Germany’s 5G spectrum allocations well received by GSMA – but with a caveat

The German government’s decision to release the entire 3.4 to 3.8 GHz band (C-Band) has been well-received by the GSMA with an eye on the development of global 5G services – albeit with a twist.

Putting the entire available spectrum in this critical band in a timely manner shows Germany’s commitment to European and global 5G leadership, the industry firm noted. But at the same time, the GSMA has warned about...

By Telecoms, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe.

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.

Orange launches LTE-M network in France following launch in Belgium

Orange has announced the commercial launch of its Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) network in France, which follows the opening of Orange’s first LTE-M network in Belgium in May 2018.

The launches mark Orange’s progress in serving the connected object market and underline its commitment to deploy LTE-M and LoRa as its leading IoT technologies across its European footprint. The company said it will further add...

By Telecoms, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, LTE, M2M, Operators.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Opinion: ‘Project Fear’ turns its gaze to UK telecoms consumers

Ludicrous claims have been made from both sides of the Brexit debate, but now the so-called ‘Project Fear’ is aiming to scare UK telecoms consumers.

The latest claim is a return to the dark old days of mobile roaming charges.

Ending roaming charges around Europe is touted as one of the EU’s proudest achievements for citizens. It’s been welcomed by consumers who shudder at the ‘bill shock’ they once had after even a quick trip around the continent.

The thing is, roaming...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Roaming.

Vodafone is doubling the size of its European NB-IoT networks

Vodafone has announced it will be doubling the size of its European NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) by the end of 2019.

NB-IoT provides ‘industrial grade’ Low-Power Wide-Area connectivity for applications such as streetlights, connected healthcare monitors, and wearable devices.

Vodafone’s NB-IoT network is currently live in eight countries; the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey.

Cell sites in European...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

Ericsson and Swisscom bolster 5G initiatives in Switzerland with end-to-end call

Ericsson and Swisscom have announced the completion of what is being described as Europe’s first end-to-end, multi-vendor 5G NR call in the Swiss city of Burgdorf.

The call was made over Swisscom’s 3GPP-compliant network using Ericsson’s radio technology, alongside the Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, a solution aimed to deliver converged communication services.

This can be seen as an...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Networks.

Three picks Huawei over existing 4G partners for its 5G network

Hutchison-owned Three has decided against its existing 3G/4G network partners in favour of Huawei for its future 5G rollout.

Three uses equipment from Nokia for its 3G network, and Samsung for 4G. The operator decided to once again switch things up for its 5G rollout over the belief Huawei’s technology is far more attractive.

Many rival operators around the world often choose to stick with the one vendor to ease the upgrade process and keep costs down. Ericsson is one vendor which has gone on record to...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security.

Spain raises €437 million after four days of its 5G auction

The Spanish government has raised €437 million ($510 million) after several days of its 5G spectrum auction involving four operators.

Spain was auctioning off spectrum in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz range suitable for launching 5G connectivity. A minimum of €100 million was set for the auction so final bids amounted to over quadruple.

Bids were made over a total of thirty-four rounds across four days.

The first four rounds had a minimum activity level of 60 percent. The next nineteen required 80 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

UK makes bold promises to advance digital infrastructure

An assessment by the UK National Infrastructure Commission highlights areas where investment should be prioritised to prevent shortcomings.

“The whole purpose of the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment is to think beyond the technologies of today and to ensure we can make the most of future innovations,” explains Sir John Armitt CBE.

“It’s why it’s not just a one-off but something we will be repeating every five years to ensure we remain on the front...

UK has fallen to 35th in global broadband speed rankings

The average broadband speed of UK citizens has slipped to 35th in global speed rankings, in a damning report amid the government's ongoing turmoil.

At a time when most Brits would like nothing more but to switch off the TV and binge on Netflix, a damning analysis has found the UK has slipped below the likes of Bulgaria and Madagascar in the global broadband speed rankings.

It's an untimely reminder of another failure of the Conservative government in the UK to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

UK considers ‘five-eyes’ Galileo rival as space strategy announced

The UK is considering launching a ‘five-eyes’ alternative to the EU’s Galileo satellite project as it announces its first space defence strategy.

Five-eyes is an intelligence-sharing alliance between Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada. Two Whitehall officials told the Financial Times that Australia, which last week announced plans for a National Space Agency, had indicated a potential interest in a UK satellite project.

As part...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, Satellite.

Telefonica buddies up with Amazon Web Services to help customers with their cloud push

It’s telco cloud, Jim, but not as we know it. Telefonica has announced it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organisations in their journeys to the cloud.

Customers are ‘asking for support in their cloud adoption processes’, as the Spanish operator puts it – and rather than go their own way, as the market has seen with less than impressive results, it’s better to go with a hyperscaler.

The partnership includes a variety of initiatives. Telefonica will include...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Europe, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom switches on the first 5G antennas in Europe

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has switched on the first 5G antennas in Europe at two locations in downtown Berlin.

The 5G NR antennas fully support the new communications standard, are operating in real-world conditions, and lay the foundations for a nationwide rollout. There are currently six cells launched in total — three in Leipziger Straße, and three in Winterfeldtstraße.

Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom Board member for Technology and Innovation, said:

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

CCS Insight predicts Europe will fall behind in 5G

Researchers at CCS Insight have released a report predicting that Europe will fall behind in the rollout of 5G.

The research firm predicts the U.S. and China will lead the way in deploying the next generation of mobile technology. Initial commercial deployments in the U.S. are expected this year, but China is set to overtake in connection volume by 2020.

CCS Insight's forecast of an initial U.S. lead corroborates with a...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.