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...

Satellite internet firm OneWeb files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

OneWeb has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it seeks a new buyer to continue its satellite internet ambitions.

The promising startup was forced into filing for bankruptcy after its attempts to get financing was unsuccessful.

OneWeb says it was “close” to receiving the crucial financing but the unexpected coronavirus pandemic resulted in the prospective deal being cut short amid market turbulence.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows OneWeb to keep its existing work going by allowing the startup to use...

By Ryan Daws, 30 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural, Satellite.

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,...

UK Budget 2020: £5bn for gigabit broadband among ‘huge’ investments

British chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged £5 billion for gigabit broadband in a "huge" Budget designed to boost the UK economy during global uncertainties.

The latest Budget is Sunak's first since being appointed chancellor earlier this year and the first since the UK left the EU. It was always going to garner a lot of attention, but more so amid the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent impact it’s having on the global economy.

Andrew Duncan, Partner and UK Head, Infosys...

By Ryan Daws, 11 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

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.

Huawei lawsuit against ‘unconstitutional’ ban in the US is thrown out

A judge has ruled against a lawsuit filed by Huawei in the US relating to a ban on government personnel using the company’s devices.

Huawei filed the lawsuit on the basis that the ban was “unconstitutional” back in 2018. Since then, Huawei has faced increased US-led scrutiny globally over claims the company is controlled by Beijing – an allegation the company denies.

US District Court Judge Amos Mazzant ruled that Congress has the right to ban federal agencies from using...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security.

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.

Speaking to

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

Bipartisan US delegation express Huawei concerns during Munich Security Conference

A bipartisan US delegation voiced their concerns about Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei during this year's Munich Security Conference.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Huawei, and other firms backed by Beijing, are "trojan horses for Chinese intelligence". Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said China is conducting a “nefarious strategy” through companies like Huawei.

But it’s not just Republicans voicing their concerns about Huawei. From the other side of the...