Is “Transparent” Web Caching Dead?

Over the last few months, I’ve been re-exam the value of web caches in a network architecture. Peers have asked me to write up the results. What follows are the results. The are provided to help operators not get pushed by vendors to make costly mistakes. “Web Caching” has been an effective and productive tool Read More

Does the Internet “End” at 500K routes?

No! Of course, the Internet does not end at 500K routes. On August 13, 2014, there was a lot of “news” about instability issues on the Internet that might have been caused by a surge of new Internet routes (see articles like “Internet routers hitting 512K limit, some become unreliable” – http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/08/internet-routers-hitting-512k-limit-some-become-unreliable/). The most accurate write Read More

Don’t wait, prepare for the Internet Skills Gap

I’m grateful to my peers who spent the time to have coffee over this past week. We all see big changes in the industry and are really worried about the skills needed to capitalize on these changes. What follows are some thoughts that might be useful as we all explore how we can bridge the Read More

Security Questions to ask Vendors

What security questions are you asking your vendors? The Bloomberg article, “How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq,” is a sobering insight into today’s risk. It should be a wake-up call for all organizations in all parts of the world to understand that even the best security teams are facing an overwhelming threat. The focused expertise used by Read More

Korea LTE Operators Drive an Ecosystem to Ensure Profitability

“Little things” matter in the telecommunications business. The difference between profitability and “just getting by” often depends on small focus innovations that increase margin, open new business opportunities, and add to the top line revenue. Attention to the “small things” are easily seen with the big three Korean LTE Operators. Their success has less to Read More

Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Network Tuning

Excellent mobile customer experience is now the #1 factor keeping happy & paying customers. As the network grows in capacity, coverage, and complexity (heterogeneous network = complexity), the cost of constantly tuning the network also increases. The core mobility vendors[1] are putting forward a variety of “customer experience” tools. These tools work as an integral Read More

U.S. Anti-Bot Code of Conduct (ABCs) for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) is now posted

The FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council’s (CSRIC) has now posted the U.S. Anti-Bot Code of Conduct (ABCs) for Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This voluntary code of conduct is a milestone for the industry – placing new expectations on the eco-system required to safe guard our telecommunications system. The core of the code is Read More

NSP-SEC Top 10 SP Security Techniques – Updated Slides

NSP-SEC Top 10 SP Security Techniques is one of the core foundation tutorials for ALL Telcos, ISPs, Cloud Operators, Mobile Companies, and other large ASNs (including Enterprises).  This is the foundation for network security. If you are being stupid if not doing these basics and trusting your “firewall.” Note though this that all the recommendations Read More

Beware, Security Liability does roll down hill

In a working “risk” system, security liability would roll “downhill” to an accountable party. Who wrote the code? Who did the audit? Who certified the system as “secure? In my own work, I mention to my peers how everything has changed in today’s Converged Internet/Global Telecommunications world. Liability and accountability roll downhill. If something happens Read More

Highlights of Mobile World Congress 2009

With about 47,000 attendees to the exhibition and conference in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress was quite a vibrant experienced indeed. What was of particular interest to me, was the Internet revolution on mobile- finally! How bringing the Internet (and its related applications such as social networking) has brought a brave new frontier for the mobile Read More