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Euro-IX 25 Bucharest live commentary Day 2 pm

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 28 October, 2014

Euro-IX 25 Bucharest live commentary Day 2 pm Was too busy doing stuff this morning and much of it was tutorial, AGM, elections so didn’t do any live blogging. This afternoon am back on the case. Yesterday’s coverage of day 1 here.


Euro-IX 25 Bucharest live commentary – Day 1

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 27 October, 2014

Euro-IX 25 Bucharest live commentary – Day 1.  

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ISP traffic management policies

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

An overview of consumer ISP traffic management policies ISP traffic management in which some types of traffic may be prioritised over others has been the subject of an ongoing debate. This is particularly the case amongst the Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP) communities but also elsewhere. NetNeutrality is the issue (look it up) and is extensively covered on this...


Plusnet music on hold = “Don’t you want me baby”

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

Plusnet music on hold = “Don’t you want me baby” In the big consumer ISP world I would think people expect to have to listen to music on hold whilst waiting for their ISP support line to answer.  Usually it’s why a business will pay that little more for a broadband line – just to make sure of the...

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Why the Desktop VoIP Telephone isn’t Going Away

By: Jeff Rodman | Tuesday, 7 October, 2014

Major leaps in technology allow business phones — the desktop VoIP telephone — to serve a rapidly growing range of needs. welcomes “VoIP Week” contributor Jeff Rodman, Polycom‘s Chief Technology Evangelist. Since co-founding the company in 1990 Jeff has been instrumental in the realization of Polycom’s iconic products for voice, video, network communications, and other media. The death...

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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 property that seeks to help consumers with their choice of broadband provider. Rather than being  site that just compares broadband deals we want to help people decide which ISP to go for. This is actually quite a difficult task after all there...


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...


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...


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 “Move over IPv4, Bring on IPv6″ party in the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden had almost 400 people sign...


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...


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 . Alternatively...


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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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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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 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...


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...


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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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 This is a new 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...


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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The Hump Day Five (23-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

The Hump Day Five this week goes to the pictures, gets the picture, migrates the pictures, wants a phone that takes the pictures, and offers a picture of Paris on Summer holiday. 1 A few days ago a filmmaker friend of mine asked if I would be interested in screening a rough cut of a documentary he has been...

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UK Broadband — Not Fit for Purpose

By: Lindsey Annison | Friday, 18 July, 2014

Ignore the pachyderm! By 2017 100% of the UK will have broadband (supposedly). It would seem that far too many people are happy to skirt around the issues, to deliver platitudes and sound bites to willing journalists who don’t actually feel like investigating the truth or facing the elephant in the country. Particularly in the countryside. I was brought up...

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Old Websites

By: Andrew Beardsmore | Thursday, 17 July, 2014

Considering Internet detritus of the slash-and-burn order, often the walking-dead creations of fly-by-night “web developers” who took the money (and lots of it) and ran. Websites. For small businesses. Probably built by someone nice met at a local business networking event. In Drupal? Joomla? TYPO3? For those without a care in the world, those first two aren’t places (except...

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The Hump Day Five (16-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

The Hump Day Five is on Red Alert this week, getting all Google-y powerful on music in the cloud, Leftovers, and Ping Pong Mania. 1 Started watching a new TV show a couple of weeks back called “The Leftovers”. If you haven’t haven’t seen or heard of it, the premise is quite simple. On 14-October at a precise moment in...

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Yes, I Read Super Hero Comic Books

By: Kory Kessel | Tuesday, 15 July, 2014

There are far worse things you can carry from childhood to adulthood than super hero comic books (and fewer that look better on your tablet screen). For me, super hero comic books are just one of those things. I loved them as a child in single digits, continued to look in on them occasionally (and sometimes more often than...

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Geo Restriction Means a Pirate’s Life for Me…

By: James Blessing | Friday, 11 July, 2014

Accessing the whole of creation…what is available in my “region” of it, that is. A regular contributor to, we are as always pleased to present insight from James Blessing, the current Chair of the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) UK. Once upon a time in the west, a man sat and contemplated the state of the world and...


FTTC Broadband — Upgrade Your Router

By: Tim Bray | Friday, 11 July, 2014

FTTC installed…and then the problems started. Once again, welcomes contributor Tim Bray, Technical Director for ProVu Communications. “FTTC — Upgrade Your Router” is Tim’s second “Broadband Week” post. At ProVu we, don’t often do onsite installations, preferring instead to leave them to our resellers. Sometimes, though, a problem comes along that requires that we get involved in helping...


Kiwi ISP Slingshot promotes piracy amongst punters

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 11 July, 2014

Kiwi ISP Slingshot promotes piracy amongst  Antipodean punters – broadband internet copyright infringement New Zealand based ISP Slingshot is providing pre-VPNed connections so that New Zealanders can watch BBC iPlayer or subscribe to Netflix etc for free. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network in this case allows users to tunnel across the internet so that it looks as if they are...


Africa Broadband Snapshot: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By: Michele McCann | Friday, 11 July, 2014

Despite double-digit growth over the last four years, Africa accounts for only 7% of of the world’s Internet users and less than 0.5% of the world’s fixed-broadband subscriptions. The key to bettering those numbers? Innovation and collaboration. is pleased to present the following “Broadband Week” post from Michele McCann, Business Development Manager for Teraco Data Environments. Michele’s post...

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The (Hidden) FTTC Wall

By: Tim Bray | Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Local exchange FTTC-enabled, cabinet within easy view, power and fibre laid down… welcomes Broadband Week contributor Tim Bray, Technical Director for ProVu Communications. Here is a small tale about my own company’s experience with FTTC. The ProVu Communications offices are in Milnsbridge, which is just outside Huddersfield. As we are heavy broadband users, we were really happy to discover that our...

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