Huawei posts strong annual report but warns of challenges ahead

Huawei held a virtual press conference to launch its latest annual report amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The past year was always going to be a difficult one for Huawei due to the US applying sanctions and increasing pressure globally to ban the vendor’s equipment. A pandemic that’s led to broader market disruption has only amplified those struggles.

"2019 was an extraordinary year for Huawei," said Eric Xu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "Despite enormous outside pressure,...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Wireless.

British internet providers commit to measures helping people isolate

Internet providers in the UK have agreed to a package of measures designed to help people isolate.

The British government struck a deal with BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “It’s fantastic to see mobile and broadband providers pulling together to do their bit for the national effort by helping customers, particularly the most vulnerable, who may be struggling with bills at this difficult...

ASA bans Three’s controversial ‘real 5G’ ads following complaints

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned ads from Three claiming it’s the only carrier to offer “real 5G” in the UK.

National advertising rules in the UK require claims of superiority over a competitor to be backed with clear evidence. 

Three has based its claim on the fact that it’s the only carrier in the UK to have a 100MHz contiguous block of spectrum.

Global 5G standards body the ITU states “true” 5G requires 100MHz of 5G spectrum so Three’s...

By Ryan Daws, 26 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

Akamai will slow game downloads to reduce internet congestion

Content delivery network Akamai has announced it will be throttling game downloads in order to reduce internet congestion.

With people told to stay in their homes to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus spread, games are a way to remain connected with friends and remember what life outside four walls looks like.

However, as you’d expect, billions of people downloading games and playing together online consumes a large chunk of bandwidth.

Akamai has set out in

By Ryan Daws, 25 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Speedtest: Coronavirus is slowing internet speeds across the US and Europe

Ookla Speedtest is reporting a noticeable degradation of internet speeds in the US and Europe amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The drop in speeds has been most noticeable over the past week as more countries increase their lockdown measures, including the UK’s announcement yesterday.

Broadband speeds

In the US, the mean broadband speed dropped from around 140Mbps starting the week of March 9th, to around 133Mbps in the...

EU asks Netflix to lower its quality as people isolate from coronavirus

The EU has asked Netflix to lower its video quality as more people use the service to bring some joy during their coronavirus lockdowns.

Netflix typically accounts for around 13 percent of global internet traffic and has required an increasing amount of bandwidth as the streaming giant releases an increasing library of 4K and HDR content.

Over concerns that an expected surge in Netflix traffic may cause networks to grind to a halt during a time they’re needed most, the EU has persuaded Netflix to reduce...

FCC: Hospitals and schools can now get direct help from carriers

The FCC has waived rules preventing hospitals and schools from getting direct help from carriers for connectivity issues.

Specifically, the FCC has temporarily waived rules relating to its E-Rate and Rural Health Care programs. The initiatives provide subsidies to participating hospitals, schools, and libraries, but prohibits seeking assistance from service providers to prevent fraud and abuse.

During the global coronavirus pandemic, ensuring hospitals have adequate connectivity is paramount. Staff will need...

By Ryan Daws, 19 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Wireless.

All of the UK's operators report issues, just as people are asked to work remotely

All of the UK's major mobile operators are reporting issues just as more people are asked to work from home.

The UK government has stepped up measures this week to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and now wants any household in which anyone has displayed any flu-like symptoms to isolate for 14 days. Given we're in the season of standard colds and flus, that's a lot of households.

Fortunately, most modern businesses have now set up remote working practices. Anyone who feels well enough...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

T-Mobile is granted extra spectrum to cope with coronavirus demand

The FCC has granted T-Mobile additional spectrum to help cope with the extra demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliable connectivity is more important than ever as people around the world are told to work from home where possible and self-isolate if they show any symptoms of the coronavirus.

T-Mobile will have access to more 600MHz spectrum for at least the next 60 days to meet internet access demand and help its network support things like remote working, healthcare, and education.

Neville Ray,...

British PM Johnson faces off a major revolt over Huawei 5G decision

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced off a major revolt over his decision to allow Huawei in national 5G networks.

The PM faced his first major rebellion on Tuesday as fellow lawmakers expressed concerns about what the decision could mean for both the UK's national security and the country's relationship with Washington.

Johnson’s majority was slashed to 24 as rebels from the Conservative party backed an amendment tabled by Iain Duncan Smith to the Telecommunications Infrastructure...