NBN Co details fibre/copper divide in new rollout plan

These are the places NBN Co promises – probably – to get something working by 2016

NBN Co has reconfirmed what’s been known ever since the 2013 election: fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) builds are more-or-less frozen, and all new builds will be under its multi-technology model.…

Did Nork hackers cripple Sony Pictures’ network? Probe underway – report

Massive attack stung film studio ahead of The Interview release

Sony Pictures has reportedly begun investigating possible hacking links to North Korea, following a savage attack on its network earlier this week.…

Trevor contemplates Consumer Netgear gear. BUT does it pass the cat hair test?

A real life furball survivor

Sysadmin blog Is consumer networking gear really crap? As technologists, we tend to have a chip on our shoulder about it because it can’t do all the things the latest, greatest enterprise stuff can do, but does that really matter? The capabilities of consumer gear have been steadily increasing, and perhaps some of our ire is unwarranted.…

‘America radicalised me!’ cries Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

Plus: ‘Let’s face it, most people click yes to Ts&Cs contracts without reading them’

QuoTW This week’s security scare came in the form of Regin, the highly advanced malware that’s said to be as sophisticated as Stuxnet and Duqu. Symantec researchers were the first to report the evil software, saying:…

Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

Fibre diet makes Virgin Media daddy an obvious suitor

Mobile giant Vodafone has reportedly been mulling over a number of takeover plans, including the possibility of scooping up cable company Liberty Global – Virgin Media’s owner.…

TalkTalk email goes titsup FOR DAYS. Cheapo telco warns: Changing password WON’T fix it

Yeah, it’s still broken

An unknown number of TalkTalk customers have been locked out of their email accounts for days, but the budget ISP warned this morning that its service was still struggling to return to normal.…

Will security concerns scupper your BYOD policy?

An unwanted gift? Or something for life?

Analysis Almost everyone involved in IT fears BYOD to some extent. That’s largely because they are terrified of careless colleagues costing the business a shed load of money.…

Cutting the cord without losing touch with your office

Here’s how to do mobile if you’re an SME

If you’re a member of the backroom staff at a big company, you probably spend a lot of time sitting at a desk bashing at a computer. Indeed, in my day job as IT ops manager for a telco I’m delighted to have probably the only truly comfy chair on the premises and my huge desktop screen for the Excel-wrangling that forms part of what I do.…

Altice completes SFR acquisition, gets thumbs up for Virgin buy

French cable group Altice has completed its acquisition of mobile operator SFR from Vivendi for €13.66 billion. Meanwhile ARCEP, the French telecoms regulator has given the go-ahead for Altice to also acquire Virgin Mobile France.