ZTE may have violated US sanctions building Venezuelan surveillance

Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE may be put back on the US’ naughty list after seemingly violating sanctions against Venezuela.

ZTE was forced to suspend its operations earlier this year following a ban on purchasing US-made products vital to its business for trading with Iran and North Korea against US sanctions, which it estimates cost around $1bn.

The firm was granted a reprieve from the US ban in return for agreeing to reshuffle...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, N America, Surveillance.

New Zealand has blocked a telco from using Huawei’s gear

Mere days after the US petitioned its allies to ban the use of Huawei’s equipment over security concerns, New Zealand has blocked a telco from doing so.

The operator, Spark, posted a statement today claiming the Director-General of the Government Communications Security Bureau rejected its request to use Huawei’s 5G equipment.

In the statement, Spark wrote:

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

US petitions allies to drop Chinese 5G vendors ahead of tense G20 summit

The feud between the US and China continues to gather pace ahead of a tense G20 summit as the nation petitions its allies to ditch Chinese 5G equipment.

Officials have long held concerns that equipment from Chinese manufacturers could be used for spying. While the US is most vocal, other countries have voiced similar views and either banned equipment – such as Australia – or taken measures to mitigate the risks, such as the UK and Canada.

All four of the aforementioned countries are part of the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

FCC permits SpaceX to launch additional 7,518 broadband satellites

SpaceX has been granted approval by the Federal Communications Commission to launch a further 7,518 broadband satellites.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said today:

"From providing high-speed broadband services in remote areas to offering global connectivity to the Internet of Things through 'routers in space' for data backhaul, I'm excited to see what services these proposed constellations have to offer.

Our approach to these applications reflects this...

Italy wants to establish a single broadband provider

Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday the government is looking at establishing a single national broadband provider.

Di Maio, who leads the anti-establishment Five Star Movement party, made the revelation in an interview with la7 television.

“We are working to set the conditions in order to create a single player to distribute internet and broadband,” Di Maio said.

Reducing market competition is typically associated with higher consumer prices.

Di Maio didn’t elaborate further on...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, OpenFlow.

Iran blames Israel for attacks on its cyber infrastructure

Iran claims it has foiled several cyber attacks staged by Israel which included a new version of the infamous Stuxnet malware.

Stuxnet is thought to have been developed in a joint effort between Israeli and US intelligence agencies.

“Recently, we discovered a new generation of Stuxnet which consisted of several parts … and was trying to enter our systems,” the ISNA news agency reported Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran’s civil defense agency, as saying last week.

A New York Times

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Security, Surveillance.

Chinese officials lobby Australia to reverse Huawei 5G ban

Chinese government officials are lobbying their Australian counterparts to reverse the ban of Huawei’s equipment in national 5G networks.

A ban of the equipment was implemented by ex-Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, who was ousted earlier this year. Chinese officials have praised his replacement, Scott Morrison, for a more “positive attitude” towards China.

Beijing is hoping to capitalise on this more positive attitude in order to get the ban on Chinese telecoms equipment reversed.

During...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Analysts increase odds T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger will proceed

Analysts from Wells Fargo have increased the odds that a proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint will go ahead.

The analysts have expressed increased confidence in a letter to investors:

“Our checks continue to indicate that S/TMUS regulatory review remains fairly drama-free thus far.

Contacts indicate that the (Federal Communications Commission) review continues to proceed as expected. While the (U.S. Department of Justice) is admittedly a walled garden,...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Aussie Spy Chief: Some 5G suppliers must be excluded due to risk

Australia’s spy chief has offered some deeper insight on why some companies are banned from participating in the nation's 5G networks.

The crux of it is the long-standing concerns that some companies, particularly those originating from China, are controlled by their nation’s government. One company which has often faced (and denied) these allegations is Huawei.

Huawei has bore the brunt of the security concerns as China’s largest telecoms vendor. The narrative has been led by the US...

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

Budget 2018: UK chancellor pledges £250m to boost rural broadband

In his latest budget, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced £250m will be used to provide rural areas with superfast broadband.

Poor rural connectivity has held back certain areas from the rest of the nation.

The funding boost will target rural schools and libraries to ensure they have access to ‘full fibre’ connectivity.

DCMS Secretary of State Jeremy Wright said:

"Through our modern Industrial Strategy, it’s our ambition to have a full fibre Britain that...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural.