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Packets Down Range #9:Lumen, Cloud, 800GB switches. Sponsors needed

Welcome to issue #9 of Packets Down Range. I am a little behind because a deer decided to jump in front of my car on a recent trip to Texas. There wasn’t much damage, but almost all the airbags were deployed, which caused the car to be a total loss. As a result, I am behind and need those sponsorships. :-). Submit any news here.

Data Center & Cloud News

Comcast expands to H5 Albuquerque

The big cloud names score a combined $9 Billion dollar deal with the Pentagon. The Pentagon said Wednesday that AmazonGoogleMicrosoft and Oracle received a cloud-computing contract that can reach as high as $9 billion total through 2028.

Andrew Power named new CEO of Digital Realty.

•As reported earlier on this blog, Netrality finished the acquisition of the operations of 733 Henry in Indianapolis.


Interconnection & Peering

Lumen looks to add 6 million miles of new fiber by 2026. Lumen’s work will focus on its backbone network rather than its metro or residential assets. CTO Andrew Dugan told Fierce its newly announced target is part of a nationwide upgrade project Lumen has been chipping away at for the past five years or so.

INEX reaches the 1TB of traffic mark.


ISP News
•Great Plains expands Nebraska fiber footprint

Bluebird acquires Missouri Telecom’s Middle mile network assets. This strategic acquisition of MTI’s network assets will expand and strengthen Bluebird’s existing fiber network throughout Southwest Missouri and is part of the company’s overall growth strategy across the Midwestern United States. 

•Do you have your 6GHz OET experimental license? Cambium talks about their ePMP 4600. In the article, they have a guide on obtaining your 6GHZ OET.


Podcasts & Videos

•Wireless Myth Busters Episode 2. The myth we’re busting in this episode: “With federal funding abound, why not all fiber, all the time” Come along to Scotts Bluff, Nebraska where we join Vistabeam to see how they’re leveraging Cambium Networks product line to wirelessly deliver connnectivity to their customers across 40,000 square miles through out Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska.

The BrothersWisp episode #175. Installer Tools

•Came across this great Youtube channel called Lifetechfacts

LTE signals with Mikrotik.


Other Industry News

•For those of you using ARIN Reg-RWS API keys, you have some changes coming

Arista offers 800Gbps connections on two models of their data center switches.

BBSes are still alive and well.

Payphones are also alive and well in Philadelphia.

Exploit Database has an update.

•Tom’s guide reviews the Vilo VLWF01


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Packets Down Range #4: Security, Streaming & rate hikes,ARM processor news

Welcome to issue #4 of Packets Down Range. My name is Justin, and I’ll be your host. Highlights of this issue include acquisitions, arm processor news, Nanog elections, and more. . Since the last issue, I have registered packetsdownrange.com. If you have news or want to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact me.

Data Center News

Data Center Switch spending to actually increase. this jives with Companies, such as Arista, who are posting better-than-expected earnings.

•Would you run your data center at ninety degrees? Some data centers are exploring options to save water.

Install a data center in 6 hours


Interconnection & Peering
Wired has an article on underwater cables. In this article is a link to Subsea Cables FAQ. One of the most interesting is there are around 100 cable faults a year with undersea cables.


ISP News
Charter raises prices by $5

•Vistabeam acquires Front Range Internet.

Fastwyre expands its service. The combined company provides internet, phone, and video to customers in Alaska, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas

•No surprise here! Federal aid was abused by large telecoms and small ones as well.

•In the last edition, I talked about layoffs Verizon announced layoffs this past week.


Podcasts
Willie Howe schools us on Layer 3 vs Layer 3 Lite vs Layer 2+ Switches


Other Industry News
•Yet again, Europe imposes its will on the Internet. European laws are why we have all these annoying “Accept cookies” popups. They are the reason the iPhone is going to USB-c. Now they want to make the Internet more open.

Netflix acquires 6th Gaming studio

Nanog election results

Speeding up Fiber rollouts

•Starting February 1, 2023, ARIN will enforce 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) on all Arin Online accounts.

•Arm could change licensing to phase out CPU licensing. Could this affect Mikrotik?
Qualcomm claimed in its filing last week that Arm has already told at least one device maker that uses Qualcomm’s processors that it will need to obtain a “new direct license from Arm” in the future to use Arm-powered silicon. This new license will apparently require product manufacturers to pay royalties directly to Arm for every Arm-based device sold. If these makers do not accept the license, “they will be unable to obtain Arm-compliant chips from 2025 forward,” Qualcomm alleged.

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Industry Events

Let’s Talk broadband event on November 9th, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. Several vendors, folks from WISPA, and others are slated to attend.


Tech Items
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2022 breaks records.

•OpenSSL patch released.


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ISP news and notables

The Commerce Department can’t allocate $42.5 billion in grants until the FCC publishes better coverage data.
https://www.engadget.com/bipartisan-infrastructure-law-broadband-funding-delayed-180710457.html

Walmart and Streaming Services
https://techcrunch.com/2022/08/09/walmart-streaming-nyt-report/

Mikrotik August 2022 Newsletter
https://mt.lv/News107

Unifi Version 7.0
https://blog.ui.com/2022/03/01/unifi-network-version-7-0-introduces-revamped-settings-to-simplify-system-configuration/

ISP News for the week ending April29th, 2022

Cloudflare blocks a 15rps DDOs Attack.
https://blog.cloudflare.com/15m-rps-ddos-attack/

Good news regarding the chip shortage.
“America’s ambitions to rebuild its semiconductor manufacturing industry took a step forward on Monday with the opening of a specialty chip fabrication plant in central New York.”
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Tech/Semiconductors/U.S.-opens-first-major-silicon-carbide-chip-plant-in-New-York

The United States joins 55 nations to set Internet rules
https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-joins-55-nations-set-new-global-rules-internet-2022-04-28/

Will a re-brand of Frontier help its image?
https://www.telecompetitor.com/frontier-rebrand-aims-to-be-the-unmistakable-icon-of-gigabit-america/

New on Californias Net Neutrality Law
California’s net neutrality law is similar to the federal rules repealed under former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. California prohibits ISPs from blocking or throttling lawful traffic. It also prohibits requiring fees from websites or online services to deliver or prioritize their traffic to consumers, bans paid data cap exemptions (so-called “zero-rating”), and says that ISPs may not attempt to evade net neutrality protections by slowing down traffic at network interconnection points.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/04/isps-cant-find-any-judges-who-will-block-california-net-neutrality-law/

Mikrotik releases 7.3Beta37
*) bonding – fixed LACP flapping for RB5009 and CCR2004-16G-2S+ devices;
*) bridge – fixed packet marking for IP/IPv6 firewall;
*) dot1x – improved server stability when using re-authentication;
*) fetch – improved full disk detection;
*) gps – fixed minor value unit typo;
*) l3hw – improved offloading for directly connected hosts on CRS305, CRS326-24G-2S+, CRS328, CRS318, CRS310;
*) led – fixed QSFP+, QSFP28 activity LEDs when using 40Gbps modules (introduced in v7.3beta33);
*) lte – disabled wait for LTE auto attach;
*) mpls – fixed MPLS MTU and path MTU selection;
*) ovpn – fixed hardware offloading support on CHR;
*) ovpn – improved Windows client disconnect procedure in UDP mode;
*) ovpn – moved authentication failure messages to “info” logging level;
*) ppp – added warning when using prefix length other than /64 for router advertisement;
*) ppp – fixed “remote-ipv6-prefix” parameter unsetting;
*) ppp – fixed issue with multiple active sessions when “only-one” is enabled;
*) routerboot – properly reset system configuration when protected bootloader is enabled and reset button used;
*) rsvp-te – improved stability when “Resv” received for non-existing session;
*) sfp – improved QSFP/SFP interface initialization for 98DXxxxx switches;
*) switch – fixed missing stats from traffic-monitor for 98DXxxxx and 98PX1012 switches;
*) system – fixed RouterOS bootup when wifiwave2 package is installed (introduced in v7.3beta34);
*) system – fixed rare partial loss of RouterOS configuration after package upgrade/downgrade/install/uninstall;
*) user-manager – improved stability when received EAP attribute with non-existing state attribute;
*) vpls – fixed “pw-l2mtu” parameter usage;

RouterOS 7 goes RC

What’s new in 7.1rc1 (2021-Aug-19 13:06):

!) added support for IPv6 NAT (CLI only);
!) added support for L2TPv3 (CLI only);
*) added “expired” user status with suggestion to change password (WinBox v3.29 required);
*) added bridge HW offload support for vlan-filtering on RTL8367 switch chip (RB4011, RB1100AHx4);
*) added password strength requirement settings;
*) added skin support for WinBox (WinBox v3.29 required);
*) fixed support for RIP (Routing Information Protocol);
*) improved general stability and performance;
*) other minor fixes and improvements;