Networks

UK's BT: Ofcom's wholesale superfast broadband price slash will hurt bottom line

Fri, 2018-02-23 12:34
Part of plans to boost country's woeful full-fibre investment

Ofcom has slashed the price BT’s Openreach can charge operators for superfast broadband, in a package of measures BT said will hit its bottom line to the tune of £120m next year.…

802.11ax Wi-Fi standard isn't ready, Qualcomm bakes chips anyway

Fri, 2018-02-23 04:02
Future Access points will tell clients when to sleep, then make a wake up call

In November 2017, the next version of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, stalled in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers's (IEEE's) standards process, but vendors want to push ahead with at least some of its features, according to Qualcomm Wi-Fi product marketing lead Prakash Sangam.…

Juniper sharpens knife for the carrier network and boxes white boxes

Fri, 2018-02-23 02:45
Suddenly, everyone's using automation to beat back open networks

MWC  Juniper's following Cisco's lead into carrier network automation.…

Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear

Thu, 2018-02-22 23:05
Officials are overcharging tech world, says comms slinger as it heads into court to scrap fees

An American telecoms hardware shifter is fed up with US Customs officials slapping extra tariffs on its fiber-optic tech imports – all because the agents are classifying the IT gear as eyeglasses.…

America's internet speed map is back! And it doesn't completely suck!

Thu, 2018-02-22 20:28
Now all we need is accurate speed and price information

After four years in purgatory the US government's internet broadband map is back - and it's pretty good.…

Mobile network O2 UK leaps into 5G test bed with Greenwich trial

Thu, 2018-02-22 15:37
First taste of 5G for consumers, but will it make any cash?

O2 UK is the latest operator to jump on the "5G test bed" bandwagon, with plans to trial the tech at the iconic former Millennium Dome in North Greenwich later this year.…

Arm emits designs to add iSIM tech to Internet of Stuff

Thu, 2018-02-22 14:19
I SIM, you SIM, we all SIM for iSIM

Arm has made public the designs to shove SIM technology into ever more connected gizmos by building an iSIM, along with a cellular modem and microcontroller, onto a single chip.…

Putting the urgency in emergency: UK's delayed emergency services network review... delayed

Thu, 2018-02-22 12:06
These 'resets take time' says ex IBM head

A review of the government's delayed emergency services network intended to replace the national radio infrastructure with a 4G network has itself been delayed by more than half a year.…

Brexit to better rural broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Michael Gove

Wed, 2018-02-21 15:35
Better mobile coverage in Kenya than parts of Kent

UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove has promised to use the cash we no longer have to give to the EU to subsidise rural connectivity.…

Q: Why did the Cisco cross the network? A: To automate what's on the other side

Wed, 2018-02-21 03:31
Switchzilla wants telcos to let it drive all their kit, regardless of who made it

Cisco's extended its Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and WAN Automation Engine in the hope that service providers will see them as a way to achieve automated management of all the kit in their networks, regardless of who made it.…

US cable giant tries to wiggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

Tue, 2018-02-20 20:59
Hold it right there, Charter

Charter still has to answer for selling New Yorkers short on their internet packages, a judge has decided, rejecting the cable giant's argument that the repeal of net neutrality rules in the US means the case is moot.…

Why is the networking business dozing through Meltdown/Spectre?

Tue, 2018-02-20 07:02
There may be some vulnerable cores in switches, but getting to them is hard

In the seven weeks since The Register broke the news of the Meltdown/Spectre speculative execution vulnerabilities, nearly every corner of the industry has scrambled to patch, re-patch, and work out how to Spectre-proof the world.…

Sorry, I can't hear you, the line's VoLTE

Mon, 2018-02-19 16:59
The path to all-IP calls is not smooth. Just ask EE

EE has improved the reliability of its voice calls after a bumpy transition to an all-IP mobile network, according to network sleuth RootMetrics.…

UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

Mon, 2018-02-19 09:02
Digi Sec decrees: Thou shalt put a mast on your spire to boost connectivity

The governent is looking towards the heavens in its bid to redeem rural broadband speeds, having exhausted all other options.…

Juniper's 2018 spring collection: switches, security, and subs

Mon, 2018-02-19 07:58
Daaahlink! Cloud was so 2017. This year is about multicloud

Juniper Networks has taken the tube labelled 'multicloud' out of the paint-box and applied a liberal coat to the latest updates to its switching products.…

Arista <i>almost</i> done with Cisco workarounds as revenue and profit soar

Mon, 2018-02-19 01:49
Borg attack repelled, Microsoft and cloud are now Prime Directive (and cash source)

Customer certification delays resulting from its ongoing patent lawsuit brought by Cisco have delayed some of its revenue, but upstart Arista Networks still turned in a tidy result for Q4 2017 and for the full year.…

nbn™'s HFC fix will see connections tested from March to July 2018

Sun, 2018-02-18 22:50
Writes to residents to announce on-site inspection

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has advised households connected to its hybrid fibre-coax network to expect a visit between March 7th 2018 and July 27th 2018.…

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:06
Look guys, everyone's doing it

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation.…

Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

Fri, 2018-02-16 12:27
Switch antitrust case rumbles on

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane".…

FTTP in UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in European study

Thu, 2018-02-15 11:26
Want high speeds? Go to Latvia

The UK is performing so poorly in fibre penetration that it isn't even included in a European study.…