Southwest Airlines picks Viasat for in-flight WiFi

Southwest Airlines has announced that it will use connectivity from satellite firm Viasat for in-flight WiFi services.

The airline says that all new aircraft deliveries from this fall will be fitted with Viasat’s next-generation Ka-band satellite in-flight connectivity (IFC) system.

Viasat’s next-generation system will provide speeds that are typically greater than 20Mbps. With those speeds, customers will be able to stream content, watch live television, access...

Report highlights audio-video experiences that will be ‘only on 5G’

A report from InterDigital and Futuresource highlights audio-video experiences that will only be available using 5G networks.

“Significant engineering and innovation has shaped the emergence of 5G and we are beginning to realise the benefits of this enhanced wireless ecosystem, particularly for video and video-enabled experiences,” said Henry Tirri, Chief Technology Officer, InterDigital.

“This report in partnership with Futuresource Consulting highlights myriad...

Request to Pay: how telecoms providers can better protect against fraud

Security against fraud

In the first half of last year, more than £750 million was stolen in UK fraud cases, a 30% increase over the same period in 2020. Last summer alone, 45 million people in the UK were targeted by scam phone calls and text messages, according to telecoms regulator Ofcom.

The cost to consumers who fall victim to these scams can be devastating, and yet the effects on the organisations being impersonated can also have long-term impacts. The outcome can be a significant loss of customer...

CityFibre’s full-fibre to deliver over £40B of direct economic benefits

New research suggests that economic benefits worth over £40 billion will be reaped by CityFibre’s full-fibre rollout.

The research – conducted by consultancy firm Hatch – covers a 15-year period and examines the rollout across 285 cities, towns, and villages in England and Scotland.

Boosts to productivity and innovation account for £22 billion of the economic benefits; with poor connectivity no longer posing a barrier.

As more people transition to...

EE and Qualcomm set 5G spectrum aggregation record

EE has partnered with Qualcomm to set a European 5G spectrum aggregation record.

The operator successfully aggregated a 5G signal using seven different spectrum carriers, including its existing 3.4GHz and new 3.6GHz 5G channels.

David Salam, Director of Mobile at EE-owner BT, said:

“Our commitment to technology investment and innovation, coupled with our leading 5G footprint, continues to see the EE network offer and sustain the best overall 5G experience in...

SaaS can slash telcos’ costs by 25% over 5 years 

Research from Analysys Mason suggests that communication service providers (CSPs) can achieve cost savings of around 25 percent over five years by adopting SaaS.

The research – commissioned by Nokia – makes the projection based on comparing the cost of CSPs buying, managing, and maintaining their own hardware and software infrastructure.

Justin van der Lande, Research Director at Analysys Mason, said:

“As this research shows, there are many factors that...

Huawei reportedly halts Russian sales and furloughs staff

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has reportedly halted sales in Russia and furloughed some of its staff in the country.

Following the decisions this week by Ericsson and Nokia to cease operating in Russia, the country was expected to turn to Chinese vendors like Huawei for network equipment.

Huawei has regularly been accused of having close ties with Beijing, a close ally of Moscow. Beijing has refused to condemn the Kremlin not just for its illegal invasion of Ukraine but...

Nokia joins Ericsson in exiting Russia

Nokia has announced it’s exiting Russia just a day after rival Ericsson reported an indefinite suspension of its operations in the country.

“It has been clear for Nokia since the early days of the invasion of Ukraine that continuing our presence in Russia would not be possible,” wrote the company in a statement.

Over the last few weeks, Nokia suspended deliveries to Russia, stopped new business, and began moving its R&D activities out of the country. Today’s...

Ericsson announces ‘indefinite suspension’ of its Russian business

Ericsson has announced an “indefinite suspension” of its business in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The uncovering of further war crimes by Russian forces in areas like Bucha and Irpin has led to additional sanctions from much of the international community. Sweden-based Ericsson says the EU’s increased sanctions played a part in its decision.

In a statement, Ericsson wrote:

“In the light of recent events and of European Union...

US disrupts large Russian botnet ‘before it could be used’

The US has disrupted a large global botnet operated by Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland made the announcement on Wednesday.

“Fortunately, we were able to disrupt this botnet before it could be used. Thanks to our close work with international partners, we were able to detect the infection of thousands of network hardware devices,” said Garland.

“We were then able to disable the GRU’s control over those...