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Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:24
Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself

From the webcomic Gunshow, by KC Green

Word of T-Mobile US outages has reached customers, social media, support representatives and The Register – just not the network's marketing team.

A T-Mobile spokesperson told The Register in an email at 13:30 BST on 12 June that "all is operating normally". But El Reg spoke with two support staff who confirmed that there are ongoing outages throughout America.

Downdetector reports that T-Mobile has been experiencing network issues since 02:42 EDT.

One customer care representative said at 13:26 BST that the outages affect domestic text, data and voice services as well as international

BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:02
Ryan Reynolds dangles off a helicopter for BT

Ryan Reynolds dangles off a helicopter to advertise the BT Smart Hub

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has rapped BT on the knuckles for claiming its Smart Hub delivered "the UK's most powerful Wi‑Fi signal".

Following a barrage of complaints from competitors and the general public, the watchdog ruled that the telco broke 12 ASA rules with its series of ads, featuring Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds dangling from a helicopter while bellowing that his Wi‑Fi signal was nice and strong.

It was "inaccurate" and "misleading" of the one-time state monopoly to claim that the Smart Hub provided a "stronger signal" than

Just days after tech community abandons plans to punish internet shutdowns… Egypt goes censorship crazy
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:40

Egypt has embarked on a new wave of online censorship, blocking news websites and killing off VPN services in order to limit its citizens' access to information.

Over the past three weeks, the Egyptian authorities have blocked access to more than 50 news websites, including Al Jazeera and local newspapers Daily News Egypt, Al-Borsa, and Al-Mesryoon.

On Monday, as more and more Egyptians turned to VPN services as a way to get around the blocks, ISPs started blocking access to the websites of companies offering such services. Meanwhile, the newspapers themselves have tried to bypass the censorship by hosting their

Farewell, slumping 40Gbps Ethernet, we hardly knew ye
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 13:58

Analyst firm IDC reckons the world's Ethernet switch market laid on 3.3 per cent growth year-on-year for the first quarter of 2017, up to US$5.66 billion.

At the same time, however, the service provider router market bore out what you'd expect if you've been watching Cisco's indifferent performances of late – it slipped by 3.7 per cent year-on-year to $3.35 billion.

Switchzilla's Ethernet switch market share bled 3.9 per cent year-on-year to 55.1 per cent, with Juniper and Arista increasing their presence in the space to 4.3 per cent (up from 3.2 per cent in Q1 2016) and 5.1 per

Openreach to comms providers: Why can't we be friends?
Friday, 16 June 2017 01:13

The new, reformed UK network backbone Openreach wants to "get much closer" to its communications providers and hopes to make a business case for a "very sizeable" full-fibre footprint together, says chief exec Clive Selley.

Speaking at the Total Telecoms Connected Britain event in London, Selley was eager to come across as conciliatory, reaching out to providers such as TalkTalk who have been vocally opposed to Openreach's direction in the past.

The new tone follows Openreach's legal separation from BT in March after regulator Ofcom found "serious failings” in its previous setup.

BT's Openreach previously had a fraught relationship with

Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?
Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:03

From today people will be able to spend more time gazing at their phones while on hols rather than looking at the sights as roaming charges in EU countries are abolished.

Travellers can now call, text and use their mobile data at no extra cost, regardless of the EU country they're visiting.

But there appears to be some confusion as to which countries are affected, what the ultimate impact of Brexit will be and the extent of the overall cost savings.

Luca Schiavoni, senior analyst at Ovum, believes the benefit to consumers is less clear than it may first appear.

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