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Pour yourself a tall one, Juniper investors. It's lost money again

Juniper Networks has announced a drop in revenue for Q4 2017 and predicted Q1 2018 will disappoint. In the fourth quarter, the company turned in a US$148.1 million loss on revenue of $1,239.5, which was down 11 per cent compared to a year ago. In a CFO commentary [PDF] the company's blamed “architectural shifts in the cloud” …

California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare

California has moved one step closer to passing net neutrality legislation in defiance of a decision by America's telecoms regulator, the FCC, to scrap the protections nationwide. On Monday, the state Senate approved SB460 by 21 votes to 12 along party lines (one Democrat voted against the measure; no Republicans voted in …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jan 2018
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Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'

A proposal by the Trump administration to effectively nationalize next-generation 5G networks in America triggered an angry reaction from the mobile industry, former government officials, and federal regulator the FCC. According to a leaked 30-page document [PDF], the White House is considering getting the federal government …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jan 2018

Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

The UK government has today hailed the completion of its superfast broadband project as a success – the scheme that has now brought 24Mbps to 95 per cent of the country by almost entirely handing the contracts to monopoly provider BT. Clive Selley, CEO of BT's broadband infrastructure division Openreach, described the …
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2018
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Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

Virgin Media has resorted to hiding in disused public toilets as Britain's demand for ever-fatter pipes to channel digital detritus into the home grows. The Secret Bases website, which normally includes pictures and locations of sneaky-beaky British infrastructure operated by the security services, has now focused on some of …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jan 2018

You want wires with that? Burger King backs, er, net neutrality

Vid It is possible for a policy issue to jump the shark? It's not a question we've ever felt the need to ask, but today Burger King – yes, the sweaty meat slinger – put out a advert in which it comes to the defense of net neutrality in America. Quite why a fast-food joint would feel the need to weigh in the most controversial …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jan 2018

TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2

TalkTalk has started offering customers the option of moving onto O2 when their contracts expire, as the beleaguered Brit telco plans to ditch mobile. Subscribers reaching the end of their contracts are being given the choice of either moving to a new O2 deal or switching to a different provider. TalkTalk has used Vodafone as …
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2018
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Linux Foundation puts all its networking eggs in one basket

The Linux Foundation has decided the time is right for one administrative structure to cover all of its networking efforts, so has created the “LF Networking Fund ” to oversee them all. While the Fund is mostly a governance effort, the Foundation has decided to implement it because software-defined networking (SDN) is growing …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2018
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Just in the NIC of time, Dell and Netronome enter NFV pact

NIC vendor Netronome and Dell have inked a deal targeting the network function virtualization market. Netronome told The Register's networking desk the deal brings to Dell the kind of network processing offload more common in the high-performance computing market. By shifting network processing to the Netronome Agilo 25 Gbps …

Under fire for its shoddy response, FCC finally wakes up to Puerto Rico

Analysis America's comms watchdog has finally started reacting to the dire situation in Puerto Rico, months after it was hit by a hurricane. This change in heart comes in the wake of fierce criticism from one of the regulator's own commissioners, as well as a formal report from the US government's General Accountability Office (GAO). …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2018
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OK, who had 'Montana' in the net neutrality state pool? Congratulations

Updated Montana has become the first US state to lay down its own net neutrality protections. Governor Steve Bullock signed off Monday on an executive order declaring that, as of July 1, all ISPs that want to do businesses with state agencies must adhere to basic net neutrality tenets including bans on paid prioritization and …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2018
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FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

Analysis America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed. In a "factsheet" put out by the telecoms regulator on Friday, FCC chairman Aji Pai noted that the latest …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2018

Take a bow, TalkTalk, Post Office, Vodafone! You win most-whinged-about telcos award

TalkTalk, Post Office and Vodafone were the most-complained-about telecoms service providers in the UK between July and September 2017, according to an Ofcom report released today. The British communications regulator's numbers are based on complaints to the six or seven largest players in each sector, which together make up …
Richard Priday, 19 Jan 2018
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Poison ping pong prompts patch from Cisco

Cisco admins, it's your weekly patch notice. The patch that gave us our headline is in NX-OS software, which is vulnerable to malicious pong (response to ping) packets. If the pong packet tries to egress both a FabricPath port and a non-FabricPath port, the software tries to free the same area of memory twice. “An exploit …
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Google's 'QUIC' TCP alternative slow to excite anyone outside Google

Google's contribution to Internet standards, the fast-than-TCP thanks to multiplexing QUIC protocol, has yet to extend much beyond the Chocolate Factory, according to a German report into its adoption. An experiment from 2012, Google's Quick UDP Internet Connections hit the internet standards track with this draft, and an IETF …
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Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres

Google has made more investments in submarine cables, sinking money into three due to come online in 2019. First up is the Curie Cable System, which will link the United States and Chile. This one's all Google's: the company says it will “control the design and construction process”, so when the cable is in service it can “ …

Lenovo inherited a switch authentication bypass – from Nortel

Lenovo has patched an ancient vulnerability in switches that it acquired along with IBM's hardware businesses and which Big Blue itself acquired when it slurped parts of Nortel. The bug, which Lenovo refers to as “HP backdoor”, for reasons it has not explained, has been in present in ENOS (Enterprise network operating system) …
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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices. TP-Link and Linksys were first out of the blocks with firmware fixes, and TP-Link has posted this explanation of the issue. The bug is not in the routers, but in Google's "Cast" feature, used in Chromecast, Google …
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ITU aims to to keep the radio on with new satellite regulation fees

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will next week discuss changes to satellite constellation regulation and fees, an effort needed to keep space useful for communications The ITU currently charges flat fees when called upon to consider how to accommodate a satellite's communications needs, a scheme developed a …

Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic

Cisco has switched on latent features in its recent campus and office routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic. Switchzilla has not made a dent in transport layer security (TLS) to make this possible. Instead, as we reported in July …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2018
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Juniper scores dubious honour of owning CVE-2018-0001

Juniper Networks, come on down: you have won the dubious honour of being responsible for CVE-2018-0001. Apparently Juniper infosec bods didn't take much time off over the Christmas-New Year period, instead running up fixes for ten 2018-dated CVE (common vulnerability and exposure) notices. CVE-2018-0001 is a bug affecting …

Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders

Analysis President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders aimed at pushing broadband internet into more remote parts of the US, capping a multi-year effort to get America online. But the effectiveness of those actions and the speed and quality of the internet access that will result is in doubt. The first executive order is …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Jan 2018

Parliamentary 'puters made 30k tries to procure pr0nz last year

The Houses of Parliament's network was used to access pornographic material 30,876 times from March to October, it was revealed today. That works out at approximately five attempts to access smut per hour, with Blighty's parliamentary filtering system blocking users from viewing the content. September was the month MPs were …
Richard Priday, 08 Jan 2018
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Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks

The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is one of the Internet's basic pieces of plumbing technologies, but it's also so old it was designed before the security needs of a multi-billion-user network were understood. In particular, BGP is notorious for allowing sysadmins to “black-hole” huge swathes of traffic either by fat-fingering …
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LEDE and OpenWRT kiss and make up

The OpenWRT and LEDE open router projects have merged and promised a major release in the coming months. OpenWRT was, for years, the only serious open source codebase for router firmware, allowing users to overwrite vendor firmware, either for security reasons or to conduct their own low-level development. LEDE was created in …

EEk! Mobe network's customer services down for more than 24 hours

Mobile network EE has had a poor start to 2018 – their customer service data centre has been down since yesterday. According to the company, their engineers have identified and are working to solve the problem, but have yet to fix it by the time of writing. The server in question deals with the online "MyEE" webpages, customer …
Richard Priday, 02 Jan 2018

To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology

We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the residents of Puerto Rico, and especially those who will not have cell phone coverage over Christmas. It is, we are ashamed to admit, entirely our fault. This is a special time of year, and we feel dreadful for robbing more than 500,000 Puerto Ricans of the opportunity …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Dec 2017
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We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

The first standards for 5G have been agreed, meaning industry can press ahead with next-gen speeds. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the body responsible for setting the standard, unveiled the 5G New Radio Non-Standalone at a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The introduction of an intermediate standard on the way to …
Kat Hall, 21 Dec 2017

Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

Transport for London has inked an £80m deal with outsourcing giant Capita to provide Wide Area Network services in the UK capital. Under the deal, Capita will maintain WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi networks across more than 1,000 TfL sites from August 2018. The deal is for five years, with the option to extend it for another five. TfL …
Kat Hall, 21 Dec 2017
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Sea-Me-We 3 cable down, again, Oz-Asia traffic slows down

The fragile Sea-Me-We 3 cable that provides one of Australia's primary connections to Asia is out of action and awaiting repair. The break was first announced by Vocus on December 3. At that time, the company's status page said the cut was around 1,126 km from the cable's Singapore landing station (that would put the break in …
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Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019: LMFAO cu l8r

Mobile users will be able to divorce their providers by text within a single working day, thanks to new Ofcom rules announced today. In its announcement, the regulator said: "Consumers need to be able to switch providers easily to exercise choice and take advantage of competition in the communications sector." However, it …
Richard Priday, 19 Dec 2017

A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mbps, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom. That figure has fallen from 1.6 million premises last year, according to the Connected Nations 2017 research (PDF). Not surprisingly, 17 per cent of rural premises are not …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2017
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BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels

BT and Sky have set aside their long-running feud and signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms in the UK. Under the deal, BT will supply its sports channels, which show UEFA Champions League and Premier League football, to Sky. In return BT will be able to sell Sky's Now TV service, which includes Sky …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2017
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Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts. The organisation has had its eye on this for a while with an effort called “SNAPS” the “SDN & NFV Application Platform …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2017

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

Analysis The FCC voted 3-2 Thursday morning to get rid of net neutrality rules. If you listen to the lame-stream press (or tech press, or lawmakers, or attorneys general, or consumer groups, or celebrities, or tech giants), you will have been told this is a terrible thing. But everyone is wrong – EVERYONE!!!!! They are ALL wrong. And …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Dec 2017

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

Despite the clearly stated and serious concerns of a broad cross-section of industry and society, on Thursday morning a mocking, preening excuse of a regulatory chairman tore down US rules that ensured content over the internet was kept free from manipulation by companies that sell access to the global network. As expected, it …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Dec 2017

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