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.

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.

Broadband speeds

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.

Nokia gives operators WINGs: Managed service flies with new 5G IoT capabilities

Nokia has added 5G and edge capabilities to its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service, which aims to help operators capture early IoT market share without investing in infrastructure.

The evolved form of the Nokia WING will allow operators to use new business models and foray into industries like critical public services, remote healthcare, connected cars, and real-time industrial monitoring and control.

By Telecoms, 18 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, Operators.

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...

Indian telcos warn users about coronavirus and share tips for tackling it

Telecoms operators in India are doing their part to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliance Jio, Airtel, and the state-run BSNL all provided the following warning to any subscriber making a call on Sunday:

“Always protect your face with a handkerchief or tissue while coughing or sneezing.

Regularly clean hands with soap. Avoid touching your face, eyes, or nose. If someone has a cough, fever, or breathlessness, maintain one-metre distance.

By Ryan Daws, 09 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, India, Operators.

One in five mobile connections to run on 5G networks by 2025, forecasts GSMA

GSMA has predicted in its latest 2020 Mobile Economy global edition report that one in five mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025.

The move owes itself to an expanding roster of 5G devices and growing awareness among consumers. According to GSMA, a total of 46 operators in 24 markets have launched commercially available 5G networks by the end of January 2020.

By Telecoms, 06 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Operators, Research, Wireless.

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.

Open Networking Foundation launches Aether platform for 5G edge cloud as a service

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has announced the introduction of Aether, the first open source platform to deliver Enterprise 5G/LTE edge cloud as a service.

The platform offers mobile connectivity and edge cloud services for distributed enterprise networks, all provisioned and managed from a centralised cloud. According to ONF, Aether is easy to deploy, highly scalable and is designed for rapid edge service onboarding...

By Telecoms, 04 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Disruption, Infrastructure, LTE, Operators.

Why communication service providers are having to embrace AI apps

Public cloud computing applications have left the telecom service providers in a marginalised position. The whole industry has always been directly affected by technology innovation and digital disruption. That said, the past 10 years have been particularly challenging for several significant reasons.

The mainstream penetration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in communication services, the rise of highly customised over the top (OTT) applications, the rollout of superior connectivity...

By David H. Deans, 25 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

Four large telcos explore using blockchain to simplify inter-operator roaming

Four large international telcos are testing a blockchain solution to simplify inter-operator roaming agreements.

The operators – Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, and T-Mobile US – are testing a “production-ready” solution to reduce the complexity involved with inter-operator roaming.

Inter-operator roaming requires drafting, signing, and manually implementing each agreement under the legacy system. The new solution aims to automate the cumbersome process.

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By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Operators.

Wholesale mobile roaming revenues will reach $41 billion: How the operators must respond

Mobile roaming enables customers of one mobile provider to use the network of another when the subscriber’s 'home network' is unavailable. As a result, network operators acquired agility in releasing new mobile communication services.

Over the next five years, mobile network operators must ensure they can offer new 5G services to subscribers when roaming away from the home network. However, the majority of providers will launch offerings through alliances of sub-regional bilateral packages to...

By David H. Deans, 13 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Mobile, Operators, Research, Roaming.

T-Mobile and Sprint merger nears completion after federal judge approval

After at least half a decade of rumour, conjecture and court appearances, T-Mobile and Sprint’s on-again, off-again, on-again merger has cleared a considerable hurdle following a ruling by a New York federal judge.

The announcement was made as Southern District of New York judge Victor Marrero dismissed a legal challenge by several state attorneys general regarding anti-competition fears.

In...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, Operators, Regulation.

Attorney General calls on the US and its allies to invest in Huawei rivals

During a conference in Washington, the US Attorney General called on America and its allies to invest in Huawei rivals.

Huawei has the largest marketshare in the world of any telecoms vendor. The reason operators are so attracted to Huawei is that the gear is often seen to beat rivals in both capabilities and cost.

"The Chinese are using every lever of power to expand their 5G market share around the globe," Barr said.

However, the US believes Huawei is controlled by Beijing and poses a national...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Wireless.

Huawei: Hey FCC, can you stop calling us a national security risk?

Huawei has urged the FCC not to go ahead with officially designating the company as a national security risk.

The US has not shied away from expressing its concerns about Huawei over the years and claims the Chinese telecoms giant has ties with Beijing. Huawei has always denied the allegations.

While few American operators use Huawei's equipment because of the US government's position, there was never really a penalty for doing so.

In November, the FCC voted 5-0 to initially...