BROADBANDRating soft launch
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BROADBANDRating soft launch – feedback welcomed

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

The BROADBANDRating soft launch happens today folks. Today is the BROADBANDRating soft launch. BROADBANDRating is a new trefor.net property that seeks to help consumers with their choice of broadband provider. Rather than being  site that just compares broadband deals we...

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CloudEngineer

WHD local London invite to LONAP members and prospects

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

LONAP members and prospective members are invited to a LONAP lunch at WHD local London in the Strand on Friday 10th October. This is a rescheduling of one I wrote earlier. Following on from LONAP director Will Hargrave’s  talk at last year’s WHD local London I am heading there myself (fwiw) on Friday October 10th to do a talk entitled...

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Engineerphones

A week with the iPhone 6 Plus

By: Dan Lane | Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

After a week with the iPhone 6 Plus Dan Lane endorses the bigger screen after using it instead of his laptop on a day out in London. After a week with the iPhone 6 Plus Tref asked me to write up my experience with the behemoth, but I’m not going to do that. There are hundreds of reviews out...

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trefor.net/itspa voip security workshop sponsors announced as Yealink

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 29 September, 2014

Yealink announced as trefor.net/itspa voip security workshop sponsors at Sandown Park on 8th October Further to last week’s announcement, IP phone vendor Yealink have come on board as ITSPA/trefor.net VoIP security workshop sponsors. The workshop being held during Convergence Summit South at Sandown Park on 8th October. This is quite apt as Yealink are one of the first IP phone...

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TalkTalk Fibre to the premises

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 26 September, 2014

TalkTalk Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) rollout in York announced I’ve been doing a bit of background work on UK broadband service provision, the output of which will appear in the fullness of time, in due course (etc etc). Yesterday the Twittersphere threw out the news that TalkTalk fibre to the premises was being rolled out in York. Digging into...

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Broadband sentiment analysis

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 23 September, 2014

Broadband sentiment analysis used to examine broadband providers When you browse an ISP website looking at the packages they have on offer it is really difficult to decide how to choose. By and large they are all very similar. Some may offer different TV bundles and you occasionally see the occasional high street store voucher thrown in as an incentive...

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Announcing ITSPA trefor.net VoIP security workshop sponsored by Yealink

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 17 September, 2014

trefor.net is teaming up with ITSPA, the Internet Telephony Service Providers’ Association, to produce a twice yearly VoIP security workshop. The first one is during the Convergence Summit South show at Sandown Park on October 8th, Read on to find out more. Announcing the ITSPA/trefor.net VoIP security workshop Telecom Fraud – Part 1 – A Case Study for the Channel...

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Broken S4 screen and Oneplus One availability

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 17 September, 2014

Broken S4 screen once again in insurance claim and Oneplus One availability is somewhat of a disappointment. Broken S4 screen once again. It’s either my second or third breakage since getting the phone. I get it repaired under the insurance that comes with my bank account. Fifty quid. The last time it went I decided that if it happened...

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ECIX free 20Gbps Netflix bandwith Frankfurt

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

ECIX free 20Gbps Netflix bandwith Frankfurt. More news from Deutchland as Netflix announce a deal with Frankfurt based commercial internet exchange ECIX. ECIX free 20Gbps Netflix bandwith Frankfurt. I posted quite recently that ECIX had won the right to host Netflix traffic in Frankfurt. This was a surprise as DE-CIX, one of the largest internet exchanges in the world...

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Businessipv6

Business case for IPv6 #UKNOF29

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 11 September, 2014

Participants at UKNOF29 in Belfast were unconvinced that there was a business case for IPv6 It’s over three years since the UK networking industry got together to celebrate the end of the internet as we knew it. The trefor.net “Move over IPv4, Bring on IPv6″ party in the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden had almost 400 people sign...

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UKNOF29 live day 2

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 9 September, 2014

UKNOF29 live day 2 – as it happens straight to your connected device wherever you are. Welcome back to a beautiful late summer’s day in Belfast. Or is it early autumn? Anyway it’s a nice one and we have another great day in prospect. UKNOF live day 2 action is again brought to you from inside the Presbyterian Assembly...

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UKNOF29 live blogging

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 8 September, 2014

UKNOF29 live blogging from Belfast – stay tuned for live updates as they happen – the best snippets brought to your desktop from inside the room UKNOF29 is co-located with The Internet Society ION conference at the Assembly Buildings in Belfast. follow the conference on Twitter at #UKNOF29 or #IONConf and watch the live webcast over at www.uknof.org.uk . Alternatively...

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A Virtual Tech Gadgets Smorgasbord!

By: Kory Kessel | Friday, 5 September, 2014

September brings word of new gadgets — smartphones, tablets, cameras, wearables, whatever else — and it all looks so tasty! Ah, September. Summer holidays fading into memory, work ramping back up, children getting settled into new school routines, a hint of a nip in the air (at least once the sun goes down) as autumn begins baby-stepping into place,...

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Live blogging from #UKNOF29 and Internet Society ION Conference in belfast next week

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 5 September, 2014

Look out for live blogging from UKNOF29 and the Internet Society ION conference in Belfast next week. UKNOF, or the UK Network Operators Forum have really interesting conferences three times a year. I’ve often thought one could fill the blog for  week or two with posts based on the content. The problem is that it takes a long time...

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Businessvoip

VoIP week on trefor.net 6th – 10th October

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 4 September, 2014

Advanced notice of VoIP week on trefor.net 6th – 10th October There are times in the year where VoIP becomes a natural subject to talk about. On these occasions we have a VoIP week on trefor.net. This is where we get lots of guest contributors to write stuff about VoIP. In our case the guest contributors are normally senior...

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iPhone 6 release date – trial web marketing

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

iPhone 6 release date – blog post used for metrics trial The iPhone 6 release date is no no interest whatsoever to me other than the fact that the event itself is as usual stirring up lots of interest in the online media. The reason for this is simple. Web based businesses usually make their money in three main...

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End Usernet neutrality

Namecheap promotes Net Neutrality in USA

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 2 September, 2014

Namecheap Net Neutrality video simplifies the message to the man in the street. Net Neutrality as a subject could provide enough posts for a stand alone blog. Probably does somewhere. There are certainly enough posts on the subject on this site including this recent one from Pete Farmer. Was chatting to Matt Russell of  hosting and domain name co...

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Consumer Rights and Net Neutrality

By: Peter Farmer | Monday, 1 September, 2014

Consumer Rights is a far less toxic term than Net Neutrality. I’ve previously written for Trefor.Net on the subject of Net Neutrality and what it means to members of the VoIP community. And I think it’s high time for an update, but this time considering consumer rights. After a promising start the European Union went off the rails, passing...

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Mobile Phone in Spain – Holiday Tech

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 1 September, 2014

Mobile phone in Spain is very useful whilst on holiday – this post was written mostly in the shade by the pool. Some of you will have noted on my Facebook timeline that I have been on holiday for most of August. At the moment I’m in Cala D’Or in Mallorca. Sat in the shade on the hotel terrace...

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What I Did On My Summer Holiday (Digital Issue)

By: Kory Kessel | Friday, 29 August, 2014

Recounting a (digital) summer holiday, well spent. I didn’t intend to take a break from writing during this year’s La Famille Kessel summer holiday in Normandy. No, I had plans to regale stalwart trefor.net readers with missives on the nature of my vacation from the digital perspective, intending to carry the content flag for anyone out there hungering for...

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Openreach Profit Incentive in Action

By: Peter Farmer | Friday, 29 August, 2014

Openreach’s sub-contractors may not all be so bad after all. I finally had BT Infinity installed a few weeks ago. Having watched the installation of Huawei DSLAM at the end of the road some time before that with much anticipation, I pondered how badly BT Openreach and its subcontractors would botch the job and ruin the frontage to our community, while also...

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fun stuffWeekend

Offline at 30,000 feet – Tesco sold out of ice #icebucketchallenge

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 28 August, 2014

Tesco sold out of ice due to Ice Bucket Challenge (presumably). Offline at 30,000 feet I have nothing to do but listen to music and read my recently acquired Wisden Anthology 1963 – 1982 which whilst hugely interesting to us cricket buffs can only be dipped into in short bursts. The outcome is boredom. This post, typed diligently by prehensile...

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Bad StuffBusinessMobile

EE Priority Answer – A Tempest in a Tea Cup?

By: Peter Farmer | Monday, 18 August, 2014

Priority answer service introduced by EE causes twitter outcry but Pete Farmer disagrees Surfing the Telegraph website in recent days my interest was caught by an article on EE Priority Answer, a new initiative from our friends in Hatfield that offers you the option to jump to the front of the customer services queue (during working hours) in return for the consideration of fifty...

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Bandwidth limit exceeded

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 14 August, 2014

Bandwidth limit exceeded message on Peel Swimming pool website. Regular readers will know I’m on holiday – this week its Peel in the Isle of Man. When one is on holiday one goes for bracing walks along the Coastal Path and relaxing strolls around the harbour and castle. One also has multiple cups of tea in favourite caffs and...

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Netflix Germany launch to use ECIX instead of DE-CIX

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 14 August, 2014

Netflix Germany launch uses ECIX instead of largest player DE-CIX Netflix, in case you didn’t know is a company that streams TV to your home over your broadband internet connection. In fact in markets in which it operates Netflix is responsible for a big proportion of bandwidth usage. Last year Netflix was reported to have 29% of all USA...

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Businessfun stuff

Banknote – I promise to pay the bearer

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

Banknote promise by Andrew Bailey, Chief Cashier, Bank of England. This afternoon I used a twenty pound note to pay for two teas and a fruit scone at the @Harbour_lights cafe in Peel. For the first time, ever, I noticed the wording on the banknote “I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of twenty pounds”. The note...

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Gull at Peel breakwater

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

The gull at Peel breakwater I was up early as I always am in Peel and wandered down to the breakwater. There was no one else around except for the woman opening up the cafe and the gull. The gull at Peel breakwater was a pretty cool customer. He stood there eyeing me. He knew that if I tried...

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End Userphones

iPhone 6 photo leak points to rounded edges – oh!

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

leaked iPhone 6 photo points to rounded edges – analysis Am on the Isle of Man ferry and have a bit of time to kill.  Now that I’ve managed to book tickets for Wales v AllBlacks. This was an achievement that involved an hour’s wait in a queue, most of which was whilst I was also waiting to get...

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fun stuffWeekend

Yorkshire Tea Jazz All Stars

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 10 August, 2014

Yorkshire Tea Jazz All Stars entertain the crowds at Old Trafford Test Match Yorkshire Tea Jazz All Stars. Heard of ‘em? I hadn’t either but I have now. In fact I don’t think they are called the Yorkshire Tea Jazz All Stars but I wasn’t concentrating when they made the announcement at the cricket but it was something along those...

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British summer holiday weather – the gathering storm

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 9 August, 2014

Location 1 of our 4 centre summer vacation allows me to study at first hand the British summer holiday weather in action. Bromborough, Wirral, Saturday 9th August, 2014.  I’m lying in bed listening to the first passenger jets of the day coming in to land at Speke John Lennon International airport. It is still early and I am biding my...

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The ethics of non geographic numbers and information, connection and/or signposting services

By: Peter Farmer | Friday, 8 August, 2014

Information, Connection and/or Sign Posting Services (known as “ICSS”, subtly different from the topical ISIS, though many will put them into a similar “scourge” pigeon hole) at their core are simply a number translation service on non geographic numbers overlaid with advertising. The idea is that ICSS providers make it easy for you to locate the phone number you...

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OK Google – we interrupt this holiday…

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 7 August, 2014

OK Google ad on TV made me try it out and it worked brilliantly An ad for OK Google came on the TV. It was all about where to find the nearest cake shop. I immediately tried it. It worked perfectly. Just liked it did on the telly. It was astonishingly accurate. I’ve since tried it for other things....

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trefor.net is on holiday

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 6 August, 2014

trefor.net is on holiday. Sometimes you just have to kick back and relax. This August trefor.net is on holiday. That isn’t to say nothing is happening. Lots going on in the background. Under the hood (bonnet). We have an active programme planned for the Autumn – check out the events calendar. In the meantime I may stick up some...

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George Osborne Bitcoin speech – BBC writing the news before it happens

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 6 August, 2014

BBC website carrying article on future George Osborne Bitcoin speech Our next door office neighbour Dan from Bitcoin company Coinative pointed out a BBC article to me this morning that covered a George Osborne Bitcoin speech. The thing is the George Osborne Bitcoin speech hasn’t happened yet and whilst the BBC talks about it in a knowledgeable manner it...

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IPv4 leasing & IPv6 penetration into networks

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 5 August, 2014

IPv4 leasing offer from broker but uses gmail address. Got an email at my LONAP address yesterday asking if we had any spare blocks available for IPv4 leasing. I used to occasionally get them when at Timico as I think did most of the industry. This time it’s prompted me to look a little deeper into the issue. After all...

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Electoral register online makes opt in to open register default

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 4 August, 2014

Electoral register online makes opt in to open register default – they are trying to make money out of spammers I have just finished filling in my  details for the electoral register online.  I don’t know why I have had to do this. Kid3 has also had to but Wife1 and Kid2 have not. Wossthatallabout? The bumpf they sent says...

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Home broadband deals – how to choose?

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 4 August, 2014

Home broadband deals for consumers getting very competitive – help needed I’ve been spending some time preparing for the launch of broadbandrating.com. This is a new trefor.net site we are working on to make affiliate advertising revenues from the broadband market. In doing so we’ve been signing up with ISP partners and getting an eyeful of the home broadband...

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BYOD strategy revealed at LONAP board meeting

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 1 August, 2014

BYOD strategy revealed at LONAP board meeting. Lonap held its regular board meeting on Wednesday at Will Hargrave’s house. These are very long days but worthwhile. We have a lot of stuff to plough through. LONAP operates a BYOD strategy. The IXP is very leading edge especially when it comes to HR and IT. The featured image illustrates the...

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fun stuffWeekend

Lincoln car fire outside University STOP PRESS

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 29 July, 2014

Lincoln car fire has fire engine in attendance A Lincoln car fire is not that common I’d say, though I’m not an expert on these things. I was sorting out the aircon in the office. The vent had dropped off so it was blowing cold air out one side of the office and hot air out of the other....

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Manx Telecom 4G launch

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 29 July, 2014

Manx Telecom 4G launch around 12 years after being first 3G trialist Quite excited to see the Manx Telecom 4G launch. I periodically go to the Isle of Man to see me dear old mam and dad. They live around the corner from the telephone exchange in Peel. One of my old school chums Richard Fletcher works for Manx Telecom...

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Lost in translation – Google Translate Ukrainian, Chrome and The Huffington Post cc@tonyhatfield

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 24 July, 2014

Google translate Ukrainian offer is v odd reports reader @tonyhatfield Today, using my Nexus 7 running KitKat and the latest version of Google Chrome, I clicked on a link to the Huffington Post. A page appeared asking me if I wanted to translate from Ukrainian. Here’s a screenshot. V odd considering the page is clearly in English. Not sure...

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