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Nominet shakes up system for expiring .uk domains, just happens to choose one that will make it £millions. Again
Wednesday, 22 July 2020 18:56

Analysis UK internet registry operator Nominet has decided to reform the way in which expired .uk domains are released and, to no one's surprise, has decided that the best solution is one that will result in it receiving millions of pounds in profit.

Last week, the organisation published [PDF] what it says is a "consultation" on the process of making expired domains available, though industry insiders soon discovered that a decision had already been made.

Rather than let domains expire and be picked up by registered Nominet members who then market and sell the domains to you and I –

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It's a process: Nokia pushes out its first private 5G standalone product, eyes industrial types
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 18:03

Telecoms giant Nokia has lifted the lid on a fast, low-latency cellular connection for industrial kit – its private 5G SA (standalone) product, with some of it to be plumbed into a test mine near the Finnish city of Tampere.

At the heart of the kit – which spins up a local cellular network – is a new 5G SA core network product, compartmentalised and commoditised to be deployed on-campus. This connects to the firm's AirScale radio and baseband equipment.

Speaking to The Register , Nokia declined to comment on costs, but suggested that the next-gen private network services would

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Networking boffins detect wide abuse of IPv4 addresses bought on secondary market
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 17:29

Malicious actors are abusing the secondary market for IPv4 addresses, according to Lancaster University lecturer Vasileios Giotsas , University College London research and teaching assistant and postdoctoral fellow Ioana Livadariu from Norway's Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering.

In a recent paper titled A first look at the misuse and abuse of the IPv4 Transfer Market [PDF], the three explain how IP address depletion saw regional internet registries establish transfer markets for the increasingly-hard-to-find IPv4 addresses.

“However, the IPv4 market has been poorly regulated due to the lack of widely adopted IP prefix ownership authentication mechanisms, inconsistent contractual requirements between

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HPE opens 5G kit-testing lab where vendors can play with the toys, see what works best
Friday, 24 July 2020 02:02

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has cut the ribbon on a new lab that will allow cellular vendors to test interoperable networking kit.

The outift's 5G Lab, located in the Colorado city of Fort Collins, is designed to allow operators to mix and match networking kit in order to determine whether a particular combination works well together.

HPE has already signed up several hardware and software vendors – including Nokia, Intel, Red Hat and MetaSwitch – all of which contributed technology and expertise to the firm's 5G Lab. Access is also available to operators that have joined HPE's Partner Ready Program.

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Smoke on the Tyne: Blaze at BT exchange causes major outages across North East England
Friday, 24 July 2020 01:05

Thousands of customers of BT's fixed-line broadband and telephone services are experiencing major disruption in North East England after an exchange in Newcastle caught fire.

PlusNet, TalkTalk and EE customers are also affected, as well as smaller broadband slingers using BT's wholesale network. Specialist ISP Andrew & Arnold began reporting issues around lunchtime earlier today , quoting BT as saying: "We are currently experiencing a fire in one of our exchanges in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

"The fire brigade are on site and mains power to the site has been isolated. This is impacting all services in the area. All of

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If you want to design and make your own 5nm high-end system-on-chip, Marvell's offering ASIC-as-a-service
Thursday, 23 July 2020 22:30

Marvell will today formally open the doors of its bespoke tailor shop, though rather than cutting and sewing cloth, it's crafting custom 5nm semiconductors.

Simply put it'll work like this: imagine you're an organization that wants to design its own computer chip to efficiently process a particular workload, such as machine-learning, 5G networking, or network security, or why not all three?

You approach US chip giant Marvell, and pick and choose blocks of technology from its semiconductor library – such as its Ethernet and Flash memory controllers, network interfaces, and AI and encryption accelerators – that your custom component will

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