300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

RPI or CPI? A percentage point really can make all the difference
Can UK telco giant BT move its pension scheme increases off the RPI inflation measure and onto CPI? Earlier this year the High Court said no, but now the telco and 300,000 of its pension…

All quiet on the mobile data front, says network watcher OpenSignal

UK operators this summer look much like they did last year
Mobile data monitor OpenSignal has found no major gains in performance since spring in its latest quarterly UK survey (PDF) as operators focus investment more carefully ahead of the upcoming 5G…

US Congresscritters discover Wi-Fi, updates on Oz’s nbn broadband plan and much more

It’s your week in the world of networks
Oh no, Congress wants to lead Wi-Fi policy, and to that end representatives Republican Bob Latta and Democrat Jerry McNerney have created the Congressional Wi-Fi Caucus*.…

Ex-Cisco chief John Chambers: Tech biz bods are ‘too arrogant’

It’s easy to be serene from a throne of cash
Today’s captains of the tech set are just too arrogant, according to multimillionaire and Cisco-exec-turned-venture-capitalist John Chambers.…

Former General Electric boss explains how he got the internet wrong

‘You can’t just give Washington the finger,’ says Jeff Immelt at Cloudflare Internet Summit
In San Francisco this week, Cloudflare held its fourth Internet Summit to discuss the state of the industry, in keeping with the norms of navel gazing and self-…

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

Classic. But in the meantime, folk can’t make or receive calls
Updated O2 customers have been reporting problems using their handsets on what’s become a troublesome Thursday afternoon for the UK network operator.…

Palo Alto Networks buys security startup Redlock for $173m

Threat detection outfit gets new owners
Palo Alto Networks has gobbled Californian cloud security startup Redlock for $173m.…

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

Meet Wi-Fi 6, the protocol previously known as 802.11ax
Wi-Fi, known for about two decades by its wonky Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers designation, IEEE 802.11, has adopted a new consumer-oriented naming scheme.…

Cisco Webex meltdown caused by script that nuked its host VMs

Comms software flinger confesses to ultimate snafu, trigger still under investigation
Cisco has confessed that the cause of the mega Webex outage last week – which it is still trying to clean up – was an automated script “which deleted the virtual mach…