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Ofcom new UK calling rules

UK Calling what does Ofcom new ruleset really mean?

Ofcom new UK calling rules muddy the waters – calls to mobile and 0870/0845 will rise Today is the day that brings changes to the way telephone calls are charged for 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers. The Ofcom new UK Calling rules are the latest initiative from the UK regulator that claims to make the […]

EC Single Telecoms Package

EC Single Telecoms Package position on roaming charges and Net Neutrality

European Commission plan to end roaming charges and establish net neutrality rules – EC Single Telecoms Package Hot in from the ITSPA (Internet Telephony Service Providers Association) secretariat is this commentary:  Late last night the European Commission, Council and Parliament concluded their final round of negotiations on the Single Telecoms Package. The key parts of this […]

network automation

Life in the network automated future

Network automation – yea baby A long time ago, in Operations the world was very fragmented – web admins, sysadmins, database administrators.  Now most people at good companies are generalists. Tools allow you to administrate all of the different programs in the same way.  Specialists still exist, but for most day to day operations, specialists […]

Network Filter bypass solutions

How to get round an ISP’s filter

Network Filter bypass solutions The world is more connected now than ever before, and the change never seems to stop. My first experiences were a remarkable contrast to present-day possibilities. Radio is a constant source of amazement to me. Ever since my first contact across the planet using morse code on 3.5MHz, I have been […]

Liz loves prosecco geeks

Who sez geeks don’t do prosecco?

Geeks and prosecco do mix! I’ve been working within the networking industry since 2007. This isn’t the longest time compared to some of you die-hard industry types, but with my first UKNOF in 2009 I was thrust straight into the fabulous world of ISPs, networking and geeks. It was an odd industry to join as […]

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women in tech

Women in tech week

Female blog posts to the fore with women in tech week on trefor.net To be honest we shouldn’t have a “women in tech” week on this blog. We shouldn’t have to. However it is still very much the case that blokes hugely outnumber women in the tech industry and a bit of positive discrimination doesn’t […]

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Eurotunnel – the fibre analogy or maybe not

My daughter was meant to catch a Eurostar home from Paris tonight. She is now in a melee of people at Gare Du Nord trying to rebook her ticket for tomorrow. To call it a queue would not be right she tells me via Facebook. She will miss her connecting train from Kings Cross to […]

london broadband speeds

Central London superfast broadband desert

London broadband speeds shocker At first glance this map of London broadband speeds coverage is a bit of a shocker. It’s been published by Mayor Boris Johnson (or by his minions) based on inputs from Ofcom. You can see that the residential areas outside the centre are by and large well served albeit with a […]

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Norm challengers

Do you challenge the norm?

Norm challengers of the world unite Howard Fisher from LINX just posted a comment on Facebook: “Junk mail just received advertising a presentation says “Simon’s extensive global experience, providing bespoke solutions for clients, ‘challenging the norm’ to leverage competitive advantage. This is achieved via understanding leading agile workstyles and combining them with brand enhancing concepts […]

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b4rn video

B4RN the movie

B4RN storming video B4RN as all of you should know is a rural broadband network providing a 1Gps symmetrical service to parts of the countryside near Lancaster. B4RN has produced a video that has been entered into a competition. It features @cyberdoyle plus many volunteers seen out digging trenches high up on the hills in […]

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linkedin group

The conversation is moving to a few places online

LinkedIn group – maturing marketing tool Got this LinkedIn mail. Spam really but let he who is without guilt cast the first stone. It’s promoting a specific LinkedIn group. Dear Trefor, Do you have an interest in keeping up with current and future trends concerning the technology industry? Do you have an opinion on how technology […]

Old Phone VoIP week

The SIP trunk market will die

SIP Trunk Market Futures Sounds a little negative does’t it? SIP Trunks? A big growth area? Die? SIP Trunks? Well I’m not talking straight away. It’s got plenty of legs yet. The point it that SIP trunks are a replacement for ISDN lines into an on premise PBX. It’s the PBX that is going to […]

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streetlife

How to market online

Or online marketing marketed offline The good old fashioned postman dropped some good old fashioned snail mail through my letterbox. I’m working from home today so excitedly picked the mail up off the floor and flicked through it. One was addressed to “The lovely person who lives at…”. I gave it to son 2 to […]

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, yesterday published his report into investigatory powers. The Anderson report on terrorism legislation is almost 400 pages long and includes 124 recommendations so you need some stamina to plough through it. Following the report’s publication Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, gave […]

Superfast broadband Connection Vouchers

Superfast broadband Connection Vouchers – not!!

Superfast broadband connection vouchers – hands up if you’ve had one Slightly annoys me. I get this email from HMRC winding up my expectations. “Up to £3k towards a superfast broadband connection”. Now I already have an 80/20 line but actually it is rubbish. I’m about 800 metres from the cab. It’s a long way. […]

superfast broadband in Leicestershire

Amusing superfast broadband in Leicestershire snippet

Superfast broadband in Leicestershire reaches rural parts, as far as we know. Sasha of broadbandrating.com wrote a little news post about the roll out of superfast broadband in Leicestershire reaching rural areas this morning. She’s a good girl and an asset to the business. I read the post and clicked on the project link:  http://superfastleicestershire.org.uk/ […]

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Snoopers Charter Revisited – here we go again

Gets tedious doesn’t it, this constant battle to introduce defend against the Snooper’s Charter. You will all have seen from the Queen’s Speech (gawd bless ya Ma’am) that the Comms Data Bill (Snooper’s Charter) has been reincarnated into the Investigatory Powers Bill (Snooper’s Charter). Page 64 is what you are looking for. Details yur if you can’t […]

startup lessons learned

Eight lessons to learn from another failed British start-up

Startup lessons learned The CTO of a failed British company discusses startup lessons learned (not my business btw TD) 1. Your earliest staff are partners – treat them as such Lack of funding security is the inescapable reality of any early-stage tech start up; you live each day thinking about where the next batch of funding […]

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