Editorial: Stop the 5G health risk scaremongering

A recent string of scaremongering and conspiracy theories around purported 5G health risks needs some factual counterbalance.

One image has recently gone viral of a person in a ‘hazmat suit’ installing a 5G cellphone tower. The image appears to have originated from Instagram account TheOrgonizedEarth, a page spreading dangerous pseudoscience theories.

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First off, that’s not a hazmat suit and would not...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Wireless.

Huawei willing to sign ‘no-spy’ agreements, Trump preps ban of foreign telecoms firms

Huawei says it's willing to sign ‘no-spy’ agreements with governments while Trump prepares an order to ban foreign telecoms firms over security concerns.

During a business conference in London, Huawei chairman Liang Hua said:

"We are willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including the UK government, to commit ourselves to making our equipment meet the no-spy, no-backdoors standard.”

The suggestion comes amid growing concern from Huawei that it...

Vodafone 5G gets UK launch date, first to offer European roaming

Vodafone UK has set a date for its 5G network launch in addition to being the first operator to offer roaming in four European countries.

The operator will switch on its 5G network for consumers and businesses on the 3rd July 2019. Initially, it will be available in seven major cities.

Here are the first cities to go live:

  • Bristol

  • Birmingham

  • Cardiff

  • London

  • Glasgow

  • Manchester

  • Liverpool

A further 12 cities are due to go online later this year: Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.

John Delaney, Associate VP of Mobility at IDC, said:

“It is clear that Vodafone is determined to be a leader...

Optus reveals first 50 sites for Ericsson-deployed 5G

Australian telco Optus has revealed a list of the first 50 sites that will be supplied with 5G courtesy of Ericsson.

The operator plans to build 1,200 sites across Australia by March 2020. Optus’ initial sites will be deployed across Sydney and Melbourne.

Kent Wu, Optus’ Head of Network Access Planning & Quality said:

“This is another significant milestone for Optus as we continue with our customer-focused 5G roll-out plan. We are continuing to deliver a more dynamic...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Pompeo: China wants 'to divide Western alliances through bits and bytes’

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has claimed China wants ‘to divide Western alliances through bits and bytes’ amid threat to reduce UK security cooperation if the country allows Huawei in national 5G networks.

Pompeo was on a brief visit to the UK and warned the country not to ‘go wobbly’ over 5G security – paraphrasing what Margaret Thatcher once famously told late US President George H.W. Bush.

“In China, we face a new kind of challenge; an authoritarian regime that’s integrated...

BT launches ‘stay fast’ speed guarantee with 24/7 monitoring

British Telecom (BT) has launched a ‘stay fast’ speed guarantee for its broadband customers with 24/7 monitoring.

Upon signing up or extending their contract, a customer will now be provided with an upfront personalised speed.

BT will attempt to remotely optimise the line if the speed falls below this mark or will dispatch an engineer to further investigate why the expected speed is not being delivered.

The company says it will monitor customers’ speeds 24/7 to be proactive if service is...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Europe, Fiber Optic, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Vodafone discovered backdoors in Huawei telecoms equipment

Telecoms giant Vodafone has revealed it discovered backdoors in equipment supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei that could have enabled spying.

Acknowledging the discoveries to Bloomberg, Vodafone said the vulnerabilities date back years. The issues have since been patched, but Vodafone claims they remained for some time after Huawei claimed they'd been fixed.

If exploited, the backdoors reportedly would have...

China's UK Ambassador: ‘Global Britain’ should make its own Huawei decision

China's ambassador to the UK has urged the government not to be influenced by allies when making its decision whether or not to ban Huawei from 5G networks.

Beijing’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, called on the government to make its own determination on the issue rather than follow allies like the US and Australia in banning Chinese telecoms equipment from official networks.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Liu wrote:

Leak of meeting to decide Huawei’s UK 5G network fate causes fury

Politicians and security agencies have expressed fury over the leak of a sensitive meeting to decide if the UK should allow Huawei in national 5G networks.

Leaked information from a National Security Council (NSC) meeting appeared in the press on Wednesday just a day after it was held. Prime Minister Theresa May was in attendance to discuss if Huawei poses a substantial risk with security chiefs.

Jon Trickett, Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, said:

“This Tory government...

Qualcomm and Apple settle lawsuit so Intel drops 5G smartphone chip

Qualcomm and Apple have settled their lawsuit so Intel is ditching plans to launch a 5G modem expected for the 2020 iPhone.

Apple looked set to skip a 5G iPhone this year amid its legal battle with Qualcomm and use a modem from Intel next year. However, Apple and Qualcomm have today settled their legal battle.

The lawsuit began in 2017 when Apple and its partners accused Qualcomm of abusing its market dominance to charge excessive royalties for use of its technology. Qualcomm countersued Apple, which resulted...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Ren Zhengfei: Huawei is ‘open’ to selling 5G chips to Apple

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says his company is ‘open’ to stepping in and supplying 5G chips for Apple devices.

Some analysts predict it will be 2021 until we see a 5G iPhone. Apple tends to wait a while for new technologies to mature before adoption, but 5G networks are beginning to be deployed and consumers are looking for compatible handsets.

The delay is not a poor strategic decision from Apple but rather a result of its ongoing dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm.

Apple shifted away from...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Chinese government launches Ericsson antitrust investigation

Ericsson has received a surprise visit from Chinese regulators who've launched an antitrust investigation against the Swedish vendor.

China's market regulator launched the investigation over alleged complaints against Ericsson’s intellectual property licensing practices.

An Ericsson spokesperson said:

“Ericsson will cooperate fully with this investigation.

We license our industry-leading patents portfolio on FRAND (fair, reasonable, and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation.

Ookla: Ignore AT&T’s claims, its 5G-E network isn't so impressive

Internet testing company Ookla has criticised AT&T’s boasts about its controversial ‘5G-E’ network.

5G-E is AT&T’s rebranding of its LTE-Advanced network and has been criticised for being misleading. AT&T defends its decision on the grounds that it will form a fundamental part of its 5G network.

Last week, AT&T issued a press release claiming its 5G-E network delivered the “fastest wireless network in the...

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

AT&T has 5G live in seven new cities, but no smartphone to access it

US telecoms giant AT&T has switched on its 5G network in seven new cities but there are still no smartphones available which support it.

The seven new cities going live this week are:

  • San Francisco, CA

  • San Jose, CA

  • San Diego, CA

  • Austin, TX

  • Nashville, TN

  • Orlando, FL

However, the operator notes that 5G is currently available in parts of the cities and not blanket coverage.

AT&T now has 5G connectivity live in 19 cities, making it the country's largest deployment so far. However, the lack of supporting devices means that no smartphone can access the network commercially.

A 5G hotspot by Netgear is being sold by AT&T through which users can connect their smartphones over WiFi to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Verizon launches the first US 5G network mere hours after South Korea

Verizon has become the first operator in the US to launch a 5G network but it was beat globally by mere hours in South Korea.

Initially due to launch last month, South Korea's largest operators – SK Telecom and KT – launched their 5G networks in Seoul yesterday.

South Korean operators attributed their delay to a lack of supporting device availability rather than infrastructure. Now users can buy a 5G-enabled Samsung Galaxy S10 handset (starting at around $1,225).

Plans for 5G in South Korea...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

US security officials plan for allies using Huawei 5G gear

US security officials acknowledge that some allies will continue using Huawei 5G gear despite their warnings and have planned accordingly.

Sue Gordon, the deputy to the director of the U.S. intelligence community, gave her views on the situation during a conference last week.

“We are going to have to figure out a way in a 5G world that we’re able to manage the risks in a diverse network that includes technology that we can’t trust,” said Gordon. “We’re just going to have to...

How IoT technology continues to drive smart building innovation

Commercial buildings are getting smarter. They now include a growing variety of technologies that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT) phenomena. Across the globe, new buildings are being constructed with both wired and wireless IoT infrastructure that enables innovation.

According to the latest worldwide market study by Berg Insight, the installed base of sensors, actuators, modules, gateways and other 'connected devices' deployed as part of IoT-based automation in smart commercial buildings...

By David H. Deans, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

UK issues first Huawei security report since US ban pressure

The UK’s dedicated Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) has issued its first report since the US increased pressure to ban the firm.

HCSEC is based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and its oversight board issues annual reports raising any concerns about the company’s practices.

Last year’s report was noted as the first where HCSEC could no longer assure that risks had been...

Huawei's P30 Pro isn't 5G but they Mate introduce it this year

Despite pre-event rumours suggesting otherwise, the Huawei P30 Pro is not shipping with 5G support.

Telecoms was in attendance at Huawei's latest handset launch. Huawei began its conference discussing its prowess in not just smartphones, but also in telecoms infrastructure.

Perhaps it was just us, but it felt like a build-up to announcing it would be using that expertise to be among the first to ship a 5G smartphone. Alas, that was not the case.

We shouldn't be surprised, the ‘P’ series...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Three UK: Banning Huawei will delay our 5G rollout

Three UK is the latest operator to voice concern that banning Huawei equipment will delay its 5G rollout.

David Dyson, CEO of Three UK, warned that such a ban would delay the rollout of 5G services by up to 18 months.

"We've already started to deploy equipment for when we launch 5G in the second half of the year," he said. "So if we had to change vendor now, we would take a big step backwards and probably cause a delay of 12 to 18 months."

The UK is under pressure from the US to ban...

By Ryan Daws, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, OpenFlow, Regulation, Security.