Five reasons CISOs need to care about fibre security

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With all the talk about the cloud, virtual networks, and ransomware these days, it's easy to forget there's a physical network underneath all these digital services that needs security too. It's the physicality of the fibres and cables that take our data from point A to point B that makes them vulnerable in different ways than what you'd typically envision with a hacker attack.

For example, in the San Francisco area last year there were 16 known attacks where the fibre optic...

By Ciena, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Security.

Opinion: Future proofing networks for increasing demands

(Image Credit: Norlando Pobre)

Broadband networks are built with the aim of lasting for decades and they need to support increasingly heavy traffic at higher bandwidths. Factors that contribute to the network’s reliability and longevity, such as the need for good fibre/cable management and highly reliable connections throughout the network, have been accepted as...

By Sam Leeman, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Telematics.

Demistifying Wireless LAN: Configuration, standards and security

By Muhammad Farqan

Wired local-area networks (LANs) have been the foundation of enterprise networks for years. They still are today. However, wireless local-area networks (WLANs) have strongly emerged as the means to extend the wired network to mobile devices. If you have been into networking, you very likely have set up a wireless local-area network at home or work.

In order to set up a functional wireless network, usually minimal configuration is needed. Many of the details of wireless theory get overlooked due to this...

By InfoSec Institute, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Satellite, Wireless.

Alcatel-Lucent gets the record for fastest undersea data transmission

Transoceanic data is a big business which may be about to be sped up thanks to a team’s research at Alcatel-Lucent’s campus near Paris, who have broke the world record for fastest undersea data transmission.

Researchers at the site from Bell Labs sent data at speeds of 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) along 7200km; three times faster than previous commercially-available cables.

This was achieved over a span of 100km (the distance between amplifiers.)

Philippe Keryer, Chief Strategy & Innovation...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cabling, Content, Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Telematics.

Reach 400Gbps speeds with noise-cancellation technology

Take a look at your headphones. They could harness the very technology which could boost broadband speeds to a blistering 400gbps – noise-cancellation.

A research team which is being led by Xiang Liu of Bell Laboratories is looking into using “phase conjugation” to help boost speeds to this incredible level as demand for faster broadband rises.

In the same manner as headphones which detect noise and transmit an inverse set of signals to counter-act the disruption, Xiang wants to implement...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

 

The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network,...

BT and TalkTalk fight, Virgin steps in

The last few weeks for both BT and TalkTalk have been interesting for UK telecoms - some may say slightly pathetic - but a lot is at stake for the broadband companies’ financial future.

Now Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett weighs in, calling for peace to the benefit of all involved.

Fighting words broke out between executives over how much BT wholesales its fibre optic network to rival providers, with TalkTalk bosses asking the Government to impose rules preventing investment into the fibre infrastructure...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

FCC proposes rule changes for obtaining telephone numbers

Interconnected VoIP providers may soon have direct access to numbering resources, and the significance of area codes could become a thing of the past.

Have you ever wondered where telephone numbers come from? Well, kids, there’s this bird called a stork that delivers the numbers to your phone company which is very happy to receive them…

If only it were that simple.

Telephone...

By Francisco Montero, 24 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Industry, Infrastructure, N America.

Optical LAN vs. copper-based LAN: Which performs better?

Network users need more and more bandwidth. At the same time, your CFO wants to reduce IT spending. How can you address both needs with your local area network (LAN)?

With Tellabs Optical LAN, you can gain bandwidth and lower costs at the same time. Optical LAN offers these advantages for enterprises and government agencies:

  • Seamless migration to IP. It’s easy to migrate from plain old telephone service (POTS) to VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), and from RF (radio frequency) video to IP video.
  • Higher throughput. We deliver up to 1G to the...

By Tellabs, 03 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Networks.

New analyst data confirms 100G’s exploding growth

For the last six months I’ve been highlighting the fact that 100G has made the move to the mainstream with customer deployments.  Now some new insight from two very respected industry analyst firms sheds more light on this shift with some specific data.

In its just-released Optical Transport forecast, Dell’Oro Group pins the 100 Gbps market as the key to growth in the broader WDM market.  “We are finding that the demand for 100 Gbps...

By Ciena, 14 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Wireless.

Shouldn't it be "video is the recurring star"?

There is an insatiable demand for content of the video variety. It is so great in fact that sports networks like ESPN are getting an outsized portion of your cable bill. The network in fact gets more than $5 per subscriber per month regardless of whether you ever watch their networks. Cable and IPTV companies for their part are in quite a...

By Rich Tehrani, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Consumers, Content, IPTV.

Is plain old telephone service really dying?

Plain old telephone service, or POTS, is being touted as on its way out by quite a few sources. It’s being said that with the advent of VoIP services, cable and fiber network expansions and wireless communications innovations, POTS is dying a slow, but steady death.

But is that really the case? The reason people have landlines is largely the same: voice communication.

Certainly, in terms of data, the POTS is losing its allure and has been replaced largely by other modes. For instance, it is only in the...

By TotalTelecom, 18 September 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Cabling, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Will a smart grid help India avoid future blackouts?

By Surupa Mahto, Analyst, Energy & Sustainability Technology

The two recent blackouts in India were mainly caused by the failure of India’s electricity infrastructure to meet increasing demand for power.

Poor policy frameworks, ageing transmission infrastructure, and ailing distribution companies have all contributed to this increasing gap between supply and demand.

In order to avoid these types of large-scale blackouts in the future, India needs to...

By Ovum Research, 21 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, India, Infrastructure.

Over 8m Britons have never been online

Around 8 million UK adults have never used the Internet. This equals to just over 16% of the entire UK adult population.

The number of adults that have never been online fell by 299,000 during the three months up to September. This figure has significantly increased since the previous quarter, which fell by only 12,000 people.

This is according to an Internet Access Quarterly Update survey released by the Office of National Statistics. It estimates the...

By Dani Millward, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Consumers, India, Research.

Intel turns its back on Smart TV

Intel Corp is moving away from the TV system-on-chip (SoC) market, as it struggles to compete with other companies.

According to an IHS market tracker report last week, Intel lost out in market shares, holding 2% compared to Mstar Semiconductor Inc’s 39% in the first half of 2011.

The Google partner will now focus its attention on smartphones and media tablets rather than its Google TV initiative, which has suffered poor sales.

IHS also found potential reasons behind why the

By Dani Millward, 01 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, IPTV, Research, Smart TV.

150 Years Ago Today, the USA Got Wired!

A great article in the San Francisco Examiner today about the completion, 150 years ago today, of the transcontinental telegraph here in the United States: 150 years ago, a primitive Internet united the USA

I think "a primitive Internet" might be a bit of a stretch... but then again I'm one of those network people who think of the "Internet" as a "network of networks"... and this first interconnection was really just creating that initial network!

Nuances aside, it's an enjoyable...

By Dan York, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, N America.

Billions for new EU broadband funding plan

The EU will this week announce plans for an €9.2bn broadband rollout project across the continent as part of a huge infrastructure development project that is expected to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs over the next few years.

The scheme forms part of a €50bn infrastructure finance package for Europe, modernising digital, energy and transport networks across the continent.

It is hoped that the broadband package will stimulate further investment in projects like rural broadband, where...

By Matt Henkes, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic.

Forget incentives to incumbents and eliminate hurdles to all others!

In a speech yesterday, EU commissioner for information society Neelie Kroes announced some new proposals to boost investment in Next-Generation Networks. The plan in a nutshell stands in three bullet points:

  • force a reduction in copper wholesale prices to diminish the profitability of copper vs. fiber
  • reward copper to fiber switchover by granting higher copper wholesale prices to incumbents who do switchover
  • inject €6.4bn of public funds

What the plan tries to...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.