last week. The new is retroactive, meaning the company will attempt to recover some commissions it …

US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

The huge Nokia-Alcatel Lucent acquimerger transaction has cleared one of its major hurdles, with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) clearing the merger for takeoff. Specifically, the two companies have announced – Nokia's post is here – that the DoJ has granted an early termination to the antitrust waiting period in the US. …
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Cisco to pour BEELIONS into China

Just days after emptying out some corner offices in China, Cisco says it's going to pour US$10 billion into developing business in the Middle Kingdom. The Borg has posted an announcement that it's signed a memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and with the Association …
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Canadian government websites hosed, Anonymous takes credit

Canada's government websites and email servers have been knocked offline in a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The assault was apparently a simple flood-the-pipes operation rather than an attempted data-heist. At 5pm local time, according to Bloomberg (presumably in Ottawa), sysadmins were working to get services …

Google-owned smart-gumble-maker Nest snubs Google's smart-gumble OS Brillo

Pics Smart-tech poster child Nest has revamped two of its three products and updated its app to better integrate all three. At a launch event on Wednesday in San Francisco, CEO Tony Fadell said his company's products would be "doing more together than they can independently." A slimmer, better Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jun 2015

AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined AT&T $100m (£63m) after accusing it of unfairly limiting "unlimited" mobile data plans. The telco insists it has done nothing wrong. The regulator said AT&T broke its Open Internet rules by deliberately slowing subscribers' download speeds when they went over their 3GB to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2015

United Nations sends peacekeeping forces to Internet of Things war

The United Nations is joining the melee for a single "internet of things" (IoT) standard. The UN-run International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has created a new "study group" that will develop international standards for the technology to enable low-power communications between machines and sensor networks. Study Group 20 …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jun 2015