South Korea boasts of hitting almost four million 5G subscribers

The Ministry of Science and ICT in South Korea reports the country is close to hitting the milestone of four million 5G subscribers.

While it's often debated whether South Korea or the US was first to launch a commercially available 5G network, both countries were among the first.

This leadership makes South Korea closely watched by industry observers for how their 5G rollout is progressing, including the pace of adoption.

5G adoption is happening fast in South Korea. As of October, the ministry reports...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

China forces new mobile network subscribers to provide facial scans

A controversial law which forces new mobile subscribers in China to first provide scans of their face has now been implemented.

To sign up for a new plan, Chinese consumers will still need their national ID card but will now also be forced to supply facial scans. First announced in September, Beijing says it’s taking the step to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.”

The...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Surveillance.

EE streams live AR music gig to multiple locations using 5G

UK mobile operator EE has streamed a live gig to multiple locations using 5G and augmented reality technology.

Commuters passing through Birmingham's New Street Station were treated to the show by four-piece group Bastille, best known for their track Pompeii, in-person.

In a demonstration of how 5G is bringing live shows to consumers wherever they are, EE also streamed the show to people passing through Liverpool and Edinburgh city centres.

Nreal’s mixed reality glasses were used alongside the...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Ericsson: 5G will cover 65% of the world by 2025 with over 2.6b subs

Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report makes some interesting predictions about the pace of 5G adoption globally.

The Swedish telecoms vendor expects global 5G subscriptions will exceed 2.6 billion within the next six years. By this time, Ericsson predicts 5G will cover 65 percent of the world.

Ericsson believes total mobile subscriptions, including to previous generation networks, will reach 8.9 billion from 8 billion over the next six years.

The current average monthly data-traffic-per-smartphone is...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, China, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

AT&T will launch its real 5G network in December

AT&T has announced it will launch its 5G network in December, for real this time.

America's largest operator received a lot of criticism for launching "5G-E" earlier this year, which actually uses 4G technology.

The "E" stands for "Evolution" and AT&T reasons that it will be used for its proper 5G network so it's not inaccurate. Of course, average consumers don't necessarily know that.

Critics called 5G-E misleading, rivals

By Ryan Daws, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smartphones, Wireless.

Total mobile service revenue in China to hit $165bn by the end of 2024, reveals GlobalData

Data and analytics company GlobalData said that the increase in the demand for mobile Internet connectivity and growing unique subscriber base will drive the total mobile service revenue in China from $153 billion (£118.4bn) in 2019 to $165bn (£127.7bn) by the end of 2024. 

Total mobile subscribers in China are expected to grow at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% between 2019 and 2024, revealed...

By Telecoms, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Mobile, Research, Wireless.

Telstra: ‘Foreign actors’ are spreading 5G health risk misinformation

Australian telco giant Telstra has warned that “foreign actors” are spreading misinformation about 5G health risks.

5G will unlock huge economic opportunities and countries leading in rollouts will reap the benefits of being first movers. There is, therefore, an incentive for some countries to slow the progress of others.

Though it’s not a new phenomenon, misinformation has become a hot topic in recent years due to allegations it’s been used to rig elections and sow disorder. Social...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Deloitte: Consumers are currently apathetic about 5G networks

Research from Deloitte suggests consumers are currently struggling to become enthused about 5G networks.

Operators around the world are currently trying to drum up excitement for 5G, often in a bid to get customers to part with more cash each month.

Demos of ways that 5G can be used have been conducted as part of operators’ marketing blitzes. We’ve seen 8K VR streaming, people

By Ryan Daws, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Standards, Wireless.

Security researchers discover nearly a dozen 5G vulnerabilities

A team of researchers have uncovered nearly a dozen 5G vulnerabilities, showing the latest generation may not provide the leap in security we hoped for.

The researchers, from the universities of Iowa and Purdue, were able to perform a range of concerning attacks.

Some examples of attacks the researchers conducted include location tracking, broadcasting fake emergency alerts, and cutting devices off from the 5G network.

With 5G networks expected to proliferate rapidly and be used for ever more critical...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Security, Standards, Wireless.

US officials continue to criticise allies 'opening their arms' to Chinese 5G

US officials have increased their criticism of allies who are “opening their arms” to 5G equipment from Chinese vendors.

On Thursday, US chief technology officer Micheal Kratsios spoke at a tech conference in Lisbon. Kratsios reiterated America’s stance that Chinese firms cannot be trusted as they’re compelled to cooperate with Beijing’s intelligence services.

Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei is one of the few suppliers used in global networks. The vendor has built a reputation for...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

China Mobile Vice GM: 5G will be ‘the accelerator for new technologies’

Zhao Dachun, the vice general manager of China Mobile, has given his thoughts on the rollout of 5G during the third China Enterprise Reform and Development Forum.

Dachun highlights research from IHS Markit which predicts 5G will fuel growth across sectors by 2035 of $12.3 trillion globally.

"5G will become the aorta of the information society, the accelerator of the industrial transformation, and the footstone of digital society,” he said.

China Mobile was among the nation’s state-owned operators

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities, Wireless.

China's state telcos will flick on the world's largest 5G network on Friday

State-owned telecoms operators in China will switch on their 5G networks for the first time on Friday as Beijing aims to catch up with the US.

China Unicom, China Mobile, and China Telecom will launch 5G services on Friday with prices starting from 128 yuan per month, equivalent to approximately $18/month.

Beijing initially planned to launch 5G services early next year but have accelerated their plans amid increased trade tensions with the US.

As of Friday, China will have the largest...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

German spy chief: Huawei 'cannot be trusted fully' in 5G networks

A German spy chief has warned about involving Huawei in 5G networks, reducing the beleaguered vendor's hopes of catching a break in Europe.

Bruno Kahl, head of Germany's foreign intelligence, made the warning to a parliamentary committee on Tuesday. “Infrastructure is not a suitable area for a group that cannot be trusted fully,” Kahl said.

Kahl does not believe Huawei should be ruled out from being involved in the 5G rollout entirely, but the vendor should be kept away from "core...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security, Wireless.

Ofcom details 2020 spectrum auction for more 5G airwaves

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has detailed plans for a 5G spectrum auction next year to support the rollout of the latest generation network.

Companies will bid for the finite airwaves across two separate frequency bands. 80 MHz of spectrum will be available in the 700 MHz band, while 120 MHz of spectrum will be up-for-grabs in the 3.6–3.8 GHz band.

All four of the UK's major operators have launched 5G in some capacity this year but in limited areas of selected cities and towns. The new airwaves will...

Nokia shares drop the most since 1991 after cutting outlook, suspending dividend

Nokia's shares have plummeted at the market open in Helsinki as the Finnish vendor faces continued turbulence.

The shares dropped 24 percent at the open, the biggest drop since 1991.

Shareholders are spooked after Nokia cut its outlook claiming that increased spending was necessary to compete against rivals.

In a statement, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said:

"Some of the risks that we flagged previously related to the initial phase of 5G are now materialising.

We...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Huawei India CEO: India should make its own decisions about 5G firms

Huawei India CEO Jay Chen says the country should make its own decisions over whether to ban 5G firms rather than listen to foreign powers.

Speaking to Economic Times, Chen said:

"The Indian government, companies and customers all have their full confidence in Huawei. Similarly, we are also confident with regards to our prospects in India.

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Wireless.

Lebanon backtracks on plan to tax voice calls made over the internet

Lebanon has decided to backtrack on a policy that would have resulted in a daily charge to users wanting to make voice calls over the internet.

The plan was to charge 20 cents per day for calls made over the web; including using services like WhatsApp and FaceTime Audio.

While it's a relatively small daily charge, Lebanon expected it to result in an extra $200 million per year for the cash-strapped government.

Lebanon recently declared an "economic emergency" and is currently in the process of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Mobile, OTT Services, VoiP.

uSwitch: 5G launch won’t solve the UK’s rural connectivity problems

Research from uSwitch suggests Britain’s rural connectivity problems will not be solved by 5G connectivity.

The research found a third of adult smartphone users still have trouble connecting to 4G at least once a week. As shown in the chart below by OpenSignal, every region of the UK still has 4G availability issues with the South West suffering most:

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Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Rural, Wireless.

UK government pledges £5bn for gigabit broadband in every home by 2025

During the Conservative Party Conference, Chancellor Sajid Javid pledged £5 billion for gigabit broadband in every home by 2025.

Standing on the steps of Downing Street following his election in July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the rollout of gigabit broadband one of his key pledges. The chancellor has now committed public money to help achieve Johnson’s pledge.

"We are setting out plans to invest £5bn to support the rollout of full-fibre, 5G and other gigabit-capable networks to...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Rural.

Report claims buying Huawei tech is ‘like buying Chinese fighter planes’

A report analysing the costs involved with removing Chinese telecoms equipment in Europe has trashed concerns it will be a lot more than in the US.

The US has just pledged $1 billion for rural mobile networks to replace Chinese telecoms equipment in the country. European nations are still debating whether to follow the US’ lead, but concerns about the cost are a factor.

Earlier this year, Huawei funded an analysis which calculated the cost of removing Chinese telecoms...