Huawei founder holds presser addressing security concerns

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei held a rare press conference to address security concerns surrounding the company.

Zhengfei, who has not held a press conference with foreign media since 2015, decided to make an intervention over Huawei espionage claims.

Critics of Huawei believe the company would provide sensitive data to the Chinese government upon request. Some even say the firm is compelled by Chinese law, something Huawei has always denied exists.

Zhengfei said that his company has “never received any...

T-Mobile says it has 5G in 30 cities just awaiting devices

Telecoms giant T-Mobile has quietly announced it has 5G live in 30 cities and is now just awaiting devices which support it.

Speaking to Light Reading, the operator confirmed the launches after making a promise at the start of last year. At the time, T-Mobile said it would have 30 cities supplied with 5G by the end of 2018.

The company says it’s yet to offer commercial 5G services as no smartphones on the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

British hacker took down Liberia’s whole telecoms network

A 32-year-old hacker from Surrey, England was arrested for a cyber attack which disabled Liberia’s whole telecoms network.

The hacker, Daniel Kaye, admitted to being hired by a senior official at Liberian telco Cellcom to carry out a cyber attack on rival Lonestar.

Mike Hulett, Head of Operations at the National Cyber Crime Unit, said:

“Daniel Kaye was operating as a highly skilled and capable hacker-for-hire. His activities inflicted substantial damage on numerous businesses...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Connectivity, Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Security.

How blockchain is revolutionising telecom business support systems

The business support system (BSS) remains the lifeblood of any communications provider. You can spend all you want on the network, but if you want to get that fast speed to a customer and make it useable, you cannot neglect the back office.

If you have an ageing BSS, your very survival could be at stake. These warnings have been concerning telecom operators for some time. Take a report

By James Bourne, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Operators, OTT Services.

AT&T CEO: Rivals mocking 5G-E ‘makes me smile’

AT&T is getting a rough time from competitors over its 5G-E, but the company’s CEO says it's putting a smile on his face.

“If I now occupy beachfront real estate in our competitors’ heads, that makes me smile,” said AT&T CEO John Donovan during an appearance on stage at CES this week.

The company stirred up some controversy with its decision to put a ‘5G-E’ indicator on smartphones...

By Ryan Daws, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom successfully achieve millimetre wave link with data transmission rate of 40Gbps

A recently conducted joint innovation project between Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom successfully demonstrated a millimetre wave link with a data transmission rate of 40Gbps.

The live trial, which was organised at the Deutsche Telekom Service Centre in Athens, is a breakthrough moment in the evolution from today’s 10Gbps reality toward the 100Gbps future. It was arranged over a hop distance of 1.4 kilometres in the...

By Telecoms, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Rivals mock AT&T’s 5G-E with T-Mobile teasing ‘9G’ update

AT&T is slapping a ‘5G E’ indicator on devices connected to its gigabit LTE network, and it’s getting suitably mocked by rivals.

T-Mobile kicks off proceedings with a fine bit of trolling from its Twitter account:

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John Legere, T-Mobile’s ever-vocal CEO, also used Twitter to accuse AT&T of “flat out” lying to customers.

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

CTA: US sales of 5G smartphones will generate $1 billion in 2019

US sales of 5G smartphones will generate $1 billion revenue in 2019, according to a Consumer Technology Association (CTA) forecast.

The analysis predicts around 2.1 million 5G smartphones will be sold this year. By 2022, the CTA expects 76 percent of all smartphones purchased in the US will be 5G-enabled.

Steve Koenig, Vice President of Market Research at CTA, said:

“The future is bright for many tech products consumers already know and love, as stalwart revenue drivers including...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

Early test results of AT&T’s 5G network are underwhelming

Early speed tests of 5G should be taken with a grain of salt, but those of AT&T’s network appear underwhelming compared to 4G.

AT&T’s 5G network is live in 12 cities. Without supporting handsets the only way to access the network is via a hotspot.

The network’s first consumer mobile 5G device is the Netgear Nighthawk hotspot. There’s a distinct lack of evidence many are using it going by the relative quiet on forums and social networks.

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By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom ensures consumers get top broadband deal

After finding around half of UK homes are on a poor broadband deal, regulator Ofcom has announced plans to boost consumer awareness.

Superfast broadband (defined as 24Mbps+) availability has reached 94 percent of premises, but there’s been less than half uptake.

Ofcom’s investigations have found consumers are often able to receive greatly improved broadband for just slightly more cost per month, or sometimes even less than what they’re currently paying.

The regulator has announced several measures to...

By Ryan Daws, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

O2 seeks millions in damages from Ericsson following outage

Telefónica-owned carrier O2 will seek damages from Ericsson over a software problem which caused telecoms outages in 11 countries.

Affected operators have taken on the complaints and reputation damage from customers. O2 is reportedly seeking ‘millions’ in compensation from Ericsson.

SoftBank, a Japanese telco, was also impacted by the glitch. In a press release, the operator explained the problem:

“The...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

SK Telecom makes first 5G video call using a Samsung phone

Korean telecoms giant SK Telecom has become the world’s first network to make a commercial 5G video call using a Samsung phone.

SK Telecom carries weight as the largest telecoms network in Korea. The call marks a landmark moment in the country’s journey to 5G.

A prototype Samsung 5G phone was used for the video call conducted by SK Telecom’s CEO Park Jung-ho to a staff manager based in Seoul. Jung-ho noted increased clarity in comparison to a video call made over LTE.

Samsung intends to...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

New Zealand has blocked a telco from using Huawei’s gear

Mere days after the US petitioned its allies to ban the use of Huawei’s equipment over security concerns, New Zealand has blocked a telco from doing so.

The operator, Spark, posted a statement today claiming the Director-General of the Government Communications Security Bureau rejected its request to use Huawei’s 5G equipment.

In the statement, Spark wrote:

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

How blockchain is speeding up product development for mobile operators

Recent years have seen the mobile landscape change beyond recognition. Traditional voice and messaging services continue to fight a losing battle against OTT service providers such as WhatsApp and Snapchat, and operators everywhere are preparing to meet the demands for the superfast, high bandwidth capabilities of 5G. Customers now expect a real time, frictionless mobile experience, and operators must deliver this, or lose out to their competitors....

By Jitendra Thethi, 27 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, Security.

US petitions allies to drop Chinese 5G vendors ahead of tense G20 summit

The feud between the US and China continues to gather pace ahead of a tense G20 summit as the nation petitions its allies to ditch Chinese 5G equipment.

Officials have long held concerns that equipment from Chinese manufacturers could be used for spying. While the US is most vocal, other countries have voiced similar views and either banned equipment – such as Australia – or taken measures to mitigate the risks, such as the UK and Canada.

All four of the aforementioned countries are part of the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

FCC puts rural broadband and texting regulation on Thanksgiving menu – but not everyone is happy

While many will today be tucking into turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce – with room for some pumpkin pie afterwards – the FCC has put together a Thanksgiving menu of its own.

Among FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plans for the rest of 2018 and onward include commitments to improving rural broadband speeds and altering text messaging regulations.

The most...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, N America, Operators.

Analysing telecom service providers' 5G network launch plans

Mobile network service providers have been eagerly planning for the launch of 5G service deployment. Juniper Research anticipates that the first commercial network launches will occur in 2019 - the initial networks to provide 5G services will be located within the Far East & China and North America regions.

Meanwhile, network operators in Europe have mostly adopted a wait-and-see approach, closely following the progress of operators in the two leading regions. Over the past two years, telecom service...

By David H. Deans, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators, Research.

Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson offer campus network solutions to industry customers

Manufacturing companies have realised the importance of a dedicated wireless connectivity in significantly improving the flexibility, versatility and efficiency of production processes. Deutsche Telekom is offering campus network solutions to its industry customers based on a dual slice approach that combines and integrates public and private LTE connectivity that is often enhanced with a local edge cloud deployment.

OSRAM and...

By Telecoms, 20 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators.

Telefónica will use IBM’s blockchain to manage international calls

Telefónica has signed a partnership with IBM to use its blockchain technology for the management of international call traffic.

Using the IBM Blockchain Platform, Telefónica hopes it will improve the traceability of international call data including things such as origin, destination, and duration.

Gonzalo Martín-Villa, Chief Innovation Officer of Telefónica, says:

"This project is one of our first initiatives to secure real benefits from the adoption of...

By Ryan Daws, 15 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Small cable firms want Comcast investigated for anti-trust violations

A group representing small cable firms want Comcast investigated over allegations it’s abusing its power within the industry.

The American Cable Association (ACA) represents over 700 small and medium-sized cable operators. ACA has called on US Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim to open an investigation looking into Comcast and its practices.

ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said:

“By opening a formal investigation, the DOJ, which has already put Comcast-NBCU...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.