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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
JUPITER submarine cable

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

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

Folk with mobiles on Vodafone, EE and Three are being stung by an average £22 per month for staying on their contracts after their handsets have been paid off, according to Citizens Advice. Customers who choose to stay on the same plan after the two-year fixed deal ends are not getting their bills reduced, meaning they are …
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2017
Losing money

Tezos crypto and $232m initial coin offering risks implosion – reports

If you threw money at the blockchain startup Tezos during its $232m initial coin offering fundraising round in July, here's something you can learn for future investments. ICOs are a popular fundraising method for cryptocurrency where you buy tokens to access new networks, and you can make bank* if their value skyrockets. But …
Andrew Silver, 19 Oct 2017

Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'

"Basically the message is Vodafone is back," says UK chief executive Nick Jeffrey, a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much. Jeffrey was made CEO last September amid the company's customer billing fiasco, caused by an IT cock-up …
Kat Hall, 19 Oct 2017
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CableLabs, Cisco working on LTE-over-DOCSIS

+COMMENT Cisco and CableLabs have put their heads together in the hope they can convince mobile network operators that with a bit of unicorn-dust, DOCSIS networks can support the LTE small-cell rollout. Switchzilla's John Chapman blogs that “When small cells are deployed deep into the mobile network, DOCSIS will already be there. …
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Verizon coughs up $18m after crooked contractor overcharged NY schools

Verizon will have to reach between its couch cushions for $17.7m to shoo away allegations it overcharged New York schools for phone lines and broadband. America's comms watchdog, the FCC, said the payment will settle out of court its complaint against the US telco giant. The row is centered on a technology consultant who took …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017

Openreach offers duct-off providers 'OSA Filter' instead of Dark Fibre Access

Openreach has today offered its communication providers an alternative to the Ofcom-proposed Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product, which a court ruling slapped down three months ago. In July the High Court's Competition Appeals Tribunal ruled that Ofcom had made a series of errors when it drew up the rules for a new market in unlit …
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017

Full-fibre ISP Hyperoptic clocked over mock doc schlock shock

Fibre ISP Hyperoptic has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for releasing an advert that looked like an official contract from BT. The promotion was received by consumers in February 2017, and was addressed to the "resident". Text on the back page stated "Your BT CONTRACT is about to cost you even more …
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017
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UK.gov: Who wants £25m... *cheers*... to trial 5G? *crickets chirping*

The British government is looking for places to chuck £25m it has set aside for 5G trials. Under the plans, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is asking interested parties across the UK to submit proposals for match-funded grants of up to £5m. It reckons the technology will enable speeds of up to 10Gbps, …
Kat Hall, 16 Oct 2017

Grant Shapps of coup shame fame stands by 'broadbad' research

Interview Grant Shapps seems far from crestfallen after his disastrous attempt to lead a coup against UK Prime Minister Theresa May. He bounces into his office 50 minutes late, having been waylaid by two Parliamentary votes, to discuss broadband research under his remit as chairman of the British Infrastructure Group (BIG), a body he …
Kat Hall, 16 Oct 2017
Swiss army knife in cloud

Cisco's ACI adds multi-site support, multi-cloud coming next year

Cisco's popped out version 3.0 of its software-defined networking Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) product, but there's a more significant update coming early next year. ACI lets NetAdmins create and manage virtual networks, all obeying pre-set policies about what traffic can go where and when. While rival software- …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
Trying to catch money in a net

Juniper warns of bitter 3rd quarter due to cloud sales crash

Juniper Networks has issued preliminary results for its third quarter and the news is bad: forecast revenue of between US$1,290m and $1,350m won't happen and the company instead believes it will score between $1,250m and $1,260m. We'll know just how badly the company has missed its targets and why on October 24th, the date of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017

You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

Superfast internet speeds are within reach of nearly 94 per cent of the UK, according to figures compiled by Thinkbroadband. The research, which covered the three months to September, found that 93.9 per cent of premises in Blighty have access to 24Mbps. That is an increase from regulator Ofcom's figures, which pegged …
Kat Hall, 09 Oct 2017
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Cisco sells data virtualization unit to Tibco

Four years after acquiring Composite Software and rebranding it as Cisco Data Virtualization, Switchzilla will sell the unit to Tibco. The buyer says it will be integrating the core Cisco Information server and its “related consulting and support services” into its analytics portfolio, alongside the Tibco Spotfire analytics …

He's no good for you! Ofcom wants to give folk powers to dump subpar broadband contracts

Ofcom has proposed forcing providers to disclose more accurate speed information at the point of sale and hand consumers the power to walk away if speeds fall below a guaranteed level, in a crackdown on service provision. Under the move, providers will have to 'fess up to the slowest speeds consumers are likely to receive at " …
Kat Hall, 06 Oct 2017

Intelsat and Intel reckon satellite spectrum could help with 5G's coming capacity crunch

Intelsat and Intel reckon there's a chunk of spectrum currently devoted to satellite operations that could be useful for capacity-starved mobile comms. The two (unrelated) outfits have submitted a joint proposal to the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking that it consider clearing some C-band …
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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

North Korea's very limited Internet has, for the second time in its brief history, obtained a redundant connection to the outside world. Dyn Research and North Korea specialists 38 North went public with the existence of the new link on October 1. Dyn's Doug Madory and 38 North's Martyn Williams spotted route announcements …
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WTH is my domain? OpenSRS and Hover DOWN and OUT

Updated The domain name server "OpenSRS" crashed and burned during the dead of night following a network failure, taking down scores of customers' portals with it. Normal service has yet to resume. OpenSRS is owned by the operating service Tucows, and according to builtwith.com, there are about 690,000 active websites using it. …
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Business hunches are so 1977. Proper data's a lot more grown-up

Sponsored In business, should you trust your gut, or go by the numbers? Business mythology and Hollywood favour the gut. Both cite stories about maverick geniuses that ignored everyone’s advice and won big. Sure, it happens, but maybe not as much as you’d think. We’re affected by survivorship bias, concentrating on those that got it …
Robin Birtstone, 28 Sep 2017

'Alternative network provider' CityFibre boosts sales 36%

UK broadband pusher CityFibre has posted a sales increase of 36 per cent for its half-year results, but has also reported delays to a number of its public sector contracts. Sales rose to £9m for the six months to June 2017, while gross profit increased to £7.9m from £5.7m. It connected another 745 customer premises to its …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2017
Schematic of entangled photons

Boffins sling around entangled photons at telco wavelengths

One of the hurdles facing photon-based quantum systems using entangled photons is that it's hard to create them at the 1550 nm wavelengths used in telecommunications systems. Entanglements are the basis for all sorts of hot-boffin stuff: quantum information processing, repeaters, photon-based key exchange, and fully quantum …
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nbn™ sweetens the deal for business and its own bottom line

Updated nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Networ (NBN), has adjusted its wholesale prices so that retailers offering business plans get the same price relief as previously offered for the consumer market. After many complaints about the cost of its backhaul services (connectivity virtual circuit, or CVC), nbn™ …
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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

The UK has been ranked the third-worst country in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) coverage, according to a comprehensive study of speeds from 28 countries across the continent. At the end of June 2016 FTTP coverage in Blighty was 1.8 per cent, the study by IHS Markit found. Greece and Belgium reported the lowest …
Kat Hall, 26 Sep 2017
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Fog lifts as standards bodies agree on fog compute interoperability

Telcos looking at “fog computing” will have fewer standards to contemplate if a cooperation between the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the OpenFog Consortium delivers on its promise. The two groups have decided to create interoperable fog standards for endpoints and the networks that connect them …

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