Telecoms sector leads R&D growth as UK 'shrugs off' Brexit concerns

Data from the ONS shows the telecoms sector is the fastest growing R&D spender as UK businesses "shrug off" Brexit concerns.

Telecoms companies in the UK increased their spending on research and development last year by £192 million to £947 million.

With a growth of 25.4 percent, R&D spending has reached a four-year high. However, analysis by R&D tax relief...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Innovation, Research.

Ericsson: 5G will cover 65% of the world by 2025 with over 2.6b subs

Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report makes some interesting predictions about the pace of 5G adoption globally.

The Swedish telecoms vendor expects global 5G subscriptions will exceed 2.6 billion within the next six years. By this time, Ericsson predicts 5G will cover 65 percent of the world.

Ericsson believes total mobile subscriptions, including to previous generation networks, will reach 8.9 billion from 8 billion over the next six years.

The current average monthly data-traffic-per-smartphone is...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, China, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

BT launches Halo plans to provide converged 5G and fixed broadband

BT has merged its “Halo” and “No Limits” mobile plans, which aims to combine the power of 5G mobile and fixed line home broadband (FTTC, FTTP, G.fast) networks. This will help the telecom provider’s subscribers enjoy the benefits offered by the convergence.

The existing 5G customers with BT Plus plans will be automatically upgraded to reap from Halo.

BT...

By Telecoms, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Cloud, Connectivity, Europe, 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...

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.

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...

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...

First 6G whitepaper from University of Oulu aims to paint picture for 2030 wireless landscape

In February, US president Donald Trump sent out a tweet which demanded the United States be at the forefront of emerging technology innovation amid a turbulent wireless industry landscape. In that month alone, aside from the ongoing Huawei saga, Verizon touted an edge computing solution as a way to reduce 5G latency, while

By James Bourne, 11 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Disruption, Europe, Innovation, Spectrum, Wireless.

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.

Poland and the USA declare need for stringent checks of foreign telecoms gear

As concerns about foreign state influence over critical telecommunications equipment grow, Poland and the USA have signed a declaration calling for stringent checks.

The declaration was signed during a state visit to Poland by US Vice President Mike Pence.

"Protecting these next-generation communications networks from disruption or manipulation and ensuring the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States, Poland, and other countries is of vital importance," the agreement...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

Britain hopes to make a decision on Huawei’s role in 5G by autumn

Digital Minister Nicky Morgan says Britain should finally make a decision on whether to allow Huawei in 5G networks by autumn.

“We will make the right decision for the UK. I would hope we could do something by the autumn,” Morgan told BBC radio. “We’ve got to make sure that this is going to be a decision for the long term, making sure that we keep all our networks secure.”

The timing of Morgan’s comment is notable so close to the end of the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France....

EE issues a formal complaint about Three’s advertising of ‘real 5G’

UK mobile operator EE has issued a formal complaint to the advertising watchdog about rival Three over its ‘real 5G’ marketing.

Three has been advertising that it’s the only UK mobile operator to offer “real” 5G in newspapers and social media posts.

National advertising rules in the UK require claims of superiority over a competitor to be backed with clear evidence. However, Three’s claim of being the only UK mobile operator to offer true 5G isn’t entirely...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Huawei Founder: The UK ‘won’t say no to us’ in the rollout of 5G

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said the UK “won’t say no to us” in the rollout of 5G while simultaneously praising new PM Boris Johnson.

Zhengfei made the comments to Sky News as part of the latest intervention from Huawei’s founder amid debates over whether the company should be allowed to deploy its equipment in critical infrastructure.

Reports suggest the UK’s previous government, led by...

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security, Wireless.

Bolton: Johnson's government will look at Huawei 'from square one'

US national security advisor John Bolton has said during a UK visit that new PM Johnson's government will look at the Huawei issue "from square one".

Bolton is the most senior US government official to visit PM Johnson since he took office last month. The US has strongly warned its allies, especially those such as the UK in the 'five-eyes' intelligence relationship, against allowing the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks.

“They [UK officials] said, in particular, they are...

O(2)-no! UK telco claims Ofcom is giving Three preferential 5G treatment

UK mobile operator O2 has clashed with regulator Ofcom which it believes is giving preferential treatment to rival Three in 5G.

Three UK was left at something of a disadvantage in the rollout of 4G due to holding less desirable spectrum than rivals, especially EE which Ofcom controversially gave a headstart by allowing to reuse its existing 1800MHz spectrum.

Ofcom has spent years trying to be a good regulator and rebalance UK spectrum ownership to help level...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

Accenture to expand Nordic telecom footprint with Northstream acquisition

Accenture has acquired Swedish strategic consultant, Northstream to expand its capabilities in the Nordic region.

Northstream offers services to mobile operators, network and handset vendors, and the industry at large. The company helps communications service providers (CSPs) identify industry shifts, adapt to market changes, and make capital out of new business and technology opportunities.

With this acquisition, Accenture will aim to tackle CSP demand for network consulting programmes around 5G...

By Telecoms, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Operators, Public Services.

UK broadband chiefs warn PM Johnson's full-fibre plan unachievable without major changes

UK broadband chiefs have warned that PM Johnson's full-fibre plan is unachievable without major legislative changes.

Full-fibre broadband by 2025 is one of the new prime minister's key pledges, made on the steps of Downing Street in his maiden speech. The new target is eight years earlier than the previous target of 2033 which Johnson called "laughably unambitious".

Johnson's pledge was quickly welcomed by broadband provider Virgin Media which said it was ready to get working with the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

Three UK pledges it won’t charge any extra for its ‘true 5G’

UK mobile operator Three has pledged it will not charge any extra for 5G over current 4G plans.

Three UK has a reputation for supporting the heaviest mobile data users. In March, the operator announced the average data usage per customer grew by 22 percent over the prior year from 6.8GB to 8.3GB.

Heavy data users are drawn to Three for its highly competitive pricing for large allowances and even “all-you-can-eat” plans. Rival operator EE charges a significant premium for its 5G contracts....

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.