* Posts by Knoydart

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Finns chilling as DDoS knocks out building control system

Knoydart

Re: Only a Brit could believe it's possible to be without heating for a week in the winter

That may be true (and I have relatives who are Scandinavian based so I know what a proper winter is like). Its a pretty damp country on the edges however - Central Otago is one of the drier areas in the country where as somewhere like Wellington or Dunedin may not get cold (by Scandinavian standards) but the damp defiantly makes for poor health outcomes when the houses are uninsulated and unheated.

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Re: Only a Brit could believe it's possible to be without heating for a week in the winter

You've not met too many New Zealanders then. They love their uninsulated, unheated houses and this is in a country where you are in the roaring 40's and the odd storm arrives live and direct from Antarctica.

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Flame

Fire, well the Finns need to warm up!

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New Zealand carrier says Cu later, copper: we're giving customers a glassing instead

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Megaphone

Well a few facts (and I'm not spark fanboi)... Spark still have something like 43% of the broadband market in NZ and thats the largest RSP (retailer) of fixed line broadband in the country.

Chorus (as one of the 4 fibre companies) are still installing their part of UFB and are on track to finish their part of the network and make streets "fibre ready". This should be by 2019 but the other fibre companies have completed their (very much smaller) builds already. So when an order comes in from a customer, there is still a bit more work to blow the fibre through the ducts and do the build on each property (be that residential or business). What Spark and UFF are doing is trying to do the final "customer build" part en mass for a street as UFF have completed their slice of the underlying UFB network around the Hamilton / Taraunga area.

Chorus have 70% of the UFB build and a lot more complicated install issues like multi dwelling units and power pole sharing problems. UFF and Northpower (two of the 3 other fibre companies) are power companies so have used their own poles to help build UFB nice and quickly for their regions of NZ.

The irony about this push from Spark is they want to migrate customers off copper (one Chorus asset that is being sweated rather nicely for the share holders) and either onto the UFB product (hello more Chorus / other fibre company income) or away from the rented infrastructure and onto their own 4G network and (I'm guessing here) even more revenue per user as no line charges for retailing the fibre product are incurred.

I think its a good thing the en mass street install. If UFF were savy and Spark agreed, they would get all the other RSPs to do the same street, so the likes of Vodafone, 2degrees and Vocus would rock up as well with their customers and migrate the whole street in one go.

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Sweden axes 700MHz spectrum sale over 'national security' fears

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Alert

flipping things around?

Maybe the various government agencies actually now want some 700 MHz for their own network(s), so like various bits of the Australian and South Korean administrations, they want to not sell it lock stock and barrel commercially, but carve some blocks for themselves out of the band that is proposed to be auctioned.

Must have been an awkward meeting or three to make that call (of pulling the auction), so close to start date. Popcorn sales at Ikea must be sky rocketing by now.

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Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

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Trollface

Re: C'mon Aussie

Hey Jim,

come cross the ditch and enjoy some proper FTTP broadband aka UFB.

Regards

Those on the west Island

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IBM Australia again blames ISPs for #censusfail, is also 'unreservedly' sorry

Knoydart
Facepalm

Re: Budget blowout?

Another point that I hadn't picked up on until the IBM submission was that they had a 40 hour outage at the request of the ABS. Admittedly they had 4 odd hours of downtime but the next 40 was not of their doing. Guessing that the ABS were too nervous to fire the IBM system back up again and went back to paper based system (and the $30M bill).

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Knoydart

Re: Budget blowout?

Thanks for the info. Must be an interesting conversation going on between the head of IBM ANZ and the head of the Treasury on who's paying that $30M.

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Knoydart
WTF?

Budget blowout?

So the IBM take home was $9.7M for the contract from 2014 - today. Where does the $30M blow out come from? Telstra network charges, buying CVC bandwidth from NBN co or extra consultants at the ASD?? $30M for a blow out that didn't even leak any data seems pretty steep.

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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

Knoydart
Happy

Re: Gigabit not needed, what a load of crap!

Minor correction on those Kiwi UFB numbers. UFB 1 - due by 2020 aims to reach 75% and UFB 2 is looking to push that to at least 80%. The contractors can't keep up with demand right now but we should have a glut of fibre jointers available in around 2022 just when the west island suddenly works out the correct technology mix.

Furthermore the RBI project (they have split the urban / rural broadband rollouts here) has rolled out FTTN to a significant number of rural cabinets and built some open access cell phone towers. RBI 2 is aiming to get to 97ish % of the country in the next. In theory, the kiwi rural speeds should be around the same at the nbn MTM solution for the urban areas in the lucky country.

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State of the copper?

So guessing these lab trials have brand new copper between two nodes and with no cross talk, dodgy crimps and so on?

I would love to see what speeds you get when deployed in the real world. I guess those on the west island will find out in about 5 years when it might get deployed.

One would think that with that massive bill to remeditate the local copper loop, you should just put in some fiber instead?

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nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for ≈700k sites

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Megaphone

Leak confirmed?

So the info that allegedly came out of nbn co that at the time was all lies and made up, is now confirmed to be true now?

How much FTTP would have $800M got is the question someone should be asking? Optus (like Telstra) must be loving having their cash windfall. I wonder if the accountants can depreciated the assets as well?

So much for Mr Turnbull's much vaulted mixed technology approached. That 2014 renegotiation is not looking very flash now.

I think I'm still a fiber fetish which is a good thing, as (the non CVC) UFB has recently been installed in my building.

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Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

Knoydart
Boffin

Whats the frequency Kenneth?

Its more like the 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) band that 2.6 GHz. 2.6 GHz is typically being rolled out for small cells in urban areas for capacity.

2.4 GHz is one of the bands your microwave in the kitchen can use to nuke your Marks and Spencer ready meal and is typically on a shared basis. So any user (RPAS included) has to accept interference and deal with it. What the RPAS does with the loss of command and control likely varies between manufacture.

A spot of GPS spoofing (at a technical level) would offer another level of interruption to RPAS in flight. Maybe spoofing the white house geo-fence for starters would be a plan?

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For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

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Pirate

Re: And if I'm paranoid enough, or my data is sensitive enough

You check against the publicly available hardware (schematics, parts etc) and software to ensure the right bits are in the right place.

If you wear a multiple layered tin foil hat, you then head off to the silicon foundry and rustle up the devices yourself to populate the board.

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

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Flame

Re: Surprise!

Never in my limited time on this planet have I had the displeasure of dealing with such a slow and painful organisation as the UK SLC. I wish I'd cleared my loan a lot quicker than I did so that I didn't have to deal with the mess that passes for the peak finance body for the students of the UK for as long as I did.

Sadly they have 2p of my money in their bank account. One day I will get it back but I suspect it will be a cold cold day in hell and prob by cheque, so my bank wont know what on earth it is and they get to keep it.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Coat

Re: System used?

Surely it's Docker and its containerised software platform?

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Detroit Rock(et Fiber) City: Startup brings 10Gb service to Motown

Knoydart

Culture shift?

Maybe, just maybe they are not (yet) like the big boys and investing $ in the business and not just directing all income to the directors and shareholders.

Would be an interesting case study if the founders can shape company culture to be different from other ISPs in the US. Can they mandate / curate a positive company culture towards the customer and then keep it going if they achieve it in the first place?

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Telstra's 'future of medical diagnosis' needs just 5Mbps

Knoydart
Trollface

Who else builds MTM?

So Simon who else is building upgrading to the same mix of technology that Australia is trying to roll out? It appears not to be a popular choice unless you talk about the UK approach of doing very little in a coordinated nationwide approach.

Me thinks it sounds like you sing from the same hymn sheet as Mr Lynch of Comms Day too on the FTTP build. Surely as technology journos, you should all be aiming for the best long term infrastructure for Australia, not just the gravel roads as the AC above me notes for a short term fix?

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Nokia to Oz: 5G will need fibre, and lots of it

Knoydart

So 93% FTTP is the right build mix

You know it, I know and Nokia knows it. Funny how Malcome Turnbull doesn't know it.

I feel for the poor souls inside nbn co who have to live with the MTM build on their CVs for the rest of thier working lives.

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Australian Federal Police say government ignorant of NBN raids

Knoydart
WTF?

Re: Tin foil had required?

and now the nbn staffer is getting in on the act with taking photos of the seized documents which are under parliamentary privilege. Would not like to be the nbn or AFP comms teams right now as its going to be a long weekend ahead.

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Alert

Tin foil had required?

One has to ask if this raid was Tony Abbott trying to take Malcolm Turnbull or the AFP trying to take out Labor?

Its popcorn time watching you guys in Oz spunk some serious cash on rotting copper and HFC that is more vaporware. It does also makes me sad too that the mere mortals are saddled with at least 20+ years more of alleged broadband before you get some decent FTTP.

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Perth SmartRider public transport cards popped by student researchers

Knoydart
FAIL

Streisand effect in play?

So the police and public transport operator instead of fixing the known weakness, take someone to court for $18 worth of top up? How much was the lawyers time for this prosecution?

Maybe they should fix the system and do the hard yards instead of taking a (not so) cheap shot at a student.

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Sure, let's build the NBN with technology that's not proven at scale

Knoydart
WTF?

So El Reg now wants FTTP?

I'm sorry Simon but please go read your own story http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/26/its_almost_time_for_australias_fibretothepremises_fetishists_to_give_up/ and tell me why the hell are you now pushing for FTTP?

Yes FTTDP is unproven and InternetAU has a view but your job as the fourth estate is to hold nbn co to account for its technology choices.

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Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service

Knoydart
Trollface

East island

Why not jump on the next plane to the east island and bring your hard drives with you. You can use the shiny New Zealand UFB set up to seed your cloud - maybe even the gigatown infrastructure in Dunedin. You might even find a hobbit or two to hang out with or drink some decent beer.

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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

Knoydart

No need to apologise for the down vote, I don't have to deal with rain fade unlike your situation (I wont tell you how close to the exchange I am!).

Across the Tasman, the UFB build is a 10 year project. Now someone will always be last, you cant up skill a nation of techs overnight to install a once in a prob 50 year infrastructure build. Do you know where you might have been on the FTTP build if the original plan was executed?

Netflix and streaming video appears to be heading towards the killer app for fiber and does not have the issue as much as copper does on distance vs throughput. That and cloud based services - accounting, image storage and so on are enabled by FTTP installations. Latency is never going to be beaten but having a decent 4 lane motorway rather than the one lane bridge allows capacity for the next generation or three to enjoy and make use of.

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Knoydart

Dear El Reg,

I think continued robust coverage of the nbn build is what is required. Yes the buffering argument is prob not the best metric to use but your humble commetards expect that nbn co (well the coalition's) mix choice of technology to be tested again and again.

A previous article on here about how fiber fetishists should give up the game because copper will deliver blazing fast speeds as long as its less than 100m in length and in prefect condition drew a lot of heated comments and showed the desire of IT bods to have a decent nationwide FTTP build that may not be the fastest build time but will deliver the better long term network architecture.

If the FTTN is going to be the dominant technology in the nbn build from now on, then well Australia is going to fall behind in the long run and have increased opex costs from keeping the copper in decent shape and powering all those nodes as well. The irony is that cost overruns of the FTTN are kicking in and price is now matching the FTTP build cost.

Anyway we look forward to robust discourse - remember to keep biting the hand that feeds it.

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Another week, another leak: is morale that low in Australia's NBN?

Knoydart

Re: I've heard it all before

Couldn't possibly comment on the Telecom / Spark / Chorus situation but looking forward to my FTTP install in the coming weeks none the less.

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Go

Back to the future

So does this leak provide the out for nbn to launch a nationwide FTTP roll out, as it now provides the (alleged) cheaper option to deliver the nbn rather than FTTN? It would allow a bit of face saving and for Australia to finally get a decent broadband network that is fit for purpose rather than butchered copper / HFC mix that the Collation seem to crave right now

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NBN rollout behind target, claims yet another leaked report

Knoydart
Trollface

So how is the FTTN roll out then El Reg?

Going to suggest having a read of this

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Law enforcement's next privacy overreach will be the metadata of things

Knoydart
Black Helicopters

Tin foil hat not required.

Excellent commentary and this should be revisited every time someone mentions "Internet of things".

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Spare ship found to fix broken submarine cable slowing Oz internet

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Go

Papua New Guinea looking forward to this too

Having talked to one of the PNG telecoms guys last week at APRICOT in Auckland and showed him the news, he was very happy. They are currently struggling using satellite for the most part, which is rather expensive, has an increase in latency and a substantial reduction in capacity. When the news came out that the Basslink cable was out for a decent amount of time, he was not best pleased.

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If you're reading this on your phone, pray you're in Singapore

Knoydart
Thumb Up

Rural New Zealand roll out

A couple of reasons for the New Zealand rural roll out. The cell cos have roll out coverage obligations - for both 700 MHz and 2600 MHz for the next few years. Secondly Spark (formally Telecom NZ) have traditionally had better rural coverage, and Vodafone (the current leader in the urban game) are trying to get all the dairy dollars on to their network.

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Telstra dominates NBN retail, but less than you might think

Knoydart
Stop

Different Torygraph

Oz also has a Daily Telegraph and I'm not sure the Barcley brothers cash has reached the Southern Hemisphere yet.

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Flock of sheep ends NZ high-speed car chase

Knoydart

Re: Puntastic

A little passed beer o'clock... 4am here in the land of the long white cloud

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Coat

I'm surprised they didn't try a ewe turn when confronted by the 4 legged road flock

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

Knoydart

Playing to the stands

Quite possibly Netflix are playing to their content suppliers, who obviously want to keep content in regional silos for as long as possible. If the game of whack a mole on the VPN route is not too fast, then Netflix only annoy a small customer base but outwardly show they are doing something about the "problem" to their suppliers.

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Telstra costed fibre to the premises before it was Telstra

Knoydart
Holmes

Oh Australia

So close yet so far. You could have paid the costs of getting that fibre into the ground 20 years ago and then just upgraded the end points as the technology progressed. Just remember to enjoy the FTTN roll out and all that relaid copper for the next 20+ years.

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Queensland council plans own optical fibre network

Knoydart

Re: Fibre consortia do work, just not to homes

To be fair in Wellington, it was stringing up fibre on the trolley bus wires which is how city link started but yes infrastructure by Wellington city council was ahead of Telecom NZ at the time

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Knoydart

Federal bind

"The federal government, on the other hand, can probably be expected to be on the side of the councils. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly stated his support for infrastructure-based competition, and can hardly be expected to send in the country's telco regulators to block such projects."

There is the rub. The Prime Minister wants nbn to succeed but at the same time wants competition - interesting times ahead.

Maybe a similar situation is the current TPG FTTP verses nbn FTTN build and this might shed some light on how things might pan out.

A possible compromise would be the Rockhampton council to help fund nbn to take fiber to the doorstep and therefore everybody wins.

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Cell networks' LTE-U will kill your Wi-Fi, say digital rights bods

Knoydart

Managed unlicensed bands don't really work in practice. You either get tragedy of the commons aka the 2.4 GHz ism band, a semi private park which is what we tried in New Zealand under the term managed spectrum park which has not been the roaring success it looked on paper because as soon as people pay any kind of money they want exclusivity and tenure, or you have full blown private spectrum which creates barriers to market entry and you are dammed any way at all in which you try and allocate it.

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Megaphone

Re: Screw the telcos, where can I get one?

If the vendors are just trying to offer extra capacity to their customers then you won't get a look in. The way I read it that it will be primarily used for supplementary down link for packets of data that are not time critical. Vendors and networks use their paid for spectrum for time critical packets carrying that voice call or live stream of a kitten playing with a ball of wool

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SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable spur borked until November 10th

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Stop

Indonesian Government permits?

Is this delay tied into the locals wanting to issue permits to repair / use only local crews? Or have the Indonesians finally seen sense and seen that cable laying and repair is an international game

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It's almost time for Australia's fibre fetishists to give up

Knoydart

I'm sorry but have to politely disagree with you Simon. If you are having to replace the copper in the ground to get these technologies to work, then that's a fail. FTTN has be sold as the cheaper option for nbn deployment but turns out its not the case by the nbn's own recent numbers.

Once you get the fibre in the in the ground, you just replace the terminal equipment as technology improves and customers want faster speeds.

Australia will be dealing with this decision for the next 20 plus years and a certain incumbent telco will be laughing all the way to the bank.

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Knoydart
Stop

So you think that Oz should pay the same as deploying a FTTP network and fix up the copper that's duff so that G.Fast and FTTN will work for a bit longer.

Its already been said on this wonderful site that FTTP is the end game, why spend $53B or there abouts just to keep copper running?

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Some like it hot ... very hot: How to use heat to your advantage in your data center

Knoydart
Flame

Being done already

There are numerous examples of data centers piping off their waste heat already. A certain London internet exchange building has head exchanges installed at the start to help provide heating to the residential block next door.

Waste heat reuse is tricky (its a very low form of energy) but can be done. Swimming pools and district heating systems are easyish ways of doing it, but getting it back to electricity is not beyond the realm of technology and means you can reuse the energy either on site or resell to the grid.

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Think your mobile calls and texts are private? It ain't necessarily so

Knoydart
FAIL

Greenland goes red

My guess about Greenland being red on the SS7 map is that they have one Telco and therefore if they have SS7 issues, the whole of Greenland has an issue (in SS7 terms). It's a scary situation but one that likely won't change quickly.

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Will IT support please come to the ward immediately. Weeeee have a tricky problem

Knoydart
Unhappy

machine that goes PING

Disappointed there is no machine that goes PING or a least a photo of said machine

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Deluded Aussie geeks hail Turnbull's elevation to prime minister

Knoydart

Re: Universal FTTP isn't dead and to say otherwise is wrong.

I would love to say you are right but at the moment it appears that political dogma is trumping technology progression. The cost for nbn mk3 will be the same again and then some. However New Zealand might have a few spare fiber jointers come 2025 so I'm sure we can send a few across the ditch.

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Knoydart

Re: NZ 1 Aus 0

Not sure how the Aussies messed it up so bad. The NZ government even kicked into touch the offer to nationalize the limited HFC network to ensure a FTTP build to 75% (make that 80% in the next 10 years) of the population.

The next challenge for the NZ government is to work out the policy for RBI2 and to try not to overbuild all the regional players that are already connecting a significant part of rural New Zealand.

Sadly my UFB fiber is still a couple of years away but right now I have VDSL to one of the central Wellington exchanges 50 meters across the road to make up for it

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In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way

Knoydart

Spade fade

So are shot gun holes the southern United States equivalent to Spade fade?

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