Report confirms Britain hacked Belgium’s largest telco

A potential diplomatic crisis is brewing as Belgian federal prosecutors blame Britain for hacking the nation’s largest telecoms operator.

Belgacom was first hacked back in the summer of 2012. The company’s security researchers noticed anomalies but it wasn’t until the following year they had an idea of the problem.

A malware which disguised itself as Microsoft software had infected Belgacom’s system and was stealing data. NSA documents released by Edward Snowden indicated...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

How telcos in New Zealand are transforming to become fully-fledged digital services providers

Telecoms providers in New Zealand are transitioning themselves to become providing digital services, according to a new research note from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst firm’s report ‘Telco Wars: A New Hope’, argue citizens can expect a wide range of digital products and services from these providers going forward.

The retail price tracking from IDC...

By Telecoms, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Operators.

Goldman Sachs-backed CityFibre details £2.5bn full fibre investment

CityFibre has set out its plans for an over £2 billion investment to accelerate the rollout of full Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) across the UK.

The company was acquired back in June for £538m by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners, a fund managed by Goldman Sachs. CityFibre currently has fibre assets in 37 UK towns and cities.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

“With a head-start in 37 towns and cities, this full fibre investment plan...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile partners with Twilio on NB-IoT developer platform

T-Mobile’s partnership with Twilio bears fruit in the form of a software development kit for the operator’s NB-IoT network.

NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) is a wide area, low power network. Use of the network enables IoT devices to be operational for much longer, reducing the ongoing costs of maintenance.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“With NB-IoT, devices can consume a fraction of the battery power they do with...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

Telstra 5G sites will swell to around 200 by year’s end

Telstra has informed stockholders during a recent meeting that it plans on having around 200 5G sites live by year’s end.

Andy Penn, CEO of Telstra, said during the meeting:

“In April, we trialled Australia’s first 5G connected car. We are also already rolling out 5G technology on our network and have more than 200 5G sites planned to be live around Australia by the end of this calendar year.”

When the sites go live, there will still be no 5G-capable flagships available from...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile chats 5G and proposed Sprint merger with the FCC

T-Mobile had a dinner date with FCC officials to discuss its upcoming 5G network and proposed Sprint merger.

5G brings a huge potential to boost the economy and bring greater connectivity to citizens. As such, regulators and lawmakers are meeting with operators to decide how to capitalise on these benefits.

In a heavily redacted T-Mobile presentation, the operator provided key expectations about its 5G network.

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Why operators need to forge a greater link between digital transformation and customer care

Operators are stuck between a rock and a hard place today. They need to be seen to move towards a process of digital transformation – whatever that term means – while trying to constantly improve the customer experience.

The latter is an area where the telcos have traditionally struggled – and according to a new report published by BriteBill and Omnisperience gauging the views of 40 tier-0 and tier-1 service...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Customer Service, Operators, Research.

Huawei is ready to dispel South Korea’s 5G security concerns

Huawei has said it’s ready to dispel any 5G security fears in South Korea as it continues to woo operators around the world.

South Korean telcos are currently deciding which vendors will supply their 5G equipment. The nation’s largest, SK Telecom, has already ruled-out Huawei in favour of Samsung, Nokia, and Ericsson.

Unlike the US and Australia, the South Korean government has not banned the use of Huawei equipment. There are...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security.

Apple seeks UK telco for TV strategy and long beach walks

Apple is reportedly seeking a UK-based telecoms provider to increase the reach of its TV platform in an important market for the company.

Telecommunications giant BT is said to be the current forerunner, according to a report in The Telegraph.

BT, who also owns the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, is expected to distribute Apple TVs to the latter’s broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Europe, Industry, Operators, Smart TV.

EE launches its UK 5G network test in Canary Wharf

BT-owned mobile operator EE has launched a 5G test network in Canary Wharf, London ahead of a full commercial rollout next year.

As the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, the launch by EE is a landmark moment in the UK’s path to 5G.

Fotis Karonis, 5G Technology Lead at BT Group, said:

“This is the latest milestone in our 5G rollout – a live test of our 5G network, in a hugely busy ‘hotspot’, where we know there’s going to be demand...

By Ryan Daws, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.