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Just days after tech community abandons plans to punish internet shutdowns… Egypt goes censorship crazy
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:40

Egypt has embarked on a new wave of online censorship, blocking news websites and killing off VPN services in order to limit its citizens' access to information.

Over the past three weeks, the Egyptian authorities have blocked access to more than 50 news websites, including Al Jazeera and local newspapers Daily News Egypt, Al-Borsa, and Al-Mesryoon.

On Monday, as more and more Egyptians turned to VPN services as a way to get around the blocks, ISPs started blocking access to the websites of companies offering such services. Meanwhile, the newspapers themselves have tried to bypass the censorship by hosting their

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Farewell, slumping 40Gbps Ethernet, we hardly knew ye
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 13:58

Analyst firm IDC reckons the world's Ethernet switch market laid on 3.3 per cent growth year-on-year for the first quarter of 2017, up to US$5.66 billion.

At the same time, however, the service provider router market bore out what you'd expect if you've been watching Cisco's indifferent performances of late – it slipped by 3.7 per cent year-on-year to $3.35 billion.

Switchzilla's Ethernet switch market share bled 3.9 per cent year-on-year to 55.1 per cent, with Juniper and Arista increasing their presence in the space to 4.3 per cent (up from 3.2 per cent in Q1 2016) and 5.1 per

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Openreach to comms providers: Why can't we be friends?
Friday, 16 June 2017 01:13

The new, reformed UK network backbone Openreach wants to "get much closer" to its communications providers and hopes to make a business case for a "very sizeable" full-fibre footprint together, says chief exec Clive Selley.

Speaking at the Total Telecoms Connected Britain event in London, Selley was eager to come across as conciliatory, reaching out to providers such as TalkTalk who have been vocally opposed to Openreach's direction in the past.

The new tone follows Openreach's legal separation from BT in March after regulator Ofcom found "serious failings” in its previous setup.

BT's Openreach previously had a fraught relationship with

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?
Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:03

From today people will be able to spend more time gazing at their phones while on hols rather than looking at the sights as roaming charges in EU countries are abolished.

Travellers can now call, text and use their mobile data at no extra cost, regardless of the EU country they're visiting.

But there appears to be some confusion as to which countries are affected, what the ultimate impact of Brexit will be and the extent of the overall cost savings.

Luca Schiavoni, senior analyst at Ovum, believes the benefit to consumers is less clear than it may first appear.

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Operators and vendors agree that Europe is falling behind in 5G
Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:32

Comment Ericsson and Nokia are united on one thing, and that is Europe's failure to take a lead on 5G, a view which is supported by operators too.

In a joint statement, six operator and technology associations criticized European Union lawmakers for a "timid approach that will do little to improve Europe's chances of success" and demanded a new regulatory environment with 5G investment and innovation at its heart.

The signatories were:

  • COCIR (European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT industry)
  • Cable Europe
  • Developers Alliance
  • DigitalEurope
  • ETNO – (European Telecommunications Network Operators Association)
  • GSMA Europe

Meanwhile, Nokia’s

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Small carriers aren't showing up to IPv6 standards chats, consultant warns
Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:58

Smaller ISPs are dealing themselves out of discussions about the inevitable transition to IPv6, a Spanish consultant warns, and could find their future defined by large telcos.

Frustrated at their indifference, Jordi Palet Martinez of Consulintel has appealed for just a bit more enthusiasm (and participation) from ISPs in IPv6 decision-making.

Palet Martinez would like, for example, comment on his attempt to baseline the requirements for customer premises equipment (CPE), now that the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is inevitable (there being very few vacant IPv4 address blocks for allocation, anywhere in the world).

His draft proposes an update to

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