Building on last month’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications wherein BT was reprieved of a full split from Openreach, Ofcom has today published its draft Business Connectivity Market Review of the £2bn Leased Lines market. The findings mean that BT will be forced to open its Dark Fibre to competitors by October 2017 as well as fixing faults within 5 hours, reducing the average install time to 40 days (which hasn’t been achieved since 2011) and lowering wholesale prices, with the aim of making this premier connectivity solution more affordable to businesses across the country.Read More »
This month Entanet celebrates 20 years in business and what a busy 20 years they’ve been! To set the scene, we were started back in 1996 by Taiwanese businessman Jason Tsai. Jason already operated the successful Enta Technologies and saw an opportunity in the provision of Internet services to technology resellers and alike. Entanet was born, delivering Internet connectivity, hosting and colocation services to channel partners. Our timeline below demonstrates just some of the major milestones the company has achieved since then.
We’ve seen many industry changes over the years with new competitors entering the market and old ones folding or being acquired; we’ve adopted a whole host of major regulatory changes and learned of various Government plans and policies to tackle everything from copyright infringement through to surveillance; and of course we’ve been excited to adopt numerous technological developments and advances, bringing new products and services and creating new market opportunities.Read More »
Here it is, what you’ve all been waiting for……the second part of our A-Z, or should that be K-Z of industry issues!
K – Kids and protecting them online
How do we effectively protect our children online? Where does parental responsibility end and parental controls begin? It’s a fine balancing act and an important one. Whilst we commend the largest consumer focused ISPs for providing free parental controls to help guard against unsuitable material for minors, it’s not the end of the story. This needs to be backed up with education and parental responsibility. This site contains some useful advice: http://www.saferinternet.org/safer-internet-day.Read More »
June 6th 2012 is World IPv6 Day – the day a number of high profile Internet related companies turn IPv6 on for good. Last year they did a test run and all went well, so this year it’s for real. Leading companies such as Facebook, Google, AT&T, Cisco and D-Link amongst others have been working towards this deadline to make sure their products, services and websites are fully compatible and able to support IPv6. Sounds like a good excuse for another celebratory Bank Holiday!
What about IPv4?
Just because a number of companies are switching to IPv6 permanently does not mean that IPv4 will cease to work or the Internet will crash, as a few scaremongering reports may have us believe. Everything will continue to work as it always has done. However, this is an important event for the future of Internet access. IPv4 addresses have almost completely run out now and a replacement in the form of IPv6 is required urgently. IPv6 addresses will provide significantly more potential addresses as they use 128 bit displayed in hexadecimal format and separated by colons e.g. 2ffe:1800:3525:3:200:f8ff:fe21:67cf, as opposed to IPv4 which uses 32 bit addresses. This means IPv6 has 2128 possible addresses compared to 232 that IPv4 was able to provide. However, the switchover to IPv6 will not be instant and, over the next few years, the Internet will use and support both IPv4 and IPv6.Read More »
Vint Cerf, vice-president of Google who is known to many as one of the ‘fathers of the Internet’, declared at a 6UK launch event held in London recently that the UK will run out of IPv4 addresses well before the end of 2011. He said “There’s no question we’re going to be out of address space by springtime of 2011 [and], with more devices than ever set to join the Internet, such as mobile devices and the ‘Internet of things’, IPv6 will be critical to the future of the Internet.”
Internet Protocol version six (IPv6) is an Internet Protocol that was developed back in the 1990’s and is the next generation of Internet Protocol version four (IPv4). Whilst IPv4 uses a 32-bit system, IPv6 uses a 128-bit hexadecimal address that has the potential to make available 2128 individual addresses, which is roughly 340 trillion, trillion, trillion. It is thought that by the middle of next year, only 5% of unallocated IPv4 addresses will remain, at which point the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) will distribute the remaining addresses to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).
Cerf continued by sharing his beliefs that the UK has run out of time to address the problem: “it continues to boggle my mind that the UK hasn’t taken this up as an issue. People will ask why their new smart devices don’t work. All the promise and potential of these devices will fail if the ISPs don’t grasp this.”Read More »