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ZTE-gads! Chinese giant fined $900m by Uncle Sam for Iran trade deals
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 06:41

Chinese giant ZTE has been fined $900m by the US government for skirting trade blocks by selling comms hardware to Iran.

Today in a Texas district court, ZTE pleaded guilty to busting sanctions, obstructing justice, and lying to investigators. The corp has also settled out of court with the US Department of Commerce, and the treasury department. The fine will be split between these two departments and the Department of Justice.

The Chinese goliath will have to cough up a further $300m if it flouts the terms of its settlement within the next seven years.

ZTE was charged in 2016

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Where in the world is Fast.co.uk web hosting?
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 02:53

Web hosting services at Fast.co.uk are out of action in what would appear to be the final nail in the supplier's coffin.

Back in December, Fast.co.uk, which used supplier 186k for its broadband services, advised customers to seek other providers as it was unable to "continue to supply" broadband services. Leeds-based 186k sells BT Wholesale as a package to small businesses and home users.

The Register contacted Fast.co.uk via email but got a bounce-back. Its website and phone lines are also unavailable. The last capture of its website on Waybackmachine was in January.

One customer got in touch with The

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Looks who's bailed out internet-satellite provider IntelSat? It's... Softbank?
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 20:05

Comment Softbank has arrived as the unlikely white knight to save Luxembourg-based internet-satellite provider Intelsat from running out of cash. It has injected debt funding and proposed a merger through its LEO satellite firm OneWeb. Now bondholders for Intelsat must give the deal the go-ahead.

The deal came just as IntelSat announced its Q4 numbers with revenue of $550.7m and full-year 2016 revenue of $2.2bn. It said it had EBITDA of $407m for the quarter and $990m for the year. When you add the $8.7bn it has in contracted dealflow, that should mean the company is out of danger, as

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Public IPv4 drought: Verizon Wireless to stop handing out static addys
Friday, 10 March 2017 11:00

Verizon Wireless will soon stop issuing public static IPv4 addresses to its business customers “due to a shortage of available addresses.”

Instead, it will dish out persistent prefix IPv6 addresses. If you're a Verizon customer and you need a static public address for an IPv4-only device, you'll have to replace that hardware with something that's IPv6 compatible (and not from the tech Stone Age).

The US carrier has written to customers to inform them of a June 30, 2017 deadline after which it will be IPv6 or bust for those who want to assign anything a fixed public IP address

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Oh my God, 911 is down. Quick, call… aaargh!
Friday, 10 March 2017 06:56

AT&T suffered an America-wide outage of 911 emergency calls Wednesday evening, sparking some degree of panic and a swift response from US comms regulator, the FCC.

The full scale of the problem is not yet known, and AT&T has yet to put out a response beyond a tweet acknowledging the problem and another one a little under an hour later saying the emergency service had been restored.

Initial reports that the failure was limited to a small part of the country were quickly undermined by reports on Twitter of people from all over the US registering their surprise and anger.

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ZTE blow as UK.gov suspends Chinese telco's visa scheme
Friday, 10 March 2017 00:17

Exclusive The UK has suspended ZTE from the immigration scheme used by foreign companies to allow foreign nationals to work locally, The Register can exclusively reveal.

The Home Office has suspended the Tier 2 visa sponsor license for the Chinese state-owned telecomms giant, the fourth largest supplier of telecommunications equipment in the world.

The Register understands that ZTE had not fulfilled its duties under the Tier 2 scheme, which includes a “robust compliance system”.

Home Office staff have been increasing their inspections of Tier 2 visa scheme sponsors over the past year.

ZTE is absent from the most recent register

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