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nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic
Friday, 17 February 2017 12:51

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced changes to the network capacity charge (CVC) it charges internet service providers.

The CVC is important because it's one of two costs nbn™ imposes on ISPs. The first is the monthly access charge (AVC), a per-month-per-subscriber fee that is broadly analogous to a line rental fee, albeit with some variability for different bandwidths. The CVC is rather more complex and covers the amount of bandwidth a retailer will consume within each of the NBN's Connectivity Serving Areas.

Retail ISPs have long argued that the CVC is too

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Google yanks workers from ISP outfit, it's THE FIBER COUNTDOWN
Friday, 17 February 2017 07:58

Google is once again pulling resources out of its Fiber network venture – this time it's employees.

The Mountain View advertising broker told us it is indeed moving a number of employees from Access, the branch of parent company Alphabet that handles Fiber. The workers are not being laid off, but rather are going to take jobs at other parts of the sprawling organization, we're told.

Overseeing the slimmed-down Access and Fiber will be telco industry veteran Greg McCray, who takes over the CEO role that has sat vacant since last October when Craig Barrett stepped down from the job.

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Why I had to sue the FCC – VoIP granddaddy Dan Berninger
Friday, 17 February 2017 05:11

Interview One of the grandaddies of VoIP is taking America's comms watchdog, the FCC, to the US Supreme Court over net neutrality – and he's told us why.

It’s life or death, says Dan Berninger, whose startup works on high quality voice services, and could be killed by the regulator at a stroke.

Berninger led the Bell Labs team that first assessed VoIP, and his career took him to NASA, Verizon, HP and a string of startups - helping get Vonage off the ground. In 2012, Berninger founded the nonprofit Voice Communication Exchange , modeled on TV’s Grand Alliance, which

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Virgin Media swallows 215,000 new fibre customers in Blighty
Thursday, 16 February 2017 23:42

Revenue at Virgin Media rose 1 per cent to £1,227m for its fourth quarter results, with the firm having also signed up 215,000 more users to its £3bn Project Lighting network expansion.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization rose 8 per cent to £583m in its preliminary results today. Virgin Media now has 464,000 customers signed up to its fibre network, which promises to connect an extra 4 million homes and businesses to "ultrafast" speeds by 2020.

During 2016, Virgin Media - which is owned by Liberty Global - said it had spent £377m in total as part of its

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done
Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:07

You may have heard this before, but we are really, really running out of public IPv4 addresses.

This week, the regional internet registry responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean, LACNIC, announced it has moved to "phase 3" of its plan to dispense with the remaining network addresses, meaning that only companies that have not received any IPv4 space are eligible. There is no phase 4.

That means LACNIC is down to its last 4,698,112 public IPv4 addresses (although that may increase as it recovers a little bit of space over time). If you are eligible for more addresses, you're

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Hutchison's 3UK and Google push 3.5 GHz on both sides of the pond
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:35

Analysis Some are talking about 3.5 GHz as a 5G band, but Hutchison’s deal to acquire UK Broadband to bolster its 3UK arm is all about the good old fight for LTE spectrum.

This deal shows that it is not just the US’s opening of its 3.5 GHz band, via its CBRS scheme, that has thrust this spectrum into the limelight. In many parts of the world, airwaves between 3.4 GHz and 3.9 GHz are more simply available than in the US, and are finally being appreciated for their potential to add capacity to wireless networks without waiting for 5G’s

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