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.

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.

Ericsson report aims to debunk industry myths around value of 5G for consumers

Ericsson’s new ConsumerLab report ‘5G Consumer Potential’ debunks industry myths surrounding the value of 5G for consumers and outlines the opportunities available for communications service providers.

The report highlights the potential of 5G benefitting consumers, uncovering certain realities about them to bust the four common myths, that are: 5G offers consumers no short-term benefits; there are no real...

By Telecoms, 07 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Customer Service, Research.

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...

Verizon secures partnership with Google to bring YouTube TV to customers

Verizon is partnering with Google to bring YouTube TV to its global customers.

Customers will now be able to subscribe to YouTube TV through Verizon and get access to their favourite contents. The partnership will now also allow Verizon wireless mobility customers to stream the contents, which they like more through YouTube TV. For customers across platforms, Verizon will also be offering unique and high-value YouTube TV...

By Telecoms, 29 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Operators.

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.

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,”...

Samsung Galaxy S10 hit 2.7Gbps in SK Telecom’s final 5G testing phase

SK Telecom reports it managed to achieve high download speeds in the final phase of its 5G tests using a Samsung Galaxy S10.

As part of a partnership between the South Korean companies, the duo reached a download speed of 2.7Gbps. SK Telecom noted a 2GB movie can be downloaded within six seconds at these speeds.

The test was conducted over SK Telekom's 3.5GHz spectrum and also used Samsung's virtual core which supports 4G and 5G simultaneously.

A spokesperson for Samsung said:

By Ryan Daws, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, OpenFlow, Smartphones.

T-Mobile resists extending price freeze if Sprint merger proceeds

T-Mobile CEO John Legere resisted a call to freeze consumer prices for longer than his company’s three-year pledge if the Sprint merger proceeds.

Speaking to a House Judiciary Committee, Legere responded to questions from Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) and Judiciary Committee Antitrust Chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who requested a price cap of more than three years.

“Why not make a price commitment for four or five years?” McBath asked.

“I will keep the pricing plans everyone has for three...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

T-Mobile pledges to take on ‘the cableopoly’ in Sprint merger bid

T-Mobile has promised it will take on cable firms as part of its latest attempt to woo regulators into authorising the Sprint merger.

In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere claims the combined firms will be able to solve the lack of broadband connectivity in some rural areas:

“With the New T-Mobile and our unique 5G capabilities, we’ll be able to offer a fast and reliable alternative for in-home broadband –...

Vodafone has 5G data live in Bristol, Cardiff, and Liverpool

Vodafone has switched on 5G sites with live data in three cities alongside laying out its plans to launch in 19 towns and cities across the UK during 2019.

The operator has now launched 5G test sites in Bristol, Cardiff, and Liverpool. These sites are streaming 5G mobile data traffic, while antennas and equipment have also been installed at sites in Birmingham, Glasgow, and London prior to going live.

Following these locations, Vodafone will target 5G launches this year in Birkenhead, Blackpool,...

By Ryan Daws, 08 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

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...

#MWC19: EE, OnePlus, and Qualcomm call for 5G apps

Three telecoms industry giants have launched an initiative called ‘5G Apps of Tomorrow’ at MWC in a bid to kickstart 5G app development.

Mobile operator EE, smartphone manufacturer OnePlus, and chipset giant Qualcomm believe there's yet to be a ‘killer app’ which takes advantage of 5G’s capabilities.

Speaking on a panel, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said he's unconvinced there's been enough ambition when it comes to how 5G can improve people's lives.

Lau believes 5G...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Apps, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Vodafone 5G lifts off at Manchester Airport in public trial

Vodafone has launched a 5G service at Manchester airport in a public trial demonstrating the latest generation network's advantages.

Users connect to a portable 5G router Vodafone calls a ‘Gigacube’ located in Manchester’s terminal one. Gigacube makes use of Massive MIMO to enable multiple transmit and receive signals.

Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said:

“We are delighted to support Vodafone’s 5G trial at Manchester Airport....

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Sprint is suing AT&T for its ‘misleading’ 5G-E branding

While rivals started off by mocking AT&T for its ‘misleading’ 5G-E branding, Sprint is taking it a step further and suing the operator.

Sprint claims it commissioned a survey which found 54 percent of consumers believed the 5G-E networks were the same as, or better than, 5G.

A further 43 percent of respondents believed if they purchase an AT&T device with 5G-E today means it will be 5G compatible. Our savvy readers...

By Ryan Daws, 08 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Democrats investigate T-Mobile execs’ 52 nights at Trump hotel

Congressional Democrats are wanting to know why T-Mobile executives pushing for a Sprint merger approval spent 52 nights in a Trump hotel.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington State issued letters demanding information about the stays and whether the president was aware.

It was previously reported by The Washington Post that T-Mobile executives, including CEO John Legere, had booked in 38 night stays last year at the Trump International Hotel in...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

SK Broadband is having to double its capacity for Netflix

South Korean fixed broadband operator SK Broadband has said it’s having to double its network capacity to cope with Netflix demand.

In order to cope, the operator will boost its data transfer speed for high-speed networks to 100 Gbps from 50 Gbps. The operator plans to address complaints about Netflix streaming quality by doubling the size of its overseas network.

South Korea is renowned for its fast broadband speeds. Last year, SK Broadband rolled out 2.3 Gbps internet speeds and the nation regularly...

Ofcom ensures consumers get top broadband deal

After finding around half of UK homes are on a poor broadband deal, regulator Ofcom has announced plans to boost consumer awareness.

Superfast broadband (defined as 24Mbps+) availability has reached 94 percent of premises, but there’s been less than half uptake.

Ofcom’s investigations have found consumers are often able to receive greatly improved broadband for just slightly more cost per month, or sometimes even less than what they’re currently paying.

The regulator has announced several measures to...

By Ryan Daws, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators, Regulation.