VoIP Fraud — Technological Conventionality Achieved

VoIP has reached the mainstream. We know because the fraudsters are coming after us. Trefor.net welcomes VoIP Week guest contributor Colin Duffy, CEO of Voipfone and ITSPA Council member. VoIP merges two of the largest industries in the world: Telecommunications ($5.0 trillion) and the Internet ($4.2 trillion). It is big business. Estimates of VoIP market […]

Cooperation Makes Internet Exchanges Future-proof #peeringweek

Internet exchanges have come a long way since the early nineties, when most of these platforms were formed. In the previous twenty years the niche industry of IP interconnection through public peering has seen a number of evolutions. How can Internet exchanges remain successful in the years to come? Especially those with an international focus? […]

20th Anniversary of FICIX at Euro-IX 23 Helsinki

I’m at Euro-IX 23, the 23rd six monthly get together of the people that run Europe’s internet peering exchanges. Without these mutual not for profit exchanges your internet connection would cost a fair bit more. Euro-IX 23 is in Helsinki because 2013 is the 20th anniversary of the founding of FICIX, the Finnish internet exchange. […]

Trains to get faster internet connectivity #networkrail

Internet access on trains to be upgraded by 2014 My auntie told me today that the rail network is upgrading its wireless internet access or at least it will have done by 2019. I’ve mentioned the rubbish connectivity on trains more than once – here and here for example. I’m a bit of an expert […]

Disturbing news re internet traffic growth forecast – prefix exhaustion

I’m doing some prep for a talk next week and just discovered a disturbing fact. I’m sure all of you will have read Cisco’s annual network traffic forecast. I covered it here. What you need to know about is that Cisco reckons that by 2017, global IP traffic will reach an annual run rate of […]

A few observations on the Cisco Annual VNI Report 2012 – 2017

I live in my own little world. It’s a connected world but relatively contained. I have a modest 2,461 followers on Twitter, 455 friends on Facebook and over 5001 connections of LinkedIn. All this comes in to perspective when you read Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index, a body of research that charts the growth of […]

Parliament and Internet Conference – Privacy

The Parliament and Internet conference wound its annual way to Westminster yesterday. The conference usually comes up with a nugget or two and made the BBC news site with a comment from Andy Smith, PSTSA1 Security Manager at the Cabinet Office that he wouldn’t recommend using your real name when registering with sites like Facebook. Lord […]

Olympic bandwidth usage growth

Thought this would interest you. It’s a chart showing the http traffic on our broadband network in the run up to and during the London 2012 Olympics. The change is quite amazing. This growth isn’t representative of all the internet traffic during that time – that showed an overall increase of 30% or so. As […]

B4RN is a hero at ISPAs 2012

B4RN Broadband is award winner B4RN broadband has just been announced as winner of the Internet Hero at the Internet Service Providers Association annual Awards bash. They were pretty clear winners in the vote that involved all of the ISPA council (moi included). I’m not going to dwell on the other candidates or on the Internet […]

The Cost of Sending Stuff by Post & Boston Consulting Group Report on UK Internet Economy

I sent my mum a mother’s day card. Posted it Thursday and she got it today. Actually I didn’t really send it, my wife did so I don’t know if a second class stamp is to blame for it not getting there for the weekend. Last night I bought a book from Amazon.co.uk. I had […]

The Demographics of Communications

It’s a bit of a dank dismal day here in the shires and I have the office aircon on “heat”. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind this weather – it reminds me of my childhood and in particular of wet Sunday afternoons spent watching the black and white cowboy film on BBC2, maybe playing […]

ONS report on internet usage shows huge growth in mobile use

I assume everyone has already read The Office for National Statistics published data on internet access in the UK issued last week :). The survey found that there have been significant changes in the way people connect to and use the Internet in recent years. No surprise there then. There are a few “no surprises” […]

Internet Heroes (hooray) and Internet Villains (boo hiss) #deappg

In an unprecedented move the Internet Services Providers’ Association has opened the nomination process for Internet Hero and Villain to you, the general public. The Hero and Villain are fun categories in the forthcoming ISPA Awards (London, 7th July) and last year were won by Tom Watson MP and Lord Mandelson for their respective roles […]

A Teenager’s Homepage

Before we set off on our camping holiday (destination unknown) I sat down at my daughter’s pc to print out some campsite options in Yorkshire. I was somewhat bemused to find that her homepage was set to BBC iplayer. Look out ISPs everywhere. Your bandwidth forecasts are inadequate. My trusty E71 got me to the […]

A Teenager’s Homepage

Before we set off on our camping holiday (destination unknown) I sat down at my daughter’s pc to print out some campsite options in Yorkshire. I was somewhat bemused to find that her homepage was set to BBC iplayer. Look out ISPs everywhere. Your bandwidth forecasts are inadequate. My trusty E71 got me to the […]