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Google routing blunder sent Japan's Internet dark on Friday
Monday, 28 August 2017 08:35

Last Friday, someone in Google fat-thumbed a border gateway protocol (BGP) advertisement and sent Japanese Internet traffic into a black hole.

The trouble began when The Chocolate Factory “leaked” a big route table to Verizon, the result of which was traffic from Japanese giants like NTT and KDDI was sent to Google on the expectation it would be treated as transit.

Since Google doesn't provide transit services, as BGP Mon explains, that traffic either filled a link beyond its capacity, or hit an access control list, and disappeared.

The outage in Japan only lasted a couple of hours, but was

DC court says Dish skirted rules in US airwave auction
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:08

A US Court of Appeals has upheld US broadband watchdog the FCC's decision to bar companies connected to satellite provider Dish Network from claiming discounts on their bids in a 2014 wireless spectrum auction.

The DC Circuit's ruling Tuesday said the commission was right to withhold $3.3bn in small business credits claimed by SNR Wireless LicenseCo and Northstar Wireless on the grounds they were both fronts for the satellite TV giant.

The two LLCs were among the companies bidding in the FCC's AWS-3 auction , a sell-off that saw companies commit $45bn for airwave space for use with wireless networks.

EE!? The sound customers make when the interwebz don't work
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 19:30

'EE!' (ESB Professional/Shutterstock)

EE broadband customers have been unable to get online this morning, due to what seems to be a major nationwide outage.

According to monitoring site Down Detector, the problem began this morning with customers reporting access issues in Wales, Exeter, Manchester and Birmingham.

One EE customer tweeted that the biz had confirmed that UK land broadband is down and engineers are investigating the problem, which they hope to resolve by around 11am today.

Punters took to Twitter to complain:

One user suggested it was a DNS problem:

In response to one customer, EE said: "We're still investigating

nbn™ adds premises to FTTC, HFC, slims down FTTN build
Friday, 01 September 2017 10:46

There's nothing wrong with fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), nothing at all – but nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has decided to move more than a million premises onto other technologies.

News of the change came in a new corporate plan released yesterday, which detailed how lucky householders who don't get stuck with FTTN will instead get hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) or fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC). When the network is completed in 2020, nbn™ says, just under 40 per cent of premises will be offered FTTN connections. FTTC (more than a million premises, around 8.6 per cent of the total) and HFC

Three formally submits legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum rules
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 23:04

Mobile operator Three has formally filed its legal challenge to cap the forthcoming spectrum auction at 37 per cent, prompting fears that extra 4G airwave capacity and the rollout of 5G could be delayed.

Given the amount of noise Three has made in recent months about its intention to fight Ofcom in court, the filing comes as little surprise. It follows Ofcom's decision not to cap the total ownership of spectrum at 30 per cent, which Three had campaigned hard to secure.

Three's basis for the challenge was prompted by concerns that the 37 per cent cap on spectrum is not

Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 15:03

Fire your network administrators, hire developers instead, and stop expecting networking equipment vendors to provide anything more valuable than free lunches.

That's the advice from games-maker Electronic Arts director of technical engagement Peyton Koran, who delivered a talk titled “The Impacts of Cloud Computing and Open Source on the Networking Industry” at the Future:Net conference that ran alongside last week's VMworld 2017.

Peyton's argument suggests that software development is now many organisations' core competency, but that networking vendors require competency running their proprietary products. That in turn creates a need for procurement competency and licensing competency, even though they're not

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