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 Thursday, 13 February 2003

Mesh Less Cost of Wireless: A group of wireless enthusiasts provide a town in western England with Internet access at a fraction of the usual cost. They use a device that supplies hundreds of users with broadband piped from a single connection. [Wired News]

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 Tuesday, 11 February 2003

The [US] Federal Trade Commission will host a three-day "Spam Forum" Wednesday, April 30 through Friday, May 2, [2003] to address the proliferation of unsolicited commercial e-mail and to explore the technical, legal, and financial issues associated with it.

Tuesday, 11 February 2003 12:58:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Internet Software Consortium Press Release: "TELEHOUSE America ...and Internet Software Consortium ...will jointly establish mirrors of the F-root DNS name root server at two TELEHOUSE America locations.... in its New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX) and Los Angeles International Internet Exchange (LAIIX)." [via icann.Blog]

Tuesday, 11 February 2003 11:47:06 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 07 February 2003

Boeing's sky-high Net access takes off. [] Also see previous articles "Wi-Fi in the Sky!" and "Mile-High Surfing".

Friday, 07 February 2003 14:55:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Paul Klemperer, the Edgeworth Professor of Economics, Oxford University, advisor to the UK government on its spectrum auctions, argued in an article in the Financial Times in November 2002 that 3G spectrum auctions should not be considered the culprit for the telecom industry woes (PDF).

Friday, 07 February 2003 14:31:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 03 February 2003

Tectonic: a relaunched news site focusing on the use of open source software (OSS) in Africa. The site is maintained and financed by owner and developer Alastair Otter [via Balancing Act]. Also see "ICT Development Activities".

Monday, 03 February 2003 11:37:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 31 January 2003
Friday, 31 January 2003 21:27:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The World Dialogue on Regulation for Network Economies (WDR) have released their final report (PDF) on their 2002 dialogue theme: Designing Next Generation Telecom Regulation: ICT Convergence or Multisector Utility? (PDF). The report thoughtfully examines various alternatives being considered for next generation telecom regulation.

  • "It is apparent that national telecom policy and regulation both the regulations and the regulators will play a major role in implementing structural reforms. The distinctive network and public interest characteristics of the information infrastructure will require a continuing proactive role for regulation if network development objectives are to be met, and the foundations prepared for the next generation Internet services that will support new network economies (Melody 1999). What is unclear at the moment is how direct regulation by independent regulators can best facilitate the achievement of these objectives. Should industry specific telecom regulators be redesigned as convergence regulators so they can more comprehensively and systematically address the full range of next generation Internet issues? Or should they be redesigned as multisector utility regulators so they can leverage synergies across infrastructures to promote the most rapid information infrastructure network roll-out?"
  • "ICT convergence that is upgrading the capacity and capabilities of telecom networks to information infrastructures raises many issues that next generation policy and regulation in all countries must address. They cannot be avoided. Although the scope of regulation may vary among countries, and all responsibilities for regulation e.g., electronic commerce, information security, consumer protection need not be assigned to the telecom regulator, it is important that the specific role for telecom regulation in helping to manage the information infrastructure for the network economy be clearly defined, especially as many of these issues will require regional and international coordination."

In 2003, WDR's dialgoue theme will be Stimulating Investment in Network Development.

Friday, 31 January 2003 17:11:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU Press Release: Two new standards from ITU will allow service-providers to offer a raft of new services. In its capacity as world leader in optical network standards, ITU has agreed today on protocols for Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (G-PONs) that are a further step towards all-optical networks. The ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector lead study group on optical technology is ITU-T Study Group 15.

Friday, 31 January 2003 14:50:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The IEEE has just announced it has approved the 802.16a extension to the 802.16 broadband wireless access (BWA) standard. See Roger Marks' tutorial on 802.16 (Zipped PowerPoint) to understand why this is important for providing broadband wireless access. 802.16a provides improved support for mesh networks, where each subscriber access point is also part of the routing infrastructure. For a general overview of the growing interest in non-line-of-sight wireless broadband systems, see the IEEE's Spectrum article: Wireless Broadband in a Box. For a more in-depth technical explanation with regard to mesh networks, see Dave Beyer's recent (November 2002) presentation on Wireless Mesh Networks for Residential Broadband (PDF), demonstrating some extremely important characteristics of mesh networks, namely:

  • mesh coverage and robustness improves exponentially as subscribers are added;
  • rapid area coverage with only a few subscribers (easy to seed);
  • increasing subscriber density increases overall network capacity.

Some earlier articles here on mesh networks can be found in "Cheap Wireless Mesh Networks", "Watch this airspace and parasitic networks" and "Seeding Mesh Networks".

Friday, 31 January 2003 14:37:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 30 January 2003

In Net Attacks, Defining the Right to Know "The impact was worse overseas, with major problems reported in South Korea and Japan. In Finland, the telephone system was affected." [New York Times: Technology]

Thursday, 30 January 2003 10:28:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 29 January 2003

Easing Wireless War in India: "India's telecommunications regulator has announced a new pricing system in an effort to temper an intense fight over interconnections and revenue sharing in the country's fiercely competitive wireless market, one of the fastest growing in the world." [New York Times: Technology]

Wednesday, 29 January 2003 11:34:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 28 January 2003

Daniel Karrenberg on the inpact of the SQL worm on DNS root name service: "A further tentative conclusion is that this data (again) supports the case for distributing root service across the Internet using IP anycasting." For more explanation of anycasting, see here "More anycasting of the F root server", "Anycasting the root name servers" and "Distributing the K-Root Service by Anycast Routing" [via].

Tuesday, 28 January 2003 15:49:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 26 January 2003

From [CNN.COM] article on Saturday Internet attack: "A fast-moving computer worm snarled business and government computers Saturday, slowing some corporate systems to the point of inaccessibility. Internet security experts said the worm does not appear to have done any serious damage." A quick technical analysis of the worm is available here. See NANOG archives for much discussion.

Sunday, 26 January 2003 15:09:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 24 January 2003
Friday, 24 January 2003 14:32:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Korean Ministry of Information and Communication announced on January 20, 2003, that it will adopt a set of measure to tighten regulations on those who send unsolicted emails or SPAM.

Friday, 24 January 2003 14:19:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In Korea, the country with the highest broadband penetration in the world, it is perhaps easier than elsewhere to become addicted to using the Internet. "Therefore the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) and the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion (KADO) establish the Center for Internet Addiction Prevention and Counselling (CIPC) in order to correct the Internet misuse and to help Internet addicts.

Friday, 24 January 2003 13:10:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 23 January 2003

Follow-up to my earlier note on the recent "Conference on SPAM Filtering: January 17, 2003": webcasts of the sessions, proceedings and a spamconference ideas mailing list are available.

Thursday, 23 January 2003 22:44:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Guy Kewney's Mobile Campaign has a fascinating article on Locustworld's affordable wireless mesh network solution, Meshbox. has a primer explaining the MeshBox - a Linux-powered wireless mesh repeater by Jon Anderson, its creator.  As Guy Kewney's article notes: "However, there are going to be some controversial areas in the Locustworld experiment. The cheekiest move was the setting up of an IP address numbering authority, WIANA, or The Wireless Internet Assigned Numbers Authority." Also see my earlier articles on wireless mesh/parasitic/symbiotic networks in Watch this airspace and parasitic networks and Seeding Mesh Networks.

Thursday, 23 January 2003 14:08:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 21 January 2003
Tuesday, 21 January 2003 13:59:57 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Internet Software Consortium has announced they've come to agreement with the Spain Internet Exchange (EspaNix) to anycast the F root server in Madrid.  For more info on anycasting on this site, see "Anycasting the root name servers" and "Distributing the K-Root Service by Anycast Routing". This follows on from their announcement in November 2002 to create F server mirrors in the Asia-Pacific region. Update: APNIC today (January 23, 2003) made a Call for Expressions of Interest for the support of APNIC Points Of Presence in the Asia Pacific region, including potentialhosting of instances of the F root server. APNIC has also provided a root server trial FAQ.

Tuesday, 21 January 2003 13:52:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 17 January 2003

OAGI, an XML business language standards group, recently joined four International Standards Organizations in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Electronic Business, which includes the IEC, ISO, ITU and UN/ECE [].

  • "The purpose of the MoU is to minimize the risk of divergent and competitive approaches to standardization, avoid duplication of efforts and confusion amongst users," said Houlin Zhao, Director of ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. "Under the MoU's Management Group, for instance, ITU technical groups will be able to share their agendas with OASIS technical committees to promote convergence where appropriate and advance the interests of the marketplace at-large."
Friday, 17 January 2003 10:56:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 16 January 2003

Last July 2002, the OECD updated its Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems and Networks. Last week they made available a related suggested Implementation Plan (PDF), which most significantly, makes specific suggestions on the exact role of government in fostering and promoting security.

Thursday, 16 January 2003 18:54:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Grid Computing Good for Business. Corporations are starting to salivate over grid computing's potential for massive storage and processing power. Its creators -- tech and science geeks -- look forward to a new era. ""Now we're starting to see major industrial players engage in grid computing. That's going to change the nature of what we do." [Wired News]

Thursday, 16 January 2003 18:25:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In a follow-up to my earlier piece, it's finally available: Lufthansa is now offering onboard wireless broadband service on scheduled flights. They've started with the popular Frankfurt - Washington D.C. (Dulles) run. Lufthansa's press release announcing the service is here.

Thursday, 16 January 2003 17:30:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |