Up!

Far from being a vibrant environment with an array of competitive offerings, the activity of providing so-called “last mile” Internet access appears to have been reduced to an environment where, in many markets, a small number of access providers appear to operate in a manner that resembles a cosy cartel,…


Addressing 2015

Time for another annual roundup from the world of IP addresses. What happened in 2015 and what is likely to happen in 2016? This is an update to the reports prepared at the same time in previous years, so let’s see what has changed in the past 12 months in…


RIPE 71 Meeting Report

The RIPE 71 meeting took place in Bucharest, Romania in November. Here are my impressions from a number of the sessions I attended that I thought were of interest. It was a relatively packed meeting held over 5 days so this is by no means all that was presented through…


NANOG 62

NANOG 62 was held at Baltimore from the 6th to the 9th October. These are my observations on some of the presentations that occurred at this meeting. The presentations are available at https://www.nanog.org/meetings/nanog62/home.


NANOG 61

The recent NANOG 61 meeting was a pretty typical NANOG meeting, with a plenary stream, some interest group sessions, and an ARIN Public Policy session. The meeting attracted some 898 registered attendees, which was the biggest NANOG to date. No doubt the 70 registrations from Microsoft helped in this number,…


Protocol Basics – The Network Time Protocol

Back at the end of June 2012[0] there was a brief IT hiccup as the world adjusted the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) standard by adding an extra second to the last minute of the 31st of June. Normally such an adjustment would pass unnoticed by all but a small dedicated…


NANOG 56

NANOG held its 56th meeting in Dallas on October 21 through 24. I found the two and a half day program to be once more quite diverse and interesting. The following are my impressions of the presentations of this meeting.


Leaping Seconds

The tabloid press are never lost for a good headline, but this one in particular caught my eye: “Global Chaos as moment in time kills the Interwebs“. I’m pretty sure that “global chaos” is somewhat over the top, but there was a problem happening on the 1st of July this…


NZ nogging

The NZNOG meeting continues to be one of the more interesting NOG meetings these days. Now I have to say that in some sense the NZNOG meeting was not highly polished in terms of logistics: some of the time the overhead projector was either bouncing around or projecting in green,…