British internet providers commit to measures helping people isolate

Internet providers in the UK have agreed to a package of measures designed to help people isolate.

The British government struck a deal with BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “It’s fantastic to see mobile and broadband providers pulling together to do their bit for the national effort by helping customers, particularly the most vulnerable, who may be struggling with bills at this difficult...

Speedtest: Coronavirus is slowing internet speeds across the US and Europe

Ookla Speedtest is reporting a noticeable degradation of internet speeds in the US and Europe amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The drop in speeds has been most noticeable over the past week as more countries increase their lockdown measures, including the UK’s announcement yesterday.

Broadband speeds

In the US, the mean broadband speed dropped from around 140Mbps starting the week of March 9th, to around 133Mbps in the...

EU asks Netflix to lower its quality as people isolate from coronavirus

The EU has asked Netflix to lower its video quality as more people use the service to bring some joy during their coronavirus lockdowns.

Netflix typically accounts for around 13 percent of global internet traffic and has required an increasing amount of bandwidth as the streaming giant releases an increasing library of 4K and HDR content.

Over concerns that an expected surge in Netflix traffic may cause networks to grind to a halt during a time they’re needed most, the EU has persuaded Netflix to reduce...

All of the UK's operators report issues, just as people are asked to work remotely

All of the UK's major mobile operators are reporting issues just as more people are asked to work from home.

The UK government has stepped up measures this week to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and now wants any household in which anyone has displayed any flu-like symptoms to isolate for 14 days. Given we're in the season of standard colds and flus, that's a lot of households.

Fortunately, most modern businesses have now set up remote working practices. Anyone who feels well enough...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

T-Mobile is granted extra spectrum to cope with coronavirus demand

The FCC has granted T-Mobile additional spectrum to help cope with the extra demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliable connectivity is more important than ever as people around the world are told to work from home where possible and self-isolate if they show any symptoms of the coronavirus.

T-Mobile will have access to more 600MHz spectrum for at least the next 60 days to meet internet access demand and help its network support things like remote working, healthcare, and education.

Neville Ray,...

UK Budget 2020: £5bn for gigabit broadband among ‘huge’ investments

British chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged £5 billion for gigabit broadband in a "huge" Budget designed to boost the UK economy during global uncertainties.

The latest Budget is Sunak's first since being appointed chancellor earlier this year and the first since the UK left the EU. It was always going to garner a lot of attention, but more so amid the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent impact it’s having on the global economy.

Andrew Duncan, Partner and UK Head, Infosys...

By Ryan Daws, 11 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

Indian telcos warn users about coronavirus and share tips for tackling it

Telecoms operators in India are doing their part to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Reliance Jio, Airtel, and the state-run BSNL all provided the following warning to any subscriber making a call on Sunday:

“Always protect your face with a handkerchief or tissue while coughing or sneezing.

Regularly clean hands with soap. Avoid touching your face, eyes, or nose. If someone has a cough, fever, or breathlessness, maintain one-metre distance.

By Ryan Daws, 09 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, India, Operators.

One in five mobile connections to run on 5G networks by 2025, forecasts GSMA

GSMA has predicted in its latest 2020 Mobile Economy global edition report that one in five mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025.

The move owes itself to an expanding roster of 5G devices and growing awareness among consumers. According to GSMA, a total of 46 operators in 24 markets have launched commercially available 5G networks by the end of January 2020.

By Telecoms, 06 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Operators, Research, Wireless.

T-Mobile and Sprint merger nears completion after federal judge approval

After at least half a decade of rumour, conjecture and court appearances, T-Mobile and Sprint’s on-again, off-again, on-again merger has cleared a considerable hurdle following a ruling by a New York federal judge.

The announcement was made as Southern District of New York judge Victor Marrero dismissed a legal challenge by several state attorneys general regarding anti-competition fears.

In...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, Operators, Regulation.

5G to take consumer market by storm in 2021, Omdia predicts

A new paper released by market researcher Omdia states that shipments of 5G smartphones will grow eightfold in 2020.

The paper further states that the technology would play a key role in transforming the entire technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) industry as whole.

Omdia is a new entity which combines the research offerings of Ovum, Heavy Reading and Tractica, as well as...

By Telecoms, 10 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Research, Smartphones.

FCC concludes some carriers broke the law by collecting users' real-time location

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote a letter (PDF) to Congress on Friday in which he confirmed that some carriers broke federal law by collecting users’ real-time location data.

Pai did not name specifically which carriers allegedly broke the law but only wrote that the FCC’s enforcement bureau “concluded that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.”

The FCC was asked to launch an investigation after a Motherboard

Five major US telcos are vulnerable to 'SIM swapping' attacks

A study conducted by Princeton has found that five major US telcos are vulnerable to "SIM swapping" attacks.

SIM swapping is an increasingly common attack whereby a fraudster persuades a customer’s operator to port their number to a new SIM. In doing so, the fraudster can often access that person’s accounts using two-factor authentication.

The researchers from Princeton each signed up for 10 prepaid accounts on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Mobile, and Tracfone.

Armed with a total of...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Security, Smartphones.

Huawei remains confident about its UK future as it opens innovation centre

Huawei remains confident about its future in the UK as the Chinese vendor opens a new 5G innovation centre in London.

The vendor describes its new facility as a “base for knowledge and skills sharing” and intends to promote collaboration between innovators and businesses in 5G. Visitors can experience 5G applications, such as VR and AR, as well as test out brand new innovations.

“With the opening of our 5G Innovation and Experience Centre in London we, as a leader of 5G, are taking another...

Tech groups petition US court to reconsider net neutrality ruling

Groups representing major tech firms have asked a US court to reconsider an October ruling which largely upheld the 2017 repealing of net neutrality rules.

The subject of net neutrality consistently made the headlines during 2017 and 2018 – we know, we wrote many of them – but it's become a less hot topic this year.

Part of the reason for the decline in debate is that the FCC ruled against net neutrality in December 2017 and repealed...

South Korea boasts of hitting almost four million 5G subscribers

The Ministry of Science and ICT in South Korea reports the country is close to hitting the milestone of four million 5G subscribers.

While it's often debated whether South Korea or the US was first to launch a commercially available 5G network, both countries were among the first.

This leadership makes South Korea closely watched by industry observers for how their 5G rollout is progressing, including the pace of adoption.

5G adoption is happening fast in South Korea. As of October, the ministry reports...

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

China forces new mobile network subscribers to provide facial scans

A controversial law which forces new mobile subscribers in China to first provide scans of their face has now been implemented.

To sign up for a new plan, Chinese consumers will still need their national ID card but will now also be forced to supply facial scans. First announced in September, Beijing says it’s taking the step to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.”

The...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Surveillance.

EE streams live AR music gig to multiple locations using 5G

UK mobile operator EE has streamed a live gig to multiple locations using 5G and augmented reality technology.

Commuters passing through Birmingham's New Street Station were treated to the show by four-piece group Bastille, best known for their track Pompeii, in-person.

In a demonstration of how 5G is bringing live shows to consumers wherever they are, EE also streamed the show to people passing through Liverpool and Edinburgh city centres.

Nreal’s mixed reality glasses were used alongside the...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee lays out 'contract' to save it

The web is not in a healthy state and its creator is stepping in with a "contract” to help save it.

British pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote his proposal for what became the World Wide Web in 1989. In a list of 80 cultural moments that shaped the world, chosen by a panel of 25 eminent scientists, academics, writers, and world leaders, the invention of the World Wide Web was ranked number one.

The entry stated, "The fastest-growing communications medium of all time, the internet has changed...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

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.

Telstra: ‘Foreign actors’ are spreading 5G health risk misinformation

Australian telco giant Telstra has warned that “foreign actors” are spreading misinformation about 5G health risks.

5G will unlock huge economic opportunities and countries leading in rollouts will reap the benefits of being first movers. There is, therefore, an incentive for some countries to slow the progress of others.

Though it’s not a new phenomenon, misinformation has become a hot topic in recent years due to allegations it’s been used to rig elections and sow disorder. Social...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.