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UK industry mouthpiece wants 'near-universal' broadband speeds of 30Mbps by 2020
Monday, 14 August 2017 19:03

Industry mouthpiece techUK has thrown its tuppence into the debate around what Blighty's communications infrastructure should look like in 2020, calling for "near-universal" superfast broadband of 30Mbps.

The report, From Good to Great: Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy , said the key features of a world-class connectivity in 2020 would be "widely available" ultrafast connectivity of 100Mbps.

"By 2025 we would expect to see at least 90 per cent of premises having ultrafast connections available to them driven by clear market demand," it said.

"To achieve great connectivity, we must enable two things: more fibre across our telecoms networks,

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Why does the market care so much about Cisco's security biz?
Friday, 18 August 2017 20:32

Analysis Like many enterprise tech dinosaurs, Cisco has clutched at new lines of revenue for some time, positioning its security arm as the centrepiece of a long-talked-about reinvention as a software biz.

So when Switchzilla reported lacklustre growth in security of 3 per cent to $558m (£433m) for its fourth quarter results this week, the stock market was quick to punish the business by wiping 2.5 per cent off its market capitalisation.

Security had been one of the few major sustained growth areas, with the full-year result for that side of the portfolio up 9 per cent overall to $2.1bn.

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Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 07:46

The world's internet providers and sysadmins need to make sure they are running up-to-date software or they risk cutting their customers off from the internet in October, DNS overseer ICANN has warned.

Following a process that started back in May 2016 , the cryptographic keys that secure the foundations of the domain name system will be updated for the first time.

Following the May 2016 test, in February a new key signing key (KSK) was created so people could add it to their software. That new key was then published in the DNS last month, and it will be used

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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 06:08

US telecom goliath Verizon has replaced its single unlimited phone plan with four new options that all throttle video and bandwidth.

The telco says that its four new plans will allow customers to get unlimited data allowances at a lower monthly cost – $75 for a single line and $40 per line in a bundle of 4 or more – so long as they don't mind certain limits on what they can get.

Specifically, each of the four plans limits the quality of streamed video. Three of the plans (go unlimited, prepaid unlimited and business unlimited) limit users to "DVD

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 20:52

Updated Virgin Media is seemingly suffering a series of outages accross the country, with aggrieved customers using alternate methods to air their ire at the telco.

A number of Virgin's customers have been in contact with us over the past day or so to complain about not receiving the service they have paid for.

"All I could get from their customer service was that it was a major outage affecting area 3, which is South London," Reg reader Barry told us. "I can't believe they have not admitted the scale of the problem or offered any apologies never mind compensation

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Who needs 5G? Qualcomm, Ericsson and Verizon hit 1Gbps with LTE gear
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 08:14

A group of researchers working for Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm say they have hit a record 1.07Gbps download rate with LTE hardware.

The three companies say that, in a controlled Ericsson lab, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 chipset was able to use Verizon spectrum to access 12 simultaneous LTE streams and pull data at a gigabit rate through licensed commercial bands.

The test also used multi-antenna 4X MIMO hardware for both the cell tower and the device itself, meaning you would need latest-gen hardware for not only your device but the carrier's tower as well.

Still, the results are significant as

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