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...

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Europe to ease investment concerns

Chinese President Xi Jinping is flying to Europe in a bid to ease concerns around his nation’s investments in areas such as telecoms.

Xi will be visiting Italy as a priority ahead of the Italian government expected to join China's global trade infrastructure programme. An Italian official said last week that Rome would sign a memorandum of understanding with Beijing to support a US$1 trillion initiative known as the ‘New Silk Road’.

Other European nations have expressed concerns about...

Samsung Galaxy S10 hit 2.7Gbps in SK Telecom’s final 5G testing phase

SK Telecom reports it managed to achieve high download speeds in the final phase of its 5G tests using a Samsung Galaxy S10.

As part of a partnership between the South Korean companies, the duo reached a download speed of 2.7Gbps. SK Telecom noted a 2GB movie can be downloaded within six seconds at these speeds.

The test was conducted over SK Telekom's 3.5GHz spectrum and also used Samsung's virtual core which supports 4G and 5G simultaneously.

A spokesperson for Samsung said:

By Ryan Daws, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, OpenFlow, Smartphones.

EU Parliament has ‘deep concerns’ about Chinese 5G gear while German spooks brand Huawei untrustworthy

The EU Parliament has stated it has ‘deep concerns’ about Chinese 5G gear while German intelligence officials brand Huawei's gear untrustworthy.

Europe has been fairly open to Chinese telecoms vendors in the past, so companies such as Huawei were hopeful European countries wouldn't follow the likes of the US and Australia in banning equipment.

To be clear – the EU Parliament hasn't yet banned Chinese 5G equipment, but its comments today are pretty damning.

“MEPs...

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...

Huawei CFO is suing Canada for unlawful conduct during arrest​​​​​​​

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is suing Canadian authorities for alleged unlawful conduct following her arrest in the country last December.

According to Meng’s lawyers, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) delayed executing her arrest warrant in a bid to extract added evidence from her before she was arrested.

Her lawyers further alleged the officers breached Meng’s right to privacy during the luggage search. The lawsuit claims border officials “knew or were recklessly...

#MWC19: EE, OnePlus, and Qualcomm call for 5G apps

Three telecoms industry giants have launched an initiative called ‘5G Apps of Tomorrow’ at MWC in a bid to kickstart 5G app development.

Mobile operator EE, smartphone manufacturer OnePlus, and chipset giant Qualcomm believe there's yet to be a ‘killer app’ which takes advantage of 5G’s capabilities.

Speaking on a panel, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said he's unconvinced there's been enough ambition when it comes to how 5G can improve people's lives.

Lau believes 5G...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Apps, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

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.

Opinion: Whisper it quietly, Trump is right to be talking about 6G

President Trump has been mocked for talking about 6G when 5G is just starting to roll out, but he’s right to be thinking about what’s next.

6G doesn’t exist in the slightest yet – you know that, and I know that. Who knows whether Trump is aware or not, but leaders are quite right to be giving it some consideration.

This is what he said during one of his infamous tweet tirades:

trump-6g He’s certainly...

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.

Why digital transformation requires people to change as well as technology

It's a proven fact, digital transformation is not possible in a large enterprise organisation where legacy middle-managers do everything within their power to resist any change to the status quo. A lack of culture change will typically result in no meaningful progress.

According to Gartner, a proactive and adaptive culture is a critical asset and some CIOs will likely play a role in establishing the right mindsets and practices within their organisations. Gartner predicts that by 2021, some CIOs will be...

By David H. Deans, 15 February 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Customer Service, Disruption, Industry.