SpaceX successfully launches 60 improved Starlink satellites

SpaceX has successfully launched 60 improved Starlink satellites which pack a number of upgrades.

The main addition is increased spectrum capacity for end-users by making full use of the Ka- and Ku-bands. SpaceX's initial 60 satellites only supported Ku-band antennas.

Another change, aimed at quelling fears about space junk, is that more components of each satellite will burn up entirely in Earth's atmosphere at the end of their life.

With the original batch of satellites, SpaceX promised 95 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Satellite.

US officials continue to criticise allies 'opening their arms' to Chinese 5G

US officials have increased their criticism of allies who are “opening their arms” to 5G equipment from Chinese vendors.

On Thursday, US chief technology officer Micheal Kratsios spoke at a tech conference in Lisbon. Kratsios reiterated America’s stance that Chinese firms cannot be trusted as they’re compelled to cooperate with Beijing’s intelligence services.

Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei is one of the few suppliers used in global networks. The vendor has built a reputation for...

By , 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

China Mobile Vice GM: 5G will be ‘the accelerator for new technologies’

Zhao Dachun, the vice general manager of China Mobile, has given his thoughts on the rollout of 5G during the third China Enterprise Reform and Development Forum.

Dachun highlights research from IHS Markit which predicts 5G will fuel growth across sectors by 2035 of $12.3 trillion globally.

"5G will become the aorta of the information society, the accelerator of the industrial transformation, and the footstone of digital society,” he said.

China Mobile was among the nation’s state-owned operators

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities, Wireless.

China's state telcos will flick on the world's largest 5G network on Friday

State-owned telecoms operators in China will switch on their 5G networks for the first time on Friday as Beijing aims to catch up with the US.

China Unicom, China Mobile, and China Telecom will launch 5G services on Friday with prices starting from 128 yuan per month, equivalent to approximately $18/month.

Beijing initially planned to launch 5G services early next year but have accelerated their plans amid increased trade tensions with the US.

As of Friday, China will have the largest...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

German spy chief: Huawei 'cannot be trusted fully' in 5G networks

A German spy chief has warned about involving Huawei in 5G networks, reducing the beleaguered vendor's hopes of catching a break in Europe.

Bruno Kahl, head of Germany's foreign intelligence, made the warning to a parliamentary committee on Tuesday. “Infrastructure is not a suitable area for a group that cannot be trusted fully,” Kahl said.

Kahl does not believe Huawei should be ruled out from being involved in the 5G rollout entirely, but the vendor should be kept away from "core...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security, Wireless.

Ofcom details 2020 spectrum auction for more 5G airwaves

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has detailed plans for a 5G spectrum auction next year to support the rollout of the latest generation network.

Companies will bid for the finite airwaves across two separate frequency bands. 80 MHz of spectrum will be available in the 700 MHz band, while 120 MHz of spectrum will be up-for-grabs in the 3.6–3.8 GHz band.

All four of the UK's major operators have launched 5G in some capacity this year but in limited areas of selected cities and towns. The new airwaves will...

Nokia shares drop the most since 1991 after cutting outlook, suspending dividend

Nokia's shares have plummeted at the market open in Helsinki as the Finnish vendor faces continued turbulence.

The shares dropped 24 percent at the open, the biggest drop since 1991.

Shareholders are spooked after Nokia cut its outlook claiming that increased spending was necessary to compete against rivals.

In a statement, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said:

"Some of the risks that we flagged previously related to the initial phase of 5G are now materialising.

We...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Huawei India CEO: India should make its own decisions about 5G firms

Huawei India CEO Jay Chen says the country should make its own decisions over whether to ban 5G firms rather than listen to foreign powers.

Speaking to Economic Times, Chen said:

"The Indian government, companies and customers all have their full confidence in Huawei. Similarly, we are also confident with regards to our prospects in India.

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Wireless.

SpaceX asks ITU for permission to launch 30,000 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX is doubling-down on its orbital broadband project and has filed paperwork with the ITU to launch 30,000 more Starlink satellites.

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is a global body which governs the allocation of international bandwidth. Any launch requires the ITU's permission to ensure fair, safe, and responsible satellite deployments.

SpaceX already has permission for 12,000 satellites to be launched. If the request for further launches is granted, a constellation of 42,000...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Rural, Satellite.

uSwitch: 5G launch won’t solve the UK’s rural connectivity problems

Research from uSwitch suggests Britain’s rural connectivity problems will not be solved by 5G connectivity.

The research found a third of adult smartphone users still have trouble connecting to 4G at least once a week. As shown in the chart below by OpenSignal, every region of the UK still has 4G availability issues with the South West suffering most:

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Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Rural, Wireless.

Huawei unveils industry’s first claimed fully containerised 5G core network

Huawei has unveiled what it described as an industry-first fully containerised 5G core network at the 5G Core Summit in Madrid.

The network aims to apply container technology to all network functions (NFs) to make network deployment more agile and provide more rapid service rollout, which helps carriers empower new businesses and operations across industries and digitally transform them.

By Telecoms, 01 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Cloud, Networks, Operators.

UK government pledges £5bn for gigabit broadband in every home by 2025

During the Conservative Party Conference, Chancellor Sajid Javid pledged £5 billion for gigabit broadband in every home by 2025.

Standing on the steps of Downing Street following his election in July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the rollout of gigabit broadband one of his key pledges. The chancellor has now committed public money to help achieve Johnson’s pledge.

"We are setting out plans to invest £5bn to support the rollout of full-fibre, 5G and other gigabit-capable networks to...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Rural.

Report claims buying Huawei tech is ‘like buying Chinese fighter planes’

A report analysing the costs involved with removing Chinese telecoms equipment in Europe has trashed concerns it will be a lot more than in the US.

The US has just pledged $1 billion for rural mobile networks to replace Chinese telecoms equipment in the country. European nations are still debating whether to follow the US’ lead, but concerns about the cost are a factor.

Earlier this year, Huawei funded an analysis which calculated the cost of removing Chinese telecoms...

KT hits one million 5G subs as it launches roaming in three European countries

South Korean telecom firm KT has entered into roaming agreements with Italy’s TIM, Switzerland’s Sunrise, and Finland’s Elisa, which would allow the company’s 5G subscribers to use the 5G networks provided by the three European operators.

KT, which has standing agreements with operators in 185 countries for 3G and LTE roaming, is now planning to extend those contracts to 5G as soon as 5G services go live in those countries. Before signing the agreements with the three European...

By Telecoms, 25 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Roaming, Wireless.

Inmarsat launches GX Aviation in-flight WiFi on AirAsia planes

Satellite broadband provider Inmarsat is launching its new “gold standard” GX Aviation in-flight WiFi on AirAsia planes.

AirAsia will benefit from the world’s first and only global broadband network. Passengers will be offered a free trial on equipped aircraft until the end of this month.

GX Aviation integrates with AirAsia’s entertainment and e-commerce platform to provide passengers with access to a variety of free entertainment, music, games, news and shopping using their personal...

By Ryan Daws, 24 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband, Connectivity, Entertainment, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Satellite, Wireless.

Huawei says contiguous blocks of cheap 5G spectrum are needed in India

Huawei believes India must focus on allocating contiguous blocks of cost-effective 5G spectrum for a successful rollout.

Executives from Huawei made the comments during the company’s Connect event in Shanghai. Ken Hu, deputy chairman of Huawei, noted the allocation of spectrum as being among India’s current biggest challenges when it comes to 5G.

“We hope that spectrum resources can be allocated more efficiently. It’s very important to have contiguous resources released to carriers in...

By Ryan Daws, 20 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum, Wireless.

The Connectivity Index reveals the world’s 34 most connected countries

Research conducted by Carphone Warehouse has led to The Connectivity Index, a ranking of the world’s 34 most connected countries.

The index takes into consideration things such as broadband access and mobile speeds, but also social and political factors.

Here are the factors Carphone Warehouse took into account when creating their index:

  • Information: number of 5G deployments, number of internet hosts, mobile speeds and electricity production.

  • Movement: number of air passengers, number of tourists, rail infrastructure quality and road...

The 5G future of operations will be automated – and why CSPs need to plan for it now

In the past, it would have been odd to suggest that communication service providers (CSPs) should model their operations on an eCommerce retailer like Amazon. One might initially believe that the two don’t have much in common, yet today’s customers expect an experience as seamlessness and efficient as that of Amazon from all companies.

With the dawn of 5G and the automation it enables, CSPs can finally deliver it. In other...

By TL Viswanathan, 12 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Networks, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom launches 5G in five German cities during IFA media day

Deutsche Telekom launched its 5G network across five German cities — Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Bonn, and Darmstadt.

During a media day prior to the public opening of IFA Berlin, the German operator announced its 5G network is now operational in the five cities.

A total of 129 antennas across the country are now transmitting ‘genuine’ 5G with a bandwidth in excess of 1GB/s.

66 antennae clustered in Berlin’s Mitte district form what Deutsche Telekom is calling “the largest...

By Ryan Daws, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Satellites will deliver fiber-like connectivity across the Arctic in 2020

Fiber-like connectivity will be available across the entire Arctic from 2020 thanks to a network of low-orbit satellites.

While a number of satellite providers have announced expansions into the Arctic, OneWeb claims to be "the only one capable of providing true high-speed, low-latency internet, at far lower costs than existing suppliers and before any other planned systems."

OneWeb's satellites deliver 375 Gbps of capacity to every country above the 60th parallel North. While 48 percent of the...

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural, Satellite, Wireless.