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Extreme Networks confirms it's buying Avaya's network biz
Thursday, 01 June 2017 13:02

Avaya and Extreme Networks have confirmed that the former will sell its networking business to the latter, for “approximately US$100m”.

The two flagged the deal in March, but because Avaya was courting other bids it's taken a while for Extreme to be confirmed as the buyer.

Now both companies have emitted canned statements saying the deal is done, or will be once all the lawyering, signing and rubber-stamping is done ahead of an expected July 1st closing date.

Avaya's selling the networking business it needs cash to help it restructure debts it has struggled to service, and wants to focus

Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:36

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have all decided that the in- El Reg 's-view-inexplicable WiFi4EU project is a fine idea worthy of €120m to ensure “every European village and every city with free wireless internet ac­cess around the main centres of public life by 2020."

The agreement between the Parliament, Council and Commission will see “6,000 to 8,000 municipalities” offered the chance to participate in a “simple and non-bureaucratic process” that will see them handed the cash needed to buy, install and maintain WiFi kit for three years. Cities and towns have to pay for internet services themselves.


ViaSat lofts world's most powerful communications satellite into orbit
Friday, 02 June 2017 08:48

American comms specialist ViaSat is set to put the world's most powerful communications satellite into orbit on Thursday afternoon atop an Ariane rocket.

The launch – scheduled for 1645 PDT (Friday 2345 UTC) from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana – will see the 6,418kg (14,149lb) Boeing-built ViaSat 2 sent up into geostationary orbit to provide high-speed data coverage from Northern and Central America to Istanbul, and for aircraft flying across the Atlantic.

"We did have a contract with SpaceX to use the Falcon Heavy lifter for ViaSat 2," the firm's president Rick Baldridge told The Register .


If you live in a network lab, you'll get gigabit NBN over HFC soon
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 09:39

If you build a hybrid-fibre coax network in a lab, nbn™ says it can support 1 Gbps down / 100 Mbps up performance.

Never mind that the actual HFC networks nbn™ will use have spent years hanging off poles and have to deal with real-world problems like contention, nbn™ wants us to know it's made HFC go very fast so it can show us an upgrade path to DOCSIS 3.1 and therefore show the federal government's multi-technology mix (MTM) strategy won't leave Australia reliant on old-school slow broadband.

The company says it will run further DOCSIS 3.1 test in the

EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi
Monday, 05 June 2017 18:01

Opinion A group of European governing institutions has approved a programme to invest €120m (£105m, $134.7m) in public Wi-Fi hotspots in over 6,000 municipalities in all European Union member states by 2020.

The WiFi4EU initiative, first proposed last September, is a stern disregard for recent history – which has seen the closure of almost every muni Wi-Fi project ever launched.

To demonstrate how the project is poised to be a colossal waste of money, iPass data counts that Europe currently has 87 million community Wi-Fi hotspots, otherwise called Homespots, in 12,721 municipalities, with retail being the most common area with

So despite all the cash ploughed into big data, no one knows how to make it profitable
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 19:01

Mountains of cash keep pouring into the titans of big data despite the world's inability to do much of value with their software.

To wit, in its last fiscal year, Cloudera pulled in over $260m, with analysts projecting over $330m for 2017. Hortonworks, for its part, yanked down $184m, up from $121m in 2015. Outside the open-source elite, Splunk keeps chugging along, driving roughly $1bn in its last fiscal year, up from $668m the year before.

Despite this impressive revenue growth across the board, however, each aforementioned company is haemorrhaging cash as they feverishly spend on marketing and sales. But

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