T-Mobile and Sprint merger nears completion after federal judge approval

After at least half a decade of rumour, conjecture and court appearances, T-Mobile and Sprint’s on-again, off-again, on-again merger has cleared a considerable hurdle following a ruling by a New York federal judge.

The announcement was made as Southern District of New York judge Victor Marrero dismissed a legal challenge by several state attorneys general regarding anti-competition fears.

In...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, Operators, Regulation.

US Cellular announces LTE-M network to optimise IoT connectivity

US Cellular has announced the launch of its LTE-M network on more than 90% of its cell sites across the country – with the intention to have them 100% covered by the end of the second quarter.

The LTE-M network, which is the international cellular standard designed and optimised for IoT connectivity, is a steadfast, secure and an economical solution that helps them connect large amounts of IoT devices in urban as well as rural...

By Telecoms, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, LTE, N America.

Attorney General calls on the US and its allies to invest in Huawei rivals

During a conference in Washington, the US Attorney General called on America and its allies to invest in Huawei rivals.

Huawei has the largest marketshare in the world of any telecoms vendor. The reason operators are so attracted to Huawei is that the gear is often seen to beat rivals in both capabilities and cost.

"The Chinese are using every lever of power to expand their 5G market share around the globe," Barr said.

However, the US believes Huawei is controlled by Beijing and poses a national...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Wireless.

Huawei: Hey FCC, can you stop calling us a national security risk?

Huawei has urged the FCC not to go ahead with officially designating the company as a national security risk.

The US has not shied away from expressing its concerns about Huawei over the years and claims the Chinese telecoms giant has ties with Beijing. Huawei has always denied the allegations.

While few American operators use Huawei's equipment because of the US government's position, there was never really a penalty for doing so.

In November, the FCC voted 5-0 to initially...

FCC concludes some carriers broke the law by collecting users' real-time location

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote a letter (PDF) to Congress on Friday in which he confirmed that some carriers broke federal law by collecting users’ real-time location data.

Pai did not name specifically which carriers allegedly broke the law but only wrote that the FCC’s enforcement bureau “concluded that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.”

The FCC was asked to launch an investigation after a Motherboard

Democrat FCC commissioner wants to impeach the president’s power to shut down US comms

Democrat FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wants to impeach the president’s power to shut down US communications.

Many US citizens will be unaware the president has the power to shut down their communications. Governments around the world have a history of abusing such powers.

In November last year, the Iranian government cut off its citizens’ internet access as it brutally cracked down on protestors. A

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, N America, Networks.

Huawei gets a reprieve in the UK as government permits 5G gear

The UK government has decided to allow Huawei’s equipment in national 5G networks in a limited role following a security review.

In an expected but notable move, the UK’s National Security Council (NSC) made the decision today following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Digital Secretary Baroness Morgan said: “We want world-class connectivity as soon as possible but this must...

The UK is set to permit Huawei equipment in 5G networks in ‘limited role’

British officials will reportedly greenlight the use of Huawei equipment in national 5G networks despite US-led concerns.

Reuters reports officials from senior government departments held a meeting on Wednesday and made the recommendation to allow the Chinese network vendor in a “limited role” in national 5G networks.

A complete ban on Huawei’s equipment would be a costly endeavour. Telecoms reported...

Huawei founder says the company is ready 'to withstand' further US actions

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said the company has invested heavily in ensuring it can withstand further US actions taken against it.

The Chinese giant is the world's most popular telecoms equipment manufacturer and the second-largest smartphone maker. Despite various US actions taken against Huawei, the company is yet to be shaken from its leading positions.

The US has long...

Rogers rolls out Canada’s first 5G network, plans more than 20 markets by 2020 end

Canadian telecommunications provider Rogers has started rolling out Canada’s first 5G network in Toronto, downtown Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa, expanding to more than 20 markets by the end of 2020.

The network will initially use 2.5 GHz spectrum, with plans to move to 600 MHz 5G spectrum – better to carry wireless data across long distances and through urban buildings – later in the year. The firm is also...

By Telecoms, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, N America.