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New FCC Actions Could Complicate Business VoIP Operations -

New FCC Actions Could Complicate Business VoIP Operations - PCMag.comNew FCC Actions Could Complicate Business VoIP Operations - PCMag.comPosted: 10 Jul 2019 12:00 AM PDTIf you're operating a multi-line telephone system, whether it's an on-premises PBX system or a cloud-hosted Voice-over-IP (VoIP) system, the US federal government is going to soon require you to make some changes. In addition, there may be features of your VoIP system that you won't be able to use in the same way you've been able to use them in the past. These changes, which occurred in a flurry of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) activity this month, will affect everything from how you call 911 to how your Caller ID works.The 911 access rules have already been enacted, and the changes announced by the FCC implement that legislation. They apply to multi-line phone systems, including business VoIP specifically. The required changes include the ability for phone users to call 911 without having to…

Sky UK's New Ultrafast Broadband ISP Package is Live -

Sky UK's New Ultrafast Broadband ISP Package is Live -

Sky UK's New Ultrafast Broadband ISP Package is Live -

Posted: 21 Oct 2019 02:06 AM PDT

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UK ISP Sky Broadband (Comcast) has today officially made their new powered Ultrafast 1 (145Mbps) broadband and VoIP (SOGEA) phone packages available for both new and existing customers to order. Prices start from £39 per month and there's a £39.95 one-off setup fee (we think it's a free upgrade for existing customers).

The new based hybrid fibre plans were soft launched a couple of months ago but they've now become fully available to order. One catch here is that Openreach's 330Mbps capable technology currently only covers around 10% of UK premises and future rollout plans beyond March 2020 are under review (here).

Curiously today's announcement states that covers 2.5 million premises (i.e. we think they probably used the latest private Openreach data as the last / older public release was 2.2 million), although it then goes on to state that "thereafter, an estimated additional 390k households will be rolled out each quarter." Except at present there are no agreed plans to rollout past March 2020 (pending review), so we think they might be factoring the future addition of FTTP. Either that or they know something new about Openreach's future after March 2020 (unlikely since the review has only just started).

Otherwise customers of the new tier can expect to receive unlimited usage, the new Sky Hub SR203 wireless broadband router with built-in modem, a VoIP based phone service (SOGEA), unlimited access to WiFi hotspots from The Cloud, Sky Shield (Parental Controls and Anti-Malware), Sky Talk Shield (nuisance call blocking) and email.

The new packages also pledge to guarantee download speeds of 100Mbps, which means that if your speed falls below 100Mbps for three consecutive days then you'll be able to exit your contract without early termination charges.

NOTE: Sky are predicted to add FTTP (Openreach) support to their ultrafast plans in Q1 2020 (calendar).

Sky's Broadband and Phone Packages

Sky Broadband Essential
Average download speed 11Mbps
Setup fee of £19.95

PRICE: £20 a month for 18 months (£25 thereafter) – Excluding optional £5 Sky Boost Add-on

Sky Broadband Superfast
Average download speed 59Mbps
Setup fee of £19.95

PRICE: £27 a month for 18 months (£32 thereafter) – Excluding optional £5 Sky Boost Add-on

Sky Ultrafast 1
Average download speed of 145Mbps
Average upload speed of 27Mbps
Setup fee of £39.95

PRICE: £39 a month for 18 months (£44 thereafter) – Excluding optional £5 Sky Boost Add-on

We should caveat that for now Sky has chosen not to publish their full Ultrafast 1 prices on the public package list, which means that you instead have to run through their availability checker to see if you're covered. Likewise the announcement only includes their "Ultrafast 1" package and we're checking to see what has happened to the 285Mbps "Ultrafast 2" service (possibly due to Openreach's future FTTP tier refresh or the difficulty of delivering on's top speeds).

UPDATE 10:32am:

Sky now seem to be showing the pricing on their website and oddly the listed setup fee has just changed to £34.95. We think £39.95 may be the charge for new lines and £34.95 for the upgrade of an existing line.

UPDATE 11:59am:

Sadly Sky's PR team still hasn't responded to our hails. In the meantime some readers have also noted that Sky's checker is returning misleading results for "ultrafast" availability (i.e. it doesn't seem to matter what postcode is checked, it almost always returns "Ultrafast is coming soon to your area…" – even in areas where that is not likely to occur for years).

Why securing IoT devices at the network level is key - IoT Tech News

Posted: 25 Sep 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Gartner estimates there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2021. Even today there are almost twice as many internet-enabled devices than there are people. IoT is already enriching our lives, adding convenience and efficiency but from an organisational perspective, it's become difficult to manage. Not least, the sheer variety of devices is overwhelming.

Many IoT devices are not secure 'out of the box' with easily 'guessable' default passwords and require a level of technical expertise before they should be plugged into the network. How can any business be certain that this is taken care of, particularly when many IoT devices will be installed by third parties such as a contractor?

Bring your own IoT device 

And just as 'bring your own device' has brought challenges for IT departments, the same is true for IoT. Walk into almost any office and one will typically see a plethora of IoT devices that are potentially unmanaged by the IT organisation such as WiFi music speakers, smart assistants and iPad-enabled coffee machines. Yet these devices should be treated in the same high-risk category as laptops and mobile devices with network controls put around them. 

The IoT security debate is now supercharged

This debate has been supercharged by the rollout of 5G – seen as a crucial enabler to the next generation of IoT devices. One manufacturer, Huawei has already been 'banned' from certain countries such as the United States and Australia from operator networks given concerns over state involvement and the what some fear could lead to data ending up in the hands of a foreign power. And fears of state involvement in IoT are not unfounded given that Microsoft has recently claimed to have observed a high-profile suspected Russian state-sponsored hacking group known as 'Fancy Bear' to be actively attacking businesses through devices including a VOIP phone, office printer and video decoder.

The security concerns are therefore fundamental – at both device and network level. How do we solve this?

Managing IoT devices at the network level

Securing IoT devices can only be done at a network level. Whilst configuring every endpoint to make it as secure as possible should be a necessity, it's unrealistic to presume that this is practical or that there won't be a weak link in the chain that can't be exploited. Instead, the focus should be on monitoring network traffic to ensure that is reaching its intended destination so that intrusion can be quickly detected.  Most IoT devices have the benefit of being predictable in their day to day function and behaviour. Take an Echo device – it will typically only exchange data with an Amazon server. A coffee machine will typically only activate when it needs to order supplies. This consistency makes it a little easier to spot changes in behaviour which could then be flagged as a potential issue. 

Firms should aim for a single 'pane of glass' – a management console that presents data from all IoT devices in one place. At a network layer, this means directing all IoT traffic to the cloud via secure 'tunnels' that are entirely independent of the network carrying them. Cloud connectors are agnostic of the network they sit on – it doesn't matter whether its 5G, 4G or fixed broadband, traffic is securely routed to cloud security gateways so that destinations can be checked as safe, content can be checked for malicious data, and behaviour can be monitored for anomalies and risk levels.

By managing traffic in this way, it is possible to restrict IoT traffic only to destinations that are authorised and safe mitigating risk of these becoming compromised. Most attackers would seek to try and redirect network traffic to a phishing URL or watering hole but polices can be enforced that would restrict network traffic to only trusted websites or IP addresses, providing an essential security layer against both cybercriminals and nation-state actors.

Another approach firms could adopt is to check that devices are not sending traffic to known bad destinations with systems integrated with 'lists' including Indicators of Compromise (IOC), collated by security industry professionals and vendors. These approaches can be further supplemented by using artificial intelligence that over time can take an even deeper analysis looking into how IoT devices 'behave' so that anomalies can be quickly identified and remediated. This approach almost means that organisations can scale securely as much as they need to and for whatever the next generation of IoT will bring.

 Interested in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this? Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.

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SA's biggest IP Convergence Conference is back and bigger than ever! - ITWeb

Posted: 17 Oct 2019 11:32 PM PDT

IP-CON is designed as an information and networking opportunity for ICT decision-makers in small to medium businesses and large enterprises, as well as for ISPs, resellers and technology integrators. To deliver a top-class industry event, MiRO has partnered with leading technology manufacturers to display and demonstrate their current and future communication and connectivity technologies. Local and international speakers, visionaries, experts and leaders will discuss their first-hand knowledge of the industry and offer a glimpse into what the future holds. With topics ranging from the latest WiFi 6 and 5G solutions to software-defined networking and IOT, IP-CON is an event not to be missed.

IP-CON will take place on 30 October 2019 at the Vodaworld conference centre in Midrand.

What can you expect?

The event will open with keynote speakers from internationally renowned brands such as Cambium Networks, MikroTik and Uniview, and will take a closer look at the various technologies and services MiRO has to offer. Later in the day, there will be several breakaways and deep-dive sessions on the latest solutions available in WiFi, fixed broadband wireless, IP surveillance, VOIP unified communications and networking. Some of the topics to be discussed during the technical deep dives include the following:

  • How secure is your network?
    Network security in today's digital age is something that cannot be ignored. So, what are some of the simple measures that you can implement on your Layer 3 Networking devices to beef up security?
  • Enhance your business by utilising your WiFi solution to capitalise on the power of social media for targeted marketing.
    This is a step-by-step guide on how to do a basic hotspot configuration, how to add WLANs and create AP groups.
  • Get the most out of your software and hardware to enrich your VOIP service offering.
    This is a step-by-step guide on how to install and integrate a telephone management system software on your PBX Solution, as well as the various reports at their disposal.

Take a look here at all of the technical deep-dive sessions on offer. These are aimed at equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to take your business to the next level. To better visualise the solutions on offer, there will be an exhibition area where delegates can see real examples of the products and technologies from MiRO.

Join MiRO, the industry specialist that can help you navigate the endless possibilities of fixed wireless networking, WiFi, IP security, VOIP and wired networking. This event is not to be missed as you will have a unique opportunity  to interact with leading industry experts, who will provide you with best practices, market insights, a sneak peek at some of the latest technologies and advice on the best solutions for you and your clients. Click here to book your space – use the promo code IPCON2019 to qualify for a 'buy one, get one free' discount. 

Cable Operators vs. Wireless Carrier 5G Services in Residential, Small & Medium Businesses, Broadband and IoT (2019-2024) - GlobeNewswire

Posted: 21 Oct 2019 03:04 AM PDT

Dublin, Oct. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Cable Operators vs. Wireless Carrier 5G Services in Residential, Small and Medium Business, Broadband and IoT 2019-2024" report has been added to's offering.Cable MSOs have a key role in consumer IoT and connected homesOTT service providers are at a competitive disadvantage to cable MSOs5GNR market for private wireless in industrial automation will reach $3.1B by 2024Edge computing will be important for public consumer applications, but lower priority than business5G-based access will grow rapidly, but a combination of WiFi and cable/fiber will dominate through 2024This research evaluates cable MSO ecosystem players, technologies, solutions, and market opportunities. This includes traditional residential and SMB services as well as the broader B2B market for fixed network providers, IoT market opportunities, wireless/mobility, and other consumer services. It evaluates these market opportunities and provides forecasts for every major sub-segment as well as the impact of 5G and edge computing on cable MSO network operators.The Internet & Television Association (formerly the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and commonly known as the NCTA) estimates that 80% of residences in the United States have access to gigabit speeds from cable companies via HFC and FTTH. Cable operators seek to solidify their position within consumer markets for broadband services as wireless carriers seek to leverage the enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) component of 5G to gain a foothold for indoor residential and small business services. With little competition in the consumer in-home segment, certain wireless carriers see fixed wireless as a pathway to early revenue as their vendors work diligently to ensure eMBB services may be provided on a mobility basis rather than simply portable or fixed wireless solutions, which shall be predominate initially.Key Topics Covered
Cable MSO Market by Residential Service, SMB Solutions, Enterprise Apps, and Industry Verticals 2019-202410. Middle East and Africa Connected Home Forecasts 2019 - 2024
10.1 MEA Connected Home 2019 - 2024
10.2 MEA Connected Home Living Space vs. Workspace 2019 - 2024
10.2.1 MEA Connected Home Office Type 2019 - 2024
10.3 MEA Connected Homes by Dwelling Type 2019 - 2024
10.4 MEA Connected Home by Country 2019 - 2024
10.5 MEA Connected Home Applications 2019 - 2024
10.5.1 MEA Connected Home by Home Security, Surveillance and Access Solutions 2019 - 2024
10.5.2 MEA Connected Home by Smart Home Appliances 2019 - 2024
10.5.3 MEA Connected Home for Smart Home Media and Entertainment 2019 - 2024 MEA Connected Home Smart Speaker and Virtual Private Assistant Enabled Devices 2019 - 2024 MEA Connected Home Interactive Television and Video 2019 - 2024 MEA Connected Home Console and Cloud-based Gaming 2019 - 2024 MEA Connected Home Immersive Solution Devices 2019 - 2024 MEA Connected Home Immersive Applications 2019 - 2024
10.5.4 MEA Connected Home by Smart Energy Management 2019 - 2024
10.5.5 MEA Connected Home to Smart Vehicle Integrated Applications 2019 - 2024
10.6 MEA Connected Home by Deployment Type 2019 - 2024
10.6.1 MEA Connected Home Do It Yourself (DIY) Solutions 2019 - 2024
10.6.2 MEA Connected Home Managed Services 2019 - 2024
10.6.3 MEA Connected Home Support and Maintenance 2019 - 2024
10.7 MEA Connected Home Service Providers 2019 - 2024
10.7.1 MEA Connected Home by Customer Premise Equipment 2019 - 2024
10.7.2 MEA Connected Home Applications by Network Operator 2019 - 2024
10.7.3 MEA Connected Home Applications by OTT Service Provider 2019 - 2024
10.7.4 MEA Connected Home by Connectivity Method 2019 - 2024
10.8 MEA Connected Home by Technology 2019 - 2024
10.9 MEA Connected Home by Cloud Computing Type 2019 - 2024
Complete List of Companies Mentioned
AbodeAccedian Networks Inc.ADVA Optical NetworkingAirspanAirtelAlibabaAltair SemiconductorAltice USAAlvarionAmazonAmdocsAmerica MovilAnalog Devices Inc.Apple Inc.ARM HoldingsArrayent Inc.AscomAsusAT&TAtlantic BroadbandAugust Home, Inc.AxirosBlue Clover DevicesBlue Ridge CommunicationsBoschBroadcom CorporationBT GroupBuckeye BroadbandCable LabsCable One Inc.Cavium Inc.CenturyLinkChamberlain GroupCharter CommunicationsChina MobileChina TelecomChina UnicomCiena CorporationCincinnati Bell Inc.Cisco SystemsClipBucketCobham WirelessCogent Communications Inc.Cognitive Systems Corp.ColtComcastConsolidated CommunicationsContus VplayCoolpad DynoCox Communications Inc.CradlepointCrestron Electronics Inc.D-LinkDeutsche Telekom AGDigicableDishDUEcobeeEcovacs RoboticsEntelEricssonEssence GroupEurotechEXFO Inc.FacebookFitbitFrontier Communications CorporationFubo TVFujitsu Ltd.GCI Communications Corp.GemaltoGeneral ElectricGoogleGreenlee CommunicationsGTT Communications Inc.Harmonic Inc.HarrisHewlett-PackardHoneywellHPEHTCHuawei TechnologiesHubitatHuluHyteraInmarsatInsteonIntel CorporationJasper (Cisco)Juniper Networks Inc.KangarooKDDI CorporationKT CorporationLeonardoLeviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.Lexi Devices, Inc.LG ElectronicsLiberty CablevisionM2M Connectivity PTY Ltd.MACOM TechnologyMarvellMediacom Communications CorporationMediaTek Inc.Mentura GroupMicrosoftMidcontinent CommunicationsMisfitMobioticsMobvoiMotorolaMovistarMuviMYCOM OSIMycroftNEC CorporationNest (Google)NetcrackerNetflixNetgearNetgemNokiaNTT DoCoMoOoredooOoyalaOrange SAOregan Networks Ltd.Pacific Broadband NetworksPhilipsPhilo TVProto HomesQorvo Inc.QualcommQuickplayRakutenRedLinXREVE SystemsRibbon CommunicationsRogers CommunicationsRokuSamsung ElectronicsSaudi Telecom CompanyScout AlarmService Electric Cable TV Inc.Shandong Cable NetworkSharkNinjaShaw CommunicationsSierra WirelessSimNet WirelessSingTelSirettaSK TelecomSky GoSkypeSmartThingsSnap Inc.Softbank GroupSonySpark NZSpotify ABSprint CorporationSwisscomT-Mobile USATechnicolorTelecom ItaliaTelefonicaTelegramTelenetTelenorTelephone and Data Systems Inc.Telit CommunicationsTelstraTencentTexim EuropeTPG Internet Pty Ltd ABNUbiFiVera Control, Ltd.VerizonVidmindVirgin MediaVMware Inc.Vodafone GroupVplayedWaveDivision Holdings LLCWeChatWhirlpoolWideOpenWest Finance LLCWindstream CommunicationsWinkZainZayo Group LLCZenitelZTE CorporationZyxelFor more information about this report visit and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research.CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900


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