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Sunday 29 March 2009

BT's 21CN could be potentially vulnerable to attack

Read more! I guess on a good day, I would have entitled this piece, "Why no-one should rely on BT to deliver next gen" but am trying to learn to be more diplomatic for Lent!!

Driving home tonight in the wee hours from Alnwick (that's in the, literally, frozen North of England), I heard a piece on R4 from a Sunday Times journo about a secret meeting held in January about the possible vulnerability of BT's 21CN because Huawei (who won the contract ahead of Marconi) have equipped certain areas of the all new glittering network, and some security chiefs etc are a tad concerned anout UK security.

Whilst relationships with China are currently good, this is considered to be a low risk issue. However, Huawei is run by the ex-head of the Red Army telecoms research arm, and allegedly funded by the Chinese state, both factors which should possibly have sounded several alarm bells when consideration was given to whom the contract for 21CN key components was awarded. Particularly when the other company in the running was British.

The full Sunday Times article about the possible cyberthreat to not just British comms and 21CN, but to vital services and even the British economy, should give pause for thought.

And meanwhile, for those of who don't believe that this country should sit around and wait for BT to deliver next gen, somewhen in the future, and only to those places it deems "financially viable", and therefore continue the monopoly we have suffered for so long, well, I have to admit, I cheered at the news. It really does IMHO give ever more power to JFDI, and community and mutually owned infrastructure supplied, used and owned by 'local' companies and communities. We are perfectly capable of it here in this country, and within the EU (without looking further afield), and the delivery of true broadband should most definitely not just be about 'far cheaper tenders' and hence profit or faster ROI to shareholders. Particularly not when it could cause long term, major problems for UK plc by compromising the nation's security.

Oh yeah, and just to link up two breaking stories: Canadian and British researchers find a massive electronic spy network which has allegedly been used for spying on approx 100 countries over the last 2 years, and where the computers are also allegedly mainly based in China. At a guess, if true, the location was probably chosen 'cos they have pretty damned good broadband over there!! It'd never work if they tried setting it up here in the UK..........

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Thursday 5 March 2009

Rateable Value

Read more! Always one that has bothered me this for a truly competitive market in the UK - property rating on fibre.

Looks like The Grauniad has picked up an interesting case study from Sohonet. We all know that in Korea the property rating on fibre was binned at the outset of their programme to get FTTH and FTTC across the country, but I have been endeavouring to find out what has been done in other countries about property rating on fibre, not only now with FTTH more needed, but also in the past eg the 80s.

Anyone got any details of property rating on fibre anywhere else in the world please to share?
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