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Cisco to trial direct online sales
Friday, 09 March 2018 08:55

Cisco's going to have a crack at direct sales online.

Cisco's veep for Australia and New Zealand yesterday told the Cisco Live! event in Melbourne that it's currently possible to buy his company's kit online from the company, but that finding out how to do it is not easy.

Cisco's online direct sales presence is obscure because it's sells mostly through channel middlemen. But Boal said some customers, especially smaller outfits, want to buy from Cisco online. The company will therefore soon meet their desires.

The effort will start small: Boal said Australia will be "the vanguard" of the online

Ethernet sales growing, but routing's been routed by software
Thursday, 08 March 2018 19:40

If you watch the fortunes of the big names in switching, you probably won't be surprised to hear that the market is only recording modest growth.

According to analyst clan IDC's wrap of calendar year 2017's shipments, the switch business added a mere 3.2 per cent year-on-year in Q4 2017 to reach US$6.9 billion for the quarter, while the full-year $25.7bn represented 5.4 per cent growth.

Routers, IDC says , grew four per cent in the year to reach $15.2bn.

The switching and routing markets are broadly following the same long-term trends IDC identified last year : big data centres

Help me, cloudy-WAN-Ciscobi, my SaaS needs A New Hope
Thursday, 08 March 2018 15:03

Cisco has decided that wide area networks need more automated attention, so has released two complementary WAN analytics products.

The company’s interest in WAN performance comes from its observation that plenty of organisations are more WAN-reliant than ever before, either to connect remote offices to HQ or to access infrastructure or software hosted in clouds. Cisco reckons WAN dependency and spend is up, but manageability has remained steady. That means organisations often run a WAN that sends traffic back to HQ, even though it is bound for SaaS applications. Taking that traffic the long way around is expensive, stresses networks

Global race for 5G heats up with latest US Congress bill
Thursday, 08 March 2018 09:30

Analysis A global race to roll out next-generation 5G mobile networks has intensified with the approval of new legislation by the US House of Representatives.

The peculiarly titled Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act [PDF] – designed to spell out the name of a staff director of a key Congressional committee, Ray Baum, who died last month – includes a wide range of measures but most critically sets the stage for 5G networks in the US.

Key among them are the Spectrum Deposits Act and the Mobile Now Act, both designed to streamline the auction

Broadcom baits hook with promise of $1.5bn investment fund to catch Qualcomm
Thursday, 08 March 2018 06:15

Broadcom says it will earmark $1.5bn for funding of 5G wireless broadband networks as part of its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm.

The chip designer said Wednesday that, should its $117bn buyout plan for Qualcomm go through, it will set up a $1.5bn fund to "focus on innovation to train and educate the next generation of engineers in the US."

"Importantly, Broadcom will fund enhanced R&D through lawful business practices rather than predatory and anticompetitive behavior," Broadcom says.

"There is no truth to Qualcomm's argument that its anticompetitive licensing practices are needed to fund a robust R&D effort."

The statement comes

Ofcom to probe Three and Vodafone over network throttling
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 23:27

Gummy mouthed watchdog Ofcom has launched a probe into whether Three and Vodafone breached the EU's net neutrality rules by throttling certain services on their networks.

The UK regulator is investigating whether some of the 4G mobile plans offered by operators are compliant with Europe's Open Internet Access Regulation 2015.

Under EU regulations, which came into effect on 30 April 2016, providers must treat all internet traffic on their networks equally, and must not give preferential treatment to any particular sites or services.

Ofcom is specifically looking at Three's practices of restricting tethering, putting limits on the devices in which

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