M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

Now to find out if it has fewer crashes…

The M6 is officially the UK’s worst motorway for 4G coverage.…

A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?

Cisco won’t blink, but high-frequency traders may get twitchy

Australian company Exablaze has released a switch with claimed latency of just 49 nanoseconds.…

Fistful of flaws blow away SolarWinds network appliances

Five nasties await netadmins

Admins of SolarWinds system management systems can block out a biggish chunk of their diaries to implement a bunch of serious patches.…

FTP becoming <i>Forgotten</i> Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

Distro download servers are too hard to run and users ignore them anyway

Debian is shutting down its public File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services, because hardly anybody uses them any more and they’re hard to operate and maintain.…

HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos

ISPs told they’ll have to find another vendor

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quietly axed its OpenSDN suite, effective immediately.…

Boffins supercharge the ‘hosts’ file to save users plagued by DNS outages

Chinese Academy of Sciences thinks it has a way to give DNS a backup

The venerable Domain Name System (DNS) is becoming known for fragility, and keeping track of your own favourite sites’ IP addresses is a pain. So a group of researchers want to automate the upkeep of hosts to give users an emergency backup if their provider blacks out.…

nbn™ demos gigabit-speed fixed wireless services

nbn™ still thinks hardly anyone needs gigabit broadband but wants to show it’s ready anyway

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has demonstrated a 1.1Gbps downstream and 165Mbps upstream connection using its fixed wireless network.…

Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

Change yours if you’re worried, but operator insists issue is limited to earlier models

Vodafone says that anxious customers of its home femtocell box are safe, despite experiencing continuing brownouts. Although Vodafone is replacing the Alcatel-made units on request, it has declined to carry out a full recall.…

Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach’s cold, dead hands

We WILL make you open up infrastructure access, vows regulator

Ofcom has set out exactly how it plans to prise open BT’s grip on the UK’s telecoms infrastructure, in a move designed to make it easier for competing telcos to install fibre broadband connections.…