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Juniper, Ericsson sign 5G product pact
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 20:20

Juniper and Ericsson are extending a long-standing love-in to cover 5G network tech.

In the joint product bag, Ericsson will handle everything from the air interface to base station backhaul, and Juniper will haul packets around the core network.

Ericsson's contribution will be access networking (the Router 6000 platform providing Common Public Radio Interface, CPRI, and Ethernet CPRI transport), and its MINI-LINK microwave systems. It will also provide management and orchestration across its own and Juniper's products.

Juniper's contribution to the portfolio includes its MX and PTX Series routers, and the SRX Series firewall and gateway.

The companies highlighted 5G's

Saturday, 08 September 2018 08:43

The US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that a phone service over the internet is no longer a phone service but an "information service" – freeing it from regulatory oversight.

That means, in the eyes of the court, voice-over-IP (VoIP) is not considered a public utility, and thus it is not subject to price restrictions and other rules that phone lines fall under – meaning, for example, VoIP costs can be jacked up by providers.

The judgment [PDF] concerns Charter Communications and stems from a decision by the biz to break off its VoIP services into a new

Palo Alto Networks' new boss hints at borging rivals as losses shrink
Saturday, 08 September 2018 05:02

Two things are happening at Palo Alto Networks: it is losing less cash, and the latest exec to reside in the head shed is rubbing his hands together at the prospect of selling more tech as a service.

The enterprise networking security biz reported a loss of $2.3m for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 , ended 31 July, compared to a $38m loss in the same quarter a year ago. This was on $658.1m in sales, up $150m year-on-year and beating analysts' consensus forecasts of $634m.

Product sales were $267.6m, up 26 per cent and stuff sold as a

SMART Response XE Gets Wireless Bootloader
Sunday, 09 September 2018 10:00

A few months back we first brought word of the progress being made in unlocking the SMART Response XE, an ATmega128RFA powered handheld computer that allowed teachers to create an interactive curriculum in the days before all the kids got Chromebooks. Featuring 2.4 Ghz wireless communication, a 384×160 LCD, and a full QWERTY keyboard, schools paid around $100 each for them 2010. Now selling for as little as $5 on eBay, these Arduino-compatible devices only need a little coaxing and an external programmer to get your own code running.

The previous post inspired [Larry Bank] to try his hand at …read more

Friday Hack Chat: GNU Radio
Thursday, 30 August 2018 12:30

Software defined radio picked up a lot of popularity when it was discovered that cheap USB TV tuners were functional bits of hardware that could become SDRs. It’s the software that makes this possible, and when it comes to SDR software, there’s no better tool than GNU Radio. For this week’s Hack Chat we’re going to sit down with some of the people behind this awesome software tool and pick their brains.

Our guests for this week’s Hack Chat will be Derek Kozel and Nate Temple, officers of the GNU Radio project. They’re also organizers of this year’s GNU Radio …read more

It's a net neutrality whodunnit: Boffins devise way to detect who's throttling transit
Saturday, 25 August 2018 03:20

Back when net neutrality was a thing, engineers at the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) tested US interdomain links, and found them mostly flowing freely.

News of Verizon throttling a California fire department's data suggest things have already changed in America, but if CAIDA's work gets legs, the world will at least have a new way to detect that kind of behaviour.

Published this month after winning the ACM's SIGCOMM 2018 "best paper" accolade, "Inferring Persistent Interdomain Congestion" offers an architecture for what its 10 authors called "large-scale third-party monitoring of the Internet interconnection ecosystem".

When the group

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