FCC permits SpaceX to launch additional 7,518 broadband satellites

SpaceX has been granted approval by the Federal Communications Commission to launch a further 7,518 broadband satellites.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said today:

"From providing high-speed broadband services in remote areas to offering global connectivity to the Internet of Things through 'routers in space' for data backhaul, I'm excited to see what services these proposed constellations have to offer.

Our approach to these applications reflects this...

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.

Italy wants to establish a single broadband provider

Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday the government is looking at establishing a single national broadband provider.

Di Maio, who leads the anti-establishment Five Star Movement party, made the revelation in an interview with la7 television.

“We are working to set the conditions in order to create a single player to distribute internet and broadband,” Di Maio said.

Reducing market competition is typically associated with higher consumer prices.

Di Maio didn’t elaborate further on...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, OpenFlow.

Three invests £2bn in 5G claiming users can ditch fixed broadband

UK operator Three has announced plans to invest £2 billion into 5G claiming it will be so reliable users can ditch their fixed broadband.

Three has amassed the UK’s largest 5G spectrum portfolio along with new radio equipment to support the new generation network. In addition, the company has linked together 20 data centres via dark-fibre to support high capacities.

“This is a major investment into the UK’s digital infrastructure,” says Dave Dyson, Three UK CEO. “UK...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, N America, Operators.

Australian ISPs deliver 102% of their advertised speeds

According to a report, Australian ISPs are under-promising and over-delivering with speeds 102 percent of what they’re advertising.

The report from the Communications Alliance shows an increase to 102 percent in delivered speeds from 99 percent in the previous quarter.

Under-promising and over-delivering leads to more customer loyalty than not meeting expectations.

John Stanton, Communications Alliance CEO, said:

“The service providers achieved an average of 102.28% of their...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Chinese officials lobby Australia to reverse Huawei 5G ban

Chinese government officials are lobbying their Australian counterparts to reverse the ban of Huawei’s equipment in national 5G networks.

A ban of the equipment was implemented by ex-Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, who was ousted earlier this year. Chinese officials have praised his replacement, Scott Morrison, for a more “positive attitude” towards China.

Beijing is hoping to capitalise on this more positive attitude in order to get the ban on Chinese telecoms equipment reversed.

During...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Analysts increase odds T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger will proceed

Analysts from Wells Fargo have increased the odds that a proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint will go ahead.

The analysts have expressed increased confidence in a letter to investors:

“Our checks continue to indicate that S/TMUS regulatory review remains fairly drama-free thus far.

Contacts indicate that the (Federal Communications Commission) review continues to proceed as expected. While the (U.S. Department of Justice) is admittedly a walled garden,...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Aussie Spy Chief: Some 5G suppliers must be excluded due to risk

Australia’s spy chief has offered some deeper insight on why some companies are banned from participating in the nation's 5G networks.

The crux of it is the long-standing concerns that some companies, particularly those originating from China, are controlled by their nation’s government. One company which has often faced (and denied) these allegations is Huawei.

Huawei has bore the brunt of the security concerns as China’s largest telecoms vendor. The narrative has been led by the US...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security.

ZTE expects $1bn of losses following turbulent year

Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE is expecting to post a loss of $1bn (£780m) following a turbulent year which led to a temporary suspension of its operations.

It’s fair to say ZTE will be looking to put 2018 behind it after being forced to suspend its operations following a ban in the US. The ban has since been lifted, but not before paying a huge fine.

The ban was implemented after ZTE was found to break US economic sanctions banning the sale of equipment to North Korea and Iran. ZTE estimated the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Report confirms Britain hacked Belgium’s largest telco

A potential diplomatic crisis is brewing as Belgian federal prosecutors blame Britain for hacking the nation’s largest telecoms operator.

Belgacom was first hacked back in the summer of 2012. The company’s security researchers noticed anomalies but it wasn’t until the following year they had an idea of the problem.

A malware which disguised itself as Microsoft software had infected Belgacom’s system and was stealing data. NSA documents released by Edward Snowden indicated...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

Goldman Sachs-backed CityFibre details £2.5bn full fibre investment

CityFibre has set out its plans for an over £2 billion investment to accelerate the rollout of full Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) across the UK.

The company was acquired back in June for £538m by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners, a fund managed by Goldman Sachs. CityFibre currently has fibre assets in 37 UK towns and cities.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

“With a head-start in 37 towns and cities, this full fibre investment plan...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile partners with Twilio on NB-IoT developer platform

T-Mobile’s partnership with Twilio bears fruit in the form of a software development kit for the operator’s NB-IoT network.

NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) is a wide area, low power network. Use of the network enables IoT devices to be operational for much longer, reducing the ongoing costs of maintenance.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“With NB-IoT, devices can consume a fraction of the battery power they do with...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

Telstra 5G sites will swell to around 200 by year’s end

Telstra has informed stockholders during a recent meeting that it plans on having around 200 5G sites live by year’s end.

Andy Penn, CEO of Telstra, said during the meeting:

“In April, we trialled Australia’s first 5G connected car. We are also already rolling out 5G technology on our network and have more than 200 5G sites planned to be live around Australia by the end of this calendar year.”

When the sites go live, there will still be no 5G-capable flagships available from...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom’s 5G is 80% ready, 99% coverage by 2025

Germany’s largest telecoms operator, Deutsche Telekom, claims its 5G network is 80 percent ready and expects 99 percent coverage by 2025.

Speaking to a conference of German business leaders, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges said around 22,000 of the operator's 27,000 mobile sites were now connected to high-speed fibre-optic.

Dirk Wössner, Board Member of Telekom Deutschland, said:

"Everyone wants to be in the high-speed network – across all levels...

By Ryan Daws, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Europe, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

EU launches research group to stop ‘problematic’ internet use

The EU has established the ‘European Problematic Use of the Internet’ (EU-PUI) research network which aims to stop harmful web use.

Gambling, pornography, and excessive use of social media may sound like a good time for some folks. For others, each can pose a serious problem.

How problematic use impacts health, especially mental wellbeing, hasn’t been thoroughly researched. Support groups for such things have been available for decades, but prevention is always better than treatment where...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Europe, Government, Industry, Regulation.

Huawei is ready to dispel South Korea’s 5G security concerns

Huawei has said it’s ready to dispel any 5G security fears in South Korea as it continues to woo operators around the world.

South Korean telcos are currently deciding which vendors will supply their 5G equipment. The nation’s largest, SK Telecom, has already ruled-out Huawei in favour of Samsung, Nokia, and Ericsson.

Unlike the US and Australia, the South Korean government has not banned the use of Huawei equipment. There are...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security.

Apple seeks UK telco for TV strategy and long beach walks

Apple is reportedly seeking a UK-based telecoms provider to increase the reach of its TV platform in an important market for the company.

Telecommunications giant BT is said to be the current forerunner, according to a report in The Telegraph.

BT, who also owns the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, is expected to distribute Apple TVs to the latter’s broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Europe, Industry, Operators, Smart TV.

EE launches its UK 5G network test in Canary Wharf

BT-owned mobile operator EE has launched a 5G test network in Canary Wharf, London ahead of a full commercial rollout next year.

As the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, the launch by EE is a landmark moment in the UK’s path to 5G.

Fotis Karonis, 5G Technology Lead at BT Group, said:

“This is the latest milestone in our 5G rollout – a live test of our 5G network, in a hugely busy ‘hotspot’, where we know there’s going to be demand...

By Ryan Daws, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

UK discloses ‘reckless’ campaign of Russian cyber attacks

The UK government has disclosed a ‘reckless’ campaign of Russian cyber attacks targeting political institutions, businesses, media, and sport.

In findings by the National Cyber Security Centre, a number of international attacks have been linked to Russian intelligence agency GRU.

The attacks, it claims, have affected citizens in a large number of countries – including Russia – and cost national economies millions of pounds.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Security, Surveillance.

US cities issue lawsuit threats against the FCC over 5G rules

A collection of US cities accuse the FCC of 5G infrastructure policy ‘overreach’ and have issued lawsuit threats in response.

The FCC’s recent policy change limits how much local municipalities can bill for letting telecom carriers mount 5G cellular equipment on city-owned infrastructure.

Rules passed on September 26th restrict cities from charging firms more than $270 per year for each piece of equipment attached to city property. In Portland, for example, that’s $2,730 less than what...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.