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Roses are reddish, exam-takers more so: Cisco's test price hike's a smack to the torso
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 22:12

Spare a thought for those taking the Cisco CCNA assessments, who are facing a 32 per cent hike in fees this month without warning.

One reader got in touch with El Reg to report they had noticed the increase as they were re-booking a failed exam at the weekend. That cost £100+VAT in January but is now £132+VAT when re-booked.

He said: "I'm a lowly IT engineer that is working through their CCNA and have come to realise that Cisco has stealth-bumped their exams at the start of February."

He added: "Seeing as I'm self-funding this it's a bit of

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Cisco's Visual Networking Index: Rather optimistic traffic numbers, aren't they?
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 21:24

Updated One of the toughest jobs in this industry is analyzing out the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index. First you have to get your head around all those numbers which are impossible to visualise, like exabytes. And then you start to see questions in the logic, and wonder if perhaps Cisco has gone too far off in one direction or another.

The release this month has a great start , reminding us that by 2021, more people will be using mobile phones (5.5 billion) than have bank accounts (5.4 billion), or running water (5.3 billion), or landlines (2.9 billion).

Oops,

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Cisco sacrifices iron, pushes gateway protection into cloud
Monday, 13 February 2017 14:57

Cisco's decided that the network perimeter is the wrong place for a Web gateway, so it's floating one into the cloud.

Switchzilla, bowing to the inevitable decomposition of products into software, is pouring scorn on hardware gateways as inadequate and insecure as part of the pitch for its new "Umbrella" product.

As a cloud-based secure internet gateway (SIG), Umbrella “stops current and emergent threats over all ports and protocols for the most comprehensive coverage. It blocks access to malicious domains, URLs, IPs, and files before a connection is ever established or a file downloaded.”

That, quoth Cisco, sets Umbrella apart

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Crims in £160m broadband scam facing 44 years of porridge
Saturday, 11 February 2017 04:06

Four men, who conned Barclays Bank and Belgian banking group KBC out of £160m in a super fast broadband scam, have today been sentenced to a collective 44 years in the clink.

The individuals presented bogus broadband contracts to the banks, which were tricked into issuing huge loans to H20 Networks through Total Asset Finance. Those businesses purported to roll out fibre optic cables across the UK.

H2O supplied fibre-optic internet cable connections and its unique selling point was that it used sewers as channels for these internet cables. It targeted public institutions such as local authorities, universities, colleges and

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nbn™ tops AU$400 million half-year revenue
Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:24

Australia's National Broadband Network is closing in on a million active fibre-to-the-premises users and topped AU$400 million for the first half of its 2017 financial year.

First-half results for network-building company nbn™, announced here , also reveal nearly 450,000 active fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) users as of December 31, 2016.

However, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) remains the most popular fixed line service. More than two-thirds of the 1,452,396 homes that have fibre available have connected, while FTTN has only managed a 31 per cent adoption rate.

The total active user base is now 1.65 million, with 154,000 on fixed wireless, nearly 65,000 on satellite,

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Guilty! Four blokes conned banks in £160m fibre broadband scam
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 23:06

Four men in the UK have been found guilty of swindling Barclays Bank and Belgian banking group KBC out of £160m in a super-fast broadband scam.

Total Asset Finance Ltd (TAF), which went into administration in 2011, had been working with H2O Networks to roll out fibre optic cables across Blighty.

H2O supplied fibre-optic internet cable connections and its unique selling point was that it used sewers as channels for these internet cables. H2O targeted public institutions such as local authorities, universities, colleges and the NHS with long-term payment contracts.

The Serious Fraud Office said the defendants had presented bogus

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