Standards body ETSI begins exploring TCP/IP alternatives for 5G

Standards body ETSI has established a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) which aims to define an alternative to TCP/IP for 5G.

TCP/IP was first developed in the late 1970s before wider adoption occurred in the 80s. The suite of internet protocols provides end-to-end data communication specifying how data should be packetised, addressed, transmitted, routed, and received.

With a new generation of mobile network rolling out, ETSI wants to explore a modern alternative to the relatively ancient TCP/IP...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Standards, Wireless.

Ofcom reiterates that 5G is safe following attacks on engineers and mobile towers

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has felt the need to reiterate that 5G is safe following a spate of attacks on engineers and mobile towers.

Conspiracy theorists are spreading claims that the COVID-19 coronavirus is caused by 5G. If you have social media, you've probably come across the posts which have proliferated in part due to endorsements from celebrities like Woody Harrelson and Amanda Holden.

Many of the posts urge people to burn down 5G towers and some have even set up a "scoreboard"...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Wireless.

COVID-19: Telcos increase the pay of engineers helping to keep people connected

Various telecoms operators around the world are increasing the salaries of engineers on the frontline helping to keep people connected.

One of the few silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is an increased appreciation of the people that really keep the world going. The likes of shopworkers and postal workers are often among the lowest paid, but our societies would collapse without them.

Engineers aren’t exactly the lowest paid, but they’re still essential. More than ever, people are relying on...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Minister calls 5G coronavirus conspiracy 'dangerous nonsense' as towers burnt

British cabinet minister Michael Gove has called 5G coronavirus conspiracy stories “dangerous nonsense” as vandals burn down mobile towers.

You’ve probably seen the claims by now. Only this morning, within minutes of opening Facebook, I scrolled upon the following mind-numbing post:

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It seems lost on the creator that 3G...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Speedtest: Networks in North America and Europe are handling remote working demand

Speedtest by Ookla has updated its report analysing the impact remote working is having on global networks.

Telecoms covered the initial release of Speedtest’s report towards the end of last month. At the time, a slight decrease in mean fixed and mobile broadband performance was observed across North American and European countries between March 16th-22nd.

Speedtest has now updated its statistics to account...

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.

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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...

Three UK CEO steps down as company aligns European operations

Three UK CEO Dave Dyson has announced that he is stepping down just as the company makes steps towards “greater alignment” of its European operations.

Dyson says he is stepping down for personal reasons and will be succeeded by Three Ireland CEO Robert Finnegan. Dyson will continue to serve on the company’s board.

“Three UK is very well positioned to grow in the market after a period of investment in 5G spectrum and more modern IT systems and processes,” says Dyson. “Robert...

By Ryan Daws, 05 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

US senators urge the UK to reconsider its Huawei position

US senators have urged America's closest ally to reconsider its position on the use of Huawei's telecoms equipment.

In January, the UK announced that it will allow the use of Huawei's gear in a "limited capacity" following a multi-year security review.

A bipartisan group of 20 US senators wrote in a letter to the House of Commons:

“Given the significant security, privacy,...

By Ryan Daws, 04 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Security, Wireless.

Dimitra Simeonidou, Smart Internet Lab: Creating societal change with 5G

Telecoms caught up with Professor Dimitra Simeonidou ahead of her talk at this year’s 5G Expo Global to find out what she’s been working on, her thoughts on the 5G rollout, and the ways it will impact society.

Simeonidou’s impressive career so far spans both industry and academia. Among her earliest achievements was leading the team at Alcatel Submarine Networks to deliver the first transatlantic optical network. Since then, Simeonidou has co-founded two successful...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Assessing the state of the mobile industry: Capturing the next growth wave

Analysis Smartphones have changed people’s lives in a revolutionary way. The popularity of devices packed with apps for productivity, entertainment and wellbeing has seen mobile networks hit with an avalanche of data. In the last eight years, data volumes have grown 24-fold while the price per megabyte has fallen by well over 95%. Only very rarely in history has a single industry managed to cut prices by so much in such a short time.

So where to from here?

Traditional mobile-industry business models are either...

By Sean Keating, 28 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

Coronavirus outbreak is set to impact global 5G rollouts

The outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus is beginning to impact supply lines and the telecoms industry is no exception.

A look at the Dow Jones Industrial Average today shows the serious impact coronavirus is already having on the stock market in general:

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While many will point to other factors making a pullback from such high valuations inevitable, it seems coronavirus may be the catalyst as investors get concerned...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.