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Euro telco standards wonks publish third iteration of open source orchestrator

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published the third release of OSM, its open source management and orchestration (MANO) stack for network function virtualisation. Key features in this release include a new admin user security model, shared projects, and expanded service assurance and monitoring …

How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the commissioners at America's broadband watchdog the FCC, has reiterated her call for hearings into what is happening with communications on the hurricane-stricken island of Puerto Rico. In late September, Hurricane Maria smashed into the strangely neglected US territory, leaving it mostly without …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2017

BT plots to slash pension benefits for 32,000 staff

BT has proposed closing its defined benefit pension scheme for 11,000 managers and slash contributions to 21,000 frontline staff in a bid to plug a looming £14bn pension deficit. The former UK state monopoly is set to begin a consultation with members of its two largest pension schemes tomorrow, The Reg has confirmed. The …
Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2017
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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

London's Victorian sewer network is to be made accessible to fibre cables under a deal between SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Thames Water. The agreement means SSE has managed to circumnavigate any reliance on BT's Openreach network, having said it has been frustrated by the slow progress made on opening up the former state …
Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2017
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AT&T, Verizon agree to hop into bed and thrust new erections over US

US telco giants AT&T and Verizon are joining forces to install cellphone towers throughout America. The nation's two top mobile carriers say they will be teaming up with phone mast builders Tillman Infrastructure to put up a network of hundreds of towers around the US with the aim of using them to hold both cellular voice and …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017
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Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

Openreach chair Mike McTighe says the carrier has concluded its consultation on how to deliver fibre-to-the-premises connections across Britain by the year 2025 and will deliver its plan to do so “before Christmas”. “We will be publishing Openreach's response to that consultation before Christmas, and in that we will put out a …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017
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NASA shoots for 200Mbps networks on swarming satellites

Orbital ATK will on Saturday* launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a supply mission to the International Space Station, with one of its payloads being a pair of CubeSats that NASA hopes can demonstrate 200 megabits per second downloads, from space, and how small satellites can be operated in harness to build networks or complex …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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Qualcomm touts deal with Chinese giants to really consider using $12bn of its chips

Qualcomm says it has struck a deal, of sorts, with four major smartphone vendors in China that could possibly be worth $12bn. Emphasis on the "possibly". The chip designer says the non-binding 'memorandum of understanding' agreements will bring Xiaomi, Guangdong OPPO, and Vivo Communications to the table in an attempt to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2017

Vodafone signs deal with CityFibre to connect 5 million homes with full fibre

Vodafone has inked a deal for a full-fibre network built by CityFibre, which could connect up to 5 million premises over the next eight years. The network is expected to reach one million homes in 12 towns and cities by 2021, and could be extended to another four million in 50 locations by 2025, with construction commencing in …
Richard Priday, 09 Nov 2017

OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

Updated Power outages have brought some OVH data centres to their knees, and unspecified issues have broken optical cable routing in Europe. OVH boasts it is used by "155 out of the 1000 largest European companies," and "20 out of the 500 largest international companies." According to the outage monitoring service downdetector.com, …
Andrew Silver, 09 Nov 2017

Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

Interview "Look, if you can't get decent broadband, it is a real pisser," said Openreach boss Clive Selley in response to a Devon village's decision to burn an effigy of one of its vans on bonfire night. The place in question, Templeton, struggles to get 1Mbps. But Selley reckons that is why BT's controversial voluntary offer to connect …
Kat Hall, 09 Nov 2017
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Google's software-defined network – and its significance – both just accelerated

Google last week announced that it has started using version 2.1 of its Andromeda software-defined networking stack. Why are we bothering to report that? A couple of reasons. First, it's fast. Google says it “reduces network latency between Compute Engine VMs by 40% over Andromeda 2.0 and by nearly a factor of eight since we …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Nov 2017
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Carphone Warehouse given a stern talking to for 'misleading' radio ad

Carphone Warehouse was given a particularly withering stare by the Advertising Standards Agency in a ruling handed down today concerning one of its radio adverts. The ad, played back in July, claimed that customers could save an average of £152 by using the Warehouse over its major competitors. However, while its other adverts …
Richard Priday, 08 Nov 2017
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Juniper Contrail Cloud spotted heading for junior telco networks

Juniper Networks has enhanced its Contrail Cloud enhancements, in the hope it can put network function virtualization into the hands of more and smaller carrier. As explained to The Reg by lead architect James Kelly, the basic problem telcos are having – especially if they're not Tier 1-class – is that they want network …
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Cisco borked its own BGP code in IOS XE, has since patched

Cisco's pushed a fix for a border gateway protocol (BGP) denial-of-service bug in its IOS XE operating system. Between a couple of releases of IOS, the company says it introduced a bug to its RFC 7432 implementation, which gives the system support for MPLS-based Ethernet VPNs. As a result, as Cisco's advisory explains, a …
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Trade ban case grinds on, but Arista-cats got the cream in Q3

Trying to duck patent sueballs slung by Cisco didn't stop Arista from claiming record revenue and profit for its most recent quarter. The company on Friday announced its Q3 2017 results, including 50.8 per cent revenue growth over Q3 2016 to US$437.6 million (beating its own forecast between $405 and $420 million). That …
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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

A fat-fingered configuration blunder at Level 3 temporarily sent a chunk of internet connectivity in America and the wider world to level zero on Monday. The global backbone provider admitted it was at fault for rolling outages that have plagued big patches of US this morning, West Coast time, particularly for Comcast …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2017

Mellanox NICs Xilinx FPGA to save backplane slots and CPU cycles

Mellanox's next-gen Innova network adapter won't just pack the obligatory high-speed interfaces – it'll also embed a Xilinx FPGA. Offloading workloads was already a key plank of Mellanox's adapter strategy, and that's apparently hit some buttons with customers – hence the FPGA. Senior director of marketing Bob Doud told The …
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VMware buys VeloCloud to make the WAN NSX-y

VMware's acquired VeloCloud and will use its wares to extend its NSX software-defined networking platform to the wide area network. VeloCloud's bread and butter is software-defined WANs, which it operates from a cloud-based “Orchestrator” that takes most of the load off on-premises WAN networking hardware and lets users define …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Nov 2017
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TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

Beleaguered TalkTalk customers are complaining that their landline and mobile phones ring at the same time, an issue that appears to be due to a glitch in the telco's Talk2Go app. According to the TalkTalk community forum, the problem first occurred earlier this week. However, customers were still reporting issues this morning …
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2017

Virgin's Project Lightning's very, very frightening: ISP will not hit connection target

Virgin Media will fall significantly short of connecting 800,000 new customers to its ultrafast Project Lightning broadband in the UK this year – a target set prior to the firm's mis-selling scandal – according to its third-quarter preliminary results. In the three months to September, the cable operator added 147,000 …
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2017

Openreach: Comms providers 'welcome' our full-fibre 'ambition'

Openreach reckons its 580 communications providers "have welcomed the ambition" to increase the UK's woeful fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) coverage. However, some folk remain less impressed. As revealed by The Register in August, Openreach has estimated it will need to fork out between £3bn and £6bn to invest in 10 million FTTP …
Kat Hall, 01 Nov 2017

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

Nearly one-third of mobile users suffer poor or no indoor reception at home, according to a survey by price comparison site uSwitch. One in every five mobile calls made at home are patchy – where the voice cuts in and out – while one in six are prone to cutting out suddenly. Not surprisingly, those living in rural areas …
Kat Hall, 01 Nov 2017
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Microsoft reveals network simulator that keeps Azure alive

Microsoft has let the world in on one of its key Azure management tools: a simulator designed to help prevent nearly 70 per cent of the bugs that cause network downtime. The simulator, called CrystalNet, is a design tool Microsoft Research created for its admins to help avoid downtime during routine maintenance and upgrades. …

Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

Verizon is leaning on America's broadband watchdog to stomp out any hope of state governments rolling out their own rules on net neutrality, privacy protections, and other internet regulations. The telecoms giant this month wrote to the FCC urging the communications regulator to overrule various attempts by US states to …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2017
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Facebook, Amazon fund new trans-Pacific submarine cable

A consortium including Facebook, Amazon and SoftBank has signed up to build a new submarine cable linking Asia and the United States of America. NTT Communications, PCCW Global and PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company) have also tossed cash into the “JUPITER” cable, which will land in Los Angeles, the Japanese …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2017
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Level 3 thrown in the C'Link after watchdog approves $34bn gobble

America's comms regulator has signed off on the $34bn merger deal that will see ISP CenturyLink take over internet backbone Level 3. The telco announced Monday it had cleared the final regulatory hurdle, and convinced FCC boss Ajit Pai and co. to approve the cash and stock biz gobble. The FCC approval follows prior go-aheads …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2017

Is the FCC purposefully screwing up US school broadband projects?

Special report Schools across the United States are sounding the alarm on what looks suspiciously like an effort by the federal telecoms regulator to undermine efforts to build new broadband networks. Under the e-rate program run by the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, schools that do not have access to a fiber network supplied by …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Oct 2017

Gigamon is giga-gone! Networking vendor bought by private equity

Networking vendor Gigamon has agreed to sell itself to private equity concern Elliot Management, for around US$1.6bn. The company on Thursday announced that shareholders will be given US$38.50 in cash for each share they own. That's a little more than the $36.15 value of each share at the close of trading, but a 21 per cent …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017
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Cisco removes probe from place the SAN don't shine in new FC switch

Cisco's decided to save the world from all-flash arrays by giving it a new 32G Fabric Switch, an upgraded Nexus 93180 and data galore. Switchzilla's motive for the new products is the splendidly high I/O that flash arrays can already handle, and the even stronger torrents of data to come once NVMe and 3D Xpoint become …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017
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Vodafone's NBN plans may include voice-over-WiFi, virtual landlines

Vodafone Australia is market testing a product called “nbn extras” that will see it offer voice-over-WiFi or a virtual landline that redirects to mobile phones. Friends of The Register tell us that the company is using paid online surveys to test the ideas illustrated below. Vodafone's 'nbn extras' plan is being market tested …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017

Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system

Analysis The internet policy world is scrambling as one of the most critical and fiercely contested aspects of the global domain name system – its registration system – has started to fall apart. The Whois system, which publicly publishes the name, address, email and telephone number of every domain name registrant, has been a bone of …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2017
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Sales bottlenecks gag Juniper's growth in Q3

Having a big deal go on hold doesn't just spoil your day, it can upend a whole quarter, as Juniper Networks has found. The Gin Palace today reported what it called “disappointing” numbers. As it warned earlier this month, its Q3 fell short of forecasts. Its revenue fell year-on-year by two per cent to US$1,257.8 million, well …
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Viasat: We're going to sue Ofcom over EU-wide airline Wi-Fi network

Comment Satellite broadband operator Viasat is telling the world it will sue UK comms watchgog Ofcom over recent changes to rival firm Inmarsat's licence allowing that company to build a vital part of a planned EU in-flight Wi-Fi network. "Inmarsat was not compliant with its licence," Rick Baldridge of Viasat told The Register last …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Oct 2017

Discover potholes in the information super-highway with this handy new tool (which itself just hit a roadblock)

Are we taking the internet for granted? And by "internet" we mean the actual global networks of computers that share vast quantities of information every second by using the same basic protocols. A long-planned security upgrade of the global domain name system planned for earlier this month was postponed because 11th-hour …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2017
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Vodafone analysed evidence in case where it was alleged victim

A man left on bail for more than seven years has hit out at Vodafone's role in his court case as alleged victim and examiner of vital computer evidence. Daniel Mahony told The Register that Vodafone not only said it was the victim of a fraud perpetuated in part by his company, but also examined his computers on the instruction …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Oct 2017

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