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Cheap cellular data list is out: And US doesn't make top 200
Tuesday, 26 July 2022 20:37

The UK has climbed the rankings for cost per 1GB of mobile data, according to a report from Cable.co.uk, and has reached the dizzying heights of 59th place.

While at first glance the placing doesn't seem that much to celebrate, the $0.79 per gigabyte is a considerable improvement from 12 months ago, where the UK ranked 78th at $1.48 per gigabyte.

It is also an intriguing finding considering inflationary pressures elsewhere in the British economy.

Noting the improvement in the results of the UK, Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, said: "Contrary to what one might expect as the

After config error takes down Rogers, it promises to spend billions on reliability
Tuesday, 26 July 2022 04:45

Canadian telecom giant Rogers will spend C$10 billion ($7.7 billion) to ensure that day-long outage earlier this month doesn't happen again, its CEO has said.

We have also learned that, according to Rogers, the IT breakdown was caused by an early morning configuration update that jammed too much traffic through the ISP's central routers, leaving them unable to function properly for wired and wireless customers.

Tony Staffieri made the spending pledge on Sunday in a letter shared via Rogers' website. He also described a four-point "enhanced reliability" action plan that he hopes hopes will "restore [customer] confidence in Rogers and

Price, lead times and scarcity of fiber optics may derail projects
Monday, 25 July 2022 23:00

The price of fiber optic cables is shooting up, more than doubling in just 16 months due to massive demand from datacenter and network providers with supply shortfall exacerbated by disruption in production.

According to market researcher Cru Group, average prices have soared from record lows of $3.70 per fiber kilometer in March 2021 to $6.30, and this could dampen the deadlines for significant projects.

“Given that the cost of deployment has suddenly doubled, there are now questions around whether countries are going to be able to meet targets set for infrastructure build, and whether this could have an impact

Intel’s smartNICs probably aren’t for you (yet) says Intel
Monday, 25 July 2022 22:15

Unless you happen to be running a cloud or hyperscale datacenter, Intel’s infrastructure processing units (IPU) probably aren’t for you, at least not yet.

Accelerators, like Intel’s Mount Evans chips, represent an extreme point on a spectrum. The IPU was built in collaboration with Google for their datacenters, Nick McKeown, who leads Intel’s Network and Edge Group, told The Register .

But rest assured, McKeown believes IPUs will find their way down market before long. “It’ll become a class of device that I think we will look back and say, ‘it's as important as the CPU, memory, and other accelerators,’”

There is a path to replace TCP in the datacenter
Thursday, 28 July 2022 03:30

One of the most entrenched standards of the last forty years, the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), might be seeing the end of the line, at least for applications in some of the world's largest datacenters.

For the rest of the world though, the hassle factor of a shift might be too heavy to bear, even if 100X faster message delivery capabilities are within reach.

But what's good for the hyperscalers can be a win for mid-sized IT. Eventually, anyway.

Four decades ago, TCP, with its focus on networks with maybe one thousand geographically distributed nodes, often hundreds of miles apart,

Juniper says 400G network kit in demand, supply chain worries easing
Thursday, 28 July 2022 01:46

Juniper Networks said it is seeing strong demand for network kit, especially for 400G products from the cloud and hyperscale sectors, and claims its earlier supply chain difficulties are easing.

"We're now incrementally more confident regarding our top line outlook and our ability to ship products to customers," said Juniper CEO Rami Rahim on the company's Q2 2022 financial results conference call.

The company reported year-on-year revenue growth across all customer verticals, and saw some momentum in its enterprise business, with sales in the quarter up by 15 percent and orders up by 20 percent year-on-year.

However, Juniper's margins were

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