The UK is set to permit Huawei equipment in 5G networks in ‘limited role’

British officials will reportedly greenlight the use of Huawei equipment in national 5G networks despite US-led concerns.

Reuters reports officials from senior government departments held a meeting on Wednesday and made the recommendation to allow the Chinese network vendor in a “limited role” in national 5G networks.

A complete ban on Huawei’s equipment would be a costly endeavour. Telecoms reported...

Huawei founder says the company is ready 'to withstand' further US actions

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said the company has invested heavily in ensuring it can withstand further US actions taken against it.

The Chinese giant is the world's most popular telecoms equipment manufacturer and the second-largest smartphone maker. Despite various US actions taken against Huawei, the company is yet to be shaken from its leading positions.

The US has long...

Rogers rolls out Canada’s first 5G network, plans more than 20 markets by 2020 end

Canadian telecommunications provider Rogers has started rolling out Canada’s first 5G network in Toronto, downtown Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa, expanding to more than 20 markets by the end of 2020.

The network will initially use 2.5 GHz spectrum, with plans to move to 600 MHz 5G spectrum – better to carry wireless data across long distances and through urban buildings – later in the year. The firm is also...

By Telecoms, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, N America.

US officials issue the UK with a dossier highlighting Huawei 5G risks

Officials from the US have issued Downing Street highlighting the risks of allowing Huawei to have involvement in national 5G networks.

The US has long taken a wary stance of Chinese telecoms equipment over concerns of state control and potential surveillance. With 5G set to be used for more critical infrastructure, the US has increased pressure on its allies to block Huawei equipment in particular.

Huawei has a reputation for innovative equipment at cost effective prices. With

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.

FCC announces rules for $20 billion allocation of rural broadband funds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on rules later this month for the distribution of over $20 billion in rural broadband funds.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced the rules on Wednesday for the funds that will not only support rural broadband providers, but also companies that have previously been ineligible for subsidies including wireless firms, electric co-ops, and cable providers.

The funds will be distributed over 10 years with the intention of finally closing the digital divide when it...

US Homeland Security issues rare alert warning of cyber attacks from Iran

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a rare security alert warning about the increased likelihood of cyber attacks originating from Iran.

President Trump ordered a drone strike on an Iranian convoy last week, killing top general Qasem Soleimani. Trump claims Soleimani was a “terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime,...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Security.

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...

AT&T switches on its low-band 5G network in ten cities

AT&T has switched on its low-band 5G network in ten cities across the United States as it ramps up its rollout.

The network launched alongside the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G and is now available to all customers in the ten cities rather than select business partners. 

AT&T's network is now live in:

  • Birmingham, AL

  • Indianapolis, IN

  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Milwaukee, WI

  • Pittsburgh, PA

  • Providence, RI

  • Rochester, NY

  • San Diego, CA

  • San Francisco, CA

  • San Jose, CA

The next cities being targeted for launch are Boston, Bridgeport, Connecticut; Buffalo, New York; Las Vegas, Louisville, Kentucky and New York City. A specific date is yet to be set but AT&T says it's working "toward offering nationwide coverage in the first half of 2020".

As a reminder, AT&T now essentially has three types of 5G network...

By , 13 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Spectrum, Wireless.

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.

AT&T will launch its real 5G network in December

AT&T has announced it will launch its 5G network in December, for real this time.

America's largest operator received a lot of criticism for launching "5G-E" earlier this year, which actually uses 4G technology.

The "E" stands for "Evolution" and AT&T reasons that it will be used for its proper 5G network so it's not inaccurate. Of course, average consumers don't necessarily know that.

Critics called 5G-E misleading, rivals

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

US officials continue to criticise allies 'opening their arms' to Chinese 5G

US officials have increased their criticism of allies who are “opening their arms” to 5G equipment from Chinese vendors.

On Thursday, US chief technology officer Micheal Kratsios spoke at a tech conference in Lisbon. Kratsios reiterated America’s stance that Chinese firms cannot be trusted as they’re compelled to cooperate with Beijing’s intelligence services.

Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei is one of the few suppliers used in global networks. The vendor has built a reputation for...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

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...

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....

T-Mobile opens performance testing facility for 5G, NB-IoT, and more

T-Mobile has cut the ribbon on a 20,000 square foot testing lab where it will test the performance of devices using 5G, NB-IoT, and more.

The facility is based in Bellevue, Washington and it features more than a dozen testing areas.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“The space is made up of more than a dozen testing areas where T-Mobile engineers analyze and fine-tune everything from network signal quality, voice call and sound quality, data throughput and video optimization...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, IoT, LTE, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smartphones, Standards, Wireless.

How smart meters continue to drive IoT applications in North America

The Internet of Things (IoT) has numerous applications within the energy and utility sector. As an example, smart meter penetration in North America is forecast to reach 81 percent by 2024.

According to the latest worldwide market study by Berg Insight, the installed base of smart electricity meters in North America will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent between 2018 and 2024 to reach 142.8 million units at the end of the forecast period.

Smart meter market development

Over the next five...

By David H. Deans, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, N America.

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...

AT&T begins rolling out 5G in New York, with some caveats

AT&T has begun rolling out its 5G network in New York City ahead of rivals, but with some caveats.

The network, which AT&T says sent live on Tuesday, is of the 5G+ variety. 5G+ is AT&T’s moniker for its millimetre-wave network which is superfast but has limited range.

AT&T has said this limited range means its 5G+ network in New York is currently only available in certain locations. The new service will first be available near East Village, Greenwich Village, and Gramercy Park, but will...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

AT&T looks to bring 5G-enabled autonomous robots to retail

AT&T is working with Badger Technologies to bring autonomous robots equipped with 5G wireless networking capabilities to retail stores.

The autonomous robots developed by Badger Technologies – a product division of Jabil – will help retailers improve their operational efficiencies and enhance customer experiences by identifying out-of-stock, mispriced or misplaced inventory, along with store hazards. These...

By Telecoms, 02 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, N America, Wireless.