Google went down after traffic was routed through China and Russia


Google’s services went down for an hour yesterday after its IP addresses were routed way from normal paths to Nigeria, China and Russia. Google told Ars Technica. 

Government-owned China Telecom was recently caught routing Western carrier traffic through mainland China. Some of Google’s most sensitive data, including its corporate WAN infrastructure and VPN, were reportedly redirected.

Does the modern telecoms CTIO know how to deliver a 5G digital revolution?

Vanilla Plus

Despite a growing number of communications service providers (CSPs) converging CIO and CTO functions and teams, there is no single technology strategy in place to help guide this process.

This is a key takeaway from a new report from TM Forum, the industry association that claims to be driving digital transformation through collaboration. The report was launched at Digital Transformation Asia in Kuala Lumpur today.

EE announces 16 UK cities will get 5G in 2019

Total telecom

BT’s mobile network subsidiary, EE, will be the first MNO to rollout 5G services in the UK


New appliances from Cisco aim to make branch SD-WAN easier

The Register

Optimised Office 365 performance also on cards

Cisco has claimed to be “bringing intent-based networking into every domain”, the latest being branch offices which need software-defined WAN capabilities and security.

The quote came from product management senior veep Sachin Gupta, who told El Reg the cloud has destroyed traditional notions of the “network edge”, and while SD-WAN makes it easier to shift packets in the multi-cloud world, securing such environments involves too much heavy lifting.

IT Pro Portal

What do enterprises really know about overall cloud performance?

Public cloud providers are everywhere, literally. In fact, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the big three cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud (GCP) are in a great race for cloud dominance.

Analyst research firms predict that the global public cloud market will continue to rise briskly at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 per cent and will be predominantly influenced by the top three players. So much so that at the beginning of 2018, Forrester predicted the Big 3 would capture at least 76 per cent of the cloud platform revenue in 2018 and rise to 80 per cent by 2020. That’s big.

Yet what do enterprises really know about overall cloud performance?

Wireless UK ISP Airband Begins Rural FTTP Broadband Rollout UPDATE


Hybrid wireless and fibre optic ISP Airband has announced that they’ve started to expand their “bespoke” Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network into “current deployments,” which we assume includes those that have previously only had a service via their slower fixed wireless network.

The provider, which already claims to cover 20,000 premises and recently secured a £16m investment from the Amber Infrastructure-managed National Digital Infrastructure Fund (here), now aims to expand its network to an additional 50,000 business and residential premises in England and Wales by 2021

Digital Health

The new secretary of state for health and social care has placed interoperability at the heart of his vision for the NHS. So is the long-standing nut of information sharing between systems about to be cracked? Jennifer Trueland investigates.

With his initial technology strategy, secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock has made it perfectly plain what he wants to see in the realms of NHS IT – and interoperability is right at the heart.

Outdated and obstructive digital systems will become a thing of the past, he has frequently stated. A set of standards will be the order of the day, to ensure systems can speak to one another. Indeed, he has said such standards will be mandatory.

Public Technology

The UK will be shut out of many European networks and databases over the next few years – and will have to pay the EU for access in the meantime, under terms of Brexit deal

After departing the European Union, the UK will eventually be shut out of 28 different EU IT systems, networks, and databases, with an access deadline of 2021 set in most cases. During the withdrawal period, the UK must also pay the EU for the cost of maintaining this access, under the terms of the government’s Brexit deal.

Plans to Microchip UK workers spark privacy concerns

The Independent

‘Microchipping would give bosses even more power and control over their workers,’ a TUC spokesperson said

The prospect of UK firms implanting their staff with microchips in order to improve security and efficiency has raised concerns among trade unions.

Several legal and financial firms in the UK are reportedly in discussions with a company responsible for fitting thousands of people with chips in Scandinavia.

The chips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, are usually implanted beneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger and use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to allow people to replace physical key cards, IDs and even train tickets.