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Finally, made it to the weekend, time to breathe, relax, and... Cloudflare's taken down a chunk of the web
Saturday, 18 July 2020 08:32

Global internet glue Cloudflare experienced a brief network outage on Friday that broke multiple apps and websites, including your humble Register .

On its status page , as of Jul 17, 21:37 UTC, the DNS-and-everything-else provider said it was "investigating issues with Cloudflare Resolver and our edge network in certain locations," and warned that customers in certain regions may experience failures or errors.

Affected services included the Cloudflare API and Cloudflare Recursive DNS, both of which were listed as having degraded performance. And in various regions around the world where Cloudflare handles network traffic, the status page said data is

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Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries says it's built its own 5G kit and hopes to sell to all comers
Friday, 17 July 2020 16:28

Indian industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries has announced that it has developed its own 5G network infrastructure and hopes to offer it as a manged service to carriers worldwide.

At its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, chairman, Mukesh Ambani, said that the group's telecoms unit had developed a "complete 5G solution from scratch... using 100 per cent homegrown technologies and solutions."

Customer number one will be Jio Platforms, the Reliance-owned carrier that has recently attracted investment from Google, Intel, Facebook and many others .

"Because of Jio's converged, all-IP network architecture, we can easily upgrade our 4G network to 5G," said

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UK mobile network Vodafone channels its inner stroppy teen, begs government to cancel upcoming 5G auction
Friday, 17 July 2020 02:41

Vodafone has urged the UK government to cancel Ofcom's upcoming 5G spectrum auction, where carriers can bid for access to the 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz bands.

The telco had argued the regulator should take a different approach, with operators paying a set price for access and spectrum evenly distributed.

Speaking to The Reg, Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffrey argued that squeezed UK telcos face the lowest ROIs in the world, and are set to face additional costs following this week's ban of Huawei from the national 5G networks .

"Now is the time to consider a new way to manage these

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Worldpay stops turning in the UK, leaving trail of thoroughly miffed retailers and customers
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 01:48

Global online payment provider Worldpay is experiencing an ongoing outage affecting businesses and organisations in the UK.

The company, acquired by FIS in July 2019 for $43bn, said in a statement to The Register : "Worldpay from FIS is experiencing processing issues in certain markets believed to be driven by an equipment change issue.

"Payments through our card terminals are not affected. We are working with our equipment vendor to resolve this issue as a matter of urgency and hope to have the issue resolved soon."

Worldpay would not disclose which equipment provider was the source of the issue.

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Cisco restores evidence of its funniest FAIL – ethernet cable presses switch's reset button
Monday, 20 July 2020 19:02

Cisco watchers may recall that the company is infamous for two particularly odd bug reports.

One attributes networking glitches to “cosmic radiation” or “Terrestrial high energy cosmic particles, neutrons, protons, pions and muons.”

The other points out that “Certain types of snagless Ethernet cables have protective boots that extend too far forward and above the plastic latching tab.”

Which is a problem because: “When this type of cable is installed in Port 1 of any 48-port model of the Cisco Catalyst C3650 or C3850 Series switches, the boot might press and hold the Mode button, which invokes Express Setup and

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Philippines to install 23,000 free public WiFi hotspots
Monday, 20 July 2020 12:58

The Philippines has revealed plans to install 23,100 free WiFi sites to help adapt the country to remote work and education during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said on Friday that it had earmarked 7.7bn pesos ($155m) to increase the number of free WiFi spots at public institutions by five and a half times.

The funding will go towards the "Free WiFi for All Program", which was launched in 2016. The initiative aims to "accelerate economic, social, and educational opportunities" by providing wifi point at public institutions across the country. The program has

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