Qualcomm all ye faithful: 5G’s soon triumphant… like 2020 soon. Really

We just modem down with that headline (OK maybe not)
As the chip supplier to almost half the phone market, Qualcomm should be able to make a decent guess about when 5G will condense from vapourware into something more solid.…

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

It’s just not fair on profit-making companies otherwise
Analysis ISPs should be paid to provide slower internet speeds to poor people.…

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other identify lots of problems, few solutions
If ever there was doubt that 2018 is the year of fear, it was confirmed by a panel discussion involving the two men that are credited with inventing the internet and the worl…

This ain’t over, Viasat snarls as tribunal rules in satellite rival’s favour

EU Aviation Network wrangle set to continue
US satcom provider Viasat has declared it will appeal a British tribunal ruling that rival European operator Inmarsat had not breached its licence by becoming part of an EU-wide satellite broadband network.…

The curious tale of ICANN, Verisign, claims of subterfuge, and the $135m .Web dot-word

DNS overseer faces probe over decision to award TLD to dot-com giant
Analysis An ugly struggle over the .Web top-level domain may soon spill into public view again, after one of the companies vying for control of the dot-word demanded an independent re…

It’s a, it’s a, it’s a SYN flood: Quick, ditch that packet

Networking nuggets from the week that was
Networks roundup What if all you had to do to block SYN-based denial-of-service attacks was drop the first incoming SYN packet?…

Expired cert… Really? #o2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

Incompetence is a kind of malware
Comment It’s a bit of a cliche that “everything’s connected”, but O2’s stunning outage yesterday – chalked up by Swedish kitmaker Ericsson to an expired software certificate – is a reminder of how true that is.…

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam’s request

Beijing demands US ‘correct’ Meng detainment pronto
The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou earlier this week is sending shockwaves through both the US and China.…

Why millions of Brits’ mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

Swede Jesus!
Ericsson says an expired software certificate was responsible for the outage that left tens of millions in the UK unable to call or text from their mobile phones on Thursday.…