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Janet Access Programme update – summer holidays!

It’s the summer holidays now, so a time to take it easy, put our feet up, and relax. Yeah, right! In the first of a regular series of short JAP updates, I’ll provide a quick overview of the status of various Janet access projects we’re working on: South: Today saw the 16th connection (out of […]

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Expanding the footprint

One of the key deliverables of the Janet Access Programme is to expand the geographical footprint of Janet so that existing ‘last mile’ connectivity can be provided more cost effectively, and reaching new customers and new markets can become more affordable. With the design and delivery work carried out to date that has largely been […]

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eduroam traffic update

This post is really by way of an update to the earlier blog, love to #eduroam in the time of Corona. These updated graphs just show that the patterns we observed in the first weeks of the lockdown have been sustained over the longer term. Look out for a future update when restrictions are eased […]

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Further and faster: catching up with the Janet access programme

What is the Janet access programme? Before I bring us up to date on progress, it may be worth reminding ourselves what the Janet access programme is. The Janet Network consists of a national backbone and 18 different regional networks that, historically, were built at different times using different technologies and were once operated by separate, […]

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What is ‘normal’ anyway?

I’m not a fan of the term ‘new normal’, but whether we like it or not we’re now firmly in one. Whilst the basics of network delivery and field engineering haven’t changed, the manner in which they’re carried out has, drastically. This blog post outlines what this new normal looks like, how it differs from […]

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Back to work (well, not quite)

Whilst we’re still firmly ‘enjoying’ lockdown, we have at least now got used to what lockdown really means, both professionally and personally, and we’re used to it. With that in mind our attentions are now turning to planning the transition out of lockdown and into something resembling normal operation. Any transition will definitely be phased […]

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A new Slack workspace for the Networkshop Community

It was great to see so many of the Jisc and Janet networking community at our first ever Networkshop online.  While the circumstances driving us to that format were of course very unfortunate, the fact that around 500 people registered, and the vast majority of those then attended our three day event, was fantastic to […]

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Cloudflare’s “Is BGP Safe Yet” website

We have had a few tickets pointing us at Cloudflare’s Is BGP Safe Yet website (one describing it as “a new website that details internet service providers that don’t tend to their routing“) and telling us that we do not implement BGP safely. We do not yet drop invalid routes using RPKI data, the website […]

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More observations on Janet traffic during lockdown

It’s almost four weeks since the first blog article I wrote on the changes to traffic patterns on Janet as we moved to working from home. At the end of that I promised an update, so whilst it has been a little longer than planned, here it is. Frankly, not much has changed. We’ve continued […]

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#Love2eduroam in the time of Corona

(with apologies to Gabriel García Márquez.) In a previous blog , I suggested that a significant amount of the remaining roaming activity might relate to NHS usage.  Some itches need to be scratched, so I have dug a little further into the eduroam stats with the help of my colleagues Stefan and Ed. As a […]