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Another slice of Brocade carved off: Mavenir buys packet core business
Thursday, 03 August 2017 12:02

Pretty much the last bits of Brocade have been sold, with the news that Mavenir Systems has slurped the networking company's virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) product range, intellectual property, and development lab.

As well as picking up Brocade's Mumbai R&D facility, the buyer says it's going to retain key Brocade staff in other locations so it can meet customer support and maintenance contracts.

Mavenir Systems is staying mum on the price of its purchase.

Announcing the acquisition, Mavenir says the vEPC software will support its 5G network core push.

Last year, Broadcom put up US$5.9 billion to acquire Brocade

Post Office puts stamp on ISP minnow Fuel
Thursday, 03 August 2017 01:20

The Post Office has today completed its acquisition of ISP Fuel Broadband, adding 60,000 customers to its UK network.

Prior to the migration, Blighty's Post Office had about 460,000 telecoms customers. ISP Review has reported that 180,000 of those are broadband subscribers. It did not disclose how much cash was splashed on the deal.

Fuel and the Post Office already use a wholesale service from TalkTalk.

At the end of last year the Mirai botnet affected hundreds of thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office broadband customers.

Meredith Sharples, director of telecoms at Post Office, said: "The acquisition demonstrates our commitment

Internet's backroom boffins' big brainwave: Put people first in future
Friday, 04 August 2017 07:06

The Internet Engineering Task Force is being asked to formally adopt its informal philosophy that when it comes to new standards and protocols, end users' needs must come first.

The "best current practice" drawn up by Internet Architecture Board (IAB) member Mark Nottingham – currently in its fifth draft – states simply that its purpose is to ensure that "Internet Standards consider end users as their highest-priority concern."

That may seem like an obvious statement – internet standards have always been developed with widespread adoption and the average internet user in mind – but in recent years, corporate influence on

Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:21

A proposal to tightly lock down localhost as a reserved top-level domain name has bubbled up to the surface again at the Internet Engineering Task Force.

The hostname localhost is used just about everywhere: it's useful for referring to the computer you're using in front of you, or whatever machine a piece of software is running on. It's useful during the development of applications and networked systems. So useful, in fact, that it is one of a very few "special" names given formal protection on the internet (the others being "test," "example," and "invalid").

But, as Google engineer Mike West

Big Switch, HPE, in 'You complete me. No, you complete me' tryst
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:07

Big Switch Networks and HPE have buddied up to push other's stuff and the concept of open networking.

The deal will see HPE resell Big Switch's Big Mon and Cloud Fabric on its Altoline switches.

HPE's kit isn't very good at the kind of monitoring Big Switch's products can enable, so HPE feels the deal gives it the chance to sell to clients who like to keep on top of network traffic for security or granular network grooming. Such tasks are often the province of carriers and like any sensible vendor both HPE and Big Switch want some of them

Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 19:04

Broadband in Blighty ranks 31st in the world, with average speeds of 16.51Mbps, according to a comprehensive analysis.

Singapore topped the list with speeds of 55Mbps. Both Romania and Bulgaria beat the UK, racking up average speeds of 21.33Mbps and 17.54Mbps respectively. Yemen came last with speeds of 0.34Mbps.

The data of 63 million global broadband speed tests was collected across the 12 months up to 10 May this year by research bods M-Lab and compiled by broadband price comparison site Cable.co.uk.

Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, said: "Relatively speaking, we are near the top of the table.

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