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Telstra's mobile networks go TOESUP* in national outage

Updated Telstra's mobile network experienced a nationwide outage on Monday morning, May 21st, 2018. For a while, according to some media reports, the carrier's outage reporter was also down, but at the time of writing it was working well enough to identify local outages, report that the cause is under investigation, and advise that …
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Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

The UK's first 3G network is to stop selling 3G-only devices, a move it says demonstrates how whizzy, modern and farsighted it is. Hutchison's Three was the first to launch 3G in spring 2003. But it was also the last of the four to roll out 4G in December 2013, three months after O2 and Vodafone, and over a year after EE …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2018
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Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

ISPs are scrambling to tweak advertised broadband speeds as the great unwashed continue to receive services that are on average 51 per cent slower than they were led to expect, according to a Which? report. Changes coming into force next week mean ISPs will have to start promoting average download speeds, as opposed to the …
Kat Hall, 18 May 2018
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Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

Roundup Earlier this year, The Register observed that the less-lame replacement for WPA2, WPA3, should start landing in user devices this year. That prediction got a kick along this week from Qualcomm, which announced it's going to roll WPA3 out on all wireless product lines. The company told us in February the security standard …
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1.5m Brits pay too much for mobile and crappy broadband – Ofcom

Around 1.5 million Brits are spending more than necessary by continuing to pay the same monthly fee for mobile phones after their contracts have expired. And four million households with standard ADSL copper broadband could upgrade to a superfast package for the same price or less. This is according to regulator Ofcom's annual …
Kat Hall, 17 May 2018
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It's true – it really is grim up north, thanks to Virgin Media. ISP fined for Carlisle cable chaos

Virgin Media is facing a £385,000 fine after its cable expansion plans in the northwest of England wrought havoc on the streets of Carlisle. The penalty was imposed after the broadband provider pleaded guilty to seven breaches of street-works safety rules at Carlisle Magistrates' Court. Contractors failed to provide proper …
Kat Hall, 17 May 2018

Catalyst 9000 the, erm, catalyst for surging Cisco software sales

Are you sick of hearing about Cisco's transformation yet? Bad news, then: with its Q3 results in, the company's waving its “we're a software company now” flag so high we may have to drop the “Switchzilla” nickname. It helps if the pivot-to-software rides on a highly popular hardware platform: CEO Chuck Robbins told today's …
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No new 3PAR weirdness found behind crashes at Australian Tax office

DXC’s report on the twin outages in HPE 3PAR storage arrays that disrupted web services at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has revealed nothing new about the incidents. The ATO’s SANs went down, hard, in December 2016 and then again in February 2017. The SANs underpin the web apps tax professionals and individual …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2018
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nbn™ isn’t fixing HFC, it’s ‘optimising’ it

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has revealed a little more about what it's doing to the hybrid fibre-coax networks it uses for some retail customers. The company spent billions to acquire HFC networks from Australian telcos Optus and Telstra. Optus’ network has been …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2018
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Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

Thousands of internet registries and registrars will have just one week to overhaul their customer databases to fit with a policy that is still under development, or face ruinous fines. That is the end result of an extraordinary failure by the organization that oversees the internet's domain name system to address a change in …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2018
The big fish eats the little fish

HPE to gobble software defined data fabric networking startup

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has agreed to slurp software-defined data fabric networking maker Plexxi for an undisclosed sum. The buy fits into the hardware giant’s hyperconverged and data centre modernisation play, and HPE’s consultancy business as it sells advice for punters migrating to the hybrid cloud. Rick Lewis, HPE …
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2018
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BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

Still smarting from last week's dismal annual results, BT today made a raft of announcements for its consumer group, including a converged broadband and mobile network. The BT brand will also muscle into 620 EE high street shops to promote its own consumer products, while the biz said it would bring all its call centres back …
Kat Hall, 16 May 2018
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Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

After weeks of teasing, Senate Democrats will finally take decisive action on bringing back net neutrality to America on Wednesday – by holding a pointless vote. "BREAKING," yelled Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) on Twitter. "The Senate's vote to save Net Neutrality will take place this Wednesday, May 16th. Keep raising your voices …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 May 2018
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nbn™ scoreboard: miracle needed to hit FY 18 construction targets

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, last week released its third quarter results. And as is now our practice at Vulture South, we’ve shoved its numbers into our nbn™ scoreboard – the table we use to compare assumptions from the nbn™’s corporate plan (PDF) with its latest results …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2018
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OpenWrt forums lost as hardware failure again crocks open Wi-Fi router

Open source Wi-Fi firmware project OpenWrt says a hardware fault has taken down its forums, which appear not to be recoverable. The forums disappeared with a simple, and distressing, message: The OpenWrt forum is currently offline due to a hardware problem on the hosting machine. Unfortunately we neither have access to the …
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MPs petition for legally binding target of 95% 4G coverage across UK

A group of cross-party MPs have urged digital secretary Matt Hancock to whack a legal obligation on the UK's four mobile operators to provide 4G coverage to 95 per cent of the UK's landmass by 2022. Some 56 MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services signed the letter urging Hancock to improve the state of …
Kat Hall, 14 May 2018
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OpenFlow protocol bug to get mitigations, not a rewrite

The Open Networking Foundation is moving to address the protocol vulnerability revealed last week in OpenFlow, but won't revise the protocol. Not yet, anyway. The issue, discovered by a group of European researchers, was that switches weren't authenticated to controllers – meaning a bad actor could get at communications if …
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Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018

So we finally have a date: June 11, 2018. That will be the day net neutrality finally dies in the United States following the publication of the full "Restoring Internet Freedom" FCC rules in the Federal Registry on Friday morning. Despite having been formally voted on and approved back in December last year, the order that …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2018
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Africa's internet body in full-blown meltdown: 'None of the above' wins board protest vote

A protest vote against corporate mismanagement at Africa's main internet body has sent the organization into freefall. Following the poor handling of a sexual harassment scandal that eventually led to the resignation of its chair and vice-chair, members of Afrinic asked for a vote of no-confidence in the organization's entire …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2018
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Pinging admins: Here comes your packet of networking news

Roundup What happened in networking this week? Well, for starters, Nokia acquired analytics company SpaceTime Insight, and will roll its capabilities into its Internet of Things business. SpaceTime Insight provides IoT analytics and applications for the transport, energy, and utilities sectors. Its focus was predicting asset failure, …
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OpenFlow protocol has a switch authentication vulnerability

The early software-defined networking protocol, OpenFlow, has a vulnerability – but will anyone fix it? That's the question on the mind of The Register's networking desk, as we await confirmation of the bug by the Open Networking Foundation. In this post at the oss-sec list, Kashyap Thimmaraju from the Technical University of …
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Spine-leaf makes grief, says Arista as it reveals new campus kit

Arista Networks has decided the campus network is the next place it wants to irritate Cisco. The company this week unveiled two campus-scale switches in its Spline range – the 7300X3 and 7050X3, which expand its footprint in the important 100 Gbps Ethernet space. In announcing the company's first quarter results recently, CEO …
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Project Lightning, you say? Virgin Media's fibre rollout is pretty glacial

Virgin Media reported another quarter of low growth for its troubled £3bn fibre programme Project Lightning, adding just 111,000 premises in the first three months of 2018 – the lowest for the last four quarters. So far VM has managed 1.2 million connections, with the aim of connecting 4 million premises by the end of 2019 to …
Kat Hall, 09 May 2018
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Africa's internet body hit with sexual harassment cover-up claims

Special report The body responsible for allocating internet network addresses across Africa has been enveloped in yet another scandal, resulting in calls for the entire board to step down. Afrinic is one of the world's five regional internet registries (RIRs) and plays a critical role in the internet's global infrastructure. But this week …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 May 2018
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Measure for measure: Why network surveys don't count what counts

Interview If you can't measure something, does it actually exist? That's a question raised by Dr Paul Carter, founder of the oldest mobile network performance operation, GWS. Carter's company has been doing labour-intensive drive-testing of the networks for over 20 years, which is not cheap, but it is thorough. The more rigorous, …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2018
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Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

ANALYSIS A couple of weeks ago, the world learned that Google's desire to gain more than a toehold in the world's messaging market had spawned a new "Chat" app. The news left El Reg scratching its head because Google's new effort supports Rich Communication Services (RCS) – an effort that's spent years in that dullest of places: The …
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Arista: Sales up, profit up, share price down

Arista has turned in just over 40 per cent growth for Q1 2018 over the same quarter last year, recording US$472.5 million revenue for the quarter. Arista's president and CEO Jayshree Ullal said the move to 100 Gbps Ethernet is “not yet in the first innings” (think baseball or cricket), and expects that shift will give it a …
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FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab

Special report This week, one year after the US government's General Accountability Office (GAO) formally recommended that it do so, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved $8bn it held in a private bank to the US Treasury. But even though the move has long been planned for and anticipated, it has caused a furious reaction from the …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 May 2018
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Virgin Media to chop 800 jobs in Wales call centre

Virgin Media is axing nearly 800 jobs from its Swansea call centre, with the site expected to be shut down by autumn next year. The cost cutting broadband provider is intent on reducing the total number of UK customer service bases from eight to four, and centralising operations in Manchester. Chief exec Tom Mockridge …
Kat Hall, 04 May 2018
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Open a port and get ready to download this week's networking news

ROUNDUP What happened in networking this week? One of the more interesting happenings concerns Cisco buying some data. The acquisition looks unusual for Switchzilla: it's a data aggregator called Accompany, which boasts “millions of people and companies” and “real-time profiles for every single Fortune 500 CEO”. Cisco said Accompany …
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Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down

British people are increasingly unhappy with their broadband services, and once again TalkTalk is the most whinged about provider, according to a comprehensive annual survey by Ofcom. The regulator found one in five people were dissatisfied with their broadband service last year, compared to just one in ten in 2016. The poll …
Kat Hall, 03 May 2018
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Why does the world need the new 'Arkraino' network edge stack'?

Over the next couple of quarters, a team of developers will start fleshing out the roadmap of a Linux Foundation effort A&T ignited in February, when the telco giant donated code to the Akraino project. The aim is to create a “network edge stack” that plugs a gap in the open source world, between the OpenStack/OPNFV-built …
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New York looks at California, drafts net neutrality legislation

New York has introduced net neutrality legislation copied directly from California in an effort to bypass a federal effort to kill America's net neutrality. On Wednesday, leading Democratic New York senator Brad Hoylman hailed a "bicoastal effort" between the two states, and in particular San Francisco senator Scott Wiener, to …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2018
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Cisco kicks shrivelling video software unit back to Dr Martens owner

Cisco has kicked its video software business back to Permira, the owner of iconic Brit boot brand Dr Martens, having originally bought it off the private equity fund in 2012 for $5bn (£3.6bn). Neither parties disclosed how much Cisco's Service Provider Video Software Solutions unit went for, but reports suggest the deal was …
Kat Hall, 02 May 2018
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Cisco launches direct sales site for SMBs

Cisco’s quietly kicked off the trial of direct online sales that The Register revealed in March 2018. It’s been named “Cisco Start” and you can find it here. The site will not terrify Cisco partners: there’s only 90 products on sale and to find that out you need to click three layers down through lots of ShinyHappy™ stock …
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2018
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Open Internet lovin' Comcast: Buy our TV service – or no faster broadband for you!

Comcast will only bump some customers up to its fastest broadband connectivity if they subscribe to its cable television service. The American telco'n'telly giant last week promised to increase people's bandwidth in a handful of US markets – Houston, Oregon, and south west Washington – provided they sign up for cable TV. How …
Shaun Nichols, 01 May 2018

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