Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban which cost the company $3bn

Following a temporary reprieve from President Trump’s ZTE ban which the company estimates cost it $3 billion, the Senate has now voted to reinstate it.

The U.S. Senate vote to reinstate the ban may not make it into law – it first has to clear the House, and then avoid being vetoed by President Trump.

ZTE is one of China’s biggest telecoms companies and became

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Surveillance.

Trade body calls on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions

Fixed wireless trade body WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association) has called on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions.

WISPA believes Ofcom needs to ‘modernise the way it allocates spectrum resources’ because the current approach is outdated and ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

Spectrum allocation has become an even more contentious issue in recent years ahead of the rollout of 5G and IoT services.

David Burns, Chairman of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Huawei denies Australia 5G lock-out despite increasing likelihood

A chairman from Huawei disputes reports suggesting the company has been locked-out from participating in Australia’s 5G network rollout.

Citing senior sources, Australian Financial Review said Huawei is 'all but certain to be excluded from providing equipment' towards Australia’s 5G network. The publication says the nation’s security and defence agencies are 'firmly against' Huawei’s...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

Fox–Sky Takeover: Government clears bid, if Sky News is sold

The saga of 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky may be coming to a close as Culture Secretary Matt Hancock clears the path for a deal on the basis that Sky News is sold to a suitable buyer.

Fox’s £11.7 billion ($14.6 billion) bid was first launched in 2016. The deal was referred to a ‘phase two’ investigation last June by former Culture Secretary Karen Bradley after it was cleared...

By Ryan Daws, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Regulation.

Huawei hits back after calls for ban from Australian 5G infrastructure

Huawei has taken umbrage at claims it has links to the Chinese government and should be banned from Australian 5G infrastructure.

Last week, Telecoms reported Australian Labor MP Michael Danby called on PM Malcolm Turnbull to ban Chinese telecoms companies from 5G infrastructure. Danby said they are ‘effectively controlled by Beijing’ and named Huawei and ZTE specifically.

John Lord, Chairman of Huawei Australia, told Radio...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

Senators challenge the accuracy of FCC’s rural broadband map

Senators have expressed concern over the accuracy of a map the FCC is using to plan the allocation of over $4 billion in subsidies to improve rural broadband.

Under the Mobile Fund Phase II plans, money will be redirected over the next decade away from where private capital is already being supplied, and instead used to help bring 4G services to Americans in under-served rural areas.

In an op-ed back in February,  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote:

"Right now, the federal government...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Rural.

Australian MP is next to call for a ban on Chinese 5G equipment

Australian Labor MP Michael Danby has become the latest politician to call for a ban on buying 5G network equipment from Chinese firms claiming they are ‘controlled’ by the government.

Speaking to parliament last night, Danby requested Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull take a similar stance as in his tenure as communications minister when he barred Huawei from bidding for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Mr Danby said:

“Now he [Malcolm Turnbull] and his government must...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Rubio: Congress would support blocking Chinese telecoms firms

Despite the latest decision from Trump’s administration to reverse the ban on ZTE, Republican Senator Marco Rubio has raised concerns after saying a bill to stop Chinese telecoms companies from operating in the US would garner super-majority support in Congress.

At the start of this month, Chinese telecoms giant ZTE was banned from operating in the US — reportedly due to violations of export restrictions and making repeated...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, N America, Surveillance.

Trump accused of corruption over ZTE ban reversal

Some observers have scrutinised the timing of Trump’s decision to overturn the ZTE ban within days of his daughter receiving trademarks from China relating to her business.

Ivanka Trump received (PDF) initial approval from the Chinese government for five trademark applications relating to her fashion and homeware business mere days before her father announced a U-turn in policy on ZTE.

Experts say the speed in...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, N America.