Be Broadband has unveiled a new starting date for the migration of customers from the older broadband infrastructure it rents from BT to its own, new core network.The move will boost bandwidth for the O2-owned operator, and it will also help Be move to IPv6 — it will, however, also mean changing customers' static IP addresses.
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Qwest plans to roll out integrated home services where it ties its services in with those from its partners such as MSN and DirecTV in a move enabled by a thin layer of software, according to Qwest CTO Pieter Poll.Poll (right) talked about Qwest's broadband strategy of choosing to lay fiber optic lines to a node instead of the home like Verizon, and also discussed the concept of caps on Internet service.
Dan Briody comments on an article in theWall Street Journal discussing companies which ban public communicationservices:I'm not going to argue that these technologiesare often used for personal reasons. They are. But so are phones, and e-mail,and water coolers, and bathrooms. And they do come in handy. Instant messagingis a far quicker way to communicate than e-mail. Personal Web e-mail accountsare great backups for corporate server outages. And any company that'snot looking hard at switching their entire telecommunications system overto the IP network is already behind the game. Bandwidth concerns? Please.Within 10 years every piece of business communication will be running throughthe IP network.Now what's the technology direction forbathrooms and water coolers? On the other hand, perhaps the reason some of the companies mentioned havelocked up public communication services is that they have business-qualityproducts deployed or in plan, and are going to use enterprise connectionslike those in the new Sametime 7.5 to manage the connectivity for theirenterprise. Still, I think open and available is the way to go. I really appreciatethat IBM acknowledges that some personal use of corporate resources isbound to happen, and not to make us punch codes into the copier/FAX touse it, not to block eddiebauer.com, and not to turn off ports for AOL/Skypeetc. Link: eWeekBiz Bytes: The Absurd Crackdown on Free Internet Services> (Thanks, boss)
When I first learned that the latest and greatest in nework attached storage (NAS) was using a TCP/IP implimentation of SCSI I heard alarm bells going off.Back up and recovery is a bandwidth intensive operation that can overwhelm some firewalls.
Dr. David Reed, father of TCP/IP, thinks "software-defined radio" can revolutionize radio communications much like the Internet revolutionized data networks, with liberty and bandwidth for all.
KPNQwest, which carries a quarter of IP traffic in Europe, filed for bankruptcy Friday and may shut down, taking its network and a large chunk of bandwidth with it.
KPNQwest, which carries a quarter of IP traffic in Europe, looks likely to shut down today, taking its network and a large chunk of bandwidth with it
Cisco on Wednesday announced the addition of voice and video capabilities to its line of VPN (virtual private network) products. The networking equipment maker said the new voice over IP and video over IP will help businesses become more efficient through the use of video conferencing and will lower costs for telephone service and bandwidth. Cisco also announced a "Multiservice VPN" product designed for carriers, and said Sprint was the first to sign up. The new voice and video capabilities will also meet the standards of IPSEC, a security protocol that ensures all aspects of a network are encrypted. Additional safeguards against intrusion will also be provided. The new capabilities are available on all Cisco VPN routers. The company also announced VPN support for its Cisco 7400 router, which will be available in June for $18,500. --Tiffany Kary, Special to ZDNet News
Telecom gear provider Nortel Networks and Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector announced Monday that they plan to team up to make gear that will help cable companies offer voice service in addition to high-speed Internet access. The deal is non-exclusive, according to the companies. Financial terms were not disclosed. The gear runs on VoIP (voice over IP) technology. VoIP splits voice data into many packets, and sends them over a telecom network in separate chunks to their destination, where they are reassembled into a regular voice call. The technology uses bandwidth more efficiently and reduces cost, compared with a traditional circuit-switch call, which delivers voice data in its entirety using a continuous connection. --Sam Ames, Special to ZDNet News
Equant today announced a bandwidth purchase that is giving its network the ability to handle more Internet Protocol (IP) traffic between the United States and Asia.