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,...

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.

Verizon halved 5G latency using edge computing

US telecommunications giant Verizon has employed the use of edge computing in a successful bid to slash 5G latency in half.

5G is set to cut latency over its predecessors, meaning reduced time for information to make a roundtrip. This will open a range of possibilities for things such as video games, real-time VR, and even remote surgeries.

Verizon engineers installed Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) equipment and MEC platform software into a network facility closer to the network edge.

Reducing the distance...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

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...

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.

AT&T reveals its ‘three pillars’ of 5G for business

AT&T has revealed its 5G roadmap for business which involves three pillars that will bring experiences ‘into the future’.

Here are those pillars:

  • Mobile 5G

  • Fixed Wireless

  • Edge Computing

The operator notes how there are 15 million businesses in America seeking innovations which provide an edge. Up and coming technologies such as AR/VR and AI have the potential to deliver improved business outcomes with the connectivity to back it.

Mo Katibeh, CMO of AT&T Business, said:

“The 5G services we’re rolling out and combining with our advanced network capabilities...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

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...

T-Mobile says it has 5G in 30 cities just awaiting devices

Telecoms giant T-Mobile has quietly announced it has 5G live in 30 cities and is now just awaiting devices which support it.

Speaking to Light Reading, the operator confirmed the launches after making a promise at the start of last year. At the time, T-Mobile said it would have 30 cities supplied with 5G by the end of 2018.

The company says it’s yet to offer commercial 5G services as no smartphones on the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

AT&T CEO: Rivals mocking 5G-E ‘makes me smile’

AT&T is getting a rough time from competitors over its 5G-E, but the company’s CEO says it's putting a smile on his face.

“If I now occupy beachfront real estate in our competitors’ heads, that makes me smile,” said AT&T CEO John Donovan during an appearance on stage at CES this week.

The company stirred up some controversy with its decision to put a ‘5G-E’ indicator on smartphones...

By Ryan Daws, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Rivals mock AT&T’s 5G-E with T-Mobile teasing ‘9G’ update

AT&T is slapping a ‘5G E’ indicator on devices connected to its gigabit LTE network, and it’s getting suitably mocked by rivals.

T-Mobile kicks off proceedings with a fine bit of trolling from its Twitter account:

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John Legere, T-Mobile’s ever-vocal CEO, also used Twitter to accuse AT&T of “flat out” lying to customers.

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Early test results of AT&T’s 5G network are underwhelming

Early speed tests of 5G should be taken with a grain of salt, but those of AT&T’s network appear underwhelming compared to 4G.

AT&T’s 5G network is live in 12 cities. Without supporting handsets the only way to access the network is via a hotspot.

The network’s first consumer mobile 5G device is the Netgear Nighthawk hotspot. There’s a distinct lack of evidence many are using it going by the relative quiet on forums and social networks.

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By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Expert claims Chinese vendors need Western tech for 5G gear

A network security expert has claimed Chinese telecoms vendors are reliant on Western technology for building 5G equipment.

James Lewis, Senior Network Security Researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, made the claim in a new report about 5G and the risks posed by Chinese vendors.

Lewis said companies such as Huawei and ZTE “can’t make products without U.S. technology”. However, the same problem...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, N America, Networks.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou released on bail wearing ankle tag

Following her arrest in Canada earlier this month for alleged US sanction violations, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has been released on bail.

Meng was arrested on 1st December 2018 over allegations she was involved with violating US sanctions against Iran. According to prosecutors, Meng misrepresented a firm called Skycom as separate to Huawei in order to flout US sanctions.

A court in Vancouver has released Meng on bail set at C$10m (£6m) but she will be under 24-hour surveillance and must wear an...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, N America.

Huawei CFO arrest for US sanction violations plunges shares

Asian shares have plunged following the arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Canada for the alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran.

Those hoping the G20 summit would ease trade tensions between the US and China had them dashed by the news. Traders hoped the ceasefire announced by President Trump after meeting his Chinese counterpart at the G20 summit would lead to more stability.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian authorities in Vancouver and is currently facing extradition to the US. The...

By Ryan Daws, 06 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Security.

ZTE may have violated US sanctions building Venezuelan surveillance

Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE may be put back on the US’ naughty list after seemingly violating sanctions against Venezuela.

ZTE was forced to suspend its operations earlier this year following a ban on purchasing US-made products vital to its business for trading with Iran and North Korea against US sanctions, which it estimates cost around $1bn.

The firm was granted a reprieve from the US ban in return for agreeing to reshuffle...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, N America, Surveillance.

China will dominate the US in gigabit broadband race

New research has found the US will be dominated by China in the gigabit broadband race, even falling slightly behind Europe.

A report from Rethink Technology predicts 57 percent of gigabit connections by 2023 will be in China, or 68 percent when accounting for Asia as a whole.

Europe will take second place with 18 percent. North America will take an 11 percent share, while Latin America will fall behind...

US petitions allies to drop Chinese 5G vendors ahead of tense G20 summit

The feud between the US and China continues to gather pace ahead of a tense G20 summit as the nation petitions its allies to ditch Chinese 5G equipment.

Officials have long held concerns that equipment from Chinese manufacturers could be used for spying. While the US is most vocal, other countries have voiced similar views and either banned equipment – such as Australia – or taken measures to mitigate the risks, such as the UK and Canada.

All four of the aforementioned countries are part of the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

FCC puts rural broadband and texting regulation on Thanksgiving menu – but not everyone is happy

While many will today be tucking into turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce – with room for some pumpkin pie afterwards – the FCC has put together a Thanksgiving menu of its own.

Among FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plans for the rest of 2018 and onward include commitments to improving rural broadband speeds and altering text messaging regulations.

The most...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, N America, Operators.