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...

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...

SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom team up in blockchain for identity play

MWC19 Compared to other technologies, such as big data, artificial intelligence and the ubiquitous 5G, blockchain is expected to have a lesser role to play at MWC Barcelona this year. Yet a few stories are showcasing this aspect - and one in particular from two of the telco industry's biggest players.

There's something of an irony in this reasoning. Previously, blockchain had not exactly made the biggest impression at Mobile World Congress because, well, it wasn't mobile. Of course, some initiatives are...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Operators, Security.

Operators will make a lot of the news at #MWC19 - but what can they learn this week?

MWC19 As MWC19 kicks off in Barcelona this week, operators will be more than keen to outline their latest wares, whether that's on the hardware side or on the ever-competitive race to 5G. Yet as anyone who has ever been to Fira Gran Via for the yearly mobile jamboree will testify, it is a broad church - and among the product launches are plenty of research studies, many of which have advice for operators in mind.

Take recent research from Mobileum as an example. The report, from...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, Privacy, Research, Security.

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,...

Opinion: How to combat the threat to 5G networks

For the telecoms industry, 2019 is the year of 5G. Service providers are in a race to rollout 5G services that will empower the next generation of smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). With its massive increase in bandwidth speeds, ultra-low latency, and dramatic expansion in geographic coverage, 5G brings vast opportunities, driving a plethora of new IoT use cases and exponential growth in connected devices.

By Lee Chen, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Security.

Russia will unplug from the internet to ensure independence

In the coming months, Russia will unplug from the global internet as part of an experiment to ensure the nation can function without it.

A proposed law called the Digital Economy National Program would require Russian ISPs to ensure they’re able to operate if foreign powers isolate the country.

Organisations which maintain the international DNS system are based around the world, but none are based in Russia. That means, in theory, it would be possible for Russia to be disconnected.

International coalitions such as...

How IoT applications are driving demand for security analytics

Apps for the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will create huge amounts of data. That valuable asset is frequently the target of criminals that seek to exploit this rapidly growing resource. It's a scenario where the battleground continues to shift.

Amid the turmoil of these cybersecurity threats and ongoing hacking attempts that leverage the power of the IoT against itself, more organisations are forced to realise that they are on the losing side of this war.

By David H. Deans, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Security.

Nokia appears to be profiting from Huawei 5G bans

Nokia posted earnings on Thursday and the figures indicate bans of Huawei’s 5G equipment has increased demand for alternatives.

Over the fourth quarter, Nokia’s profits reached £652 million ($852 million) from £629 million ($822 million) a year earlier. Sales grew three percent to £6 billion ($7.8 billion).

While the growth is not huge, it’s above analyst predictions. This indicates the bans and uncertainty surrounding Huawei 5G equipment is giving Nokia a boost.

Nokia CEO...

By Ryan Daws, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security.

Optus concedes Huawei ban means 5G launching without best tech

Optus has conceded Australia’s ban on Huawei technology has led to building its 5G network without the best available equipment.

"From a pure technology perspective, Huawei is probably ahead of the other three," said Optus CEO Allen Lew to The Sydney Morning Herald. "But what we've got from the other suppliers will enable us to provide a globally competitive...

Cybersecurity firm exposes Iranian group attacking telcos

Cybersecurity firm FireEye claims to have identified an Iranian hacking group which is attacking telcos around the world.

FireEye exposed the group called ‘APT39’ last month. APT39’s main goal appears to be stealing personal information.

According to FireEye, this goal makes APT39 somewhat unique. Other Iranian hacking groups tracked by the cybersecurity firm are linked to influence operations, disruptive attacks, and other threats.

In a

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Security, Surveillance.

Huawei denies wrongdoing as US slaps it with charges

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has denied any wrongdoing as US prosecutors slap the firm with a host of criminal charges against it.

The charges filed against Huawei include bank fraud, obstruction of justice, and theft of technology.

In a statement, Huawei said it was "disappointed to learn of the charges brought against the company today".

Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei and daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested in Canada last month. It’s alleged Wanzhou aided Huawei in flouting...

Vodafone stops buying Huawei 5G core equipment in Europe

Vodafone has announced it will stop purchasing 5G core equipment from Huawei across its European operations amid potential bans.

Governments around the world are considering bans of Huawei equipment citing national security fears. Much of these appear to be unsubstantiated and based on possibility rather than evidence.

Huawei has a history of providing innovative network equipment for previous generation networks around the world. Some experts believe Chinese telecoms equipment is around a year ahead of...

Iran-linked hackers launch cyberattack during US shutdown

As the US government’s shutdown extends into its 34th day, hackers linked to Iran have taken advantage by launching a cyberattack.

The shutdown over President Donald Trump's $5.6bn (£4bn) budget request for a border wall with Mexico is the longest in US history.

Without a budget passing, many government employees have been left unpaid and told not to come into work. That means critical IT systems are being left vulnerable.

A DNS-hijacking cyberattack has been launched on the US which experts...

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Government, N America, Networks, Security.

Prosecutors investigate Huawei over alleged stealing of trade secrets

Federal prosecutors are investigating Huawei for reportedly stealing trade secrets and misappropriating technology from its US partners.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the investigation is said to be coming to a close and was launched after several civil lawsuits were launched targeting Huawei. An indictment is expected soon.

One US partner Huawei is suspected of...

By Ryan Daws, 17 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security.

Huawei founder holds presser addressing security concerns

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei held a rare press conference to address security concerns surrounding the company.

Zhengfei, who has not held a press conference with foreign media since 2015, decided to make an intervention over Huawei espionage claims.

Critics of Huawei believe the company would provide sensitive data to the Chinese government upon request. Some even say the firm is compelled by Chinese law, something Huawei has always denied exists.

Zhengfei said that his company has “never received any...