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...

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.

Denmark gains nationwide IoT LoRaWAN network through dual deal

Teracom, a Denmark-based telecommunication operator along with Loriot, an IoT infrastructure provider have announced the completion of a nationwide IoT LoRaWAN network in Denmark. 

Both firms are taking major steps in order to strengthen their existing partnership that focuses on providing the best possible coverage and service quality within the country. 

Martin Løbel, the CEO of Teracom said: “The interest for IoT solutions and the demand for Internet-of-things connectivity is growing...

By Telecoms, 11 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, IoT, Networks.

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.

Amazon plans to launch a 3,236-strong constellation of satellites

Amazon has confirmed plans to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites for global internet connectivity.

GeekWire first discovered the plans known as ‘Project Kuiper’ which refers to the name of an icy asteroid belt situated between Neptune and Pluto. 3,236 satellites would be deployed across three altitudes of earth's orbit under Amazon's plans.

In an emailed statement, Amazon wrote:

“Project Kuiper is a...

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...

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...

Samsung and KT successfully achieve 1Gbps speed on 5G commercial network

Samsung and KT Corporation have announced success in achieving 1Gbps speed over the air using KT’s 5G commercial network.

The 5G commercial service is all set to arrive in spring 2019. KT also made an announcement that the 5G network will be ready for end-user mobility service in 85 cities across the country including the Seoul metropolitan area by end of March 2019.

By Telecoms, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Networks.

Verizon is helping the NFL create 5G fan experiences

Verizon Communications is working alongside the National Football League to create 5G experiences for tech-savvy fans.

The US telecommunications giant will be the ‘official 5G innovation partner’ of the NFL as part of a two-year agreement.

In practice, what that means is new viewing experiences. Some of the plans include multi-angle camera positions and in-stadium feeds so those viewing at home can be closer to the action.

“If you deliver the right experience for our fans, the revenue will follow,”...

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.