US officials claim the UK’s approach to 5G security is ‘deeply concerning’

Officials from the Trump administration have warned the UK's approach to 5G security is ‘deeply concerning’.

Senior officials criticised the UK's long-standing approach of testing Chinese equipment prior to use in critical infrastructure. According to them, it's not enough.

Equipment is tested at the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in Banbury, Oxfordshire. HCSEC said it was confident the equipment poses no threat until a recent report which highlighted concerns about...

T-Mobile resists extending price freeze if Sprint merger proceeds

T-Mobile CEO John Legere resisted a call to freeze consumer prices for longer than his company’s three-year pledge if the Sprint merger proceeds.

Speaking to a House Judiciary Committee, Legere responded to questions from Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) and Judiciary Committee Antitrust Chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who requested a price cap of more than three years.

“Why not make a price commitment for four or five years?” McBath asked.

“I will keep the pricing plans everyone has for three...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Sprint fires at AT&T in full-page NYT ad over ‘fake 5G’ marketing

Sprint has taken out a full-page advert in the New York Times which takes aim at rival AT&T for alleged ‘fake 5G’ marketing.

AT&T has drawn ire from rivals for marketing its ‘5G-E’ network despite being a 4G network. The operator defends its decision as it will form a fundamental part of its actual 5G network once released.

Critics say the branding is misleading and some consumers will believe they have early access to a 5G network. They claim it makes AT&T appear like an...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Vodafone: Banning Huawei would be costly and slow our 5G rollout

Vodafone has chimed-in on whether the UK government should ban the use of Huawei 5G equipment in national networks.

The operator has Huawei equipment installed in a third of its base stations. If the government were to ban the Chinese vendor’s gear, Vodafone would have quite a task replacing it all.

Speaking to Reuters, Vodafone UK CTO Scott Petty said:

“If we were forced...

T-Mobile pledges to take on ‘the cableopoly’ in Sprint merger bid

T-Mobile has promised it will take on cable firms as part of its latest attempt to woo regulators into authorising the Sprint merger.

In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere claims the combined firms will be able to solve the lack of broadband connectivity in some rural areas:

“With the New T-Mobile and our unique 5G capabilities, we’ll be able to offer a fast and reliable alternative for in-home broadband –...

Vodafone has 5G data live in Bristol, Cardiff, and Liverpool

Vodafone has switched on 5G sites with live data in three cities alongside laying out its plans to launch in 19 towns and cities across the UK during 2019.

The operator has now launched 5G test sites in Bristol, Cardiff, and Liverpool. These sites are streaming 5G mobile data traffic, while antennas and equipment have also been installed at sites in Birmingham, Glasgow, and London prior to going live.

Following these locations, Vodafone will target 5G launches this year in Birkenhead, Blackpool,...

By Ryan Daws, 08 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Huawei is suing the US for ‘unconstitutional’ 5G ban

Huawei believes it’s being unfairly treated by the US and is suing the government in a bid to overturn a ban of its equipment.

On Wednesday, the Chinese telecoms giant paid a visit to Eastern Texas’ federal district court to request a permanent injunction against the ban.

Huawei is even seeking a declaratory judgement the ban was unconstitutional.

The US has banned Huawei over fears of Beijing state control and that its equipment could be used for surveillance purposes. It has been lobbying its...

Turnbull: ‘Beggars belief’ no Five Eyes member has a leading 5G vendor

Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull gave his views on the use of Chinese telecoms equipment in Western networks during an event in London.

Australia was among the first to ban Chinese vendors from its national 5G networks, and it was one of Turnbull’s final decisions before he was replaced.

Speaking to an audience at the Henry Jackson Society, which included many prominent British MPs, Turnbull said:

“One of the final decisions made while I was prime minister, as a decision...

China Unicom demonstrates how 5G will make classrooms smarter

China Unicom has teamed up with game developer NetDragon WebSoft to demonstrate the possibilities enabled by a 5G-powered classroom.

The partners held a conference titled ‘5G + Smart Education Industry’ in Wuhan, the capital city of the Hubei Province in central China, to show off their innovations.

China Unicom demonstrated an open physics lecture which taught students across different regions simultaneously through employing holograms and 5G technology.

Mr. Liang Baojun, Deputy General Manager...

By Ryan Daws, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Innovation, IoT, Operators.

Huawei scores victory in telecom equipment market space, says Dell’Oro Group

It would be fair to say Huawei has not had a stack of good press in recent weeks – but a new report from Dell’Oro Group has seen solid uptick with regards to the telecom equipment market.

According to the latest note from the analyst group, Huawei now holds 29% of the telecom equipment market, ahead of Nokia – including Alcatel Lucent – and Ericsson. The Chinese vendor has increased its market share by eight...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Infrastructure, Operators, Research.

Opinion: Telcos need to adopt a digital-first mindset

In our increasingly digital age, telecommunications companies need to keep up with widespread changes in technology and how it affects their markets — but research suggests they might not be doing so. The 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index Telecommunications report showed that customers expressed higher satisfaction with video streaming services (scoring 75) than with...

By Vijay Sajja, 26 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators.

SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom team up in blockchain for identity play

MWC19 Compared to other technologies, such as big data, artificial intelligence and the ubiquitous 5G, blockchain is expected to have a lesser role to play at MWC Barcelona this year. Yet a few stories are showcasing this aspect - and one in particular from two of the telco industry's biggest players.

There's something of an irony in this reasoning. Previously, blockchain had not exactly made the biggest impression at Mobile World Congress because, well, it wasn't mobile. Of course, some initiatives are...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Operators, Security.

Operators will make a lot of the news at #MWC19 - but what can they learn this week?

MWC19 As MWC19 kicks off in Barcelona this week, operators will be more than keen to outline their latest wares, whether that's on the hardware side or on the ever-competitive race to 5G. Yet as anyone who has ever been to Fira Gran Via for the yearly mobile jamboree will testify, it is a broad church - and among the product launches are plenty of research studies, many of which have advice for operators in mind.

Take recent research from Mobileum as an example. The report, from...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, Privacy, Research, Security.

GSMA says low power mobile IoT networks now available from all leading operators worldwide

GSMA has announced that mobile IoT or low power wide area (LPWA) networks are now available across the globe in licenced spectrum in 49 markets.

This move follows 93 launches by 50 different mobile operators across both LTE-M and NB-IoT and the coverage is now likely to reach nearly 93% of the total IoT markets by Q2-2019. The GSMA Intelligence forecast suggests that there will be 3.5 billion cellular IoT connections by 2025,...

By Telecoms, 21 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators.

Chinese cyberattacks against the US have resumed

Following a few years of decreased Chinese cyberattacks against the US, a new report from CrowdStrike indicates a resumption in hacking activities.

CrowdStrike’s annual Global Threat Report highlights notable changes in the cybersecurity sphere. This year’s report, titled ‘Adversary Tradecraft and the Importance of Speed’, notes China is collecting intelligence for its ‘Made in China 2025’...

UK think tank warns Huawei 5G participation would be ‘naive'

UK security think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has warned allowing Huawei to participate in 5G would be 'naive' and ‘irresponsible’.

The RUSI is the world's oldest independent think tank on international defence and security. In its report, the institute highlights Beijing’s history of using cyberattacks on the West to advance Chinese interests.

Huawei has long been accused of being controlled by the Chinese state and Western officials have warned it would be...

Huawei founder: "There's no way the US can crush us"

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said “there’s no way the US can crush” his firm, in response to American calls on allies to ban Chinese 5G equipment.

America has long taken a hardline stance against Huawei which predates the Trump administration. Trump’s government has increased pressure on allies to ban Huawei equipment which some claim to be part of the wider ‘trade war’ against China.

Zhengfei made the comment in an interview with the BBC,...

Vodafone 5G lifts off at Manchester Airport in public trial

Vodafone has launched a 5G service at Manchester airport in a public trial demonstrating the latest generation network's advantages.

Users connect to a portable 5G router Vodafone calls a ‘Gigacube’ located in Manchester’s terminal one. Gigacube makes use of Massive MIMO to enable multiple transmit and receive signals.

Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said:

“We are delighted to support Vodafone’s 5G trial at Manchester Airport....

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Russia will unplug from the internet to ensure independence

In the coming months, Russia will unplug from the global internet as part of an experiment to ensure the nation can function without it.

A proposed law called the Digital Economy National Program would require Russian ISPs to ensure they’re able to operate if foreign powers isolate the country.

Organisations which maintain the international DNS system are based around the world, but none are based in Russia. That means, in theory, it would be possible for Russia to be disconnected.

International coalitions such as...