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...

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.

UK considers ‘five-eyes’ Galileo rival as space strategy announced

The UK is considering launching a ‘five-eyes’ alternative to the EU’s Galileo satellite project as it announces its first space defence strategy.

Five-eyes is an intelligence-sharing alliance between Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada. Two Whitehall officials told the Financial Times that Australia, which last week announced plans for a National Space Agency, had indicated a potential interest in a UK satellite project.

As part...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, Satellite.

Senate reinstates net neutrality (for now)

In a vote today, Senators managed to narrowly overturn the FCC’s so-called ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order’ which repealed Obama-era laws ensuring net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that all internet users should be treated equally. Critics argue that heavier users, or services which use greater bandwidth, should pay more to cover infrastructure costs.

If you trust your cable company, you’re not going to like my vote today

Advocates for maintaining net neutrality rules are...

Trump’s administration U-turns on ZTE ban

Despite the rhetoric about China stealing US jobs, Trump’s administration has softened its stance to help save telecoms equipment giant ZTE.

ZTE is one of China’s biggest telecoms companies. Last week, Telecoms reported the company had suspended its operations citing a ban from U.S lawmakers. Washington accused ZTE of violating U.S export restrictions and making illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea.

As a result of...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America.

The UK refused to raid a telco suspected of money laundering, citing its Tory donations

HMRC has come under fire after it refused a request by French authorities to raid the offices of British telecoms operator Lycamobile over suspected of money laundering, citing its donations to the sitting Tory government.

BuzzFeed got hold of an email from the HMRC to French officials, where a senior civil servant responded: “They are the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Operators.