Trade body calls on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions

Fixed wireless trade body WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association) has called on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions.

WISPA believes Ofcom needs to ‘modernise the way it allocates spectrum resources’ because the current approach is outdated and ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

Spectrum allocation has become an even more contentious issue in recent years ahead of the rollout of 5G and IoT services.

David Burns, Chairman of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Ofcom is concerned about BT’s continued Openreach influence

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has raised its concerns that BT still has too much influence over decisions made by the Openreach national broadband network.

Following years of complaints from rivals that previous Openreach owner BT was prioritising their business in strategic decisions, Ofcom decided to step in last year.

Ofcom and BT reached the decision to keep Openreach under BT’s parent company, but have it run as an independent company in a bid to make its operations fairer to competitors.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Editorial: A look at Gavin Patterson’s five-year tenure as BT CEO

The CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, is stepping down after a five-year tenure in the post which has seen the business go through substantial changes.

During his time, Patterson handled the mobile industry-shaking £12.5bn acquisition of the UK’s biggest mobile operator, EE.

Patterson also oversaw the split of the Openreach fibre broadband network from BT into its own company and worked to modernise the company’s IPTV offerings as OTT players like Amazon Prime aim to replace traditional...

Fox–Sky Takeover: Government clears bid, if Sky News is sold

The saga of 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky may be coming to a close as Culture Secretary Matt Hancock clears the path for a deal on the basis that Sky News is sold to a suitable buyer.

Fox’s £11.7 billion ($14.6 billion) bid was first launched in 2016. The deal was referred to a ‘phase two’ investigation last June by former Culture Secretary Karen Bradley after it was cleared...

By Ryan Daws, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Regulation.

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.

Brits overpay for broadband while receiving half the advertised speed

According to research, many British households are both overpaying for their services and receiving broadband speeds half as fast as they were advertised.

Communications regulator Ofcom recently conducted research which found around four million UK households could be saving money on broadband.

Broadband customers often sign up to good welcome offers for a set term, but then forget to shop around or negotiate with their existing provider once their contract is up.

Once an offer is up, plans can jump...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Marketing, Operators, Regulation.

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...

T-Mobile and Sprint are set to merge in £18.9bn deal

US telecommunications giants T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to merge in a deal worth almost £19 billion.

The operators attempted to merge under former president Obama’s administration, but regulators blocked the deal. President Trump’s administration has taken a more relaxed approach to deals which have been criticised as being potentially anti-competitive.

Once merged, the companies will have around 130 million subscribers. Around 72.6 million will come from T-Mobile and 54.6 million from...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, N America, Operators, Regulation.

Taiwan’s regulator warns a 4G price war could impair 5G investment

A telecoms regulator in Taiwan has warned sparking a price war could impair how much operators are willing to invest in new services and networks, including 5G.

The warning from the NCC (National Communications Commission) followed Chunghwa Telecom’s decision to introduce low-cost, unlimited 4G data and voice plans. Chunghwa is Taiwan’s largest service provider — accounting for over a third of wireless connections and around 80 percent of the broadband market.

A race to the bottom in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Mozilla’s first Internet Health Report is a timely read

Privacy advocates Mozilla have released their first ‘Internet Health Report’ during a year when net neutrality rules are being repealed, and Facebook’s CEO is testifying in front of the Senate over the company’s failure to protect users’ data.

Mozilla expresses concern for a handful of companies with an unhealthy amount of power and influence over the internet. Many of our readers will be able to list at least the Western companies — Google, Facebook, and Amazon. In China,...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Regulation.