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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 21:18

Openreach has finally started removing BT's logo from its 22,000 vans, "unveiling its new branding" four months after the former UK state monopoly agreed to a legal separation of its broadband division.

The changes will begin this month and continue over the next four years on all vehicles, customer-facing websites and apps, stationery, employee workwear and passcards, buildings and signs.

The rebranding includes a purple logo with "fibre-like" light threads breaking up the solid colour.

Openreach employs 30,400 people and said it was rolling out the "rebrand" at a pace that would allow it "to reduce costs and minimise the

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Ofcom creates watchdog specifically to make sure Openreach is behaving
Thursday, 13 July 2017 22:19

Regulator Ofcom has created a dedicated Openreach Monitoring Unit, in a move reminiscent of the naughty kid at school being forced to sit next to the teacher.

The body will watch Openreach to ensure it delivers progress towards its network division becoming legally separate from BT , following the outcome of the Digital Communications Review in March.

This week Openreach began removing BT's logo from its 22,000 vans as part of the separation.

Ofcom said it expects the reformed Openreach to engage with industry to deliver widespread fibre networks offering fast, reliable broadband. "The new company should provide a good

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Juniper admins: Grab your bug-zappers and load 22 rounds
Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:03

Juniper Networks has released 22 patches and security notices.

To be fair on the Gin Palace, not all of them are self-inflicted: some are catch-ups on patches from open source libraries. These include patches for ISC BIND, the GD graphics library libgd , the NTP (network time protocol) daemon, RPD (the routing protocol daemon), and the like.

If you're running Junos OS in a virtualised environment, patch against CVE-2017-2341 . The VM's privileges can be escalated to host-level.

Juniper describes it as an authentication error, and it impacts vSRX and SRX firewall/gateway software, various QFX data centre switches, the ACX

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Cisco gobbles up security cloud upstart Observable Networks
Friday, 14 July 2017 04:44

Cisco hopes to boost its enterprise security gear by snapping up real-time network behavior monitoring startup Observable Networks.

No financial details were disclosed regarding the deal. The biz, located in Saint Louis, Missouri, was founded in 2011 and raised $4.4m (£3.4m) from investors.

Switchzilla intends to use Observable to build out its Stealthwatch platform in the cloud, as the startup's tech runs on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Observable's CEO Bryan Doerr said: "We view this as both a validation of our company's realization of a big idea and an opportunity to take this big idea onto a bigger

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Multi-gig broadband spec passes interop test at Verizon
Monday, 17 July 2017 09:59

Verizon is ramping up its multi-gigabit optical broadband work with interop tests for its implementation of the OpenOMCI specification.

OpenOMCI is a management specification covering the interaction between optical modems (the Optical Network Terminal, ONT) in the home and the upstream Optical Line Terminal (OLT), and is part of the multi-Gbps NG-PON2 (Next Generation Passive Optical Network 2) standardisation effort.

Announcing the interop test outcomes, Verizon explains OpenOMCI is aligned with the ITU's G.989.3 work.

OpenOMCI's role is to automate OLT-ONT interactions under software control – which puts a premium on interoperability. Verizon's partners in its recent tests were ADTRAN,

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TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:13

Sales at broadband provider TalkTalk dropped by 3 per cent in the company's first quarter, with an extra 20,000 new customers failing to offset the drop.

The company blamed the full in revenue on a fall in overall consumer sales. No figure was provided for the three months to the end of June.

However, full-year guidance remained unchanged, with earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation expected to be somewhere between £270m and £300m.

“These effects are expected to moderate as the base grows, and we drive fibre take up and other products such as TV. As a result we

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