UK’s GCHQ carried out a major cyber offensive against ISIS

GCHQ’s Jeremy Fleming has used his first public speech as director to reveal the intelligence agency carried out a major cyber offensive against ISIS.

"The outcomes of these operations are wide-ranging," he told the Cyber UK conference in Manchester. "In 2017 there were times when Daesh found it almost impossible to spread their hate online, to use their normal channels to spread their rhetoric, or trust their publications."

Beyond causing disruption to the group’s spread of...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security.

Ofcom: 5G spectrum auction is complete – and here are the results

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed the completion of its milestone auction for 5G spectrum and is now ready to announce the results.

Ofcom ran a spectrum auction for two frequency bands – 2.3 GHz, and 3.4 GHz.

2.3 GHz is geared towards 4G use and will help to improve capacity as more devices and users congest networks. 3.4 GHz is the frequency most eyes are on, as it’s the primary band earmarked for 5G.

Philip Marnick, Spectrum Group Director at Ofcom, says:

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

UK: How telecoms services would alert citizens of a nuclear attack

With relations between the West and Russia plummeting, and Russian President Vladimir Putin flaunting his nation’s upgraded weapons, we thought it’s worth looking at what the current alert procedure would be in the event of a nuclear attack.

Following the use of a Soviet Union-developed nerve agent called ‘novichok’ in a town in Salisbury, the first use of such a deadly toxin in Europe since 1945, the UK asked Russia to...

By Ryan Daws, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, Industry, Public Services.

UK hands £25m to 5G testbeds as Ofcom confirms next week’s auction

The UK government and its bodies are upping 5G preparation by providing new testbed funds and confirming next week’s spectrum auction.

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will hold its next spectrum auction on Tuesday 20th March. Slices of 4G and 5G spectrum will be sold off to operators looking to expand their portfolios.

All the major mobile operators — EE/BT, O2, Vodafone,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Praise be signal! Masts will be installed on rural church spires

Ministers have signed a deal with the Church of England to install mobile phone masts on the high spires of rural churches.

Matt Hancock, Digital Secretary of State, says:

“Churches are central features and valued assets for local communities up and down the country. This agreement with the Church of England will mean that even a 15th century building can help make Britain fit for the future improving people’s lives by...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Infrastructure, Rural.

EU and South Korea partner to ‘champion’ 5G at Winter Games

A joint EU-South Korea project known as 5GCHAMPION will be demonstrated next week during the 2018 Winter Games.

The system combines terrestrial wireless communications, including mmWave access, with satellite communication technology. 5GCHAMPION aims to demonstrate its fully-integrated intercontinental 5G network proof of concept.

Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati, Innovation and Scientific Director at Leti,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Disruption, Government, Industry, Research.

UK surveillance ruled unlawful by Court of Appeal

The extent of the UK government’s surveillance powers is staggering, but it may be forced to scale them back following a ruling they’re unlawful.

Some of the powers in question were introduced as part of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) which was passed into law as emergency legislation in 2014. A couple of years later, the Investigatory Powers Act was enacted which Edward Snowden called 'the most extreme surveillance in the...

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Surveillance.

China paves the way for virtual telecom operators

China has announced plans to grant licenses to virtual telecom operators for the first time in an attempt to shake up the market.

The market is currently dominated by state-owned China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Virtual operators use the networks of established players and lease capacity from them.

Interestingly, licenses will even be granted to foreign-invested virtual telecom operators.

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

CMA declares Murdoch’s Sky takeover ‘not in the public interest'

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s hopes for an unhindered takeover of Sky has been tarnished as the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) declares such a deal would not be in the interest of the public.

Murdoch owns some of the world’s most influential media properties which has raised concerns about their power to sway public opinion. Critics believe a complete takeover of Sky would further reduce the public’s access to a diverse range of views and news sources.

While the CMA’s ruling...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Regulation.